Find out if training and leadership seminars benefit your business

Training seminars are a great way for companies to keep their employees up to date on various areas, whether it's skills development, workplace safety issues, technological advancements and much more. Many companies are willing to pay for employees to attend seminars of their choice or they may request that a group of employees take the same seminar as necessary upgrading or training for a new business process.

Seminars can be conducted in a number of ways, both in-house and offsite. They can be conducted face to face, via teleconferencing or through "webinars," which are simply seminars presented through a computer where the presenter can project his or her screen onto those of the attendees.

Popular Seminars for Businesses

There are seminars that can help businesses in nearly any area, but common choices for training include:

  • Sales seminars. Topics covered in a sales seminar may include learning how to effectively make a sale, approaching clients and working trade shows, among others.
  • Leadership seminars. Leadership training is a great idea for new managers who may need to develop skills in team building, budget management and other managerial skills.
  • General business seminars. General business seminars include topics like written and oral communication, meeting etiquette, time management and organizational skills.

Bringing Seminars In-House

While many companies will send employees offsite for seminars, in some cases it's more practical to have a speaker come in and conduct a seminar to a group of employees. In-house seminars can last anywhere from a lunch break to a day or even longer depending on the type of training and the presenter. When bringing someone in to provide business training, there are a few points to keep in mind:

  • Check all A/V equipment in advance. Make sure you not only have the technology required by the speaker, but also that it is working so you don't waste valuable time troubleshooting.
  • Recruit staff. If you're bringing someone in, try to include as many employees as possible (for whom the training will be relevant) to make sure you get your money's worth.
  • Ask for training materials. Having training materials in advance (such as printed slides) and after (supplementary material) can help employees get the most from their training session.
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