The New Book, “Effective SMEs” Launches Today

Dale Ludwig and Greg Owen-Boger, of Turpin Communication, launch “Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide to Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning”

Dale Ludwig (Turpin’s Founder) and I are happy to announce the launch of our new book, Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning! This book has been in the making for quite a while. We’ve been working with subject matter experts (SMEs) for years, helping them be more effective in… Read more »

Top 12 Recommendations for Trainers and SMEs

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In this series of 12 videos, produced by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Greg Owen-Boger, Turpin Communication’s VP, advises how to get the most value out of your training sessions and how to support SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) in their role as trainer. Many of these concepts are explored in further detail in the upcoming book, “Effective… Read more »

Learning Styles

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In this video, produced by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Greg Owen-Boger, Turpin’s VP, discusses designing content for different learning styles. Greg here with Turpin Communication. Let’s talk about learning styles. I know that there are a lot of people in our industry that have a lot to say about it. They say that we should be designing for… Read more »

Dig Deeper and Listen for Nuance

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In this video, produced by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Greg Owen-Boger, Turpin’s VP, discusses digging deeper to achieve the best learning. Greg here with Turpin Communication. I’m going to ask you to think back to your high school math class. Remember how your teacher asked you to show your work? It’s because she wasn’t just interested in your… Read more »

Put Activities in Check

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In this video, produced by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Greg Owen-Boger, Turpin’s VP, discusses eliminating unnecessary activities.   Greg here with Turpin Communication. Learning leaders often bring us in to work with their trainers. Our task is to help them improve their facilitation skills and, ultimately, build their credibility in the classroom. One of the things we see over… Read more »

Embrace Lecture

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In this video, produced by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Greg Owen-Boger, Turpin’s VP, encourages you to embrace lecture. Greg here with Turpin Communication. Conventional wisdom in the industry goes something like this: lecture is bad, activities are good. And I’m not so sure I agree with that. I mean lecture, if done well, and honestly that is a… Read more »

Don’t Waste Your Audience’s Time

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In this video, produced by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Greg Owen-Boger, Turpin’s VP, discusses respecting your learners’ time. Greg here with Turpin Communication. In my experience coaching trainers, one of the things I recognize is that they often lose credibility because they waste learners’ time in the classroom. They use ineffective icebreakers, or unnecessary icebreakers. They might teach content that… Read more »