Make Participating Easy

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In this video, produced by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Greg Owen-Boger, Turpin’s VP, discusses making learning easy for learners. Greg here with Turpin Communication. Learning can sometimes be difficult, but participating in the learning event should be easy. What that means is we need to create a safe, supportive environment for fruitful learning to actually take place. We can do… Read more »

Adult Learners Aren’t Blank Slates

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In this video, produced by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Greg Owen-Boger, Turpin’s VP, reminds us to acknowledge our learners’ past experiences. Greg here with Turpin Communication. I think that one of the most important concepts that we need to understand for those of us in talent development is that adult learners are not blank slates. They have a… Read more »

Trainers: Establish Context and a Reason to Participate

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In this video, produced by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Greg Owen-Boger, Turpin’s VP, discusses why providing context and reason to participate is important.   Have you ever been sitting in a meeting, a presentation, or a training session and wondered what am I doing here? What are we trying to accomplish? Of course you have and it happens… Read more »

Business Meeting Contract: A Pledge for Greater Efficiency

This infographic is intended for printing and hanging in your conference rooms. Please let us know if you have any feedback. Business meetings are held to get a specific piece of business done during a specific period of time. Everyone attending shares responsibility for the meeting’s success. Showing up on time, being prepared, and silencing… Read more »

Turpin Communication’s Culture – What We Stand For

Two recent events triggered the Turpin Team to discuss our culture, values, and generally what we, as an organization, stand for. It’s not that we don’t know who we are. We do. We live our values every day, but we never actually wrote them down … until now. The Two Recent Events Dale (Turpin’s Founder)… Read more »

Executing the Learning Conversation

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In this video, produced by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Greg Owen-Boger, Turpin’s VP, explains why training is a conversation, not a speech.   I was working with a subject matter expert recently and she came into the coaching session saying, “I know that what I’m doing in this three-hour onboarding program isn’t working.” She says, ” I do… Read more »

Be Careful with Activities

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In this video, produced by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Greg Owen-Boger, Turpin’s VP, discusses guidelines for designing activities for Subject Matter Experts to deliver. In my experience, if training is going to fall flat it’s going to be because of the activities. And let’s face it, they’re really difficult to set up and execute and debrief well. And that is especially true… Read more »

Trainers: Let’s Retire the “Gotcha”

Originally published on Training Industry’s blog September 28, 2016 There’s a common facilitation technique used in training situations that needs to go away. Let’s call it the “Gotcha.” This technique intentionally leads learners to fail in some way, by leading them either to an incorrect answer or to fail an activity. Sometimes it’s used as an… Read more »

“I Hate Dry Runs” (How To Make Training Prep Less Torturous)

Recently we were working with a group of trainers in a facilitation skills training workshop. During a conversation about how they preferred to prepare, one of them, we’ll call him Steve, said, “I hate dry runs, but we do them all the time. It’s a tortuous process for me.” As a leader or manager of… Read more »