Is Nervousness Limiting Your Career?

If you suffer from nervousness during presentations, you’re not alone.

For some business presenters, nervousness is a temporary condition. When they’ve moved past the first few minutes, their nerves seem to float away. For other presenters, nervousness is long-lasting and debilitating. It never goes away, even when the presentation is going well. We’ve heard this described as having an out-of-body experience, or experiencing an eleven on… Read more »

Turpin Communication Shares Expertise on Training SMEs During ATD’s International Conference & Exposition!

Turpin Communication will be speaking at this year’s Association for Talent Development (ATD) International Conference & Exposition.

Dale Ludwig and Greg Owen-Boger, Turpin Communication’s leadership team, will be speaking in two different time slots at this year’s Association for Talent Development (ATD) International Conference & Exposition. The annual conference, celebrating its 75th year, is the go-to event for the industry. Dale and Greg will be in good company because President Barack Obama is… Read more »

Consider the SME’s Strengths: from “Effective SMEs”

Effective SMEs: A Trainer's Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning

This post is the seventh in a series of excerpts from “Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning.” In this excerpt Dale Ludwig (Turpin Communication’s Founder) and Greg Owen-Boger (Turpin’s VP) discuss the importance of designing learning to play to the SME’s strengths. Learning conversations do not necessarily follow a… Read more »

Dry Runs: The Key to Training Readiness

Dry runs help you prepare to deliver training

In our new book, Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning, Dale Ludwig and I encourage trainers (and subject matter experts-turned-trainers) to conduct a dry run before they deliver their training for the first time. What’s a Dry Run? A dry run involves talking through the training content. Dry runs… Read more »

Designing for Busy People at Work: from “Effective SMEs”

Effective SMEs: A Trainer's Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning

This post is the sixth in a series of excerpts from “Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning.” In this excerpt Dale Ludwig (Turpin Communication’s Founder) and Greg Owen-Boger (Turpin’s VP) redefine “adult learners” as “busy people at work.” Let’s begin by refining our understanding of business learners. Learning theory… Read more »

The 3rd Fundamental Principle of Success in the Training Room: From “Effective SMEs”

Effective SMEs: A Trainer's Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning

This post is the fifth in a series of excerpts from “Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning.” In this excerpt Dale Ludwig (Turpin Communication’s Founder) and Greg Owen-Boger (Turpin’s VP) discuss the third of three fundamental principles for success in the training room. Design and Delivery Must Focus on… Read more »

The 2nd Fundamental Principle of Success in the Training Room: From “Effective SMEs”

Effective SMEs: A Trainer's Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning

This post is the fourth in a series of excerpts from “Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning.” In this excerpt Dale Ludwig (Turpin Communication’s Founder) and Greg Owen-Boger (Turpin’s VP) discuss the second of three fundamental principles of success in the training room. Learning Events Succeed on Two Levels:… Read more »

Podcast: A Talk with the Authors of “Effective SMEs”

Amanda Smith sits down to interview Dale Ludwig and Greg Owen-Boger, authors of Effective SMEs

Dale Ludwig and Greg Owen-Boger were recently interviewed by Amanda Smith from the Association for Talent Development (ATD) about their new book, Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning. Check it out.                   Need to pick up a copy of the book?… Read more »

The 1st Fundamental Principle of Success in the Training Room: From “Effective SMEs”

Effective SMEs: A Trainer's Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning

This post is the third in a series of excerpts from “Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning.” In this excerpt Dale Ludwig (Turpin Communication’s Founder) and Greg Owen-Boger (Turpin’s VP) discuss the first of three fundamental principles for success in the training room. Trainers and Learners Are Equals With… Read more »

Criteria for Selecting Instructional SMEs

Effective SMEs: A Trainer's Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning

This post is the second in a series of excerpts from “Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning.” In this excerpt Dale Ludwig (Turpin Communication’s Founder) and Greg Owen-Boger (Turpin’s VP) discuss the importance of selecting the right person for the SME-as-trainer job. It goes without saying that SMEs must… Read more »