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 »

Using Subject Matter Experts in Your Training Programs

Dale Ludwig and Greg Owen-Boger were recently interviewed by HR Daily Advisor about the content of their upcoming book, “Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide to Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning.” What are the main benefits and risks of using subject matter experts (SMEs) in training, and how can organizations help SMEs be successful? “The… 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 »

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 »

RETHINK: Training Materials as In-the-Moment Job Aids

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In our work, we train and coach a lot of corporate trainers and subject matter experts (SMEs) to be more effective in the training room. Time and again we see them struggle with PowerPoint slides and facilitation guides. We see similar struggles when they’re using off-the-shelf training as well as when the training has been… 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 »

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 »