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 »

3 Things You Know About Learning That Your SME Doesn’t

3 Things You Know About Learning That Your SME Doesn’t

This blog article was originally posted to ATD’s website and is based on the new book Effective SMEs, co-authored by Turpin Communication’s leaders, Dale Ludwig and Greg Owen-Boger. An excerpt: Bringing subject matter experts (SMEs) into the training process is often necessary and important. Their knowledge and perspective during the design phase help talent development… 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 »

Risks and Rewards of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in the Training Role

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

This post is the first 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 rewards and risks of asking SMEs to deliver training. If you’ve ever worked with subject matter experts… Read more »