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 »

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 »

Starbucks #ProjectGiveGood Recognizes Turpin Cares for Helping People in Need

Turpin Cares partnered with Almost Home Chicago and Starbucks for holiday gifts for people in need

Turpin Communication employees and “friendlies” were busy this holiday season supporting people in need through the Turpin Cares project. “We teamed up with Almost Home Chicago and the local Starbucks to provide gifts and pantry items to locals in need. Once everything was tallied up, the holiday project provided 40 individuals with gifts and a… 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 »

Turpin Cares: Women’s Shelter Benefits from Care Packages

Care packages for the homeless, sponsored by Turpin Communication

On Saturday, November 18, Turpin Communication employees and “friendlies” came together to assemble 40 care packages for a group of homeless women in Chicago. Each package contained about $50 worth of food, toiletries, first aid items, gloves, and a hand-knit hat and scarf. They also included a lot of love and a personal hand-written card… Read more »