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 »

4 Ways to Progress from a Trainer to a “Thinking Coach”

The trainer’s responsibility is to help learners think critically

If you are a trainer or a SME who delivers training, one of your major responsibilities, and possibly one of your major challenges, is knowing how to use the conversation that takes place during training delivery to meet your learning goals. Some trainers welcome unplanned, spontaneous interaction with learners. Others prefer a more controlled Q&A… 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 »

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 »

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 »