2017 Year in Review

2017 Was a Big Year

We celebrated Turpin’s 25th year in business. In case you missed it, Dale wrote 25 Lessons Over 25 Years, which is an excellent read.

During the year, we delivered a lot of training and coaching for our long-standing clients as well as a few new ones. Along with that, we reached several milestones. Thanks for being part of the action!

Dale and Greg’s Second Book

Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning launched on November 7. This book, published by ATD Press, is written for L&D professionals who design for and coach SMEs in the classroom.

Here’s what Terri Pearce, an ATD Board Member and EVP HR at HSBC, had to say. “This book is long overdue! Bringing subject matter experts into a training session can strengthen the credibility of the learning, but done incorrectly, it can be a disaster! Greg Owen-Boger and Dale Ludwig have bundled up more than 20 years of experience into one book that outlines how to design programs using SMEs to bring out the full potential of those experts in a spontaneous and interactive environment.”

We’re also looking forward to delivering a one-day workshop and a breakout session based on the ideas in this book at the ATD International Conference & Exposition in May of this year.

Trainer Certification

Our trainer certification program kicked off in November when we held our first trainer-the-trainer session for The Orderly Conversation. This workshop, based on the methodology described in our book, The Orderly Conversationis a way for training professionals to bring our methodologies to their employees or clients in a scalable, cost-effective way.

Turpin Cares

Turpin Cares, our philanthropic project supporting Chicago’s homeless population, continues to grow. In December, we partnered with Almost Home Chicago and our local Starbuck’s to collect and distribute Christmas gifts and food to families on Chicago’s south side.

We even won recognition for our work from Starbucks’ #ProjectGiveGood!

We look forward to 2018 and wish all of our clients and friends a happy and prosperous year!


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About the Author: Greg Owen-Boger

Greg Owen-Boger has been with Turpin Communication since 1995, first as a cameraman, then instructor, account manager, and now EVP of Learning and Business Development. Schooled in management and the performing arts, Greg brings a diverse set of skills and experiences to the organization. Greg is one of Turpin’s facilitators and coaches and holds a Bates ExPI™ (Executive Presence Index) coaching certification. When he’s not with clients, he manages the day-to-day operations of the company. Greg is an active member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and was the 2015 President of ATD, Chicagoland Chapter. He is a popular speaker, frequent blogger, and the co-author of “The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined,” “The Virtual Orderly Conversation,” and Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide to Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning,” all written with Turpin’s founder, Dale Ludwig.



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