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 with folks outside of talent development such as subject matter experts.
So if you're going to ask subject matter experts to execute activities, make sure that you make clear expectations for how to set them up. Explain that they have to make sure that the learners understand the on the job application and the relevance to them.
And, finally, offer them some suggestions for debriefing the activities.
Greg Owen-Boger has been with Turpin Communication since 1995, first as a cameraman, then instructor, account manager, and now vice president. 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. 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 book The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined. His latest book, also co-authored by Dale Ludwig, launched in 2017 and is entitled Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning.