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.