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Throw Out the Ground Rules: 5 Things Learners Want Us to Know

  Have you ever attended a training event at work that began with the trainer delivering a set of ground rules for the class? If the answer is yes, the rules probably sounded like this.
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Featured Facilitation

3 Ways to Help SMEs Succeed in the Training Room

Originally published by Training Industry's blog Feb. 29, 2016.  Subject matter experts should be a welcome sight in the training room. Their real-world knowledge and perspective brings depth and...
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Featured News

It’s been 10 Great Years with Sarah Stocker!

This week all of us at Turpin celebrate Sarah Stocker’s 10th year with the organization! As I write that I wonder how we ever got anything done without her. Sarah wears more hats than anyone else...
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Featured Presentation

5 Introverts Walk into a Presentation Skills Workshop …

I was leading a presentation skills workshop a few weeks ago when something happened that has never happened before. It was during the needs assessment discussion. This is when we go around the...
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Featured Managing Nerves

What we wish everyone knew about presentation anxiety

Last week I was working with a nervous workshop participant. Let’s call him Nate. Nate said that his biggest concern when presenting was nervousness. “What sort of nervousness is it?” I asked...
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Dale Ludwig

Dale Ludwig has a Ph.D. in Communication and, prior to Turpin, taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He founded Turpin Communication in 1992 with the mission to provide the best presentation and facilitation skills training possible. Since then he has worked to do just that. In addition to being one of Turpin’s lead instructors, he also serves as our Chief Learning Architect when tailoring learning engagements for our clients. Dale is a frequent blogger and the co-author of the book "The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined." He’s excited about his latest book, also co-authored with Greg Owen-Boger, "Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide to Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning."
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Presentation Rules - Sep 9, 2015

Lecture is not a four-letter word: 3 ways to succeed when you’re doing the talking

I had a conversation over the backyard fence with one of my neighbors a couple days ago. She was home for the weekend after her first two weeks of college. The conversation focused on the campus, her new roommate, and her...
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Facilitation - Apr 27, 2015

Feeling a Little Silly at the Front of the Room? Three Very Serious Ideas About Enthusiasm

A few weeks ago, I was delivering a workshop for a group of soon-to-be trainers. Each of them was a subject matter expert (SME), and they were preparing to deliver training to groups of people within their organization. On the...
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Introduction - Mar 11, 2015

Keep these 3 things in mind when using PowerPoint in informal settings

Here’s a question I found intriguing on LinkedIn. It’s from a woman named Alexis.
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Facilitation - Mar 5, 2015

Most of what I know about learning and development, I learned from 10th graders

I often make the comment in workshops—especially when the class is for internal trainers or SMEs preparing to lead their own workshops—that the best teacher-training I ever received occurred at my first job, the three years I...
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Facilitation - Feb 3, 2015

Three Smart Strategies for Conducting Meetings People Won’t Hate

I listened to a really interesting NPR story last week about workday meetings. It said that, “the average American office worker spends more than nine hours of every week preparing for, or attending, project update meetings.”...
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