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 session at the end of each training module. No matter what your preferences are, you need to let the conversation go far enough to take advantage of the learner’s insight or concern without going down the rabbit hole of inefficient, off-topic rambling.
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.
In this series of 12 videos, produced by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Greg Owen-Boger, Turpin Communication's VP, advises how to get the most value out of your training sessions and how to support SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) in their role as trainer.
Many of these concepts are explored in further detail in the upcoming book, "Effective SMEs: A Trainer's Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning," published by ATD Press, and co-authored by Greg and Dale Ludwig, Turpin's Founder. Pre-order now at the ATD bookstore.
Coach Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to Understand Their Dual Role in the Training Room
In this video, produced by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Greg Owen-Boger, Turpin's VP, discusses designing content for different learning styles.
Turpin’s twenty-fifth anniversary is this week. That’s an exciting and satisfying thing for me to think about. Strangely, I’m writing this at the office (I usually write at home) on the old library table that was my desk 25 years ago. It hasn’t been my desk for a long time. Now it sits outside Kevin’s office and is used as a workshop suitcase packing surface.
We were talking about this anniversary at our last PR meeting. Brian suggested that I write this article, thinking that it would be a good way to mark the milestone. I thought I would have trouble coming up with 25 things that I’ve learned. I was wrong.
In this video, produced by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Greg Owen-Boger, Turpin's VP, encourages you to embrace lecture.
In this video, produced by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Greg Owen-Boger, Turpin's VP, discusses respecting your learners' time.
In our work, we train and coach a lot of corporate trainers and subject matter experts (SMEs) to be more effective in the training room. Time and again we see them struggle with PowerPoint slides and facilitation guides.
Two recent events triggered the Turpin Team to discuss our culture, values, and generally what we, as an organization, stand for. It’s not that we don’t know who we are. We do. We live our values every day, but we never actually wrote them down … until now.