Turpin Communication Blog

4 Ways to Progress from a Trainer to a "Thinking Coach"

Posted by Dale Ludwig on Thu, Apr 12, '18

The trainer’s responsibility is to help learners think criticallyIf 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.

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Topics: Dale Ludwig, Effective SMEs, Facilitation, Training, My consultancy, Subject Matter Experts, Coaching, ATD

2017 Year in Review

Posted by Greg Owen-Boger on Thu, Jan 4, '18

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.

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Topics: Coaching, News, Training, Turpin Cares, Turpin’s Culture, My team, My consultancy, ATD, The Orderly Conversation, Effective SMEs

Top 12 Recommendations for Trainers and SMEs

Posted by Greg Owen-Boger on Tue, Oct 24, '17

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.

Effective SMEs: A Trainer's Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning

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

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Topics: ATD, Effective SMEs, Greg Owen-Boger, Training, My consultancy, My team, Myself, Subject Matter Experts, Video

Learning Styles

Posted by Greg Owen-Boger on Wed, Oct 11, '17

In this video, produced by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Greg Owen-Boger, Turpin's VP, discusses designing content for different learning styles.

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Topics: ATD, Greg Owen-Boger, Training, My consultancy, Video, My team

25 Lessons Over 25 Years

Posted by Dale Ludwig on Tue, Aug 29, '17

Celebrating 25 years of client loyalty at Turpin CommunicationTurpin’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.

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Topics: Dale Ludwig, News, Turpin’s Culture, Myself, My team, My consultancy, Leadership & Executive Presence

Embrace Lecture

Posted by Greg Owen-Boger on Mon, Jul 24, '17

In this video, produced by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Greg Owen-Boger, Turpin's VP, encourages you to embrace lecture.

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Topics: ATD, Greg Owen-Boger, Training, My consultancy, My team, Video, Engagement

Don't Waste Your Audience’s Time

Posted by Greg Owen-Boger on Tue, May 16, '17

In this video, produced by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Greg Owen-Boger, Turpin's VP, discusses respecting your learners' time.

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Topics: ATD, Greg Owen-Boger, Training, My consultancy, Myself, Video, My team

RETHINK: Training Materials as In-the-Moment Job Aids

Posted by Greg Owen-Boger on Tue, Feb 7, '17

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.

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Topics: Delivery, Facilitation, Greg Owen-Boger, Preparation, Training, My consultancy, Subject Matter Experts, My team

Turpin Communication's Culture – What We Stand For

Posted by Greg Owen-Boger on Tue, Nov 29, '16

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.

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Topics: Barbara Egel, Dale Ludwig, Greg Owen-Boger, Mary Clare Healy, News, Sarah Stocker, Turpin’s Culture, Myself, My team, My consultancy, Leadership & Executive Presence

Adapting to the Needs of Adult Trainers

Posted by Dale Ludwig on Tue, Jun 21, '16

Originally published on Training Industry's blog June 15, 2016

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Topics: Coaching, Dale Ludwig, Training, My consultancy, My team

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