For some business presenters, nervousness is a temporary condition. When they’ve moved past the first few minutes, their nerves seem to float away.
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 digging deeper to achieve the best learning.
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 previous blogs I’ve written about the need for meeting facilitators to initiate and manage the conversation that takes place during meetings and about how team presentations bring special challenges.
This post is about the other people in the room, the meeting participants who are not responsible for facilitation or the presentation of information. They, too, need to be engaged and appear to be engaged.
We all know a “That Guy.” You know, the one who no one wants to work with because he wastes time in meetings? If you have a “That Guy” on your team, check out what Greg Owen-Boger has to say about how to help him.
When we wrote about Turpin’s culture last fall, we had no idea who it might lead us to. As friends do, they lead you to their friends, and the next thing you know, you’re being interviewed for an article in Success Magazine!
Communication is an Essential Leadership Skill
I recently watched a TED talk by Simon Sinek called “Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe.” His talk motivated me to buy his latest book, Leaders Eat Last. In both the talk and the book Sinek defines effective leadership in ways that reminded me that the work we do at Turpin is not only about helping people communicate more effectively and efficiently. It’s also about helping them become leaders.