TD Magazine: 5 Ways to Help SMEs Facilitate Learning

Thursday, April 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Greg Owen-Boger, Vice President, Turpin Communication and ---anonymized--- ---anonymized---, ---anonymized---, ---anonymized---

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Bringing subject matter experts (SMEs) into the training process can be one of the best things learning leaders can do. SMEs bring depth of experience, enterprise-wide perspective, and credibility to the learning process. But SMEs also bring risk. While they want to do well in the classroom, it is an environment outside their expertise.

In this webcast, we’ll explore the unique needs of SMEs and examine ways to design learning to help them be successful. We’ll also introduce new language and explore nonthreatening coaching techniques to help them deliver the content effectively. You’ll learn how to:

  • Position training as a conversation that is to be facilitated rather than a speech that is to be perfected.
  • Design learning to allow for that conversation.
  • Encourage personal stories to bring training to life.
  • Examine the wisdom of training activities when working with SMEs.
  • Coach SMEs to facilitate the learning conversation.


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Greg Owen-Boger
Greg Owen-Boger

Vice President, Turpin Communication

Greg Owen-Boger is the vice president of Turpin Communication. Greg is well versed in management and the performing arts and has an entrepreneurial spirit, and he brings a diverse set of skills and experiences to the organization. He joined Turpin in 1995 as a cameraman and quickly worked his way up. He now serves as a communication trainer and coach for Turpin’s largest clients. When not working directly with clients or speaking at conferences, Greg oversees the development of Turpin’s e-learning and blended learning platforms. He was the 2015 president of the Chicagoland Chapter of the Association for Talent Development

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Dale Ludwig has a PhD in communication and, prior to Turpin, taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He founded Turpin Communication in 1992. Since then he has worked to keep Turpin focused on providing the best presentation and facilitation skills training available. He’s also spent a lot of time behind the video camera in the training room and, most recently, in front of the camera as one of the trainers in Turpin’s online courses.


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