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

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

by Dale Ludwig, Greg Owen-Boger


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Content expertise isn't enough for the training room.

Partnering with subject matter experts can really pay off. SMEs (we pronounce it smees) bring credibility and relevance to live training. They enrich learning programs with their insight and depth of experience. But content expertise alone isn't enough to deliver effective training. . . .

SMEs want to do well in the classroom, but it's often unfamiliar terrain.
They're authorities on content, not talent development. Without guidance, they may overshare or find themselves unable to facilitate a productive discussion—-all of which frustrate learners. But, with the right approach, you can bring SMEs into the training room successfully, in a way that makes learners, instructors, and managers feel like their goals are being met.

Effective SMEs: A Trainer's Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts
Facilitate Learning is the blueprint to managing SME-led training. Authors
Dale Ludwig and Greg Owen-Boger offer first-rate advice gleaned from decades helping presenters, instructional designers, and SMEs become better communicators. Underlying all their tips is their belief that SMEs and instructional designers must get comfortable with each other's role. The authors lay the groundwork for you, describing the fundamental principles of a successful training event and the personal approach they contend every SME and ID bring to the training table. You'll discover how to design learning events with the needs of SMEs in mind. And you'll try out best practices for coaching SMEs to deliver training efficiently and effectively. The authors also share detailed and relatable workplace scenarios drawn from their vast business experience as well as job aids to assist you in a variety of learning situations.

Effective SMEs is the rare book that addresses both designing for SMEs to deliver training and coaching them to be effective once they're in the training room. Don't plan your next live training event without it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781562861704
Publisher: Association for Talent Development
Publication date: 11/15/2017
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Dale Ludwig is the founder and president of Turpin Communication, a presentation and facilitation training company based in Chicago. Over the past 25 years, he and his partners have developed methodologies that challenge much of the conventional wisdom in the field. Dale has a PhD in communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is co-author of The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined. He is a frequent blogger and guest writer at Training Industry’s website. In addition to The Orderly Conversation, he is the author of the whitepaper “Getting Past 101: How to Bring Value and Relevance to Presentation Skills Training,” which can be downloaded at www.turpincommunication.com.
Greg Owen-Boger is the vice president of Turpin Communication. He was schooled in management and the performing arts and joined Turpin in 1995 as a workshop videographer. He quickly worked his way up, and now serves as account manager, trainer, and coach for a broad range of Turpin’s clients. He is a frequent blogger and popular conference speaker. He is also co-author of The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined. Greg served as the 2015 president of the Chicagoland Chapter of the Association for Talent Development, and is among many thought leaders who contributed to Master Presenter: Lessons From the World’s Top Experts on Becoming a More Influential Speaker.

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