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Effective SMEs

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

By  Dale Ludwig, Greg Owen-Boger

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. 

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Authors

Dale Ludwig

Dale Ludwig is president and founder of Turpin Communication and co-author of the book The Orderly Conversation. He has been delivering presentation and facilitation skills training for more than 20 years. 

Greg Owen-Boger

Greg Owen-Boger has been with Turpin Communication since 1995, first as a cameraman, then instructor and account manager, and now vice president. Schooled in management and the performing arts, Greg brings a diverse set of skills and experience to the organization. As a facilitator, Greg delivers our live workshops and is one of the instructors in our online courses. Greg also is an account manager and has taken the lead in the design and development of Turpin's e-learning courses. About that hyphen in his last name, it goes back to the acting years when he was ill-advised to lose his last name and use his middle name instead. He inserted the hyphen when he left acting, mostly because without it the Social Security Administration was confused.  

Greg is an active member of the of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and is the 2015 President of the Chicagoland Chapter of ATD. He also is the co-author of the book The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781562861704

Pages: 168

Pub Date: November 2017

Formats: Paperback

Product Code: 111712

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