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4 Tips for Maximizing SME Interviews Premium Content

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Subject matter experts can play a critical role in developing effective learning solutions. They can provide guidance, expertise, and context for much of your course’s content. However, working with subject matter experts can also be a source of frustration. SMEs are sometimes reluctant to share information, or they give responses that are not relevant to your goals. L&D professionals can use SME interviews to gather detailed, insightful, and high-quality information for their learning solutions. Here are four best practices.


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  • Ryann K. Ellis

    Ryann K. Ellis is an editor for the Association of Talent Development (ATD). She has been covering workplace learning and performance for ATD (formerly the American Society for Training & Development) since 1995. She currently manages ATD's Community of Practice blogs, as well as ATD's government-focused magazine, The Public Manager. Contact her at 


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