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Ask a Trainer Video: Working With Difficult Stakeholders and Subject Matter Experts

Monday, July 27, 2020

If I’m being 100 percent honest, one thing I’ve always dreaded about my job is working with stakeholders and subject matter experts who tend to be more difficult. Whether it’s because they’re late providing feedback or because they change their minds a million times, it’s frustrating trying to get your job done in those scenarios, especially when it feels like you’re herding cats.

But here’s the thing: No matter how difficult it may be to work with your stakeholders and subject matter experts, you need each other. They contain the information you need to help them solve their problems.

So, for this month’s Ask a Trainer video, I’m answering your questions about working with difficult stakeholders and subject matter experts. Enjoy!


What other tips do you have for working with difficult stakeholders and subject matter experts? Comment below to share them.


Do you have a learning question you’d like me to tackle? You can email them to [email protected]. Also, visit the Ask a Trainer Hub to check out all questions and answers!

About the Author

Tim Slade is a speaker, author, award-winning
e-learning designer, and author of The eLearning
Designer’s Handbook.

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