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Coaching your SMEs to Facilitate Learning

Turpin Communication
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Corporate / Group Training
2 days

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North America
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Course description

Coaching Your SMEs to Facilitate Learning

Techniques for improving SME-led training

As a Talent Development Professional, it’s your job to ensure the training your team provides is effective and meaningful for the business. That means ensuring your Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who have been given training responsibilities are provided the skills they need to facilitate adult learning effectively.

This mastery-level interactive workshop for Talent Development Professionals builds the skills necessary for coaching Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to facilitate adult learning. Using participants’ real-life training content, Turpin provides coaching on their training performance and then describes the specific coaching techniques used that can later be applied to coach your SMEs.

This workshop is based on the book Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning, which was co-authored by Dale Ludwig and Greg Owen-Boger, Turpin’s leadership team.

Throughout this class, as new techniques are introduced, participants will deliver real-life training content and be coached on their performance. In this way, a second layer of coaching takes place as Turpin trainers explain the coaching techniques that they are using.

Coaching Your SMEs to Facilitate Learning includes reusable job aids and reference materials for applying what’s learned in class to situations the Talent Development professionals face outside of it.

All Turpin Workshops are highly customized to your organization’s and employees’ specific goals and challenges and can be delivered virtually or on-site.

COVID-19 Update

In light of COVID-19, this provider is now delivering some or all of their courses online. Contact them for more information!

Who should attend?

This is a mastery-level workshop is suitable for Talent Development professionals who prepare Subject Matter Experts to deliver training.

Training content

Participants in this training for trainers program learn how to coach SMEs to

  • Understand their dual role as experts and as facilitators of learning
  • Engage learners in a productive learning conversation
  • Frame the training with clear expectations and learning objectives so that learners understand why they should participate and how it applies to the work they do
  • Create the conditions for a fruitful exchange of ideas and facilitate the learning process
  • Play to their own strengths
  • Deliver visual aids effectively (even content prepared by others)
  • Be clear and concise
  • Encourage and control discussions
  • Weave personal stories into the training
  • Manage difficult people and situations
  • Set up and debrief learning activities
  • Provide productive learner feedback using the Turpin Communication SORT Coaching Model (Self-assessment, Observation, Recommendation, and Tied back to goal)

Course delivery details

Duration: 2 days

Maximum Enrollment: 6

Number of Instructors: 2

Location: Client Site


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Why choose Turpin Communication?

Customizable business communication training courses.

Expert communication trainers and coaches.

30+ years of focused communication skills expertise.

About Turpin Communication

Custom Presentation and Facilitation Skills Training for Your Team

Turpin Communication is a business communication training company. We build the skills presenters, meeting facilitators, and trainers need to achieve their goals, work more efficiently, and grow leadership capabilities. Our process is about simplification and personalization. We untangle confusing assumptions,...

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Turpin Communication

9000 South Hoyne Ave.
60643 Chicago IL

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Average rating 4

Based on 1 reviews.

A really fun and lively class. Very useful information for coaching SMEs as well as improving our own facilitation. Enjoyed it a lot.
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