Coaching for Their Dual Role:
5 Ways to Help SMEs Facilitate Learning
Bringing subject matter experts (SMEs) into the training process can be one of the best things learning leaders can do. SMEs bring depth of experience, enterprise-wide perspective, and credibility to the learning process.
But asking SMEs to perform this dual role also brings risk. While they want to do well in the classroom, it is an environment outside their expertise.
In this session, we’ll explore the unique needs of SMEs and examine ways to design learning to help them be successful. We’ll also introduce new language and explore nonthreatening coaching techniques to help them deliver the content effectively.
By the end of this session, participants will learn to:
· Position training with SMEs as a conversation that is to be facilitated rather than a speech that is to be perfected
· Design learning with SMEs in mind to allow for that conversation
· Use a framing strategy to help SMEs plan for and manage the learning conversation
· Encourage personal stories to bring training to life
· Examine the wisdom of training activities when working with SMEs
· Coach SMEs to facilitate the learning conversation
Greg Owen-Boger is the Vice President of Turpin Communication, a presentation and facilitation training company where he serves as an instructor and executive coach. Trained in management and the performing arts, he brings a diverse set of skills and experience to the organization. Greg was the 2015 President of the Association for Talent Development, Chicagoland Chapter. He is the co-author of the book The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined, and is among many thought leaders who contributed to the book Master Presenter: Lessons from the World's Top Experts on Becoming a More Influential Speaker.
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