The Effective Subject Matter Expert

Turpin Communication
Training overview
Corporate / Group Training
3 days
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United States of America
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Course description

The Effective Subject Matter Expert

Training for SMEs to be expert facilitators of learning  

This mastery-level train-the-trainer workshop builds the communication skills required for Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to facilitate adult learning effectively.

Subject Matter Experts participating in this workshop will work with their actual training content and practice:

  • Engaging learners in a fruitful learning conversation.
  • Presenting information.
  • Facilitating group discussions.
  • Setting up and debriefing exercises.
  • Being efficient.
  • Telling stories.
  • Providing productive learner feedback.

The Effective Subject Matter Expert workshop includes video recorded in-class exercises followed by private instructor-led video review. This process helps the SMEs recognize and work with their strengths.

This workshop incorporates a blended learning approach that includes pre-work and follow-up through eCoach, Turpin's online learner's portal. Through eCoach, participants have access to job aids and reference materials when training is complete. Participants also receive a copy of “The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined.”

Turpin helps participants with the instructional design process if training material doesn't exist before the workshop.

The Effective Subject Matter Expert workshop is tailored to the needs of the group and each individual. 

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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 course is suitable for Subject Matter Experts who have been tasked with training. Not everyone needs to be at the same level.

Training content

Participants in The Effective Subject Matter Expert workshop will learn to:

  • Engage learners in a productive learning conversation.
  • Understand their dual role as subject matter experts and facilitators of learning.
  • Frame the training with clear learning objectives and expectations.
  • Deliver visual aids effectively (including content prepared by others).
  • Create the conditions for a healthy exchange of ideas.
  • Be concise.
  • Work personal stories into the training.
  • Listen effectively to connect the dots and identify common themes.
  • Encourage and control discussions.
  • Set up and debrief learning activities.
  • Work with co-trainers.
  • Manage difficult situations and people.


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About Turpin Communication

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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 5

Based on 15 reviews

J. Boeser
This was the most valuable training I have received at my company.
I. Pagan
I feel like I learned how to move better in the room and how to make my delivery better. Also, how to not think too much on what I need to say and trust the process more.
F. DePont
All was well prepared, thoughtful, well delivered - good learning opportunities, great feedback. Very enjoyable.
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