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ATDps December 2018 Seattle Chapter Meeting ~Effective SMEs: How to Help Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning

  • December 11, 2018
  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Mercer Island Community and Event Center,8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040


  • Special code required for non members who are attending the Chapter meeting for the first time.
  • If you would like to join the chapter for the next year and qualify for member rates at upcoming events, use this option.
  • Special pre-registration rate for members.
    Walk in rate will be $25.
  • Special pre-registration rate for non-members.
    Walk in rate will be $45.

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 ATDps: December 2018 Seattle Chapter Meeting

Effective SMEs: How to Help Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning


Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) bring depth of experience, credibility, and relevance to live instructor-led training. Their contributions and institutional knowledge are immeasurable.

Reliance on them in the training room also brings a certain amount of risk because SMEs are not, in most cases, experts in facilitation. It’s our responsibility then, as learning professionals, to do what we can to design learning events to play to their strengths and to coach them to be successful in the training room.

In this session we’ll explore ways to improve their likelihood of success. We’ll begin by identifying ways to design learning events specifically for SMEs, and end with non-threatening coaching techniques you can use to help them improve their delivery.

Learning Objectives

TD professionals participating in this session will leave with solid ideas for how to design for and coach SMEs to be more successful facilitators of adult learning, including how to:

  • Set expectations with SMEs for how to be TD savvy
  • Design slides and facilitator guides to serve as in-the-moment job aids
  • Design activities that are easy for SMEs to execute
  • Coach SMEs to deliver content and facilitate learning by improving their delivery skills

Greg Owen-Boger is VP of Turpin Communication, a business communication training company in Chicago, where he serves as an instructor and executive coach. He is a frequent blogger, speaker, and the co-author of two books, “Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide to Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning” and “The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined.” He 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.”

His speaking credits include the ATD International Conference & Exposition, many ATD chapter events, Training Magazine events, the Chicago eLearning & Technology Showcase, and webcasts sponsored by ATD, the eLearning Guild, PresentationXpert, and others. Greg was the 2015 president of the Association for Talent Development, Chicagoland Chapter. He started his career as an actor.


7:30 AM – Doors open, networking

8:00 AM – Presentation

9:00 AM - Additional Networking

9:30 AM – End



Pre-Registration - Members attend at no charge (Walk In Rate Members $25)

Pre-Registration - Non-Member $40.00 (Walk-In Rate $45)

Online Registration Closes On The Sunday Prior To The Chapter Meeting. At That Time We Are No Longer Able To Accept Pre-Registrations.

Please note that once the online registration is closed, we encourage and welcome you to attend and pay at the door.

We are not able to issue refunds after the Friday prior to the meeting.  Substitutions are encouraged.




ATD Puget Sound Chapter
P.O. Box 46368
Seattle, WA 98146


Email:  contact.us@atdpugetsound.org

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