I am anxious to start discussing some simple steps to assist you in becoming a better trainer.

But, before I get you pointed in the right direction, you need to know what Training experts think about of YOU, a subject matter expert (SME), trying to teach/train. (I will use the words teach(ing) and train(ing) interchangeably.) It will give you some insight into some of the challenges that you may face along the way, along with outlining YOUR distinct advantages.

This background information is the base of the advice I will outline in the upcoming days. AND it  will make you a better trainer-GUARANTEED!

Oil & Water

SMEs & TRAINING: ARE THEY OIL AND WATER?

I’ve discussed and debated this subject with Business and Training Experts. Recently, I started a discussion with Training experts and posed the question, “Why can’t subject matter experts teach?”

I asked the question in this manner, (i.e. “why can’t” vs “can”), to spark some debate, which it did. The result was both insightful and entertaining. As one person put it,

[It’s the] “The Dilbert Principle…most-competent employees can be least-competent in other job roles.”

THE ANSWER IS: IT DEPENDS

Although, you may think answering the question, “Can subject matter experts teach?” as one person put it,

[the answer] “… is simple, it depends: on the person and the subject.”

Yes, there are elements of truth in that answer. After all, you wouldn’t want “Joe-Trainer”, (who is not a surgical expert), teaching you heart surgery NOR you wouldn’t want “Jane-Business-Guru-but-I-Can’t-Simplify-Anything” training you how to build a successful business.

FIND OUT WHAT THE EXPERT TRAINERS AGREE ON

However, the REAL answer is really multi-faceted. Understanding the advantages and challenges subject matter experts face along with understanding the different aspects of training will give you the background to fully leverage the steps that I will lay out in the upcoming days.

Are SMEs and Training just like oil and water?

They don’t have to be.

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