309 - Conducting the Orchestra: Tips and Tricks to Work in Harmony with Your SMEs
Much like a conductor of an orchestra, instructional designers and others in L&D are often tasked with guiding a number of experts in their respective fields to produce engaging, well-designed, high-quality pieces of work. Sometimes, this partnership works brilliantly. Other times, the styles clash. If there is discord in a subject matter expert relationship or it simply starts out in the wrong key, what steps can we take to ensure they can all work harmoniously together?
In this session, you'll learn the best ways to stay in tune with subject matter experts from a variety of backgrounds, personalities, and schedules. Whether working with someone who is a classically trained soloist (tech-averse or tech-challenged), an avant-garde accompanist (eclectic educator), or even a veritable virtuoso (the one that just "gets it"), there are a number of strategies you can employ to manage relationships with each SME effectively. First, you'll start by striking a chord with them and finding a way to get on the same beat. Then, you'll look at what arrangements work best for each type of SME, using effective project management strategies to develop well-arranged material together. Finally, you'll look at ways to enhance these experts' talents and help them perform to the best of their abilities. At the end of the session, you should have the tools to create strong partnerships with numerous types of subject matter experts, orchestrate appropriate expectations for everyone involved, and conduct your group of SMEs in a way that emphasizes their strengths and give each one a unique way to shine.
In this session, you will learn:
- Why working in harmony with subject matter experts is so important
- How to craft reasonable expectations in relationships with SMEs
- What project management strategies work best for several types of SMEs
- Which tips you can employ to help SMEs display their best traits
Microsoft Office 365 and OneDrive, Gantt Charts, TechSmith Suite (Camtasia, Capture, Fuse, etc.), Zoom