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Engaging Learners in the “Orderly Conversation” – Tried & True Techniques for Engaging Today’s Learner

  • Wednesday, January 16, 2013
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Management Education Center (MEC), 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy, MI 48098


  • Current members of the Greater Detroit Chapter of ASTD

GDASTD January Meeting


Engaging Learners in the “Orderly Conversation” – Tried & True Techniques for Engaging Today’s Learner



Greg Owen-Boger

Vice President

Turpin Communication





5:30pm-5:45pm:  Registration/Networking

5:45pm-6:30pm:  Dinner

6:30pm-8:30pm:  Program


Program Summary:

As trainers, we need to stay relevant in today’s tough market and take responsibility for moving participants from ho-hum observers to engaged learners. But how?


One way is to conduct training sessions as if they are “orderly conversations.” An orderly conversation is one that is (a) carefully organized, well-designed and documented and (b) flexibly executed with lively participation and input from the entire group. When trainers and facilitators engage learners in this fashion, learners are more likely to invest in the learning outcome and apply what they’ve learned back on the job.


The tricky part is that we each thrive with one side or the other: the orderly or the conversational. In other words we each have a “default approach.” While the influence of a trainer’s default is felt throughout the process, it is often too subtle and unconscious to be noticed. This highly interactive session will help you explore what your default means for you and what you can do to manage it to your advantage in the classroom.


Participants will leave the session with:

  1. A clear understanding of what it means to conduct an orderly conversation.
  2. An understanding of their default approach and how they can capitalize on their strengths and improve their weaknesses.
  3. An action plan for moving learners from ho-hum observers to engaged and passionate learners.
  4. Learn new language for coaching SMEs.

About Greg Owen-Boger:

Schooled in management and the performing arts coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit, Greg brings a diverse set of skills and experiences to the organization. He joined Turpin in 1995 as a camera man and quickly worked his way up. He now serves as a communication trainer and coach for Turpin’s largest clients.


When not working directly with clients or speaking at conferences, Greg oversees the development of Turpin’s eLearning and blended learning platforms. He also serves as the Director of Technology for the Chicagoland Chapter of the American Society of Training & Development (CCASTD).


Turpin Communication is a presentation and facilitation skills training company based in Chicago. Turpin is a Learning Partner with Mondo Learning Solutions.


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