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The Seven Archetypes of Subject Matter Experts (and How to Work with Them)

Working with subject matter experts (SMEs) is absolutely critical for instructional designers and trainers who want to be successful.

SMEs bring the content to life and provide both relevance and context.

However, it can often seem like you and your SME are speaking two different languages, causing the instructional design process and, more importantly, communication to break down.

How can you work with SMEs to better ensure a positive working relationship and, most importantly, a successful learning initiative?