Did We Nail It? 3 Questions to Ask After Every Event
by Marc Millan
After a weekend with a big event big, it’s always good to go back and ask a very important question, Did we nail it? Maybe I am just different, but I love engaging in these types of discussions and debriefs because I love breaking things down and evaluating them, finding what worked and observing what still needs work. So here are three things that can help you lead this type of meeting, three open questions that should spark discussion among those you need in the room.
1. Did we hit our target?
The review here should start with recapping goals: (THIS) was our goal, (THIS) was our expectation…did we hit it or miss it? If so, by how much? An example would be like this: Our Goal was to have an energetic worship service, celebration theme, joy expressed. Videos need to be thought provoking and stir emotion. Now, after that you go back and ask around, was this accomplished; if so, how, if not, why? What needed to be added, what were the missing ingredients.
2. Were the expectations made clear enough?
I just don’t understand why communication isn’t discussed enough. Communication is always important to how things operate and are executed, yet, many times, after a BIG weekend or major event, the communication is never addressed. Did everyone know what was expected? Did everyone communicate to their teams? Were the goals clearly set? This is way too important to ignore in my assessment.
Look closely at how the word was spread in the organization and follow the trail from there.
3. Did we choose the right talent?
Talent and giftedness comes into play when you are trying to lead a major event or big ministry weekend like Easter or Christmas. Based on the people available, were they placed and positioned correctly? Should we rethink how some people were placed in the large scheme of things? Who nailed it? Who just didn’t reach our expectations or exceed it? Look at the talent scheme; don’t be afraid of this process.
Sometimes, the tendency is to be safe or too aggressive instead of just looking at the facts and truth and going with that. The right talent should always deliver.
Here is something very important when it comes to debriefs that I have learned to appreciate. TRUST and HONESTY are a MUST.
Everyone has to check their ego and insecurities at the door; this process is about getting better as a team. This is never a personal agenda to demean or embarrass anyone, and everyone in the room has to TRUST that their teammates are NOT attacking anyone personally. This is about improving as a whole.
Again, based on TRUST…be honest. Nothing from Scripture gets tossed out here; everyone should operate and express themselves in a humble, kind way, but you must seek honesty. If the team feels afraid, if FEAR is in the air, forget about it. Everyone will keep their observations to themselves, and things will stay the same or get worse. Break down these walls of fear and do your best to lead a session where honest feedback can be shared and appreciated.