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You’re scheduled for a debrief…now what?

A good starting point is understanding exactly what debrief means.  When a debrief occurs it’s a planned way of reviewing a project, event, meeting or activity.  Because a debrief involves public speaking, I recommend preparation so here goes…

  1. Establish an agenda of what the debriefing is intended to cover.
  2. Determine a reasonable amount of time for each agenda item.
  3. Decide who needs to attend the debriefing so that relevant discussion can occur.
  4. Ensure that all voices are heard, and opinions considered.
  5. Conduct the debriefing close to the occurrence of the event avoiding a lapse in time.
  6. Start by briefly recapping the intended goal of the initial project.
  7. Carefully discuss the pros as well as the cons.
  8. Document each of the findings at the debriefing.
  9. Know what went well and what did not go well, according to plan.
  10. Take next steps to learn where to improve the next time.

Debriefing is a form of feedback on what has previously been executed.  It is extremely important to assess a particular activity so that we can learn, progress, and enhance what we’ve accomplished.  An essential aspect to debriefing is advance preparation.  Therefore, all participants should reflect on the item being debriefed in order to make a valuable contribution.

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