“Make mistakes. Just don’t make the same one twice.” This was wise advice from my friend, colleague and best-selling author Stever Robbins from Boston. While it’s simple advice, it’s profound. How often have you delivered talks, workshops, webinars and on-line programs and “hoped” for them to get better even after tweaking a few things?
One of the fastest ways to improve and grow in our business is to continue to checkpoint on our actions and explore whether our actions are achieving the desired result we are looking for. This is not about success or failure. I love the quote “There is no such thing as failure. There is only a produced result that you either achieved or not.”
Looking back at each program you delivered have you truly taken the time to explore what happened and how you could improve…or, were you on to the next thing right away? Were the new things you tried based off of a deeper inquiry or a “hunch” or what I love to call “trial and error”? While some of those things may work, it’s often by chance, not by design.
This month’s E-tip, I leave you with 6 simple questions you can answer after each program you deliver to see what areas need to be altered and why. The beauty of these questions is they can be asked after just about any endeavor you take on in your business.
For now, I invite you to take 10 minutes out of your day, pick the last program you delivered and answer away. See what comes up from your answers and take one specific action on that will propel you forward.
Great Entrepreneurs take the time after accomplishing something major to see how it went. You deserve to do the same so you can truly design the business you desired the day you decided to go off on your own.
Here are the questions.
- What went well?
- What didn’t go well?
- Did I achieve the results I was hoping for?
- If not, what can I do differently in the future?
- If so, what should I continue to keep doing or take to the next level?
- What were my greatest lessons learned and how can I apply those in the next program?
I’d love to hear how this goes after you take it on. Post your comments below and let me know!
Very helpful suggestion. My mentor told me to make a basic list of what went well or needed improvement after each event with an X in each column. That makes it easy to find issues to work on, in the future.
Combining your list with that is very helpful. I noticed your more extended process helped me think of several additional issues — both strategic and tactical.
Gary Patterson, the FiscalDoctor®
Helping business leaders reach financial dreams. Reduces financial risk, strategically aligns companies, and increases profit
Glad you found them helpful and I love that you are combining it with your other process! On a separate note, I will be sending your webinar info shortly!