After Action Report / Review of Performance

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After Action Report

AAR – After Action Report/Review is something required in the military after completion of a mission to evaluate what worked, what didn’t and what could be done next time to make it better. I do this with myself and/or my team after every event to evaluate how I/we performed. No matter how exhausted from the event, it needs to be done right away to catch a fresh perspective.

I had a booth and a short speaking time at lunch at #UMS2016. I was exhausted as the event went on to the level that I was ineffective at marketing my business and connecting with people. I didn’t achieve the goals I set for sales.

The AAR revealed some of what happened. I was staying with a friend vs at the hotel which was awesome other than I didn’t get any downtime to detach, disconnect and recharge. I’m an introvert where I get my energy and for long events I need down time to recharge my batteries. Downtime means alone time to rest. I stayed up late talking with my friend and catching up. It was awesome but didn’t serve me for what I needed to do.

I need to make sure I have downtime during a long event, especially one where there are a lot of presentations with offers. So what am I doing today? Church online for sure as I need to get that downtime today and can’t be in a big crowd in order to recover before TLN Live, OC BOE Connecting Women to Power and Toastmasters District One Fall Conference.

Use the AAR in your own life and/or business to evaluate, celebrate and make course corrections.

Eldonna Lewis Fernandez
Eldonna Lewis Fernandez
Veteran negotiation and contracts expert Eldonna Lewis-Fernandez, author of “Think Like a Negotiator,” has over 30 years of experience crafting killer deals both stateside and internationally, many in excess of $100 million. She’s currently the CEO of Dynamic Vision International — a specialized consulting and training firm that helps individuals hone negotiation skills — as well as a nationally regarded keynote speaker, session leader and panelist on the Art of Negotiation. Eldonna may be reached online at

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