Warren Buffett once said that in the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield. Facilitators should embrace this observation to enhance the takeaway value of a Forum meeting. Ask your members to look back on the meeting for their satisfaction with it before the group adjourns.
Use a simple scale of 1 – 10, where 1 is low and 10 is high. Ask everyone to consider the meeting’s overall value. Did the agenda provide a clear purpose and framework? Has the group kept focus? Were Forum protocols followed?
Second, ask members to turn that rearview mirror on themselves. They will gain insight into their own contributions by asking themselves whether they arrived prepared, participated in the meeting and followed Forum protocols.
Furthermore, encourage members to explain their rationale if they arrive at a value of 7 or below on either question. This forces them to think more deeply about what went wrong. As business leaders know well, identifying the problem is necessary to solve it.
Lastly, your rearview mirror is a useful tool for getting more value out of any meeting or activity. Look into it frequently, and determine what needs to happen to find that 10!