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How to write a great blog post in 4 minutes?

Posted on: 14 December '10

There is this great technique called After Action Review pioneered at US Army that just lets you reflect so easily on actual events immediately after action is over. I like the IKEA or furniture assembly metaphor that clearly states the steps to do AAR. Here it goes:

It only takes 4 minutes to do such an AAR and if you write as you speak, there you go a wonderful post that has context + surprise + reflection that is original and has a part of you…
Go ahead express yourself!

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  • Geetha Chandar

    Thank you for this very interesting post with IKEA as a metaphor!
    Wordsworth gives his famous definition of poetry as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” Similarly, I guess, great blogging is “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected as AAR in flat 4 minutes!”

    Regards,

    Geetha

  • shankar

    the fourth step of “what have you learned” is very useful – i may think i havent learnt anything useful but there could be some more creative person out there who may pull out a valuable learning – so its good to detail the first three steps & leave the fourth step open – it opens up an opportunity to think creatively

  • Murali, I like the idea! Thanks. Though 4 mins might be a tad short time frame to get the creative juices flowing onto a blog post ~

    Best wishes,
    Beena

  • This will work very well as the “lessons learned” element of a TRIZ project. I’m going to refer people to this column from my Twitter stream, @ellendomb, OK?

  • Thanks everyone, credit is due to NHS and UCLH for coming up with this idea and the picture.
    http://www.london.nhs.uk/lpfit/knowledge-management/km-tool-kits/after-action-review-toolkit

    Regards
    Murali