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Tweet, Reflect, Succeed: Unleashing X Growth with After Action Review

After Action Review framework for growing followers and impressions on X

Witnessing the Indian Cricket Team’s defeat in the World Cup 2023 finals was disheartening. Unfortunately, due to a hectic schedule, I missed the preceding cricket matches and only caught the final game, which, disappointingly, the Indian team did not win. Nevertheless, dwelling on past disappointments serves no purpose. So I began to ponder whether the Indian team would conduct an After Action Review (AAR) to analyze what went wrong.

The After Action Review proves to be a valuable framework, employed even by elite groups like the US Navy Seals to meticulously plan and execute strategies. It encompasses a series of questions designed to extract insights from an event, enabling the application of these lessons for future endeavors.

For example, one might ask:

  • What was my initial goal?
  • What happened? 
  • Why did it happen that way? What was the Root cause?
  • What steps will I take next time for a more favorable outcome or to replicate success?

These questions can be revisited in a new cycle, utilizing the answers to Question 4 as responses to Question 1.

However, I soon realized the importance of focusing on my circle of influence rather than expending energy on matters within my circle of concern. Rather than fretting over the performance of the Indian cricket team, I redirected my attention to applying the After Action Review framework to my personal goals.

How to increase followers and grow on X with After Action Review?

Contemplating the disappointing defeat of the Indian Cricket Team in the World Cup 2023 finals, I wondered how to leverage the After Action Review (AAR) Framework to grow followers and Impressions on X. Additionally, I saw the AAR as a valuable tool for continuous learning from my 35 Tips aimed at boosting impressions on X.

35 tips to grow followers and impressions on X with a focus on continous learning with After Action Review.

First Assessment of the After Action Review Method

What was my initial goal?

  • Boost impressions on X to 5 Million in 3 months or 60K per day.

What happened? 

  • Impressions for the past months were 16.7k per day in October, 1.7k per day in September, and 2.3k per day in August.

Why did it happen that way? What was the Root cause?

  • Reasons for the rise in X impressions:
    • Blue check mark helped out by highlighting my replies
    • Increased participation in the replies section

What steps will I take next time for a more favorable outcome or to replicate success?

  • Formulate a detailed strategic plan.
  • Generate diverse, high-quality content aligned with the plan.

Second Assessment of the After Action Review Method

What was my initial goal?

  • Boost impressions on X to 5 Million in 3 months or 60K per day
  • Create and Implement a strategic plan using lessons from “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”
  • Create and share content based on the strategic plan.

What happened? 

  • Impressions increased to 61.5K per day in November.
  • Compiled 35 tips to boost impressions.
  • The Thread on 35 tips didn’t go viral

Why did it happen that way? What was the Root cause?

  • Reasons for the increase in X impressions:
    • Added value with humor or key insight
    • Asked questions
    • Behaved positively in the replies
  • Read the book, used Chat GPT to brainstorm ideas for connecting the lessons to Twitter’s growth goal, and finally charted an explicit plan with 5 tips for each of the 7 habits.
  • The Thread was too lengthy and lacked engagement hooks.

What steps will I take next time for a more favorable outcome or to replicate success?

  • Follow the strategic plan more diligently, by creating a checklist for each of the 35 tips
  • Update the strategic plan with more actionable tips from experience and online research
  • Repackage my long thread into smaller related threads
  • Use Thread Hooks and other frameworks to gain engagement

Third Assessment of the After Action Review Method

What was my initial goal?

  • Sustain and improve impressions on X.
  • Diligently follow and update the strategic plan.
  • Update the strategic plan with more actionable tips from experience and online research.
  • Repackage content and use engagement hooks and other frameworks.

What happened? 

  • Impressions for the past week are at 99.8k per day.
  • Followed more tips like:
    • Avoiding distractions
    • Priority setting with notifications to reply to top accounts quickly
    • Creative problem-solving with fun replies like memes, conversations, etc.
  • Updated the tip on continuous learning with this article on AAR.
  • I read some interesting Thread Hook ideas and Frameworks and will implement them.

Why did it happen that way? What was the Root cause?

  • Diligently following tips like priority setting, avoiding distractions and creative problem-solving has helped
  • A review of the 35 tips helped in better implementation.
  • I was already familiar with the AAR, so could easily extend it for this goal.
  • Could find interesting ideas on Twitter on hooks and frameworks from the “See similar posts” option in my post of 35 tips.

What steps will I take next time for a more favorable outcome or to replicate success?

  • Continue following the strategic plan.
  • Create smaller threads for broader topics using best practices for Thread hooks
  • Keep creating multiple threads to boost credibility and reputation further to convert more profile visits into followers

Conclusion

Reflecting on the Cricket World Cup’s impact, I realized the need for a systematic approach to continuous learning. The After Action Review Framework emerged as a crucial tool for understanding successes and challenges, paving the way for refined goals and improved efforts.

Hi, I’m Vineeth Naik

Liberal part time Blogger and full time Researcher with a broad range of experience, professionally and personally in Austria, Italy, UAE & India. Loves Finance, Business & Technology. Cares about society.

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