The final episode of 24 is five hours away. Fans of the show know that Jack Bauer (played by Kiefer Sutherland) is the hero who always saves the day.

24 fans may not be aware of all the many things that happen behind the scenes which create that hero status for Jack. For example, before any episode is shot, there is a concept meeting.

During the concept meeting, the writers of the episode engage with the director and crew to explain each scene. The director and crew then have the opportunity to ask questions and gain full understanding of the intent of the writers.

The concept meeting is the first bridge between the story line in the minds of the writers, and what viewers will actually experience when the episode is aired.

Without a concept meeting, the “takes” could take over. “Action” could become aimless. In other words, trial and error could run up costs and even delay an episode from being aired at the scheduled time.

The value of the concept meeting is that it clears up any confusion or misconception of the writers’ vision for the episode. It paves the way for the directors and crew to plan ahead and bring the episode to fruition.

Do you need to have a concept meeting for your life or business? Are there people in your life or on your team who need to have a better understanding of your vision?

Many people skip this step and go about their day. They hope something good will happen to them rather than strategically planning for their desired end result. They walk through life with no bridge that connects their desired story line to the reality of what they experience.

If you need to schedule a concept meeting, make sure you do the necessary preparation yourself. You can’t have a concept meeting without at least a rough draft of a concept. You need to take some time to make sure YOU are clear on what you want, before you bring others to the table.

Then, consider who needs to be involved in your concept meeting. Do you need to share elements of your Life Plan with your family, to achieve greater accountability? Does your sales staff need to be reminded of your company’s vision and how it connects to a new product they’ll be selling? If you’re working on an important project, do the key players need to understand the desired end result? Are there other team members who will be impacted that you should include?

Finally, when you hold the concept meeting, be open to ideas and ready to answer questions. You may find that some valid concerns are raised, and holes in the plot are exposed. What evolves when you work together will be even better than what you came up with initially.

Don’t expect the desired scenes of your vision to play out on their own. Be the hero in your own story. The clock is ticking…

Have you ever held a “concept meeting” in life or business? What was the result?