The big events and preparations for Easter have wrapped up. Everyone's spring routine is well under way. And we're already starting to think about summer!
And some of us are even starting to plan ahead for the next big church event that will require our technical services.
So, why should this be your big month as a church sound tech?
There are three important reasons.
If you haven’t done a technical debrief and recap of how your services went and what to prepare for next year, then you need to do that NOW – before you forget the important lessons you learned this year.
I recommend writing down some notes, or better yet, start a “tech journal”. Get input from other team members and share these thoughts and summaries with your leadership team.
Organize your thoughts from this past season of tech prep and begin thinking ahead to how you can make the next big event better.
There is always something you can do. Here are just a few suggestions:
- Assess your gear and inventory. Does anything need to be added, repaired, or replaced? Get on that ASAP and set forth a budget for new gear if any is needed.
- Did any special stage or seating requirements change the way your sound system performed? If so, develop a reliable plan to better meet those needs in the future.
- Were you short on assistants or tech staff members? Now is the perfect time to begin recruiting for regular participation in your tech team so that new team members become acquainted with you and your systems well before the next big event.
- And if you think you’ve got all that handled, you can always work to establish better communication and relationships among the various people and teams involved in your special events.
Whether you are bringing on fresh technical assistants and talent (you should be) or refining your own skills, you should always be on the lookout for educational and training opportunities that allow you to deliver consistently great results with your sound system.
Here are some options:
- Maybe your new volunteers could benefit from a Saturday training session with you or your lead sound tech.
- You could also consider bringing in a local contractor or experienced sound tech from another church to do some hands-on training.
- Or you can invest in some course material for your new tech team members to help them learn the standardized practices you use to deliver great sound every week.
Whatever you do...
Don’t recruit a bunch of new team members and then leave them hanging without any training or hands-on practice.
Develop and nurture your team.
Grow together with a common dedication to delivering great results and serving with excellence.
Your exceptional services for the next big event depend on what you do this month.
So get on it!