you should add this year. . .
This list could be hundreds of items long,
but it's impossible to remember all those things! Here's a dozen
things you can keep in mind each time you work with your technical
team--things that are easy to do, yet mean so much.
- Work well together with fellow sound
technicians. No one is right all of the time, and no one is
wrong all of the time. Everyone is special and deserves to
be heard and understood.
- Remain calm under all circumstances.
(Even when the soloist shows up 10 minutes into the service
and hands you a tape that's not cued.)
- Be responsible. Treat the church's equipment
as if it could never be replaced or repaired.
- Be thankful. Thank those who work with
you. Everyone's task is important; even the person who just
brings fresh batteries for the wireless mics each week.
- Be patient. Not everyone can learn or
understand concepts quickly. Sometimes it takes them time
or hands-on experience before they understand.
- Assume people are competent. If they
can't figure it out on their own, help them in a kind way--don't
just take over. Otherwise, leave them alone unless they ask
- Build and support in public, criticize
- Share information. Let everyone know
of new equipment, new methods, or new tasks to be done. Knowledge
- Write a thank-you note to each member
of the technical team.
- Play! That's right, play! Have fun together
as a team.
- Pray together. Pray for needs of the
church, personal needs of people on the team, etc. Do this
each week with your team.
- Protect your team. When someone is unhappy
with a technician, make sure you're there to keep everything
positive. That is, make sure things don't get out of line.
You don't want a simple mistake to cost you a member.