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Leadership 101: Leading Your Leaders
Part of a tech director's responsibility is to lead leaders effectively. It's a tricky skill that takes some practice, but is well worth the effort.
Tech Director Torture: Engineer in the Audience
Don't judge me. You do it, too. Admit it. You no longer just hear the song, all you focus on that ringing snare or the acoustic guitar that's ready to feed back. Two things happened that changed my attitude when sitting in the audience.
Leadership 101: Leading Peers
Leading your peers is more of an art than a science. Here are 5 steps to working with other ministry leaders who are looking to you for support and advice.
Leadership 101: Leading Those Under You
It is easy to get hung up on the word “leader.” Remember your job is to serve them first.
Recruiting the Right Volunteers
While every AV guy wishes he or she had more help, for the most part we end up avoiding the recruiting process. If you do decide to go looking for volunteers,
Top 5 Things Attendees Won’t Tell You
Your congregation wants technology, but they want it to be transparent. They know it's there but they don't want to see it. That takes an added measure of skill from you and your team. But it is well worth the effort, and your congregation will thank you for it.
Becoming a Technical Interpreter
It is very important win the trust of your church leadership. They need to realize that you are not just chasing the latest shiny object, but that your goals are to reach people in the most dynamic and effective way possible.
Christmas Production Work…in January?
Come next holiday season, you don't want to hear yourself say, "oh yeah, we had this same problem last year." Be pro-active, have a plan, and enjoy the next Christmas season.
Lessons in the Art of Communication
Communicating with A/V civilians can be difficult. But we can be our own greatest obstacle--especially when we are irritated or stressed.
Top 3 Keys to a Successful Tech Rehearsal
Our’s is a work of translation. Our mission is to take whatever is in the pastor, worship leader or director’s imagination and make it real. We take whatever they are envisioning and give life to it. We have to make their vision jump off the stage and into the audience. That’s your challenge. That’s the skill. That’s where you find excellence.
Thanks or No Thanks?
Everyone else’s schedule seems to lighten up this time of year, yet ours intensifies. Despite the demands, here are three reasons to be thankful.
Beating Burn Out
Does serving really have to burn us out? Not if you keep a balance of your time with God and time you serve. By spending time with your heavenly father, what seems like work will once again become a fulfilling.
Christmas Planning…Before You Have The Plan
Even if I don’t have anything else figured out, establishing a preliminary schedule gets me in the right headspace to operate to my strengths.
Avoiding Burnout: The Discipline of Learning
Becoming a disciplined, habitual learner will inspire those around you, and help make your job more fulfilling.
Leading Volunteers to Excellence
It may come as a surprise to us gear geeks, but many of the people we work with --- the volunteer on camera one or the guy who runs the lighting console on Wednesday nights --- are passionate about the church, but they are not necessarily passionate about technology.
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