I just read a great article from the crew over at TechNotes. They are professionals who have created an online community committed to delivering professional audio and visual training. The article is entitled, Train Your New Tech Volunteers in 5 Simple Steps. In this article, we are given 5 suggestions for how to best develop your own process for training and developing your Production Team.
Their steps include:
- Theoretical Training
- Owning the Information
- Practical Thinking
These are great suggestions, and what I like most about them is that you can do it. Whether you’ve had a process for years and are looking to improve your system, or whether you’ve never had a team and don’t know where to start, this article and these 5 steps can help you out. Here’s an excerpt that I found particularly useful:
We know there is a big difference between knowing the equipment mechanically and using this equipment musically. Although the audio console, lighting desk or video switcher aren’t musical instruments…technically – you can show your trainee how to use these tools musically, in order to gain a seamless flow and output to their craft. This is where the three-phase shadowing comes in.
I like this because it spells out in no unsure terms how you can take someone with little to no knowledge of audio and visual systems, and train them to be a proficient volunteer in your church.
Be sure to check out the rest of the article!