Monday is the day when we forget everything we planned to do this week. Sunday was full of hope for tomorrow. Monday rolls around and it's back to the day job. Tasks like fixing equipment and rescheduling a sound guy for next month are out the window. Instead of letting that happen, let's establish a good Monday routine.
1. Grade yourself on the church audio scorecard. It's a great way to mark your growth and consistency as a sound tech. It will also motivate you to improve.
2. List any equipment that needs to be fixed or replaced. List this out and assign it to other people where possible. For example, email the guy who loves soldering to fix your xlr cable.
3. Contact people with scheduling changes. Or maybe a fellow sound guy told you "I need a sub on the 14th next month" and you agreed to do it, now is the perfect time to mark it on your calendar. You don't want to forget that date!
4. Send an email to the worship leader and check how the service went from an audio point of view. I recommend face-to-face with the WL after the service but I know this can't always happen.
5. Check with the pastor and worship leader about the upcoming week or any special needs in the near future. Better this than find out the day you arrive that you need 4 more vocal mic's.
6. Email any of your tech crew with notes of praise. Maybe the lighting guy did a great job or the computer/slides operator did a wonderful job fixing a problem that came up mid-service.
There is always something to do for next Sunday. And it's easy to forget it until you walk in the church door the following Sunday. I’m not saying I’ve ever done that…more than once, or twice, or…well, you get the idea.
Thought? Questions? Comments?