by Mike Sessler, ChurchTechArts.org
From what I can gather, one of the traits of most successful people is the ability to try new things. Ability may be the wrong word—we all have the ability to try new things. Perhaps the word I’m looking for is desire. I love to try new things. I’m always on the lookout for some new technology, process, idea, whatever. Along the way, I’ve made some fantastic discoveries.
Sadly, I have also had many conversations that go somewhat like this.
Other Person: So, what kind of PA are you putting in your room?
Me: Bose RoomMatch. We’re pretty excited about it.
OP: Oh, I would never mix on one of those. Terrible.
Me: Really? Have you ever mixed on it?
Me: Have you ever heard it?
Me: Have you even looked into the technology behind it?
OP: No. Bose=bad. That’s all I know.
Usually, all I can say at that point is, “Huh.” Now, we all have our biases. We all have things we know that we generally like. Given the choice, I’d probably choose a Heil mic over another most of the time. But if someone shows up with a new mic I’ve not used before, I’ll give it a shot. In fact, that’s how I discovered Heil. I had never heard of them five years ago, but someone showed up with a box full, and we gave them a try.
Try New Things
Alton Brown used to say, “Play with your food!” I tend to agree. Try new things. You never know what’s going to happen. Just because you’ve been doing something the same way for the last 10 years doesn’t mean it’s the best way. Talk to someone else and see if you can learn something from them.
I’m convinced that one of the reasons our stage is so efficient is because I’ve stolen ideas from a lot of smart people over the last 10 years. Every time I visit a church or talk with another TD, I try to pick out something that I can learn from them. It’s amazing how much you will know if you just talk with other people.
Take Ideas From Unexpected Sources