I have the next full instalment of this series brainstormed and awaiting time to enter and proofread it but I had an interesting day on location today around failure to communicate. This reminded me of an EXCELLENT must-read thread on my favourite Web Forum, DVInfo.net that I contributed to earlier this year.
This one is KINDA for the tech geeks but it also gives Event Planners an idea of what a good A/V tech considers when gearing up for your event.
There is some VERY sound advice (pardon the pun!) in there, including my personal favourite.
Shaun’s First Rule of Successful Event Planning:
Involve your technicians early.
I know I’ve said it before and I’ll say it LOTS again in the future.
Because of a lack of communication, I need to be on location 2 hours early tomorrow when we could have solved the issue at hand in two minutes today had the organizer told me that we were forgoing the sound check that was on my itemized itinerary. The sound techs were released without my knowledge 1 minute before I was ready to test my feed from them. I thought they were going on a meal break. I should point out I was on site an hour early… it wasn’t because I was running late…
The audio console supplied by the A/V company doesn’t have an available audio output. All outputs are in use. I have a solution in place, sitting waiting to be implemented but I may need to convince the audio tech first.
All in a day’s work, but think how much happier not only I but my client would have been if we walked out of the room tonight having checked everything instead of almost everything.
Thus endeth the sermon…
Thanks for reading!