Twitteresponse: Results or Approach?
Unfortunately Twitter doesn’t provide me enough characters to really respond to a good question I received earlier today in response to today’s quote so here’s my response. The question went something like this:
Deron Yevoli – @fohdave so do you focus more on approach or result?
Deron Yevoli – @fohdave quote seems to suggest that the result of the mix > a technique/strategy… would you agree? think I’m off-base?
In church audio, I think it’s complicated.
When someone’s behind a console mixing, I believe the result is ultimately the most important thing. That’s what people listening in the seats expect. They don’t care how you get there. When I’m mixing, I’m not thinking about what I’m doing; I just do it.
However, I also believe you can’t get the result without a great approach. So when it comes to training, approach is the more important focus.
The challenge often arrises on Sunday morning because while there are expectations for results, in church audio world we often also find ourselves training approaches as we go. Some people see this as a problem because sometimes we find ourselves in a position where our senior leadership wants things a certain way while volunteers get frustrated because they aren’t getting opportunities to learn and experiment with new approaches.
Something Andy Stanley talks about is how sometimes in leadership things we think are problems are actually tensions to manage. I believe this is a tension to manage. Sometimes we need to get in and make the result happen and sometimes it is better to stand back and let something not be the absolute best it can be if the person driving will learn and grow from the experience. The wisdom comes in managing these two tensions at any given time.
All that said, I believe right now that the larger church audio community I come in contact with is too focused on approaches and not enough on the result. We often care more about the equipment and how to use it than what it’s actually achieving, and I think we need to balance the two a lot more than we’ve been doing.
Great musicians in the world don’t think about what they’re playing. They pick up their instruments and play. I don’t think it should be any different for a mixer.