Most people don’t like change. Even if it’s going to be good for them.
Tonight I’m helping a band set up their equipment and monitors. They travel with some relatively dated equipment, that used to be state of the art two years ago. They system we have set up at our facility is better, easier, and faster. But it’s new to the band. It would require a change of what their familiar with. They would have to try something new.
Instead of trying it out, they assume it won’t be what they want and they spend an extra hour to get their dated equipment plugged in instead of using the newer, nicer equipment that was ready and waiting.
If they had gone with our gear it would have saved them time setting up and time sound checking. Also, they would have had a better mix in their earphones than they have probably ever had, and they would leave here asking “how do we get ourselves that setup?”
Our traveling conference team was in this same situation last year. We could have saved ourselves the hassle of figuring out a new system, saved the money it cost to buy the new system and simply kept on doing what we had been doing.
Instead, we did the research, spent the money and now – 14 months later – we are spending one-third less time on setups and sound-checks when we’re on the road. We have more time to get coffee and read our Bibles.
Change is very rarely embraced. But it’s the big changes that are often the best for us.