As an AV project manager looking for AV technicians to successfully assist or lead on a project, you will often face a tremendous amount of pressure both internally and externally. The internal parties like the sales reps are looking for status updates while the client adds external pressure by wanting their AV system installed or fixed quickly.
Businesses rely heavily on AV these days… any amount of AV downtime can take a serious toll on daily operations. Think about any time presentations or video conference calls went south… not pretty, right? So the pressure is on to hire the right freelancer.
Finding the right audiovisual professionals for the job is tough, because there’s a whole host of qualifications (technically and interpersonally) to consider. What certifications do they have? Will they give you fair quotes for their work? Luckily, with a centralized online marketplace for audiovisual professionals like AV Junction there’s a host of professionals with detailed profiles there for your perusal.
To help you pinpoint what freelancers are surefire audiovisual professionals, we’ve gathered here the top 3 traits AV freelancers should possess.
1. Creative Problem-Solvers
The best AV professionals are those with strong creative problem-solving skills. Once technicians have earned their stripes through industry standard certifications, it’s important to see how these professionals put those skills to work. Your business might be designing their presentation/meeting room from the ground up or you might be managing AV for an art exhibition, which is AV-heavy.
It’s true that architecture for all kinds of businesses and organizations is trending towards being AV-driven, but some businesses must work with their existing architecture. AV pros know that critical thinking is their best tool for innovating solid yet flexible solutions. Because we all know by now that anything based in technology is particularly fluid and subject to change as time passes.
2. Excellent Communication Skills
Besides the technical solutions themselves, AV professionals must be reliable partners for projects to be assured completion. Freelancers in AV will often work onsite somewhere you cannot directly contact or supervise them. You need to have faith they can uphold their end of the bargain. Make sure the professionals you hire have a reputation for keeping you in the loop.
The top AV pros are the ones that regularly (as in daily) update you on the progress of the project. AV Junction has a message centre that you can utilize to stay in constant contact with your freelancers, and a photo upload function for submitting evidence of milestones reached. There are also tools for creating timely paperwork and receiving quotes and invoices from freelancers.
AV pros want to ensure their client that they are taken care of and aren’t just looking to scam some bucks. Freelancers willing to keep up back-and-forth communication will be winning candidates for your project, no matter the scale.
3. Top-Notch Organizational Skills
AV pros have a lot of balls to keep rolling when they’re working on projects. This skill goes hand in hand with excellent communication. If an AV pro can manage a tight schedule and still put their creative problem-solving skills to work that means your project will certainly meet its deadline. Time management, management of resources and coordinating their efforts with other departments involved in the AV project is all-important to delivering solutions with confidence.
Having an AV pro that knows the importance of organizational skills is also especially handy when you are hiring freelancers for an international project as well.
What’s the best way to avoid bad AV design? Make sure that the pro you’re hiring understands the time-sensitive nature of the job. AV solutions are not just about the technology being implemented, they’re about making sure technology has been carefully planned and implemented with the full knowledge and consent of the employer.