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Troubleshooting Techniques: Troubleshooting Remotely

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On today’s Tech, No Babel: Troubleshooting Techniques: Troubleshooting Remotely

1. Ask a lot of questions. Questions are your life line. The more you ask, the more information you’ll have.
2. Look for evidence to rule out your hypothesis. It’s easy to jump to conclusions early. When you do so, though, you may miss the actual solution.
3. Devise tests. How can you prove a problem or narrow down which one it is? Figure out a way to test and you’ll see.
4. Use the best communications medium you can. If it’s text, it’s text. If it’s voice it’s voice. If it’s a video chat, use that. Try and choose the best medium for the situation.

5. Get the person on the other end to describe it to you like you can’t see (because you can’t). When you can’t see, get the person you’re working with to describe, in vivid detail what they see and prompt them where to look.
6. If the person doesn’t believe you, devise a test to show them. They might be right and you might be, but figure out a way to show it for sure.
7. Don’t tell them they’re wrong; help them realize it themselves. Show them the evidence and let them realize it for themselves. Don’t belittle. Make them feel important and smart, even if they’re not. 😉
8. Give bad news early. It doesn’t help anyone to have false hope, when something is broken and can’t be fixed. The earlier you come to that determination, the more time they have to route around the problem or alert others. Don’t jump to a conclusion too early, but bad news should be shared when you know it.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Lexington City Church (formerly Quest Community Church) in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to a peak of 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines. He has thousands of members of his ProPresenter Users' Group on Facebook and thousands of subscribers to his YouTube channel.