First off let me introduce myself. I am a general techie who's found an interest in live audio. I'm currently in 8th grade outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In reading ControlBooth and the Blue Room (British forum on similar topics) I've seen a fairly strong sentiment that inexperienced sound board operators are dangerous. I'm just starting out (I've done 3 shows so far) and will now be running sound for a friend's band without the help of our school technician, I thought I'd ask: what exactly is it that experience teaches you not to do? I'd like to use a list format. Please explain what it is you shouldn't do, what to do instead, and the potential consequences of your actions. 1. Put more sound through a speaker than it can handle. Keep volumes at a resasonable level. If you don't you risk damaging the speakers.