People don’t naturally latch on to new things, says Midori Connolly. So if you’re asking them to get a little uncomfortable, make it a fun experience.
Did you know it’s a scientific fact that if you leave your earbuds lying around, they’ll get tangled? And there’s more! Chief AV Girl Midori Connolly is back with more tech-infused travel tips. Watch this short video and learn how to stay charged up and in-control on-site or in transit. And don’t forget: If you’d […]
Traveling from conference to conference, you need more than just stamina. You need to stay connected, keep your electronics juiced up and have a dongle for every occasion. No idea what a dongle is or what you should keep in your emergency AV kit? In this brief video, chief AV girl Midori Connolly shares the items […]
Bringing you “Motivation for Innovation,” the 2011 PYM Annual is designed to help you navigate new technologies, find solutions for current challenges and, hopefully, inspire you to create something big, bright, beautiful and business-friendly at your next meeting or event. But, like everything we do here at Plan Your Meetings, this was a group effort. […]
Last month we explored some excellent ways your AV company might be able to save you time, hassle and/or money when you share key pieces of information with them. Here are a couple of other items that might help you do the same.
At a recent event, I was reminded of how easy it is to overlook certain pieces of key information or communication that could be vital to the success of an audiovisual solution. In particular, this information applies to small associations or smaller meetings where there often isn’t a formal production crew or Technical Director.
So, after last month’s instructions on DIY webcasting, you decided to take the plunge. You’ve decided that webcasting your event to a remote audience is the best way for you to gain additional exposure or to provide education to members or employees who cannot attend an event face-to-face. But, webcasting is just the beginning of […]
For many reasons, webcasting can be an excellent way to extend the effectiveness of your conference proceedings. With a little clever manipulation, you can use webcasting for marketing and promotion to the masses, for distance or e-learning purposes, or offer it as an additional benefit for members who simply don’t want to travel. The reasons […]
When it comes to the audiovisual for their meetings, most planners tell me it’s the worst part of their job. On a recent posting to the MiForum Google group, there was a long and extended conversation about how difficult it was for a planner in trying to navigate the bidding process for her AV needs. […]
As meeting planners, you are probably quite familiar with the value of education and certification through a formal testing process. Whether the certification is CMP, CSEP, CMM, CEM or another designation, this is a symbol of professionalism and commitment to the industry. The same goes for membership in professional associations such as Meeting Professionals International, […]
In the AV industry we have lively conversations regarding the interesting tactics some companies will use to finagle every penny from your precious budget. And while many outlandish charges do exist, there are just as many that are justifiable. So, to clarify any confusion over what is real and what is not, here are some […]
Knowing how to evaluate and work with an AV service provider is no easy feat. Not knowing much about the company except for sort-of liking the smooth-talking sales representative can sometimes lead to a miserable experience rife with technical issues and lackluster service. Too often this critical decision is also based solely on whoever comes […]
Happy, happy new year everyone! As your friendly AVGirl, I hope you’re enjoying the columns and that I am fulfilling your needs of learning about the AV industry in a non-intimidating and informative manner. Let’s wrap up our discussion on who those people are in your AV neighborhood. In October we covered who should be […]
This month we resume enriching your relationship with your AV team by obtaining a better grasp of who does what and where they’re doing it. If you think about a factory, there is a definite order to an assembly line. Each worker has their position in the process for a reason. We’ve already examined two […]
Welcome back to month two from your friendly AVGirl, Midori. I know we are in the middle of discovering the various positions and responsibilities of our audiovisual (AV) crew; but I would like to address a reader letter I got last month that reflects a repeating source of concern and debate in the meetings industry […]
Warning: If you are an Audiovisual (AV) professional or are on the cutting edge of event technology, you might yawn your way through my column. If, however, you find yourself broadsided by the miles of cold metal truss, audio snake (why is it called a snake anyways?!) and troops of techs in black polo shirts […]