Or “What is a PCDI?” or “How do I play computer audio through the sound system?”
Does your presentation have any sound effects in it? Video clips? Music? How will attendees hear it? In my experience a lot of folks don’t think about computer audio until the first time they don’t have it. Continue reading What is a direct box?
Or “Do I have to pay these fees to use a different audio visual company?”
I had this conversation a lot with the hotel conference service manager: “This company wants to use outside AV. Do we need to charge them this fee?” Me: “No, that’s fine, they’re at least getting internet from us.” Or more commonly: “This client is bringing in a production company. We’re not charging them anything to do it. Also if they need anything from you there’s a 20% discount on AV in the contract.” And that was that. Continue reading Do I have to use the in-house AV provider?
Or: “What is the difference between house sound and stand-alone speakers?”
When I was first starting out in corporate AV I worked in a hotel in NJ. There were speakers installed in the ceiling and a big control box in the back hallway. The system was possessed. If you closed the air walls all of the sudden one portion wouldn’t work any more. I would plug a microphone into the wall and it would work when I tested it, then later once the event started it would cut out. And even when it was working, it sounded pretty bad. Continue reading Should I use house sound?
Or: “What types of audio visual screens are there?” Or: “There’s no good way to phrase this like a question a human being would ask but people probably wouldn’t mind knowing about it?”
So you sign an audio visual proposal for an event at a great price, and after arriving at the venue you walk into the room for your plenary session. But the set up doesn’t look anything like you expected. Continue reading What are my screen options?
Or: “How do I quiz attendees?” Or: “How do I take a poll?”
In public speaking classes they suggest you ask the audience questions. When you involve attendees in a discussion they retain more information. Easy enough for small groups, but how can you translate that engagement to a larger audience? Continue reading What is ARS?
When I’m going to make a decent size purchase I like to research beforehand. I don’t like being sold; I’d rather know what I want in advance and what the cost “ought” to be. If you’re the same, I feel your pain when I tell you that unfortunately, event audio visual is difficult to price out, and usually requires talking to a few people.
Or: “How can all of my attendees see the presenter?”
You’ve probably heard people joke about getting nosebleed seats at a game and how they would’ve had a better view at home. Big meetings can feel like that too. (Except there’s no TV coverage of the meeting at home) There’s more to a game than being super close to the players, and there’s more to a meeting than being super close. But you can help keep attendees engaged using IMAG. Continue reading What is IMAG?
Becca Not-her-real-name-son had her sales reps bring their own projectors for the meeting. This sort of thing can be a good way to lower costs. But when one of the reps pulled out a book sized projector fifteen minutes before a general session with 150 attendees I anticipated some trouble. Continue reading Is this projector bright enough?
The client wasn’t unusual – she needed someone to handle audio visual for her meeting and the hotel salesperson informed her the property had an in-house provider. “They’re great!” And so I sent a quote, got a signature and handled the event. But why hadn’t she talked to anyone else? Continue reading How do I find an audio visual partner?