Christa Bender

Christa works for an inbound marketing firm that develops revenue-driving lead generation programs for hi-tech and professional audio visual companies. She is host of the Tech Chaos rAVe RADIO podcast and is a contributor to the rAVe BlogSquad. She loves music, literature and sports. She can be reached at christambender@gmail.com or on Twitter @AVChrista.

Tech Chaos — Episode 26: The #AVTweeps Community Brought Them Together

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Note: This show does not discuss the Legrand acquisition of Milestone AV Technologies. In this episode, Mark Coxon (@AVPhenom) joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to talk about how he chose his Twitter handle. Christa and Mark talk about how the #AVTweeps community on Twitter made the dive into social media easier. Mark talks about how […]

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Regional Trade Shows Bring Value

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Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Symco Philadelphia Technology Showcase. This isn’t my first time talking about how I find industry shows to be valuable, but as I walked around yesterday it really solidified the fact that regional shows are getting better and better. Let me explain. How Regional Shows Have Gotten Better […]

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Tech Chaos — Episode 22: The AV Honey Pot Snares Another One

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In this episode, Chris Turner (@AAVChris) joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) and she proclaims him to be one of her favorite people (shocking, I know). Chris talks about his time in California before he joined the AV industry. Chris provides the perfect example of how being friendly and keeping in contact with people can lead […]

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Tech Chaos — Episode 21: Tech We Love & ISE

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In this episode, Victoria Barela (@barelAVictoria_) joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to discuss what technology they are currently loving. They share their thoughts on wearables, microphones, and phone apps. Christa and Victoria also talk about Integrated Systems Europe and how they are excited to be attending the show in Amsterdam, NL. Christa provides Victoria with […]

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What 2016 Taught Me

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Another year has been logged in the book of life. I miss the days of being a child when 20 minutes seemed like eternity. Now I blink and I lose 20 minutes. However, in those fleeting minutes I acquired knowledge and have three takeaways from the year. Work-Work-Life Balance Yeah, I just made that term […]

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Communication is Key

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Communicating is a part of life. Whether you are at the grocery store, a sporting event, or work, at some point in the day you communicate your likes, dislikes, needs, and wants. Effective communication is important, especially in the workplace. So why is it that we are still trying to figure out how to communicate […]

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Still Pushing The Button

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Can you believe that I am still pushing the record button seven months later? In January I wrote about my experience with starting my own rAVe Radio podcast, Tech Chaos. I was super excited to be the host, producer and editor of my own show. I still am. I am delighted to have the chance […]

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You Can Have My Pokémon

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The recent obsession with Pokémon Go has caught my attention. As a lover of anime and an avid gamer, you would think that I would be all over this. Yet, I am not. I started hardcore gaming at the age of nine when my parents finally bought a console for the house – the NES. […]

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Found My Wearable!

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As I mentioned in my previous blog, I am fascinated by wearables. And it has been a struggle for me to determine what I want in a wearable so that I get the best ROI out of the device. I have finally narrowed down what I do not need in a wearable: to answer a […]

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Tech Chaos Episode 10: Double Digits or Binary Episode 2

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Hope Roth (@beerandpie), Crestron Certified Programmer with Riordan Brothers Integration, joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to discuss volunteering and the upcoming InfoComm show in Las Vegas, NV. Hope and Christa are joint recipients for the Harald Thiel Volunteers of the Year award. Both women understand the importance of volunteering and agree that you should not […]

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Am I Wearable Material?

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I am fascinated by wearables. Unfortunately, I am a late adopter to integrating them into my life. The reason? I am hell on watches. You put a watch on my arm and suddenly my arm likes to bang into furniture, doors, walls, etc. I dipped my toe into the wearables pool about a year ago. […]

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Why Roku Is My Jam!

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Like many people, I have many variations of television streaming at my fingertips in my house. I use Amazon Prime and Netflix for my content, but I need a delivery system to get that content onto my television. Hello, Roku! I previously used the Roku 3 to stream content to my projector in my living […]

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Change Is Good

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As many of you may know by now, I have started a new chapter in my AV career. Last week I changed companies and now work for Pivot Communications. I am very excited for this opportunity and love that I get to continue to be a part of the AV industry and community. After thirteen […]

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QSC Makes Speakers?

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A couple of weeks ago, I walked the floor of ISE in Amsterdam. I came across many interesting products and solutions that I am excited to integrate into my company’s offerings. One of the products that caught my eye was the AcousticDesign series of loudspeakers and ceiling speakers by QSC. I have used QSC products […]

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When I Grow Up

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This is a saying that we’ve all said and heard for most of our lives: When I grow up I want to be a scientist, cowboy, policeman, fireman, doctor, teacher, etc. The list of possibilities is endless to a young imagination. However, once you grow up, do you actually become what you wanted to be […]

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Forget the Naysayers

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I’ve recently taken up distance running. Well, distance running to me is completing a 5K without walking and I am actually getting pretty good at it. However if you ask me if I like running I will reply, “I hate it.” When I was in high school I ran track; I was a sprinter. I […]

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Why Tradeshows Matter

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By Christa Bender and Rich Prevete As you may know by now, I attended InfoComm Connections in NYC last week.  Rich Prevete joined me on the trip to InfoComm Connections and you know what? It was a first for either of us to attend this show. Trade shows mean many things to many people. Some […]

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