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 23: AV & Beer

Tech Chaos — Episode 23: AV & Beer

In this super-short episode, Rich Prevete (@RichardPrevete) joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) at a local brewery, Stickman Brews. Christa and Rich start …

What 2016 Taught Me

What 2016 Taught Me

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. …

Tech Chaos — Episode 19: Stream This!

Tech Chaos — Episode 19: Stream This!

In this episode Rob Lipps, Executive Vice President at Sonic Foundry, joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to discuss recent partnerships, why streaming …

Communication is Key

Communication is Key

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, …

The Joys of Telecommuting

The Joys of Telecommuting

If you keep up with me on any of the major social media platforms, you know that in the spring I joined the awesome team at Pivot Communications. While …

Still Pushing The Button

Still Pushing The Button

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, …

You Can Have My Pokémon

You Can Have My Pokémon

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 …

Found My Wearable!

Found My Wearable!

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 …

Benefits of Tradeshow Classes

Benefits of Tradeshow Classes

This was the first year that I attended at three-day class before to the InfoComm show opened to the masses. Previously, I have only attended workshops and …

Am I Wearable Material?

Am I Wearable Material?

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 …

Why Roku Is My Jam!

Why Roku Is My Jam!

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 …

Failure Can Still Equal Success

Failure Can Still Equal Success

I am about to admit something that many people do not like to admit – I failed at something. Yes, I know, everyone fails at something at some point. We just …

Change Is Good

Change Is Good

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 …

Women’s History Month & Mentorship

Women’s History Month & Mentorship

I have often found that mentoring happens when you least expect it. Yes, there are times in a person’s life where you would like a mentor to help guide you …

Incredibly Super Exciting (ISE)

Incredibly Super Exciting (ISE)

I was one of the 65,000 registered attendees that visited Amsterdam for ISE earlier this month. This was the first international AV tradeshow that I attended …

QSC Makes Speakers?

QSC Makes Speakers?

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 …

Preparing for ISE 2016

Preparing for ISE 2016

I am preparing to attend the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam on February 9th – 12th.  Now this is not my first time attending a …

I Get to Push the Button?!

I Get to Push the Button?!

Like billions of other people, a new year means a new start. For many people they wipe the slate clean and start again with various life goals. Many set …

When I Grow Up

When I Grow Up

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, …

Forget the Naysayers

Forget the Naysayers

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 …

Why Tradeshows Matter

Why Tradeshows Matter

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 …

Why Your Perception Should Change

Why Your Perception Should Change

When you meet a person for the first time, you usually ask questions to get to know them on a more personal level. You typically start the questions by asking …

Wait, You’re My Boss?!

Wait, You’re My Boss?!

I love the audiovisual industry. For the past 12 years, I’ve been happy to embrace this industry and call it my own. I’ve had the opportunity to meet many …