Wheels Within Wheels

Wheels Within Wheels

I have often reflected, both in this column and elsewhere, on the cyclical nature of our business. Here we are in January, first month of the year, and some of …

All the World’s a Stage

All the World’s a Stage

Last month, we talked about rental companies that grew out of audiovisual sales companies. As I pointed out, there are a number of differences between the …

Pulled Up By the Roots

Pulled Up By the Roots

Well, time for another article that makes me feel old. Believe me, I don’t do this on purpose. I usually do it because one of the young(er) people who works …

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

Picture it: October 31, 1970, just about dark. Joel Rollins is applying some last minute upgrades to his Halloween costume. Dark sweats, red cape — …

The Three Biggest Lies in AV?

The Three Biggest Lies in AV?

In western society, some of the most frequently told jokes revolve around the three most common lies in circulation. They follow a number of patterns, many of …

Move Along, Folks… Show’s Over

Move Along, Folks… Show’s Over

Well, here it is — July. This is the time of year when I have to stop, catch my breath and regroup with my team. The “tradeshow season” really is …

Standard Shift

Standard Shift

Well, I’m just back from InfoComm, and after three days I have almost sorted out the debris. I have unpacked two suitcases full of dirty clothes, two boxes …

My InfoComm14 So Far

My InfoComm14 So Far

So I have to say that InfoComm14 has been much different so far than my past InfoComm shows. I came in on Sunday and reported to my booth to be assigned some …

Unified Everything: Part 2

Unified Everything: Part 2

Last month, we considered the idea that it isn’t just the disciplines of IT and AV that are converging, but that the tools and components of both …

Unified Everything?

Unified Everything?

As some of you will know, I recently attended ISE 2014 in Amsterdam with the rAVe team. We spent a very long week seeing and documenting the entire show, and …

Famous Last Words

Famous Last Words

Each year at this time, I am alerted to the coming of spring by that special fragrance that’s in the air, by those sounds that indicate the coming of a …

Home Again After ISE 2014

Home Again After ISE 2014

I arrived home last night after a whirlwind day of post-show meetings and goodbyes in Amsterdam. Now, with a profound case of jet-lag, I am sitting down with …

The Skill Set

The Skill Set

Happy New Year, readers! Last month’s column left our hero (yours truly, since I’m writing this) promising to explore the skill set required for the …

2014: Will We Get Any Smarter?

2014: Will We Get Any Smarter?

Well, another year draws to a close in the rental and staging industry. As I sit here, filling out a box of Christmas cards with comical pictures of Santa …

On Your Marx

On Your Marx

Over the last two issues, we’ve talked about the emerging generation of executive clients, and how the attitudes and expectations of that generation will …

The Moving Target

The Moving Target

I have always had two ways of defining a professional. The first, and the one I use most often, is that a professional is someone who gets paid for their work. …

The Art of the Killer Demo

The Art of the Killer Demo

In last month’s Crew Call, I cataloged (from first-hand experience) the many things that we do to shoot ourselves in the foot when we demonstrate …

The Jawbone of an Ass

The Jawbone of an Ass

Picture this: You’re shopping for a new car. You have a vacation road trip coming up, and you really want new wheels. Your friends have recommended that you …

Is Bigger Really Better?

Is Bigger Really Better?

Well, InfoComm is over. And I say that with somewhat of a sigh of relief. I spent a lot of the show seated at the podcasting table in the middle of the …

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