Latest headlines: Mark Coxon on flexibility versus performance, Scott Tiner on preparing the next generation of #AVtweeps and more
December 5, 2022 | Volume: 13 | Issue: 23
Hello, #AVtweeps! By the time you’re reading this, I’ll be in Florida. Yes, again. But when your friends are having a baby and purchase a house — it warrants a visit! I’m sure I’ll enjoy the mild and sort of hot(??) weather, and I hope you’re doing whatever makes you happy in preparation for the holidays, whether it’s spending time with friends, family or whatever.
Mark Coxon wrote a column this time all about the importance of actually flexible spaces. What does that mean? Well, it means you need to actually think about how the space will be used before making it “flexible.” If you want something highly flexible, are you cool with it being somewhat generic?
Scott Tiner also writes about some of the ways we can support the next generation of #AVtweeps. It’s important to focus on how we can find them and let them know about the possibilities in a career in AV — the problem is that many people don’t know what’s out there.
The word I hear the most from companies to describe the types of spaces they want to create is “flexible.” Because the types of meetings vary, and the amount of usage of the rooms themselves is still uncertain or sporadic, companies are looking to create reconfigurable spaces to facilitate several types of meetings of various types and sizes. On the surface, this strategy seems fairly sound.vFlexible spaces mean that businesses can create a few differently sized rooms and leverage those across departments, teams and tasks. However, flexibility comes at a cost.
A recent online discussion hit a familiar theme in AV. How do we attract people to this field? Many of the same questions and suggestions that have been discussed over the years came back up. Do credentials matter? Does credentialing help attract people? Should there be a track in a community college or trade school for AV?