Latest headlines: Scott Tiner on making a case for professional development, Mark Coxon on analog and digital whiteboards and more
May 27, 2022 | Volume: 15 | Issue: 10
Just like that, InfoComm is on the horizon! Isn’t it crazy how quickly everything has gone by and how we’re already at the precipice of InfoComm 2022? I can’t wait to see all of you #AVtweeps in person (and if you still need to register, YOU STILL CAN with our code “RAVE” for free show floor entry).
However, if you aren’t going this time and it’s because you’re convincing your place of work of the value of trade shows and professional development, I have a column for you. Scott Tiner writes about how to convince a boss who might be on the fence about the importance of these trade shows. Hint: If you’re just starting to convince them of this value and of all you can learn here, start smaller than ISE or InfoComm.
Please enjoy that and all the news! We love trade show season!
Over the past few weeks, and every time trade show season rolls around, there’s a lot of discussion about paying for training, particularly in-person training. In fact, just recently I was taking part in a group discussion about training vs. travel budgets. In higher ed, the many schools I was speaking with had their training budget restored. In some cases, however, the partnering money for travel had been cut, or at least the institution was asking more questions about this expense, and why a remote conference would not be suitable. How does one go about convincing a boss who is on the fence to spend money on training?
One of the areas of work that suffered during the last couple years is collaboration, and there are a multitude of hardware and software solutions that have been introduced to address this problem. Cloud-based conferencing platforms like Zoom and Teams have whiteboard software options, platforms like T1V and Alleo allow people to create persistent workspaces, and there are now hundreds of interactive short-throw projectors and interactive whiteboard displays on the market. But even with all of these options, some people still love their analog whiteboards — in fact, a lot of people do.