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June 11, 2021 | Volume: 18 | Issue: 11
How’s it going, HomeAV pros and fans? Though I am still new to the audiovisual industry, I’ve found the “Home” sector to be easier to grasp — my life is full of AV tech! Thanks for your patience as I learn.
I’m deeming this week’s newsletter theme to be “new nostalgia,” the convergence of missing the old but welcoming the new. How can we reminisce the past but use the growth we’ve made to push us forward? If that seems odd, check out these two blogs below — I think you’ll get a better understanding of where I’m coming from!
In “I Miss ‘POT’ Calls,” our very own Gary Kayye relents the good old days when the pressure to be present during conference or collaborative calls was not doubled by audio AND video connection. Gary’s blog looks back at how much we’ve changed, even in the last year — nostalgic and much less pressure! What do you reminisce about?
The second blog takes a different approach. Titled “Being Comfortable Outside of Your Comfort Zone,” Lee Distad talks about comfort zones and how to break out of them for growth. My favorite quote from the blog says, “When you’re outside your comfort zone, it’s time to become comfortable. Make use of the materials and resources available to learn more about the thing you don’t know about. Then begin to master it.” The more we challenge ourselves to be comfortable outside of our comfort zones, the more we will grow — professionally and personally.
I know I feel some nostalgia about the past, but also excitement for the future! What processes do you miss from the past? How did those things get you to where you are today? I hope you’re having a great well, and see you next time!
If you stick around long enough you will see patterns repeat themselves. Most businesses in this channel are more similar than they are different; they have similar strengths and weaknesses. They’ll also have similar problems that need solving. The problems will be similar but seldom identical. The solutions that worked for your clients may need to be tweaked or modified when you apply them somewhere else.
All of a sudden, post-COVID, I find myself yearning for a simple, uncomplicated, spur-of-the-moment phone call. One where I can’t see anyone, just for a while. And, truth be told, I kind of don’t want them to see me. I liked wearing my semi-controversial T-shirts to spark discussions around the office. My once-coveted Star Wars collection is becoming hackneyed to everyone on Zoom.