What 2016 Taught Me

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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. However, in those fleeting minutes I acquired knowledge and have three takeaways from the year. Work-Work-Life Balance Yeah, I just made that term […]

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Communication is Key

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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, dislikes, needs, and wants. Effective communication is important, especially in the workplace. So why is it that we are still trying to figure out how to communicate […]

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Still Pushing The Button

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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, Tech Chaos. I was super excited to be the host, producer and editor of my own show. I still am. I am delighted to have the chance […]

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InfoComm 2016 — Life from the Podcast Desk

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The world from the podcast station in Vegas from June 8th through the 10th was filled with #AVselfies, magical Tascam gear, and interviews galore. My partner in crime, Johnny Mota, and I set up rAVe Pubs RADIO desk successfully in the Kramer booth with the help from our friends Eric Larsen of Tascam and our rAVe […]

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Am I Wearable Material?

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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 and suddenly my arm likes to bang into furniture, doors, walls, etc. I dipped my toe into the wearables pool about a year ago. […]

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Why Roku Is My Jam!

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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 delivery system to get that content onto my television. Hello, Roku! I previously used the Roku 3 to stream content to my projector in my living […]

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Change Is Good

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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 excited for this opportunity and love that I get to continue to be a part of the AV industry and community. After thirteen […]

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Congrats to rAVe BlogSquader Christa Bender on Her New Role at Pivot

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Pivot Communications announced this week that Christa Bender has joined Pivot to support its growing list of accounts. Christa has 13 years of AV industry experience. She became a Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) in 2010 and holds many AV manufacturer certifications. Christa is currently studying for her CTS-Design exam. One of the common challenges for […]

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QSC Makes Speakers?

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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 company’s offerings. One of the products that caught my eye was the AcousticDesign series of loudspeakers and ceiling speakers by QSC. I have used QSC products […]

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Captured at #ISE2016 Part 2: The Show

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In Part 1 I explained that I’ve previously written blogs capturing Twitter and Facebook moments at InfoComm 2015, InfoComm Connections in NYC and other trade shows. This time I decided to do a “4000 mile” social media view of Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) in Amsterdam – the AV industry’s largest trade show event which takes place […]

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Preparing for ISE 2016

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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 tradeshow, but it is my first time attending an international tradeshow in another country. So there is slightly more research that is required for preparing for ISE than for a tradeshow […]

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When I Grow Up

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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, etc. The list of possibilities is endless to a young imagination. However, once you grow up, do you actually become what you wanted to be […]

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Why Tradeshows Matter

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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 Connections and you know what? It was a first for either of us to attend this show. Trade shows mean many things to many people. Some […]

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rAVe ProAV Edition — Volume 13, Issue 22

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For all you regular reader of rAVe news out there, you may not realize this, but twice a month we publish rAVe ProAV Edition an email newsletter packed with opinionated news and product stories about the ProAV industry. The most recent edition, Volume 13, Issue 22 includes an editorial from Leonard Suskin about designing AV systems, On Single-Source AV […]

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InfoComm Connections — Was It Worth It?

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This was my first time attending an InfoComm Connections show and I was facinated that InfoComm partnered with NAB, CCW and SATCON to provide an all-encompassing show to the attendees. As I walked the aisles, I quickly realized that any kind of AV technology was at my fingertips… digital signage, displays, projectors, collaboration, UC, automation, […]

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Wait, You’re My Boss?!

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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 wonderful people and work with intelligent and just plain awesome people. Over the years I’ve realized that the audiovisual industry is no different than any other […]

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