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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You Can Have My Pokémon

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The recent obsession with Pokémon Go has caught my attention. As a lover of anime and an avid gamer, you would think that I would be all over this. Yet, I am not. I started hardcore gaming at the age of nine when my parents finally bought a console for the house – the NES. […]

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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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Found My Wearable!

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As I mentioned in my previous blog, I am fascinated by wearables. And it has been a struggle for me to determine what I want in a wearable so that I get the best ROI out of the device. I have finally narrowed down what I do not need in a wearable: to answer a […]

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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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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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Forget the Naysayers

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I’ve recently taken up distance running. Well, distance running to me is completing a 5K without walking and I am actually getting pretty good at it. However if you ask me if I like running I will reply, “I hate it.” When I was in high school I ran track; I was a sprinter. I […]

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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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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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