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Conferences – Part 2 – Breakouts

No matter how glitzy (or not) the general session may be, it will take its due share of the planning attention as the pinnacle of conference programming. However, often the unsung hero of delivering content & messaging is the breakout session. With schedules packed between coffee breaks and afternoon rotations, and bookended by even more general sessions, the level of …

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Thoughts from the Road – IT is not AV

It’s fitting to mention that this month’s Thoughts from the Road installment is actually being written from the road – the topic happened to come up on this very program and seemed like a good topic to cover. So… You wouldn’t ask a mechanic to fix your kitchen sink, right? Could they do a half-way decent job? Maybe… Probably? There …

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Conferences – Part 1

Corporate event planning can include a wide variety of event formats. There are social events like awards dinners, golf outings, and holiday parties; and then there are more goal-specific events like town halls, business updates, and investor presentations – just to name a few. Naturally, planning these different programs require attention to different sets of details. For the latter group, …

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Venue Series Part 3: Conference Centers

In our final installment of the venue series, we’ll talk about a category that is rapidly advancing within the events industry: the Conference Center. The blend of variables leaves it somewhere between the blank canvas of a hotel ballroom, and the unique nuances of somewhere less conventional, but they are never-the-less a completely viable option. While conference centers are not exactly new as …

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Flying vs. Ground Supporting

When it comes to designing a production, and especially in hotels, one question comes up often – “to hang it, or not to hang it?” You may hear this referred to as “flying” or “rigging”, vs. “ground-supporting” or “ground-stacking.” The main benefits to hanging anything are: it can free up a lot of space, it can solve technological challenges, and it …

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Venue Series Part 2 – Hotels

We started off this series taking a look at the process of planning an event in an unusual or an otherwise unconventional setting. While that may seem objectively like a loaded topic and a poor jump-off point, it was actually the best way to start off this series. The fact is, each unique space has nuances of its own, and it’d …

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Two Way Communication Options for Hybrid Meetings

As technology develops, so do new windows of opportunity. For meeting and event planners, being cost effective at every avenue is a key function, and travel costs are often one of the biggest expenses to mitigate. However, connecting individuals, spreading new ideas, and creating shared experiences have never been easier. Often referred to as “hybrid meetings,” these events cater to …

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Venue Series – Unusual Venues

Where you’re hosting your event can say quite a lot by itself, as can how you’re delivering the messaging. Having these two elements work in harmony is key to creating a unified experience for all attendees; however, it’s the latter that must be shaped to fit the setting more so than the other way around; effective audiovisual production must be …

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Thoughts from the Road – Video Formats

At the heart of audiovisual production, and indeed live events in general, there is a message that needs to be communicated. Whether it’s spoken word alone, performance based, or entirely visual, taking care of the delivery of the message is absolutely critical. It’s very often that our clients’ events are centered around showing a video – and one that’s been …

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Equipment Highlight – String Lights

Warmer weather brings with it great opportunities for outdoor events; and nothing sets an imaginative evening aesthetic out in the open air quite like string lights. Serving both form and function,string lights – also known as bistro lights – provide both utility lighting for guests during evening events, and all while painting everything below in a soft, warm glow. Often found …