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Thoughts from the Road – Confidence Monitor vs Teleprompter

One thing that comes up time and time again that is generally misunderstood is the difference between a confidence monitor (or a Down Stage Monitor – DSM) and a teleprompter. A confidence monitor is usually a TV screen anywhere from 32” to 60” that sits on the floor at the foot of the stage, and allows presenters on stage to …

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Backdrops Part 4 – Video Walls

What better to serve as the finale of our backdrops series than one of the most visually impressive options available: the video wall. In the world of AV production, the video wall is a hot commodity, and constantly developing. Its flash and impact are truly enticing, and it does act as a massive canvas for design to fit most aesthetics. …

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Thoughts from the Road – Events and Inclement Weather

We’re heading into Spring now, and with it comes the beginning of “outdoor events season.” Whether it’s a tented event, under a pavilion, or out in the open air, weather is always a major variable. It’s usually the one thing nobody wants to talk about leading up to an outdoor event, as if the weather will hear you and spite your event. …

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Backdrops Part 3 – Fabric & Hard Sets

For our third installment of the backdrop series, we’ll be taking a look at a few different scenic elements that will offer your stage design varying degrees of flexibility, functionality, and elegance. That is to say, the options here are much more customizable than colored drape alone, or even modular options which is mostly confined to the limitations of their framework. Dealing with fabric …

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Thoughts from the Road – Speaker Timers

When it comes to corporate conferences with heavy programming, there’s one factor that can easily derail even the most meticulous planning: timing. You have general sessions, and you have breakout rooms – the scale varies, but the importance doesn’t. These smaller rooms are often the opportunity to speak to specifics. Whether it’s sales-driven content focused on specific products, or pointed …

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Backdrops Part 2: Modular Option

The stage is often seen as the centerpiece of the evening, and there is any number of ways to create the aesthetic you’re looking for. From hard sets to soft, and ranging in production level from bat mitzvahs to the Grammy’s – your stage design can be as unique as your event. If you haven’t already, we recommend going back to read …

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Backdrop Options: Colored Drape

Among the many decisions to make when planning and designing an event, there’s one that anchors the entire aesthetic: what to do about a stage backdrop. Now, if money were no object, the end result could be as breathtaking as the golden chariots that guests rode in on. But naturally, budgets dictate prioritization, and typically the backdrop is lower on …

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Webcasting (Part 3): Options, Applications & Platforms

In our final installment of this series, we’re going to delve a little deeper into the specifics of webcasting. That is to say, if you’ve already gotten an understanding of webcasting and Hybrid Meetings, you’ve determined it’s right for your event, and you’ve already addressed the potential pitfalls, then it’s time to start fine-tuning! As we’ve discussed already in the previous installments, there …

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Webcasting (Part 2): Specifics, Issues & Recommendations

Like with most project management, one key component to planning and executing a successful event is the ability to foresee potential pitfalls along the way. What’s caused others to fail before? Where are those bumps in the road that wait to derail all the time, money, and reputation that have already been invested? It can be a daunting task after all – …

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Webcasting: Is it right for you?

As webcasting and the “Hybrid Meeting” become more prevalent in the event planning world, it’s increasingly vital for smart planners to know when the associated costs are justifiable, when they’re not, or even when to go with an alternative solution. If you’re just starting out with the topic, we’d recommend going back to read our previous post about these Hybrid Meetings for …