Archive for the ‘Tricks of the Trade’ Category

Codec: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

When videoconferencing was first introduced, it was a game changer for businesses. It became a cost-effective way to hold company-wide meetings by reducing the need for travel expenses. And it allowed global offices or telecommuters to connect on a more personal level, without the need for airline tickets or hotels. Since its introduction, teleconferencing systems have improved, and the features are almost limitless. But, if you’ve tried to update your teleconferencing set-up recently, you might have been confused by some of the finer details. ‘Codec’ is one of the terms we get a lot of questions about, so we’re here…

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Tricks of the Trade: Conferences

According to Merriam-Webster, the word ‘conference’ means “a meeting of two or more persons for discussing matters of common concern.” But if you ask us, that seems a little vague. The word ‘conference’ can mean many different things. So, let’s break down some of the conferences that we can help you with! Conference Rooms Let’s start with one you probably already know about. Most offices, no matter the industry, probably have some sort of conference room. This is where your team holds meetings, presentations, or conference calls. Conference rooms can range in size, from a small room with just a…

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Make Your Conference Call Better!

Most businesses, no matter the industry, take advantage of conference calls or virtual meetings on a regular basis. Believe it or not, but conference calls, in some form, have been around since the early 1900s. Luckily, we’ve come a long way since then in terms of technology. Apps and internet services have made this process much easier, but they’re useless if your equipment is outdated and outside distractions dominate the call. Here are a few things to consider when planning for your conference call equipment. 360-degree room microphone coverage One of the best ways to improve your conference calls is…

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Make Your Projector Better!

Raise your hand if your office, school, or place of worship has a projector. If your hand isn’t up, this might not be the article for you. But, we’re guessing that most of you raised your hand. Projectors have quickly become one of the leading pieces of tech for most industries, making presentations, lessons, and services more interactive and accessible. Now, raise your hand if you’ve ever had a lamp burn out in the middle of a big presentation. Or, better yet, been the person responsible for climbing a ladder to reach the ceiling to change said lamp. That is,…

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Eliminating Distractions: Easter Service Edition

Over the years, I have learned many valuable lessons about planning and taking necessary steps to make sure that it’s “all systems go” for Easter weekends. Having spent over ten years actively engaged in ministry, our heart was to ensure each weekend was conducted with excellence. As most of you may know, Easter is different. This specific weekend was always a special time to celebrate our faith, but also to welcome new guests into our family. Being prepared was everything—especially when it came to our gear. I have always said to myself and to my teams that technology can be…

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Make Your Meeting Room Better!

Most offices, no matter the industry, have at least one thing in common: some sort of meeting room. It’s probably even one of the most used rooms in many offices, so why not make the room as efficient and practical as possible? With some updated technology and a few strategic changes, AVG can help you make the most of your meeting space. We usually start by asking the following questions. Step 1: What is your meeting room used for? Are all of your meetings internal, or do you often host clients? How many people does the room hold? Are you…

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Mic check!

With new regulations from the FCC, certain wireless microphones and other instrument systems will be illegal to use after July 13, 2020. Here’s some basic information you may need to know about the transition. In order to make room for the large demand for mobile data, the Federal Communications Commission auctioned off a portion of the 600 MHz UHF TV Band spectrum. The spectrum will mostly be used by mobile data providers, which means it will be illegal to use wireless microphones or instrument systems that run on the 600 MHz spectrum after July 13, 2020. What should I do?…

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Avoid a Silent Night: 8 Tips For Your Christmas Service

The Christmas service is often the culmination of a year of singing, praising, and serving. In most congregations, it is the highest attended service each year. With so much on the line, don’t make the usual mistake of waiting until the end of the year to plan for the event. We know it’s only September, but why not start planning now? We’ve collected a list of pro tips for you to start looking over in preparation for Christmas! Pro Tip 1 – Evaluate last year’s success, and plan for this year. Let’s start with the basics. How did last year’s…

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