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August 21, 2013

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Strategically Speaking and AV Week; AV Executive Conference; GovComm 2013 Registration; Design Boot Camp; Michael Vergauwen Scholarship; CTS-D Prep; More Projects Require CTS; Chicago Roundtable; Collaborate: New York

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The Life of an AV Project Estimator


It's a lot tougher than you think. Even when your company has the winning bid, the estimator faces potential second-guessing. It's enough to make a cynic of the most fun-loving AV professional. InfoComm University™ Senior Instructor Brad Malone, PMP, relates this first-hand account of life as an AV project estimator. Hug an estimator today.


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Beyond HD: What You Need to Know About 4K, UHD and QHD


When considering the next generation of high-resolution displays, it can be easy to get caught up in pixel counts. But which pixel counts matter? And how does viewing distance factor into a user's experience? Engineers have been working on a way to compare apple to apples. Here's what they've figured out.


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Scoping Our Industry: AV, IT, or What?


Just because AV/IT convergence has happened — and just because both sides of the equation get along better — doesn't mean the pro-AV industry shouldn't be clear about its unique value proposition. Being able to articulate a defined scope has many benefits. Read about them and share your ideas.


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Hearing Affects Your Health


Is the audio in that venue too loud? If so, and if you're repeatedly exposed to excessive noise, it could affect your overall health. Researchers have found a link between hearing loss and poor health. That may not bode well for people in our industry, but there are things you can do to take care of yourself.


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AV Freelancers Face Training Challenges


Many AV professionals came into the industry through a side door. They went to a school to study graphic design, or TV production or some other specialty. There was a time these important technicians learned on the job, but today, is that enough to build a trained network of independent service providers? Read more.


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More News from InfoComm

 Strategically Speaking

You've heard it discussed in various corners of professional AV: How do we attract fresh talent to our growing, vibrant industry? InfoComm International®'s Board of Directors, as part of the association's new three-year strategic plan, has made workforce development one of its priorities.

Through new and existing programs, InfoComm is committed to driving qualified hiring prospects to member companies. Its core purpose — to advance audiovisual communications globally — hasn't changed, but in promoting the benefits of a career in the AV communications industry, InfoComm believes member companies can rise to the challenges of new technology, evolving business models and demanding customers. Look for the association to promote the inclusion of AV industry information in appropriate secondary education programs and boost its development of non-traditional education opportunities. A knowledgeable, enthusiastic workforce can be the rising tide that lifts all boats.

What can you do in the short term? AV Week is Oct. 13-19, 2013. InfoComm encourages members to go out into their communities and join a job fair, give a presentation at a local high school, or hold an open house to increase awareness and share the excitement of working in the AV industry. Get more ideas from InfoComm.

 Engage With Other Great Minds

Register today for InfoComm's new AV Executive Conference, Sept. 10-12, at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Fla., and elevate your game. Break away from basic day-to-day "stuff" and take time to think about the big ideas and programs that can transform your business into an extraordinary enterprise. At this event, you'll be more than just an attendee — you'll be an active participant, engaging with other great minds that think alike.

Want a preview of the conference? All the presenters talked about their messages in this InfoComm Today Podcast.

 Get Ready for GovComm

Registration is now open for GovComm 2013, the audiovisual show for military and government. GovComm will take place on December 4-5 in Washington, D.C., and will be held in conjunction with Government Video Expo. Visit for your complimentary registration.

 Are You Tough Enough?

Test your endurance through nine back-to-back days of training at InfoComm University's famous Design Boot Camp, Oct. 7-15 in Fairfax, VA. Sign up for one class, or stay for all three.

 Last Chance to Apply for the Michael Vergauwen Scholarship

Time is running out. The Michael Vergauwen Fund supports post-secondary education for a career in the audiovisual industry and honors Michael Vergauwen's achievements and leadership of InfoComm International. The Michael Vergauwen Scholarship is a $5,000 grant for third- and fourth-year college students and graduate students who are employees of InfoComm member organizations or dependents of employees. It is administered by the International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF).

Don't delay. Fill out an application by Aug. 30.

 Keep Calm and Get Your Prep On

Take a deep breath and sigh with relief. InfoComm University has upcoming courses to help you prepare for your CTS®-D exam. Enroll in CTS-D Prep Virtual Classroom, Sept. 9-Oct. 3. It's available wherever you are.

Not sure if you're ready for this course? Call +1.703.273.7200 to create your customized training program.

 Word on the Street: More Projects Require CTS

Carl A. Howell, CTS-D, DMC-D, ISF-C

"We were seeing more projects that were requiring the company to employ staff with CTS, CTS-D and CTS-I."
— Carl A. Howell, CTS-D, DMC-D, ISF-C, Senior Audiovisual Design Engineer, Thompson Electronics Company

Ready to add the CTS credentials to your competitive advantage? Check out

 Roundtable Tour Stops in Chicago

Join InfoComm members and staff at the Chicago Roundtable on Sept. 19, 2013, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago – Arlington Heights. Hear the presentation Shift Happens! Thriving on Change by Jim Feldman, CEO of Shift Happens! In addition, Duffy Wilbert, CTS, CAE, Senior Vice President of Member Services at InfoComm, will talk about changes to the industry and the InfoComm programs being developed to address them. Be prepared to share your opinions and concerns during the open-floor portion of this event. Save your spot.

The Chicago Roundtable is held in conjunction with the Stampede Big Book of AV Tour.

 Learn, Network at Collaborate: New York

InfoComm and the IMCCA bring you the first of many events to promote knowledge and networking in the AV, multimedia, videoconferencing and unified communications communities. Collaborate: New York will be an afternoon full of opportunities to learn how your industry peers have solved problems, to catch-up on the latest developments in the industry, and to chat with colleagues, competitors and other industry professionals in a casual environment. Register today.

 Upcoming Webinars

  • Relationship Selling Into the Church Market
    Aug. 27, 2013

  • Show Rather Than Tell: Visual and Storytelling Techniques for Compelling Presentations
    Sept. 5, 2013

  • Understanding AV/IT Convergence From a Research Perspective
    Sept. 18, 2013


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