Event Ideas From Past Academy Award Celebrations

If your role in live events is to design a sophisticated space where people can mingle in style, then I suggest you “borrow liberally” from these event designers.

I would love to visit a location like this from the front-of-house, and not in A/V Village. If you’re lucky enough to attend, please pass back of few photos from your experience.

IT leaders need to invest in platform-agnostic UC systems

I’ve been touting platform-agnostic systems since 2018. It seems Zachary Comeau at mytechdecisions.com feels the same way. Here’s a blurb from the full article.

Look for platform-agnostic systems

… Videoconferencing and collaboration markets are flooded with software from several providers like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Google Meet, Bluejeans, Slack, RingCentral and many more.

There have been calls for these companies to get along and provide more interoperability and integrations, but that has largely failed to materialize as the collaboration software industry suddenly became extremely lucrative and competitive.

According to collaboration industry experts, using multiple software vendors isn’t all that rare. Some companies use one app to communicate externally and another to communicate with their team. If organizations work in small teams, the software of choice can vary among groups.

“I don’t know about you, but my home system needs to be agnostic and open to the ability to be bouncing around from a Teams meeting to a Zoom meeting to a PowerPoint,” Corey says.

IT directors need to prepare for this as optimistic news about effective vaccines is getting people thinking about the return to the office.

“If you’re an IT director and planned to have a single platform in all of your offices and you have no concept of work-from-home in that platform, you’re in deep trouble,” Corey says. “At any given time, the agnostic part lets you ebb and flow with the business.”

Bridging the gap between shopping online and in-store at Beautycounter

Elizabeth Segran at Fast Company wrote a great article about why BEAUTYCOUNTER, the socially conscious cosmetic company, is live-streaming everything inside its new store.

“Outside the store on Abbot Kinney, there’s a large sign that lights up when a live recording is happening, much like an old-fashion radio studio. Inside, the front part of the store is traditional retail, but in the back, there’s a stage equipped with professional lighting and audio equipment. Throughout the day, Beautycounter’s employees will live-stream themselves on a platform called Bambuser, which will be broadcast on Beautycounter’s website. If a customer sees a product they like, they’ll be able to click to see the product page.”

This is brilliant. You can read the full article over at Fast Company.

In Demand AV Receivers

The heart of a quality residential A/V system is the AVR (Audio Video Receiver). Residential Systems shows the top brands and most in demand units on the market today, and what coming in 2021.

As clients continue to upgrade their home systems there’s a rise in demand for AV receivers. Some of the latest features include 8K compatibility and all the current immersive formats. Head over to ResidentialSystems.com to get a look at some of the newest models on the market.

Expert Tips Planning a Virtual Event on a Tight Timeline

Claire Hoffman at BizBash lays out tips on how to execute a virtual event on a tight deadline.

“Let’s face it: We don’t always have the time—or the budget—to build the virtual event of our dreams. But that’s no reason to throw in the towel! Here, event pros across the country discuss how to plan an effective virtual event on a tight time frame, sharing what’s most important (and what can be sacrificed), how to be honest with clients, turnkey technology that can help, and much more.”

Some items she goes into are…

  • Identify your event’s main goal. 
  • Find elements to cut.
  • Keep the tech simple.

Get all of the facts at BizBash.com.

Is this the future of Hybrid Meetings?

I love everything about this “technically comfortable” space. The audience and virtual attendees get to experience the event in a more relaxed, yet formal setting. This is how I envision post-COVID Hybrid Events going forward. Minus the masked staff, of course.

From MeetingNet.com.

“[Marriott Hotels] used an in-person format that it thinks can be a model for other hybrid meetings. The event showcased Marriott’s revised approaches to meeting-room and prefunction-area setups that maintain social distancing, products and staff behaviors that maintain cleanliness of surfaces throughout the spaces, and virtual-event technologies that bring in remote participants.”

World’s first fully-staged drive-in opera comes to London

From AV Interactive.

“The English National Opera has placed its trust in live event specialist ADI to support the world’s first fully staged drive-in opera, ENO Drive & Live at Alexandra Palace, London from 19-27 September.  This outdoor project provided UK audiences with live opera for the first time since March, with ADI providing a complete event production solution, incorporating staging, structures, LED screens, lighting, OB and cameras.”

“Clearly audio is an all-important part of the opera experience. What would usually be projected from a stage into an acoustically balanced 2,000 seater auditorium had to be translated into hundreds of vehicles in a car park. ADI and ENO explored a number of options including delivery over Bluetooth via an app, but eventually decided on the traditional drive-in solution of delivering over radio signal to individual cars. This was supported by an onsite 5.1 audio system which covered the whole car park.”

That’s feakin’ cool! Check out the full article over at avinteractive.com.

Entire Productions believes the safety-conscious event model is here to stay

BizBash.com describes how Entire Productions provides 5 ways to enhance your hybrid event.

“With large events like The Emmys and VMAs going hybrid, Entire Productions believes that this safety-conscious event model is here to stay. Whether the event is a mini music festival or a multi-day conference with entertaining segments, knowing how to better combine in-person and virtual elements for future events is essential to boost attendee engagement and overall satisfaction.”

The 5 topics they discuss are…

  • Engagement Tools
  • Thoughtful Giveaways
  • Curated Entertainment & Unique Experiences
  • The Right Audiovisual Equipment
  • The Right Event Management Company

You can the details about these topics at BizBash.com

ADT + Google smart home accelerate time to market

The new platform will feature co-branding with Google, integrated Google Maps products, Nest cameras and thermostats, and Google video analytics, according to Jim DeVries, president and CEO of ADT, and will leverage ADT’s existing Command & Control platform until the end of 2022.

“We’re looking not just to make our smart platform smarter, we’re looking to make it more helpful…”

Don Young, chief information officer, ADT

Get all of the juicy deets over at CEPro.com

Improve Your Nonverbal Communication

The Convene staff know a thing to two about virtual meetings, so they put together a primer on how to present yourself nonverbally. Here’s a snippet.


To help improve your nonverbal skills, we’ve assembled ten useful tips to try out during your next virtual meeting. From controlling your facial expressions to managing your body language, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to nonverbal communication. But with these easy tips you’ll be sure to impress your next audience and keep them engaged the whole way through.

Let’s dive in: 

1. Maintain Eye Contact 

Consistent, engaged eye contact is essential to communicating. And though it may be easy to slip away while speaking through a screen, it’s important to stay zeroed in on your audience. To give the illusion of true eye contact, be sure to look directly into the webcam. And if you want to help your expression appear more natural, you could even try taping an image you love of a family member to the wall behind it. 

2. Perfect Your Posture 

It may seem like an insignificant detail, but slouching on screen can give your audience the impression that you’re disinterested. Select a chair that helps you sit confidently upright, keep your shoulders square, and try to use your hands some when speaking. Leaning into the camera slightly will also mimic active listening onscreen. 

3. Smile & Nod Along 

Just as you would in person, smiling and nodding along while others are speaking will let them know that you’re listening and engaged. Tilting your head as you do so will also affirm your interest, as this gesture is a universal way to “lend your ear.” 


For the other 7 tips you’ll have to visit convene.com. Fortunately, we know “a guy”, so you can go directly to the article using the button below.