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Is it a Show or a Meeting?

Posted January 23, 2017 by Heather Hutson

When getting ready to create a specification for a client, I have to first determine if the event is a show or a meeting. Just as all chickens are birds but not all birds are chickens,  all shows are meetings but not all meetings are shows. Telling the difference between chickens and other types of birds...

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3 Considerations for Choosing an AV Partner

Posted January 10, 2017 by Heather Hutson

I was working on a show last fall and the planner came to me all worried. She had a major problem. The ONE breakout that was to be recorded had terrible audio issues, the mic’s weren’t working, the presenters were getting frustrated and turning them off, and the videographer wasn’t able to capture the audio....

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4 Benefits of Giving

Posted December 12, 2016 by Heather Hutson

My friends Lisa and Natalie dress up like elves, complete in silly hats, and scurry around northern suburbs of Atlanta dropping gifts on the front steps of unsuspecting recipients.  They call it #12daysofelvingchristmas.  They find someone in the community who is having a rough go of the holiday season and “elf ” them – kinda like...

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Is Comparison Always a Trap?

Posted November 17, 2016 by Heather Hutson

Andy Stanley did a sermon series called “The Comparison Trap” and his main point was that you can never win with comparison.  That you would feel jealous of someone who had ‘more’ than you or you would feel superior to someone who had ‘less’ than you.  Of course, I’m broad stroking a great communicator’s four hour...

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8 Tips for Presenters

Posted October 27, 2016 by Heather Hutson

I love my job. The whole process scratches my theatre itch. We plan a show, we pack a show, we load a show, we tech a show and then we have executive rehearsals.  When we mic up a presenter we tell him the same thing every time. SO I thought it may be useful to...

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Don’t be the Goat! 3 Reasons Why Blame Is BAAAAAD

Posted October 11, 2016 by Heather Hutson

I was on show site recently and there was a serious lag on the internet connection. Once the whole group jumped online, the fast stable connection dragged down to a snail’s pace. The meeting planner, frazzled and stressed came to the AV Technical Director and asked his opinion. He told her what you are thinking,...

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4 Key Components to a Great Run of Show

Posted September 13, 2016 by Heather Hutson

You’ve heard it. Every production company, every audiovisual company makes the same promise. FLAWLESS EXECUTION. How can they all promise that? Well, there’s a method to flawless execution and it starts with a clear and well crafted Run of Show. A true Run of Show (ROS) is a cue sheet that the stage manager provides...

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3 Tips for Living your Best Life

Posted August 30, 2016 by Heather Hutson

I hit a slump recently. Last winter my partner and I got engaged which started a huge flurry of activity. We had to make a guest list, pick a venue, travel up to meet his family… Oh and I needed to get my house ready to sell. It was a project, and I made a...

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5 Steps to Making a Difference – Production Style

Posted August 16, 2016 by Heather Hutson

Making a difference is in vogue these days.  Tom’s will donate a pair of shoes to a kid in Africa, Microsoft will give a Surface to a kid in Africa, Warby Parker contributes a pair of glasses to the non profits in third world companies. It’s so popular that Buzzfeed compiled a list of 22 Charitable Companies...

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Permalink to 7 Steps to an Efficient and Effective RFP Process

7 Steps to an Efficient and Effective RFP Process

Posted July 22, 2016 by Heather Hutson

I’ve answered thousands of RFP’s. (I’m not exaggerating here.) I’ve seen the process work effectively and I’ve experienced it as a complete waste of time for both parties. Proposal writing a tricky business, it can be expensive and consume a lot resources, but talking to each and every vendor is time consuming for the client....

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