You should watch it. It’s awesome.
Remember Short Attention Span Theater? Jon Stewart’s first on-air gig, it ran from 1989-1994. The show’s fast-moving clips suggested that even 20+ years ago attentive audiences were already a thing of the past.
According to a recent study from Microsoft, people generally lose concentration after 8 seconds. Even the most skittish of goldfish have 9-second attention spans.
That’s right. These days goldfish pay more attention than people do.
What does this mean for your meetings and events? For one thing, you’d better begin with the end in mind. For another, you need to think way outside the fishbowl to capture your audience’s fleeting attention – the same old same old ballroom and conference environments might not do the trick.
So how do you get your audience emotionally invested in what you are trying to communicate?
- Pick an unconventional setting. A local performance arts center, a history museum, an art gallery, warehouses, converted spaces, nightclubs for daytime events, rural settings for glam tented events.
- Choose the right visual and audio stimuli. Sharp, short video segments heavy on images and light on text. (Keep promo videos to a minute.) Presentations that move at a quick clip, TED Talk style. Interactive tools for audience engagement. Lighting that surprises as it sets the scene.
Create an intentional event design from the ground up. Ditch cookie cutter plans in favor of captivating, integrated audio and video experiences that attendees will long remember.
The right audio visual production partner is key to entertaining, engaging, and educating attendees in today’s Short Attention Span Theater. Promise your guests that you’ll use their time wisely, then give them a one-of-a-kind experience. And always make sure you deliver.
An exceptional experience in AV should start with the end in mind. For example, what are you hoping to accomplish during the event? Maybe you want to transfer knowledge. Or maybe you want to entertain the audience or enable them to work together to shape the content. And just as important – What do you want the audience to feel, think, or do after the event ends?
Regardless of the desired outcome or the audience’s level of interaction, an exceptional AV experience occurs when content, space, and technology are aligned to achieve a specific goal and engage the audience from beginning to end. Watch the InfoComm International video.
CEAVCO Audio Visual recently purchased 7 new Yamaha TF1 16-Channel Digital Mixers. CEAVCO will use this expandable, user-friendly gear to deliver better audio outcomes for our clients.
The compact, portable sound mixers can work in venues from small to large, and they can be used for live music as well as corporate events.
The digital console’s fluid TouchFlow Operation — straightforward touchscreen design, presets, and precision adjustments — maximizes workflow efficiency and makes it easy to achieve a great mix.
Features and Specs:
- 17 motor faders (16 channels + 1 master)
- 40 input mixing channels (32 mono + 2 stereo + 2 return)
- 20 Aux buses (8 mono + 6 stereo) + Stereo + Sub
- 8 DCA groups with Roll-out
- 16 analog XLR/TRS combo mic/line inputs + 2 analog RCA pin stereo line inputs
- 16 analog XLR outputs
- 34 x 34 digital record/playback channels via USB 2.0 + 2 x 2 via a USB storage device
- 1 expansion slot for NY64-D audio interface card
- Wireless monitoring and control
We’d like to welcome Sidney Reed, the newest addition to the CEAVCO Audio Visual team. Sidney is taking the role of Creative Services Manager and will be working alongside Blake Holmes in the Creative Services Suite.
Sidney will be a full-time resource to our clients for Pre-production, Post-production, Design, and Graphics, among other client efforts.
She’s excited to get started with a full slate of Creative Services projects.
The 32nd Space Foundation Space Symposium took place from April 11-14 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. This was CEAVCO Audio Visual’s 10th year supporting the premier global, commercial, civil, military, and emergent space conference. Featured speakers included Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and retired astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin.
Each year, the Space Symposium brings together space leaders from around the world to discuss, address, and dream about the future of space. The event attracts almost 11,000 participants from 30 nations.
CEAVCO has been a long-term partner with the Space Foundation, supplying a multi-screen video system, audio, and lighting for the annual event. CEAVCO’s planning for each event begins six months in advance, and the Space Foundation has been extremely pleased with our continued collaboration.
CEAVCO Audio Visual recently produced an event at the Pat Bowlen Fieldhouse located at the UCHealth Training Center, the Denver Broncos team headquarters. The 115,000-square-foot indoor practice facility is situated on 13.5 acres in Englewood, Colorado. The booking company for the UCHealth Training Center hosted many of the region’s top meeting and event planners at the inaugural event.
It was the first function where an outside group was invited to host an event in the new building. Guests were treated to a close-up view of the Super Bowl 50 Lombardi Trophy and were allowed to tour the facility, purchase merchandise at the Broncos Team Store, and run on the practice field. The event was a big success.
As a partner of both the Denver Broncos and the Stadium Management Company based out of Sports Authority Field at Mile High, CEAVCO has supported internal events at the facility on a number of occasions.
The facility underwent significant renovations in 2014, and CEAVCO is looking forward to working with the Broncos to enhance the possibilities for future events. Production-friendly additions may include rigging and drape options, load-in accessibility enhancements, and power system upgrades.