5 Items of Conference Room AV Equipment You Shouldn’t Be Without

These days, finding appropriate conference room AV solutions is not an easy task.

In the days of conference rooms of old, you didn’t need much. Most of the time, all you needed to hold a meeting were an overhead projector and a pull-down screen. Well, you also needed a way to make a room completely dark.

Nowadays, things are much different. Thanks to modern technology, we have plenty of tools for organization and communication. The only problem is, how do you know which ones to get?

If you need some help on this, we’ve got you covered! In this article, we’ll go over five pieces of conference room equipment you shouldn’t go without.

1. Interactive Whiteboard

At first glance, an interactive whiteboard looks like any other whiteboard.

Dig a little deeper, and you’ll discover a multi-touch display. With this, up to four people can write, manipulate objects and perform mouse functions at once. All you need are your fingers.

Also, you can connect an interactive whiteboard to printers and computers. This allows you to print your notes and share them with other participants.

2. Digital Virtual Presenter

Remember those old overhead projectors? Well, digital virtual presenters (or DVPs) are their modern equivalent.

As you may recall, overhead projectors used Fresnel lenses to collimate light. Well, DVPs use a video camera to project documents and 3D objects onto a screen. This makes it much easier for participants to notice these visual aids.

3. Video Conferencing System

With the rise of video conferencing, travel costs are no longer an issue for many companies.

The reason is simple: you no longer need to fly around the world to get to a meeting. Thanks to the various video conferencing systems, you can hold any meeting in the comfort of your own conference room.

Not sure which system to get? Look for one that has the iPanel system, which lets you chat and share documents at the same time. The iPanel also allows you to access the Internet during the conference.

4. Speakerphone

A speakerphone is a key piece of conference room AV equipment. If you make a phone call during a conference, you want all the participants to hear the conversation.

Most conference speakerphones come with a 360-degree microphone and have great sound quality. This can make it seem as if the speaker is right there in the conference room.

5. Collaboration Solution

When it comes to conference room presentation systems, nothing beats a collaboration solution.

What do these devices do? As the name implies, they enable multi-screen and multi-application collaboration. Anyone can use their own device and share content with anyone else in the world.

Needless to say, this is a perfect solution for conferences. After all, what other device allows you to combine presentation display, file sharing and video conferencing? And you can work on them all in real time!

More on Conference Room AV

Conferences have an important role in today’s work environment. That’s why having a well-equipped conference room is essential in fostering decision making. Plus, it’s always good to leave an impression on your visitors.

Not sure where to find affordable conference room AV solutions? We can help you out! Contact us right here, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Why You Should Take Your Meetings and Work Outdoors

If you don’t live in a state where the sun is shining 90% of the time and the temperatures stay warm year-round (we’re looking at you, Indiana), spending time outside is precious.

Consider the 8 months out of the year where temperatures are frigid and that white stuff is falling from the sky, people look forward to spending some time in the sun and warm weather. However, being able to do this when you work an office job is difficult, to say the least, and two days off just doesn’t cut it.

Giving your employees a chance to rejuvenate and boost their energy by taking a quick walk or holding the weekly meeting outdoors can boost employee morale and energy.

If you haven’t considered the benefits of what working outdoors can do for your office, continue reading. We’ll show you why you should take your meetings and work outdoors.

Creative Boost

Taking a break from the confined walls and fluorescent lights of an office will boost creative thinking and problem-solving. Working outdoors gives employees some nature therapy which clears the mind and helps with de-stressing.

Improves Focus

The average person attends 62 meetings monthly at their work. While some people may take detailed notes, most will daydream or even fall asleep.

Working outdoors improves focus to help stay on task. This goes along with increasing creativity and problem-solving. Not only will you notice a change in your employee’s creativity, but you’ll also see a change in their engagement.

Open Communication

Taking a walk with your boss or employees opens makes them feel more comfortable than when sitting in an office with a desk separating them. This allows for more open communication where employees can discuss any issues or potential problems they are having on a project.

This goes hand-in-hand with a creative boost – brainstorming together while outside will give everyone a fresh perspective and help think outside the box.

Health Benefits

We know spending time outdoors helps us mentally, but it also helps us physically, and standing desks will only do so much inside an office.

Hosting a walking meeting for at least 30 minutes will boost energy, reduce the risks of heart disease, dementia, some cancers, stroke, and help lose weight. Sitting still for too long and staring at a screen all day isn’t good for your eyes and are known to cause headaches or migraines.

Taking the time to step away from the screen and get some fresh air will improve blood circulation and give your muscles a chance to stretch.

Why You Should Work Outdoors

If increasing employee engagement, open communication, and creativity aren’t enough to get you to enjoy some work outdoors, think about the health benefits alone.

Give your employees the chance to enjoy the beautiful weather outside of their days off. It will give everyone a breath of fresh air – literally – and improve focus around the office.

How to Stop Being Busy and Start Being Productive

busy vs productive

Stop me if you’ve heard this conversation before:

You: “Hey (friend), it’s been a while! How have you been?”
Friend: “Hi (friend), I’ve been great – super busy!”

Can someone please tell me when the American culture decided that busyness is synonymous with success? Many people will happily and proudly admit to being overworked and stressed out! Somewhere along the line, we learned that if you’re not up to your eyeballs in work, then you’re doing something wrong. However, the simple fact is; that’s simply not true. There’s a HUGE difference between being busy and being productive.

What does it mean to be busy?

Of course, accomplishing tasks is an amazing thing. But if we’re not careful, our productivity reaches a peak, and then rapidly begins to decline. As a culture, we tend to fill our lives with never-ending to-do lists, multi-tasking, and high-stress levels. But we love stress! We know that stress leads to success, so we gladly overfill our calendars and stress ourselves out because we know that success lies at the end of the road. We thrive on the idea of over-caffeinating ourselves, buckling down, and pushing ourselves to the limit. Quite literally, busyness is a drug!

 

What is Productivity, Anyway?

On the other hand, productivity is a bit more than looking busy. Productivity measures the actual success of your labor, which makes it much more valuable in the long-run. Productive people put a bit more thought and care into the tasks they are taking on. Maximizing productivity in your workplace can do wonders for your business’ success!

Stop Being Busy, Start Being Productive

Now that we’ve explored the differences between being busy and being productive, we can start to focus on what it means to actually become productive in our work. Here are a few tips that will help you maximize your productivity and minimize your stress!

1. Stop Multi-Tasking

Study after study has shown that multi-tasking is the biggest productivity killer of all. When you spread yourself too thin, you begin to sacrifice quality on all of your projects. There’s no such thing as a good multi-tasker. Focus on what is deserving of your immediate attention, and then devote your time to finishing that task before moving onto something else.

2. Start Saying No

Busy people love to take on new projects. The more projects, the better. Because of this mindset, busy people have a hard time saying no. The next time you are approached about taking on a new task, rather than blurting out “yes” right away, be sure to take some time to think about what this project entails. Don’t be afraid to say “Let me sleep on that.”

3. Remove Distractions

Besides multi-tasking, the second biggest productivity killer is distractions. Immediate distractions such as noises around your office space are only the beginning. Most people are also constantly fighting internal distractions like what you’re going to do after work, or worrying about other things on your to-do list. Figure out which distractions you struggle with and be intentional about removing them from your life! Only focus on one task at a time – those other tasks can wait.

4. Stay out of your emails

Checking your email every time you get the alert notification not only interrupts what you’re doing, but also forces you to change direction to another project that just appeared in your email. Instead, turn off the sound notification and only check emails after the completion of a project or no more than once every hour.

5. Don’t Do. Think.

This idea might be counter-intuitive to what you know about productivity, but the fact is: productive people take life a little slower. Rather than hurry through a task, stop and put together a plan of action that will help you complete the task not only quickly, but successfully. Have you ever been halfway through a task, only to realize that you made a mistake early on, and now you have to go back and do it all over again? People who take the time to do a job right never have to go back and start over.

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Contact us today to discuss your office and learn how we can help your team increase their productivity.

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