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August Educational Program
Hotel 116 logoLocation:  Hotel 116, a Coast Hotel Bellevue
Address:  625 116th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA  98004
Date:  August 22, 2017
Time:  11:00 am - 11:30 am - Registration
           11:30 am - 1:30 pm - Lunch & Program
           2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Board Meeting (all members are welcome to attend)

Everybody Hates AV. There, I Said It. Now, Let’s Fix It

Talk to any group of meeting planners and they’ll tell you that one of the most frustrating elements of planning and executing any conference is the AV. From planning to budgeting to on-site issues, AV is what often keeps them up at night. It’s mysterious and complicated. It’s changing all the time. It’s expensive, and frankly, it can make or break an event.

The flip side is, AV can add sizzle and create an emotional connection between your event, event message and audience. It can take the overall impression of your conference from “met expectations” to “mind blown”. But how do you harness the beast that is AV?
In this interactive session, AV and event producer Stephen O’Connor will unlock some of the basic mysteries of AV in order to improve your overall knowledge and control. You’ll walk away with:
• An overall understanding of the perplexing world of AV and over 30 insider secrets.
• Some of the most important basics in planning for AV – venue considerations, shopping for vendors, and labor.
• A better understanding of the fine print of venue and AV contracts and how to adjust them to satisfy your meeting’s objectives and budget.
OConnor Stephen colorStephen O’Connor is Owner and CEO of O’Design Productions and Consulting, a breakthrough company that provides Audio Visual productions, consulting and training to meeting professionals, companies and associations. A former Disney employee, Hollywood producer and VP of Sales and Marketing for various AV and event companies, Stephen approaches conference AV in a completely different way – from creative soul and a meeting planner’s heart. The result is an efficient process that removes the headache and hassle normally associated with conference AC and replaces it with the free mind space needed to create a heightened conference experience – regardless of budget. In additional to speaking around the country, Stephen offers AV Bootcamps to meeting planners looking to improve their understanding of AV basics, terminology and contract negotiations.
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