Dr. Rebecca Homkes outlines her three-step strategy for actually growing your business during a downturn.
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From 5G to cybersecurity to managing streaming content for your clients, our twice-yearly highlight wrap-up features clips from the five most popular shows we recorded this year.
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Walt and Ed once again dig into the world of delivering clean, surge-free power to the integrated home. What’s the latest UPS technology? How are best practices developing? And what should an integrator avoid? Our guests are Nyron Kahrim from Middle Atlantic/Legrand, and Vince Luciani and Jimmy Paschke from SurgeX.
The CEB28 HDMI System Design and Verification and CEB22 Audio Design best practice guidelines are nearing completion with the ongoing efforts of CEDIA/CTA R10 Working Group. CEDIA’s Senior Director of Technology and Standards (and podcast co-host) Walt Zerbe is a big part of that effort, as are Technical Research Consultant David Meyer and CEDIA Board Member Peter Aylett (HTE). Here’s a progress report.
Mitch Reitman of the Reitman Group – regular contributor to the CE Pro family of publications – walks us through changes in small-business stimulus, and some pitfalls you need beware of.
As Grandcare’s Laura Mitchell tells us, “With COVID19 we have just seen aging and senior housing turned on its head with social isolation, lack of healthcare workers, and the fear of hospitals. We are inundated with calls and requests for the video chat, telehealth capabilities, and activity monitoring.” Mitchell joins us to talk about the state of the post-COVID aging industry and best practices to stay safe.
How do you change products or services to fit a lockdown situation or match your client’s comfort level? Can you do that even without having techs in the house? Pete Trauth (Nirvana Home Entertainment), Mike Ranpura (Smart Life AV), and Mike McMaster (Wilshire Media Systems) have all been working on solutions to that problem. Peter Aylett (HTE), meanwhile, has some ideas about business opportunities created by this pandemic that he offered on a recent CEDIA webinar.
Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO Mental Health America joins us to speak about mental health as it relates to the small business owner (and their employees) during this pandemic. What are good coping mechanisms? How does one deal with these added pressures? What should someone be on the lookout for; the danger signs that things are getting away from them?
CEDIA’s Desiree Friedman and James Bliss tell us about the work (and thought) that went into CEDIA’s new website: the look, the learning systems, and the combination of several sites into one location serving our global community of integrators, specifiers, and clients.
Two integrators share how their conversations with suppliers and clients have changed – and so has the way they do business. Guests include Heather Sidorowicz (SouthTown AV) and Jamie Briesemeister (Integration Controls).
A recap of the panel discussion with integrators and interior designers from the CEDIA Design Build Conference at ISE. Guests include Dean Keyworth, Armstrong Keyworth; Susie Rumbold, Tessuto; plus integrators James Ratcliffe, Homeplay; and Pip Evans, NV Integration.
John Penney, who’s been a strategy officer for some of the biggest names in media, joins Ed and Walt to talk about the myriad changes wrought by the pandemic in content production and delivery, and what that means for integrators.
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Michael Cogbill (Rev2 Consulting) walks us through the latest – and incredibly powerful – camera technologies, including techniques that can screen for fever through facial imagery alone. Why are the challenges? And how can a residential integrator find the opportunities here?
We discuss setting expectations, holding our employees accountable, and driving behavior to performance success as we embrace the new normal of the work-from-home environment, and the shifting protocols that come with working in the client’s home.
Our guest: Courtney Berg, Courtside Consulting: https://www.courtsidehr.com/
Growing segments? Challenges? What’s business like across the globe these days?
Europe – Peter Aylett https://www.hte.design/
India - Manoj Soni, AV Solutions India, AV4U www.av4u.in
Africa - Christiaan Beukes, Sphere Custom http://spherecustom.com/
Middle East - Karim Zaki, Archimedia’s founder and CEO http://www.archimedia-me.com/
Australia - Stuart Robertson, Sound Living www.soundliving.com.au
Industry pros from the EMEA offer their thoughts on what the landscape will look like when the lockdowns end. How will business shift? How can we prepare? Guests include:
Steve Moore, www.smc-uk.com
Wim de Vos, https://www.genesis-tech.eu/es/
Andrew Royall, e-h-t.uk
Ball State Economics Professor Mike Hicks joins us to talk about how the pandemic disruption is affecting the larger economy, small businesses, and what the long-range models look like in this honest, clear-eyed assessment of where we are in early May of 2020.
Leslie Shiner of the Shiner Group talks about cash flow and strategies to keep your business afloat during the pandemic. You’ll learn how to carefully assess issues such managing overhead and “right-sizing” your business for your market – and your comfort level.
For more resources that can help: CEDIASTRONG.org
The CARES Act includes something that a lot of members are taking advantage of, the Paycheck Protection Program, administered by the Small Business Administration. While this podcast covers that, here’s more to the SBA, though, and Ed and Walt are joined by Great Lakes Regional Administrator Rob Scott to uncover what else the Admin can do.
In the first of several episodes on this topic that will cover the globe, CEDIA folks from the US offer their thoughts on what the landscape will look like when the lockdowns end. How will business shift? What segments will be affected – even grow? How can we prepare? Our guests are Gordon van Zuiden (cyberManor) and Amanda Wildman (TruMedia).
What’s CEDIA up to – besides CEDIASTRONG? The other work continues. CEDIA’s David Whitney gives us info on the work his team (including with CEDIA volunteer and former Board Chairman Dennis Erskine) is doing to update CEDIA Certification, and CEDIA’s Darren Reaman clues us in on legislative moves.
CEDIA’s Steve Rissi and Gerry Lemay of Homeacoustics.org join Ed and Walt in this deep dive into the techniques, business, and necessity of audio calibration. From speaker placement to room design and signal processing, this podcast separates the subjective from the scientific.
Join us for this chat on cybersecurity (and other issues) ESPECIALLY as they relate to the home network (now that so many more folks are working remotely).
Mike Maniscalco, https://pytheasenterprises.com/
Shawn Lemay, https://www.soundandtheater.net/
Nathan Holmes, https://www.accessnetworks.com/
Some of the most knowledgeable minds when it comes to immersive audio – in both movies AND music – talk advances with Ed and Walt. The panel includes:
Peter Aylett, Home Theatre Environment https://www.hte.design/
Guillaume Le Nost, L-Acoustics Ltd https://www.l-acoustics.com/en/
Wilfred Van Baelen, Auro Technologies https://www.auro-3d.com/
Arnaud Laborie, Trinnov Audio https://www.trinnov.com/
Andreas Ehret, Dolby Labs https://www.dolby.com
We’ve got more details on the sweeping legislation (parts of which directly help small businesses like yours) with Victor Puleo, Davey Chair of Risk Management and Insurance in the Lacy School of Business at Butler University, and CEDIA’s Director of Government Affairs Darren Reaman.