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Secrets To A Successful Soundcheck

Mic check one, two. Check one, two. Have you ever heard the emcee or host of an event say this into the microphone before the show or presentation starts? They are testing out the sound system to create the best listening experience for their audience. There’s a lot that goes into a soundcheck so see below for some secrets to success.

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First off, you’ll want to find the audio engineer as soon as your get to the venue. It’s important to get to know him or her and ask some general questions about the PA system. Try to find out how the system changes when there is a full audience in the room, because we all know things sound different in an empty room.

After speaking with the engineer and learning a bit about the venue, you can go ahead and start testing the mics. If there will be more than one mic, one for vocals and another for music or instruments, start with the vocal mic(s) first. Keep in mind that louder doesn’t always equal better.

For more information about how to run a successful soundcheck, contact the experts at CitiView Audio Visual. We’ve been providing the NYC area with quality live event solutions since 1998.

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Don’t Go To Your Presentation Without These Items

Have you ever put on a presentation or spoke in front of a crowd only to realize you forgot to bring a vital component with you? Standing up in front of an audience can be stressful enough, so make sure you prepare a presentation kit before the big day. Find out you need to have below:

The Accessories

Although specific items might change with each presentation, here’s a short list of accessories you won’t want to forget:

  • Handouts or notes for the audience
  • A copy of the presentation and notes for yourself
  • If it’s a visual presentation, bring a backup copy on a thumb drive
  • Evaluation forms to gather some feedback from the crowd

The Equipment

Don’t forget your laptop, that should go without saying. But you may need a reminder about a few of these items:

  • Remote
  • Microphone
  • Headphones (if you need them)
  • Any cables necessary for audio and visual
  • Video adapter

Presentation equipment is our specialty. This is one step you can eliminate from your preparation, or at least most of it, by counting on our experts to set up your event.

A few other items you may want to consider packing in your presentation kit include duct tape, spare batteries and a portable timer so you can stay on track. And remember, stay relaxed – you’re going to do just fine!

CitiView Audio Visual has the tools and expertise you need to help organize your event. We bring your presentation to life by administering state of the art audio, visual, staging, and video streaming services. CitiView Audio Visual offers cutting edge AV production and recording equipment to make your event a memorable one. Give us a call at 212-632-5196 the next time you’re preparing for an event.

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How To Host A Successful Corporate Event

A poorly run event can lead to nothing but an expensive cocktail party where interaction is non-existent. Although online communication has taken over the world, face-to-face conversations can still have immeasurable value. So what’s the trick to hosting a successful corporate event?

The first trick is to identify the reason behind your event. Whether it’s to pitch a new product to potential clients, share what’s going on inside the company or something as simple as growing your network you must have a clear objective. As you begin planning the event and brainstorming your goal keep this question in mind, “why are we hosting this event.” It will help you stay on track and maintain a clear focus.

Once you have your objective in mind you can begin thinking about who you want to invite and how to create a buzz. To do this, you need to give them a reason to show up. This can be accomplished by choosing a venue that people are eager to check out, or the special features that will be incorporated. That’s where we come in!

While we can’t generate interactions between your guests, we can surely set you up with a fantastic display. Whether you need projection screens, audio equipment or spectacular lighting we’ve got it all! Contact CitiView Audio Visual today at 212-632-5196.

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How To Make Your Presentation A Success

Get the sweats? Clammy palms? Can’t stop tapping your foot? If you have a fear of public speaking or presenting you know all about how stressful getting up in front of an audience can be. And while they may not completely cure your nervous symptoms, these three secrets can help make your presentation a successful one.

Make It Understandable

Have you ever listened to somebody speak to an audience where you weren’t able to understand their message? Your crowd will be much more engaged if your presentation is free of jargon, buzzwords, complexity and confusion. So how can you make it happen? Think of it like Twitter, you only have a 140 character limit (although this won’t actually be the case).

Make It Memorable

How can you say your presentation was a success if the audience can’t remember what you spoke about? Try to incorporate the rule of three. We tend to only remember three to seven points in the short term so if you can limit your presentation to three major points, or group your content into threes, there’s a much better chance they will be able to recall what you said down the road.

Make It Emotional

We don’t mean that you have to make every member of the audience leave in tears or have them laughing at everything you say. But you should appeal to their emotions – it’s a great way to get them to lock in on what you’re presenting. You can do this by telling a story, but make sure it relates in some way to a main point of your presentation.

While we can’t write the actual script for you, the experts at CitiView Audio Visual can supply you with everything else you need. From staging and lighting to screen rentals and audio/visual equipment – we’ve got you covered! Give us a call today at 212-632-5196 to learn more about our services.

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How To Make A Business Presentation Stand Out

If you’re not the artistic type, coming up with visual aids for your business presentation can be a nightmare. But there’s a wide range of “good” visuals, from simple posters to complex videos, that can help make your presentation stand out. After all, nobody wants to sit there and hear you speak for hours with nothing to else to look at, right?

A simple speech is a great way to deliver a message, but it won’t necessary make it stand out. Presenting information with visuals can enhance any presentation and help to keep the audience’s attention. Some of the most effective ways to incorporate visual aids include PowerPoints, flip charts and posters.

PowerPoints

With hundreds of offerings including font, audio and images this is a great way to put together some visuals in an organized manner. There are however, a few things you should remember when creating a PowerPoint:

  • Just because there are hundreds of fonts, doesn’t mean you should use them all. Throwing in too many whacky ones can throw off the audience, so keep it consistent.
  • Choose font colors and backgrounds carefully. Colors like red and green can be difficult to see.
  • Don’t put too much information on the slides. Highlight 5 points at maximum and elaborate on them.

Flip Charts

Having a meeting that involves brainstorming ideas? Flip charts are the perfect way to organize your co-workers’ thoughts. Make sure to use a dark marker and write big enough so somebody thats 8 feet away will have no problem reading your notes.

Posters

Believe it or not, something as simple as a poster can help the audience remember a key point. You can keep it simple by adding a few graphics and some text or go all out and have it professionally printed and laminated. Just stay away from posters that are too busy and stick with something that catches the eye.

Need help setting up for a corporate meeting or presentation? The experts at CitiView Audio Visual have the skills and equipment for exceptional visual aids. Give us a call today at  212-632-5196 for more information.

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Planning For A Corporate Event

Ever wonder what goes into planning for a corporate event? Most of the time, people only see the final steps, when it’s all put together and everything is running smoothly – we hope. While planning for an event can be extremely stressful, here are a few tips to take some of the pressure off:

  1. What is the goal of the event? It’s nearly impossible to begin preparing for an event if you don’t have a clear goal. It’s important to sit down and gather all of the necessary information to in order to help you decide on the venue, the participants and anything else needed to achieve your goal.
  2. Choosing an event management company: It’s a good idea to have an event company ultimately run your event. They are the ones with the knowledge, expertise and resources in order to make your event really stand out. That’s where we come in. Our staff has years of experience under their belts and have the technology and equipment to make your event shine!
  3. The Set-up: Are there going to be speeches or special presentations? Think about what you’re going to need to make sure the audience receives a clear message. Consider setting up a stage and make sure to rent any audio and visual equipment you may need.

At CitiView Audio Visual, we have what you need to make your corporate event one to remember. We provide everything from audio and visual equipment to projection screen rentals and streaming services. Give us a call at 212-632-5196 the next time you’re preparing for an event.

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Common Projector Problems

You’ve spent endless hours practicing your speech. You put together a dynamite visual presentation, and you’re ready to “wow” your audience. It’s time to set up the projector and get everything ready for the event, when all of a sudden you experience problems with the machine. What do you do?

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Nowadays, projectors are a staple in most business meetings and presentations because of their ability to accompany a speech with visual aids. While they can really enhance your event, there are a few problems you may face when operating an LCD projector. But don’t worry, it’s usually a quick fix!

Purple Dots

If you turn the machine on only to notice pink or purple dots on the screen, it means there are dust particles in the green panel. Dust particles can affect the quality of the images you are displaying, so you should clean the projector regularly to eliminate this problem.

Poor Image Quality

Are your images blurry or distorted? This can be a result of an unaligned computer resolution. Most new projectors come with an automatic alignment feature but if yours doesn’t have one, all you need to do is adjust the computer’s resolution until the images improve.

Remote Control Isn’t Working

If your remote doesn’t seem to be working, check the batteries first. If it still doesn’t work after replacing the batteries, move a bit closer to the machine. Most remote controls have a recommended distance range and you may be too far away.

Need a projector for your next event? Whether you need the actual machine, or would simply like to rent projection screens, CitiView Audio Visual has you covered! Give us a call today at 212-632-5196.