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Video Briefing Centers Open in Tampa and Chicago

Seeing is believing, and the newly opened Video Briefing Centers in Tampa and Chicago will certainly make you a believer in the power and benefits of video communications.

At these locations, you will witness demonstrations of HD video calls, Telepresence systems from Cisco and Polycom, valuable managed service options and many other technology solutions that facilitate the power of collaboration while providing significant ROI.

Each VBC also showcases AVI-SPL’s expert ability to design, install and support video communications solutions for enterprises of all types, across a wide range of industries.  Additional Video Briefing Centers are scheduled to open in the coming months.

Read the complete press release.

Make Your VBC Appointment

Go to our AVI-SPL Video Briefing Center portal to learn more about the VBC and to schedule a personal demonstration.

Ready for Your Video Conferencing Closeup?

We’re among the industry leaders in supplying telepresence and video conferencing solutions to companies around the world.  So it caught our attention when we read a U.K. study that claims 39 percent of workers are reluctant to use video conferencing technology at work because of concerns about their appearance.

If your business is moving ahead with video conferencing tools such as AVI-SPL’s Caméléon Telepresence, there are a number of things you can do to become more comfortable with speaking to clients, partners, colleagues and other stakeholders face to face.

Know your material.   If you’re giving a presentation, make sure you know your material backward, forward and inside out.  You’ll have one less thing to worry about, and the confidence that results will translate through the camera and keep the focus where it should be – on the content.

First impressions count. This is especially true on a telepresence system, which shows images true to life.  So make sure the area your camera sees is neat, attractive and clutter free. And refrain from the noisy shuffling of papers, which can be distracting to those on the other side of the call.

Relax. Being nervous is natural, but it doesn’t have to stop you from presenting yourself smoothly and professionally. Take a few deep breaths, and remind yourself that no one is rooting for you to fail.

Act the part.  You’re a professional – present yourself as one.  That means none of the disparaging, eye-rolling facial expressions that you might be able to get away with during audio conferences.

Practice makes perfect. Whether you’re giving a presentation or just participating in a video conference, rehearse in front a mirror or a friend, or record yourself on camera so you can make adjustments to your speaking style and body language. This will also give you the opportunity to hear how your voice sounds, and whether you’re speaking too quickly. The good news is that with a quality video conferencing system, you can speak in normal tone of voice.

Take some good advice.  If your company is embracing video communications, chances are at least one person in your office is familiar and comfortable with it.  Ask them how they got over their initial fears, and whether they have any tips or tricks they rely on when appearing before the camera.

Look your best. Whether talking with colleagues or clients, it’s important to dress for success. You’re dealing with a visual medium, so be well-groomed. And be sure to do all your primping before the video conference, not during! Fashion alert: Don’t wear busy patterns or bright, loud colors that can affect the appearance of your skin tone. Stick with light pastels and muted colors.

Be confident. Few things sell like confidence. Make eye contact with the people on the other end of the video conference call. And remember to smile!

And finally…

If it’s the prospect of being before a camera that’s making you so fearful, just act as if the person is in the same room as you. With HD telepresence systems, that won’t be difficult!

AVI-SPL partners with AVM to Deliver Video Managed Services

AVI-SPL uses its considerable industry expertise and manufacturer partnerships to bring Telepresence and video conferencing technologies to forward-thinking businesses around the world.  For many companies trying to keep up with the fast-paced global economy, having a reliable partner to support those offerings as a service is just as important as the equipment. 

To that end, AVI-SPL has teamed up with AVM, a U.K.-based supplier of video conferencing and AV systems, to deliver managed video services to their joint customers.

“Businesses demand a 24/7, highly reliable service that allows them to focus on their business and not on the technology,” says Mike Brandofino, executive vice president of video and unified communication, AVI-SPL. “Our partnership with AVM demonstrates our commitment to our ever-improving video conferencing capabilities that meet their needs.”

 The plan is for both companies to use service centers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California and London, as well as video bridging infrastructure, to deliver managed video services.  By joining forces in this area, both companies will also be better equipped to provide language support for multinational customers.

AVI-SPL and AVM are founding members of the AV Global Alliance, which is an international network of leading audio-visual and video conferencing integration companies. 

Speak to a Video Conferencing Expert!

Don’t let fear of video conferencing technology keep you from making the right decision. Discover how easy and beneficial video communications can be through our ConferencePoint Control service. Complete our short needs analysis form and an AVI-SPL representative will give you a call. You can also contact us at (866) 559-8197 or email us at sales@avispl.com.

AVI-SPL Number One Integrator for 2010

Once again, AVI-SPL  kept its streak alive and topped SCN magazine’s just-released Top 50 Systems Integrators listing. AVI-SPL had projected revenues for 2010 of nearly $500 million – more than three times that of its nearest competitor.

The win confirmed AVI-SPL’s standing as the global leader in audio and video communications technologies for businesses of all stripes.  Through strategic partnerships with recognized industry leaders, AVI-SPL continues to deliver outstanding audio/video solutions – including Telepresence, Unified Communications, audio conferencing and videoconferencing — that are effective and easy to use.

AVI-SPL has completed installations for clients the world over, each one uniquely tailored to its customers’ needs.  It works across a range of industries, including:

Government and Military

Healthcare

Stadiums and Arenas

Education

Corporate

Hospitality and Entertainment

From budget-friendly videoconferencing to digital signage to comprehensive control rooms, AVI-SPL designs, implements and supports solutions that enhance your communication and presentation capabilities. We also offer the full production resources of our Creative Show Services, a team of directors, project managers and audio/video engineers dedicated to helping you engage with your audience to make a lasting, persuasive impact.

Because of AVI-SPL’s partnerships with over 700 of the industry’s leading manufacturers and its group of certified technical specialists, the company has been able to complete more than 25,000 installations worldwide.

As an active partner in the Green AV Initiative and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, AVI-SPL also works to promote AV solutions that help companies reduce their carbon footprint while saving money.

To find the AV solution that’s right for your business, complete this brief needs analysis form and an AVI-SPL representative will give you a call. You can also contact us at (866) 559-8197 or via email at sales@avispl.com.

University of Georgia Uses Telepresence to Reach More Students and Retain Faculty – Learn How.

Join Cisco and AVI-SPL on Tuesday, September 28 at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT for an informative webinar.

Learn first-hand how Telepresence brings students and faculty together, while at the same time retaining faculty, increasing elective offerings and reaching more students.

Sit in on a conversation with Sarah Wardlaw Jones, program coordinator for the Millikan Educational Resources Center at the University of Georgia’s College of Pharmacy. Her school’s four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program has faculty and students located across the state. With interactive video communication, faculty and students are seeing better use of their time and more in-depth and active learning, as well as significant cost reductions.

Register today to learn how you too can video-enable Telepresence in your school!

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Host

Dr. Lance Ford is an educational technology advocate for Cisco’s Collaboration team. He is focused on helping students attain their maximum potential through various technical tools.

Speaker

Sarah Wardlaw Jones is the IT Manager for the Millikan Educational Resources group at the University of Georgia, College of Pharmacy. She is responsible for the management of the College’s instructional technology and classroom support program.

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