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Avoid a Silent Night: 8 Tips For Your Christmas Service

The Christmas service is often the culmination of a year of singing, praising, and serving. In most congregations, it is the highest attended service each year. With so much on the line, don’t make the usual mistake of waiting until the end of the year to plan for the event. We know it’s only September, but why not start planning now? We’ve collected a list of pro tips for you to start looking over in preparation for Christmas! Pro Tip 1 – Evaluate last year’s success, and plan for this year. Let’s start with the basics. How did last year’s…

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Christmas in September? Yep, it’s almost too late.

By: John Pierce, AVG Director of Operations Having spent over ten years working in ministry at one of the largest non-denominational churches in our area, I learned over and over the hard lessons about not preparing for Christmas early enough. Here are a few pointers (learned over many years of not doing them) that will help make your gear ‘Tis the Season’ ready. If you need to upgrade a piece of technology, it needs to be done now! If you’re thinking about upgrading a piece of equipment or part of your system, whether it’s a projector, speaker system, or wireless…

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My Own Worst Customer

By: Eric Johnson, AVG President Earlier this year, I had the misfortune of clipping a deer with my truck. There was no significant or debilitating damage, so repair was not an urgent matter. However, a couple weeks later, when my neighbors decided to make some additional “cosmetic alterations” to my truck (with their car), I decided it was time to seek pricing for the bodywork. As I shopped around for pricing at several different providers, my mind immediately started down the dark path of focusing on the dollars and cents. Those dangerous tendencies of human nature led me from rationally…

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Video 101: AVG Article Roundup

We all know by now that content is king. And most of us know that the king of content is video. But what many people struggle with is creating professional-quality video on a budget and utilizing it across multiple platforms. Have no fear, Audio-Video Group is here! We’ve got a roundup of past AVG blog posts to help even the most video-challenged individuals create better videos. Rid Your Qualms About Video Originally published: June 23, 2015 If you think video isn’t a worthwhile medium or it’s too expensive, do yourself a favor and read this article. We know it can…

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Planning an Event With Audio-Video Group

Planning an event can be overwhelming. There’s a lot to consider: venue, vendors, entertainment, food, and the list goes on. Use this handy infographic to help you avoid an event disaster and reduce your stress by hiring Audio-Video Group to help before, during, and after your event. View Full Size Infographic

Improve Your Event with Audio-Video Group (Part 3: Audio)

This three-part series will give you tips on improving your event with the help of Audio-Video Group. Planning an event is stressful enough. Why worry about things that we can worry about for you? In part 1, we reviewed the importance of staging at your event and in part 2 we discussed professional lighting. The final way to improve your event is with your audio. Now, we know you need audio. Whether it’s for music, speakers, panel discussions, or live performance, it’s a no brainer. But, what people usually forgo is hiring a professional to run your sound during your…

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Improve Your Event with Audio-Video Group (Part 2: Lighting)

This three-part series will give you tips on improving your event with the help of Audio-Video Group. Planning an event is stressful enough. Why worry about things that we can worry about for you? In Part 1, we discussed the importance of renting a stage for your event. Most people think that their venue will supply adequate lighting for their event. This is not always the case. More often than not, the venue space only has overhead lighting with an on/off switch that isn’t adjustable and can’t be dimmed. Or, if you’re having an outdoor event, the venue might not…

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Improve Your Event with Audio-Video Group (Part 1: Staging)

This three-part series will give you tips on improving your event with the help of Audio-Video Group. Planning an event is stressful enough. Why worry about things that we can worry about for you? First up? Rent a stage! Staging is often overlooked when planning an event. It’s usually the first thing scrapped from the budget when things get tight. Huge mistake! While not all events will require a stage, most events do, and not having one could ruin your event. Improve Performer/Emcee Visibility You’re having this event for a reason and it would be a shame if the majority…

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