September News


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SpaceCoast AV invites you to Embrace and Share the Power of AV as we continue to partner with you, our friends, working together as we:

1. Continue to be your “go-to” experts when it comes to providing exceptional designs, equipment and installation for Home Theater/Cinema Systems, Commercial Audio Visual and conference room design,  AV for Houses of  Worship and audio video furniture.

2. Create Exception AV Experiences to you and those who matter most in your lives... 

We hope you enjoy the AV news stories and find them entertaining, educational and informative.

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SpaceCoast AV: Improving Quality of Life


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What you do reveals what you value most.  At SpaceCoast AV Communications, we have a well-defined set of core values that every employee at every level has bought into.  These values show you what you can expect from doing business with us.  In the interests of transparency and accountability, we’d like to share those with you here, so you know what drives us and what you can expect from every interaction with a SpaceCoast AV Communications Ambassador.

  1. God – we will honor our maker with our work, our attitudes, our decisions, and especially how we treat others.
  2. Integrity – we seek to have integrity in all that we do; to do what we say we will do.
  3. A Gold Standard in both products and service, to both suppliers and end users.
  4. Excellence in all that we do – we will continually work to become better, to do better, to achieve more.
  5. Motivated and motivating – We will work as a team to encourage both our in-house employees and outside partners and customers to do and become all they were created to be

With today’s fast paced and integrated lifestyles of Live/Work/Play/Shop most of us come to realize that the internal fulfillment we dreamed of growing up doesn’t come from any particular aspect of our life’s work. We know it’s a bigger issue than a position, a job, a nameplate or spot in the corporate hierarchy.

We want to know that in our life we are accomplishing something significant, don’t we? For example, we want to accomplish more with that big chunk of our lives than simply paying the bills. While this is an admirable and responsible goal, the need for it to have some kind of lasting significance seems to be a pretty universal need in humans.

At SpaceCoast AV Communications, we’re no different. We really do want to improve your quality of life – not just to sell you a product or service. Like anyone else, we often struggle between the competing priorities of running a profitable business and giving our customers the best value possible. However, we do feel like we’re somewhat unique in that, in addition to our corporate mission statement, we also operate from a common spiritual mission statement. We believe only the Biblical message adequately addresses the struggle for significance that most of us face in our personal and professional lives.

The Solution to a Universal Problem

The opening pages of the Bible describe the ancient circumstances that resulted in our present reality. In the event commonly referred to as “The Fall,” Adam and Eve rebelled against God, resulting in a corruption of the entire world. Not only would humans grow old, get sick, and die, but now we have a nasty (and visible) tendency toward self-destructive thoughts and habits. You see this clearly at work or on the evening news. Personal relationships suffer from this corruption, leaving us feeling isolated and alone, and our work often feels totally meaningless.

This is the fate the Fall doomed us all to. But there is reason to hope for something more. God sent His Son to reverse all this, and in the end, the world will be remade as God always intended it to be. Human relationships will be restored, peace and justice will be universal, and our days will be spent in doing things that truly have lasting significance both for us and for those around us. This last part is often overlooked in the Gospel message, but it’s undeniably there.

For us, this changes how we think about what we do here and now. We are in business not just to support our families, but because we feel like this provides a medium to in some way fulfill God’s command to make the world a little more like its original ideal.

What This Means:

  1. We will do everything we can to find the best solution for you, in order to make your integrated lifestyle as good as possible. We will deal with you in an honest and forthright manner and in every case, we will do our best to balance meeting your needs in a cost-effective way with the financial realities of running a successful business. We do not believe these are mutually exclusive, but are actually complimentary goals, since a successful business seeks the highest good of its customers. Con artists don’t typically stay in business long.
  2. Since we are committed to your “highest good,” we would also love the chance to help you improve your “inner environment,” as well – to help you discover the meaning and purpose we have begun to find through Christ’s new creation project in each of us. It’s not that we have it all together all the time, and we won’t do this perfectly. But we’re trying. In the meantime, we ask for your patience with us.

We sincerely appreciate your business and look forward to helping you get the most out of your integrated lifestyles, at Home, at Work, at Play and even while you shop.

SpaceCoast AV Communications

321-257-9700

Some Audio Video Basics


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Home audio and video equipment are available in a wide variety, such as stereo, home theater systems, music systems, surround systems, DVD and blue ray disk players. These appliances are manufactured by various manufactures such as Sony, LG, Phillips, Samsung and creative among others.

Regardless of the manufacturer you choose, most of the features are pretty much the same and the appliances will serve you well. The choice of a home audio and video appliance depends on personal taste and preferences as well as financial status. Most of the entries level electronics are very cheap, while high end powerful home audio equipment are very expensive.

Most first time buyers choose entry level product that cost less, although such items are priced reasonably, they will serve you well and can last for a very long time. Some of the cutting edge technology in the recent past includes the release of light weight TVs, the plasma TVs, and the LED TV sets. These television sets are known to offer high quality video and a good quality sound output. Most of the entry level buyers opt for smaller screens such as 32 inches or 42 inches, while the other shoppers opt for high end TV sets that are expensive and have a huge screen.

Some of the most popular features in most of the TVs released in the recent past include:

– Internet browsing capability via Wi-Fi connection

– USB port

– HDMI port

– AV in AV out port

– 3.5mm Audio jack

Remote control

– Plasma or LED screens

The ability of a TV to connect to the internet via a Wi-Fi connection means that you can stream movies from the internet right into your TV and enjoy the movie on a big screen. In addition, you can connect the TV to your home theater system to boost the sound systems and enjoy a high quality sound output.

About SpaceCoast AV

SpaceCoast AV is an all-in-one solution for your audio video, theater, telecom, automation, and home networking needs. We handle all size jobs at all levels. Whether you are building a new home, remodeling, or just want to add a new flat-panel television in the living room, our experienced staff has a solution for you. SpaceCoast AV is a full service company providing design consultation, full installation, programming, and sales of equipment at competitive prices.

 

Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?


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For a lot of people, Labor Day means two things: a day off and the end of summer. But why is it called Labor Day? Labor Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States and Canada since 1894.

Labor unions themselves celebrated the first labor days in the United States, although there’s some speculation as to exactly who came up with the idea. Most historians credit Peter McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, with the original idea of a day for workers to show their solidarity. Others credit Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J.

Guarantee the Success of Your Next Project


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When is a project a success? When it’s done? When you’re paid? When you have not had call backs? When you’re not sued?!

For us, it’s when the customer is happy. We’ve given them something that has made their day-to-day job easier to do, their integrated home audio visual entertainment system works and they have a smile on their faces when they see us.

A project of any size and scope can be viewed as having five (5) basic steps. Executed with proper prior planning will ensure your next project is a success.

  1. Conception and initiation
  2. Definition and planning
  3. Launch or execution
  4. Project Performance and Control
  5. Project Close

At anytime during a project, the entire thing has the potential to explode in to a project manager’s worst nightmare…When or if the time comes for you to pull a rabbit out of a hat so that everyone involved is happy, always remember, first and foremost…COMMUNICATION.

So, what can you do to ensure your next project a success? It will take communication, managing expectations, trained team members and communication.  It’s all about communication.

Not Your Grandfather’s Library…


When Sheri McNair, library media specialist at James I. O’Neill High School in Highland Falls, NY, came to her district four years ago, she stepped into a very traditional space that was mostly taken up by free-standing stacks of books, traditional wooden tables, and eight computers that “needed to go,” she laughs.

Talking and collaborating are encouraged at the James I. O’Neill High School library.

McNair quickly realized that she was spending most of her time scraping the heavy wooden desks across the floor, rearranging the space to encourage classes to come in. So the first thing she did was move the freestanding stacks. “I put the books around the perimeter, which opened up a ton of space. Instant improvement!”

Over the next three years, McNair completely renovated the space, adding carpet tiles, rolling chairs and tables with whiteboard tops, 50 computers, and 60 Samsung Chromebooks. She converted an old classroom into an innovation room by attaching white frosted acrylic panels to three walls and adding pub tables, chairs, banquettes, a TV, and acoustic panels. There are mini makerspace stations with Legos and craft materials, board games, puzzles, a SMART Board, and an 80-inch monitor that’s used for movie nights.

Westlake High School students love hanging out in their library’s Juice Bar.

“I inherited an outdated space with lots of rules—no talking, no food, no backpacks, no devices,” says McNair. “Now it’s a multifunctional space where students socialize and collaborate. They bring their lunch and their work. It’s theirlibrary.”

Need any proof that a library transformation is worth the time and money? In 2011–12, the year before McNair came on board, students chose to visit the library during study halls, lunch, and after school a total of 6,784 times. Last year, after the library was renovated, students came to the library, on their own time, a total of 24,610 times.

 

“Rated Best in Service, 2015” 

ABOUT SPACECOAST AV COMMUNICATIONS

SpaceCoast AV Communications is East Central Florida’s leading Audio Visual Firm that designs, integrates and supports systems and environments that enable video collaboration. SpaceCoast AV Communications has highly-trained and certified system engineers supporting clients across the U.S. Visit www.spacecoastav.com for more information or connect with SpaceCoast AV Communications at (321) 257-9700 and on Twitter, Facebook andLinkedIn.

9 Proven Ways to Narrow the Communication Gap


communication gapTechnology is only half of the Solution, using our words wisely, both written and spoken is the other part of the solution to effectively communicating.

One of the biggest challenges any of us face in our careers and maybe even personally, is communicating effectively. Sub-standard communication or lack of it altogether, can severely damage or hold back an organization or an individual.

In the business of Audio Visual Communications, there are numerous potential pitfalls in the regard, ranging from improper cable selection and management to not being clear with your team members to bad instructions from those above us– many more. Communication builds relationships and all business is about relationships. With that in mind, let’s look at a short list of “best practices”.

  1. Determine a clear sense of logic before starting the communication process. What are the priorities? Who is the intended audience? Is there anything they need to know before the next part of the message? This will be helpful in paring away unneeded bits while making sure the important stuff is included and emphasized.
  2. Treat your vendors like customers. Pretty simple right, but in my experience over the years, I haven’t seen it happening as often as it probably should. Basically, if we can’t treat our vendors the same way we would want to be treated as customers, we’re missing out on a host of benefits. How would you like to be addressed? Do the same to your vendors. What information would you need if you were on the other end of the phone or email? And, it almost goes without saying that we should do the same thing when communicating with our clients. (Right?)
  3. Keep in mind that various forms of communication are better (or worse) for certain purposes. Face-to-Face is still the best way to communicate with someone, and some of the reasons are interesting. For one thing, non-verbal cues like body language and facial expressions are shared and understood. But another, more sublet thing with any technology based communication method is that humans are extremely sensitive to timing. Certainly, we’ve all been frustrated by cell phone conversations where there’s a noticeable delay and /or dropouts. It can drive us nuts when we can’t seem to “get in the flow” of the conversation. As it turns out, people can perceive timing discrepancies in a conversation well below 1 millisecond (a thousandth of a second). Video conferencing lets us see and hear each other, although the timing might be slightly off due to latency. And there’s no personal handshake or hug at the end that can add affirmation of what has been discussed. On the phone, we can at least hear the nuances and inflections in each others’ voices. Way down the list is email, which is devoid of all these subtleties. In other words, we should focus and take care to generate written communications that are straightforward, along with following common grammar and spelling conventions as much as possible. One problem is that folks don’t seem to want to take the time to do this anymore and on the other side, sometimes they don’t want to take the time to thoroughly read an entire message. Which leads us to:
  1. Keep the communication direct and to the point. We’ve probably experienced times when a carefully written email with 17 important points receives a one-sentence response that only addresses the first point. If you’re like me, you want to reach through your computer screen and strangle someone when that happens. But is it their fault? It’s taught me to be very economical with words and ideas and prioritize them from most to least important right out of the gate. Read through the whole doggone email before responding! Maybe read it twice! Also, if it’s a thread, try reading the whole thing to get valuable context. There have been many times I’ve fallen into the trap of just reading the tip message and not knowing all of the background before responding. Oops!
  2.  Texting can be a great way to reach someone immediately and hopefully get a quick response, but it has drawbacks. There’s no convenient way to store the information offline. Some devices don’t attach dates/times to messages, so it can be difficult to figure out a timeline if needed. It’s also not good for longer messages.
  3. With in-person, video conference and phone conversations, be careful not to “listen to reply” This is a common problem and often makes things worse than better. In other words, take the time and put in the effort to listen…carefully. An old school technique is to reply first by summarizing what was said before adding new information. This can sometimes be overdone but the idea is still valid.
  4. Conclude the conversation or meeting with a summary of what was decided, and who’s going to do what. We have no doubt all been in countless meetings where this doesn’t’ happen because everyone assumes that everyone else heard what we heard, and plans to act upon the information in the same way we plan to act. Way too often this isn’t the case, and besides it never hurts to have a five minute summary conversation. And don’t forget to take notes!
  5. Be Timely. No one wants to receive valuable information about the next day’s important gig at midnight. At the same time, sending a message too early can also be problematic, because the information can be easily forgotten.
  6. Finally, we need to keep our egos in check and remember that we were all once eager, starry eyed young people looking up to our elders in the industry and lapping up every utterance. We vividly remember those who treated us well and those who did not. It’s important to treat others with the respect and humility and the best way to do this is with clear, consistent, logical communication in whatever form that makes the most sense for the situation at hand.

Think about all the great quotes on the internet that seem to capture some really important concepts in just a few words…and the impact they make when you read them. Now imagine yourself doing this every time you had to convey a message to your team…imagine the awesome impact!