Many conferences incorporate a meeting format with breakout sessions or concurrent sessions. Breakout sessions often complement general sessions whereby the large group will attend the general session keynote speaker and then “break out” into smaller sessions for more specialized learning and discussions. Concurrent sessions are similar to breakout sessions except that they sometimes replace general sessions. For example, an NFL football team may organize concurrent sessions with one session being for the offense, one session being for the defense, and the third session being for the special teams.
In our 30+ years of combined experience, we have identified the most common audio visual set up for breakout rooms and we call it the “meat and potatoes” set. This refers to an effective (and cost effective) set that includes a projector, screen, microphone, mixer, and sound system. Additional commonly requested items include a laser pointer, wireless clicker/slide advancer, wireless microphones, table microphones, and audience microphones.
Concurrent session audio visual needs are often similar to that of a breakout room but often with a bit more “dressing up.” Concurrent sessions are more likely to include AV upgrades such as pipe and drape, fast fold screens, accent lighting, signal switching, and more. Concurrent sessions are essentially concurrent “keynote speaker general sessions.”
Breakout Audio Visual is very experienced in supporting conferences ranging anywhere from 0 to 30 or more breakout sessions.
“Kurt, thank you so much for all the help and support you gave during and before the summit. The sounds, screens, and everything else went fabulously smooth. Your help really made the 2015 Summit a class event! Really looking forward to working with you again next year!”
“Dear Rudy, We can’t thank you enough for all your help at the Monterey Plaza. Without your help the conference would never have gone as smoothly as it did.”
“On behalf of the California Association of N., I would like to thank you for sending Kurt to provide the Audio Visual requirements for our Annual Meeting in Santa Barbara last weekend. He was wonderful and we received a lot of positive feedback about his team and their work. It was a pleasure to work with him.”
“Kurt. Thank you so much for going above and beyond the call of duty! Cheers!”
“Rudy, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You were wonderful to work with and I couldn’t be happier with how smooth everything went. Thank you for making me look so good and being all hands on deck the entire conference. It was a pleasure working together and I look forward to April 1st.”
“John, If anyone owes thanks, it is myself and M.V. I mentioned to Kurt, that never before have we had faculty seek us out to tell us how fantastic our AV staff was. And it wasn’t simply one faculty member that approached me, but several went out of their way just to praise you. The entire staff was a pleasure to work with. You made our jobs easy!”
“Kurt, thanks again for ANOTHER awesome AFFI-CON. You and your team knocked it out of the park at the annual meeting! I think the AFFI team loved the headsets. I look forward to another great FBEC in March!”
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