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AV Strategy Planning Program on Tap

The goal of the one-day group strategy session is to analyze trends affecting the AV industry over the next three to five years. 6/10/2009 6:20 AM Eastern

AV Strategy Planning Program on Tap

The goal of the one-day group strategy session is to analyze trends affecting the AV industry over the next three to five years.

The Stimson Group, a Dallas-based company that offers management advice to pro AV firms, announced a new strategic planning session called "Framing Your Future." The goal of the one-day group strategy session is to analyze trends affecting the AV industry over the next three to five years. According to the company, the program is based on the findings of the InfoComm 100, an international group of AV leaders invited by InfoComm International to discuss trends and issues that could challenge the AV industry. A white paper on the project's conclusions will soon be available on the InfoComm website, according to the company.

"The 100 was an exhilarating event and the exposure to so many brilliant people made this a once-in-a-lifetime experience," said Tom Stimson, president of the Stimson Group, in a statement. "The event's deliverable is a valuable roadmap for the AV industry and the Stimson Group intends to make it an accessible and insightful tool for any organization that values long-range planning."

"Framing Your Future" is standalone program aimed at helping participants break away from long-held viewpoints about the AV industry, according to Stimson. The session could also be applied to a Strategic Planning Program as a traditional PEST Analysis (Political, Economic, Social, and Technological). Participants from the same company will be expected to review future assumptions and learn how to creatively apply the implications to their business.

For organizations interested in adding a motivational presentation to their meeting, Stimson has also developed a keynote speech based on the InfoComm 100's findings. "Beyond the Gadgets-How to Prevent the Demise of the AV Industry" is a call to action and a rejection of the status quo for the AV industry, the company says.

"Customers want more from a traditional AV supplier than is currently being offered," Stimson added. "There are clear trends that point to a collaboration model that exceeds our ability to be creative. We have to fix this now or cede to competing industries like IT."



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