In It Together

In It Together
  • It’s difficult to track the amount of headline- making controversy and even jobs being lost over social networking websites and the personal revelations made therein. Not too long ago, if you had a bad day at work, you’d go out for a drink to blow off some steam, tell a few nightmare anecdotes, and have a good laugh. Now those emotionally wrought comments are posted online and forever attached to your record.
  • Thinking about this in relation to the field we cover in SCN, I can’t help but find yet another unique and pleasant quirk about this industry. People like what they do for a living. It’s fortunate that even on their worst days, those on this career path arrived here because of a passionate interest in what they do.
  • It’s never been just a job. There are many people working in audio and video systems integration who use their day-job knowledge to add more fun to their other pastimes. I’ve been sent links to blogs, home movies, and band websites by the people I’ve come to know well in my 11 years writing for SCN. These personal online artifacts show evidence of a genuine love for the work our readers do every day.
  • “Love” might seem like a strong word for it, but that is the word many realized they use in association with their work at the 2007 NSCA Fall Business Conference. There,

Steve Farber’s keynote revealed that passion is what keeps us engaged in the day-to-day work we do, even when the going gets tough.

Now we are on the eve of NSCA’s Business and Leadership Conference, sponsored by InfoComm, SCN, and many other manufacturer supporters. Our magazine has been a proud sponsor of this event since its launch in Tampa, FL in 1998. I’ve attended each and every one of these conferences and I’ve seen companies grow and change over the years, and always for the better. Every year, it’s a jovial bunch that gathers to focus on business, without forgetting the value of networking among their peers. Once again this year, we’re looking forward to hearing the progress reports and the new stories from those attending for the first time.

The value in communicating with your peers stretches beyond these industry events. Sometimes a quick phone call is all you need to find some common ground and get reinvigorated about the work you do. After all, rare is the industry that attracts so many people passionate about work that changes every single day.

Kirsten Nelson is a freelance content producer who translates the expertise and passion of technologists into the vernacular of an audience curious about their creations. Nelson has written about audio and video technology in all its permutations for almost 20 years; she was the editor of SCN for 17 years. Her experience in the commercial AV and acoustics design and integration market has also led her to develop presentation programs and events for AVIXA and SCN, deliver keynote speeches, and moderate and participate in panel discussions. In addition to technology, she also writes about motorcycles—she is a MotoGP super fan.