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Government Affairs Update: Spring 2016

Nick McLain
May 04, 2016

May is here and many state legislatures will adjourn for the year, and the CEDIA Government Affairs department can take a moment to catch our breath.

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Our Top 10 Stories of 2014

CEDIA
Dec 22, 2014

Top 10Another year has flown by, and 2015 is around the corner.

As we all look back on the ups and downs of 2014, take a moment to discover – or rediscover – the stories that most captured CEDIA blog readers’ attention in the past 12 months.


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Don’t Shoot Your Eye Out

CEDIA
Dec 08, 2014

There is one trait among home technology professionals that will stand the test of time – no matter how much the technology evolves and changes.

Passion.

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Don’t Let Your Membership Lapse – Renew Today!

CEDIA
Nov 17, 2014

Starting today, November 17, it’s time to renew your CEDIA membership for 2015. Many CEDIA members do not hesitate to cut a renewal check each year – they simply see it as a cost of doing business.

But if you’re on the fence, take a moment to consider the membership benefits you may not be taking advantage of.

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Common Sense in Business

Larry Heuvelman
Oct 28, 2014

light bulbIt never seems to amaze me some of the decisions business owners make every day. What ever happened to common sense?

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Important Attributes of Strong Leaders

CEDIA
Oct 08, 2014

leadershipWhether you’re a business owner, a manager, or still an aspiring leader, following the principles of good leadership can be a boon to anyone’s career.

In the home technology industry, the more seriously you take your position as a leader, the more likely you are to build strong relationships with colleagues and clients and contribute to the strength of your workforce and your business.

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Congratulations to the 2014 Electronic Lifestyles® Awards Winners

CEDIA
Sep 15, 2014

AwardsHats off to this year’s winners in the annual CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles® Awards competition!

Saturday night’s Electronic Lifestyles® Awards Celebration at CEDIA EXPO 2014 honored dozens of CEDIA member companies and individuals for their outstanding work in the industry. 

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Is Your Website Working for You? A 10-Point Checklist

Holly Keller
Aug 28, 2014

websiteWe need to talk about your website.

(If you just said “what website?”, you’ll want to keep reading too.)

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From the Archives: CEDIA EXPO 1994 in Dallas

CEDIA
Aug 25, 2014

CEDIA EXPO 1994Twenty years ago, CEDIA EXPO 1994 took on the theme of “Play to Win.” The fifth annual show drew a then-record crowd of 3,044 to interact with 158 exhibitors at the Dallas Infomart.


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How to Nurture Long-Term Clients

CEDIA
Aug 19, 2014

greeting cardGrow your client base and stay connected with previous clients by being friendly, giving follow up calls, and sending out holiday cards.

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How to Give a Great Presentation

CEDIA
Aug 18, 2014

microphoneGiving a great presentation comes down to activating your audience through body language, images, and speaking skills, plus giving people your undivided attention, even if you are the one speaking.

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A Brief Guide to Professional Networking

CEDIA
Jul 14, 2014

Exchanging business cardsNetworking is crucial for any company's success. If you want to find customers, you'll need more than just an ad in the phone book. You will need to go out and find customers.

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How to Work With an Architect-Builder-Designer Team

Luis Jauregui
Jun 19, 2014

MeetingToo often, conflicts arise during residential construction projects between contractors such as home technology installers, interior designers, electricians, architects, builders, and remodelers. The solution to eliminate these conflicts could be as simple as allowing one person to be the leader. Here’s one architect’s perspective on who should be the leader, and why.

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“Lobbying” Isn’t a Dirty Word

Nick McLain
May 29, 2014

Capitol buildingFor as long as I can remember, I’ve somehow held both great interest in, and simultaneously, revulsion for, politics.

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Pay It Forward: Help Develop the Next Generation of Home Tech Pros

Dave Chic
May 12, 2014

CEDIA Education FoundationAs a seven-year CEDIA staff member, I am pleased to have recently taken on a new and exciting role in encouraging and promoting the professionalism and advancement of the residential technology industry.

Assuming responsibility for the operation of the CEDIA Education Foundation is an honor as it commemorates the legacy of an industry icon, past CEDIA Chairman Randy Vaughan.

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Hey You! You’re Great!

CEDIA
Apr 28, 2014

Hey you, sitting in front of your computer screen or eyes on your phone – you’re great! Really! You do awesome work, we’re proud of you, and the industry is lucky to have you.

We all know how good it feels to get compliments. And not just the generic ones, but real compliments about your work – or dare we say your passions. Those types of compliments speak volumes. And who does not love a little encouragement now and then?

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Your Chance to Live Large at #CEDIA14

Olivia Sellke
Apr 18, 2014

It’s no secret that members of the #CEDIATweeps Team get a pretty sweet deal in exchange for their social media prowess.
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CEDIA, NARI Meet to Develop Training

Dave Chic
Apr 16, 2014

CEDIA staff members Dave Chic and Peggy Ward recently met with representatives from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) to develop 2014-2015 collaborative networking and education opportunities for both associations' members.

Chic and Ward met with NARI Executive Vice-President Mary Bewsey Harris and NARI volunteer Chris Wright, CR President, WrightWorks LLC and President, Central Indiana.

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10 Outside-the-Box Lead Generation Ideas

Rob Heselbarth
Apr 14, 2014

client meetingFor owners of any housing-related business, the ability to generate leads always has been, and always will be, a critical component of success.

Many business owners employ the same basic lead-generating tactics such as direct mail, jobsite signs, email blasts, newsletters, door hangers, “get a quote” buttons on their websites, radio ads, and many more like this. Much of it becomes background noise to the busy lives of homeowners. 

To stand out from the crowd and generate fresh leads from a different corner of the prospect pool, try these not-so-ordinary lead-generation techniques.

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Ensuring Your Success by Making Your Trade Partners Look Good

Jay Rollie
Mar 24, 2014

blueprintsFor both homebuilders and remodelers, success heavily depends upon referrals from satisfied customers. And as a home technology professional, your business benefits from referrals by satisfied builders and remodelers.

This means that it is in your best interest to contribute to your trade partners’ success by doing your part to ensure customer satisfaction.

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CEDIA blog posts are intended to provide general information and should not be regarded as legal opinions or advice.

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