Eventcom Technologies, a division of Marriott that was launched in April 2001, recently published a 51-page handbook called Meeting Professional's Guide to Technology. Filled with tips, checklists, and easy-to-digest advice, the guide serves as a solid introduction to a variety of meeting technologies, including chapters on videoconferencing, audioconferencing, wireless technologies, satellite broadcasting, and Internet meeting options.
The primer, which is written entirely in laymen's terms, includes a glossary of 136 technical phrases that are likely to come up during the planning process — everything from “active satellite” to “white boarding.”
A chapter on planning strategy looks at issues such as timelines, lighting, projection, and other challenges of a technically enhanced meeting.
EventCom, which serves as a tech consultant for Marriott meeting clients as well as a single point of contact for multiproperty technical events, provides the guide free of charge. Order it at www.eventcominternational.com.