12th May, 2021

I saw the future, and it looks like a well-designed conference room!

Editorial Correspondent 29th Apr, 2021 Updated: 4th May, 2021

I Saw the Future, and It Looks Like a Well-Designed Conference Room!

I have a theory: you can judge a company by the state of its conference rooms. Hear me out! Every company out there is trying to sell itself as the next big thing, claiming it’s going to revolutionize its industry, or change the cultural landscape as we know it. Meanwhile, you can take one step into their meeting room, and realize it’s all bite and no bark. I recently went for job interviews at two companies. The first promised to reorganize the way we think about advertising but could not even organize the cables in its conference room. The other, well, the other was using an AV Control System from Neets, and it made all the difference.

Sitting for an hour in the conference room at the first company was an exercise in patience. The room was unbearably hot, and even though it was clearly too small to host more than 2 people, the huge amount of cablework across the floor made it clear that this was the main meeting space. The interviewer said he was happy with my application and wanted to discuss their vision as a company… only to spend five whole minutes struggling with getting the Powerpoint working. Eventually a video played, but the sound wasn’t syncing. It took a whole two minutes before he gave up on getting it to work.

A month later, I had an interview at a start-up that had invested in conference rooms fitted with an audio-visual system from Neets. The efficiency was striking. The interviewer simply used a wallmounted device to manage everything he needed to. The scariest part of my application – a presentation I had to give – was made so easy by the fact that the devices worked without issue. I realized another thing: not a cable in sight. There was nothing to detract from the slick décor this company had invested in.

This is a submitted article

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