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Do You Volunteer?

If you don?t, you should By Gary Kayye, CTS

Do you volunteer?

If you dont, you should.

One of my first weeks in this industry back in 1987 was attending InfoComms (then known as ICIA) Institute for Professional Development and a class led by Mike Weems (Mike is now with NetStreams).  It was on video production techniques and was simply awesome.  The very next year, I attended a class taught by 6+ year industry veteran Fred Dixon on AV systems design.

The instruction blew me away.  It was far and in away better than most courses I ever took in college, and certainly more helpful in my new -real-world life.

But, what astonished me the most was the answer I received when I asked at the end of the four-day Weems course:, ?How much do you get paid?

?Nothing., Weems replied.

Weems, Dixon , Luke Rawls, Harold Thiel, Bill Sharer, Joel Rollins, Terry Friesendorg, Jack Culp heck, I could keep naming them and my word count would exceed what I am allowed to write in this column and still not cover them all.

These and dozens upon dozens of others are all people I have taken classes from over the years at CEDIA, InfoComm and NSCA shows, at the Institute and at a host of other AV-industry led events.

And, all of them volunteered.

So, I set off to do the same.  

Nearly 20 -years later, I am proud to say that I have taught more thanover 4,000 students in some version of AV technology-based courses and have loved every minute of it.

All for free.

Nuts, you say?

Actually, the cliché that most applies here is that I did, truly, get a lot more out of teaching that from taking courses.  My students always challenge me to not only keep on top of the technology at hand, but to stay ahead of the curve.  Everyone always seems to want to know what new stuff was coming around the corner that would affect their ability to sell, design or install AV systems.

I loved it and I still love it!

Although my volunteering nowadays is, selfishly, all stuff in my hometown (the local swim team, church and my daughters school) I still love to do it!  I cant imagine living without volunteering.

Some in my office would say its all a lot of work for them, however, as they all get tagged to help Sara is, in fact, designing the swim team summer t-shirts as I write this column, but there is no denying that they know I love it.  And, I am sure they secretly love it too.

In fact, shes wearing one of those shirts she designed today!

Are you volunteering?  If you dont, why not?

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Gary Kayye, CTS is Chief Visionary at Kayye Consulting, Inc., a Chapel Hill, NC-based marketing consulting firm that serves the ProAV and Home Theater markets. In addition to strategic marketing consulting, Kayye Consulting, Inc. is also a training development company. Gary can be reached via e-mail at gkayye@kayye.com or through his Web site at www.kayye.com.
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