Time for Xchange I’m usually not a demanding person, but you really need to register for CEDIA’s Business Xchange Conference today. By Jeremy J. Glowacki Published: March 2, 2015 ⋅ Updated: April 15, 2019 I’m usually not a demanding person, but you really need to register for CEDIA’s Business Xchange Conference today. Until I volunteered to serve on the planning committee for this first-time event, I had no idea how much time, energy, and passion went into such an endeavor. Now, I’ve witnessed first-hand that when CEDIA creates an educational event, it demands that it be done right. Xchange is that type of event. Scheduled for April 29 to May 1 in Houston, TX, CEDIA Business Xchange will connect you with fellow business leaders to discuss your most common business challenges, and help gather insights to inspire new concepts and solutions for your business. Don’t expect a typical conference; instead, picture attending an event where you will engage in organic networking to find solutions you can immediately put into action when you get back home. At the core of CEDIA Business Xchange are two half-day workshops facilitated by business experts. The first day is led by Michael Lorsch and Kristine Kern from The Table Group, who will present The Advantage Workshop. This session focuses on creating a healthy organization by eliminating politics and confusion from your business environment. As a result, productivity and morale soar, and good people almost never leave. The day-two workshop–facilitated by David Chow of Trusted Advisor Associates–will advise attendees on how to become a subject matter expert for their customers to gain the highest and strongest level of customer loyalty. New to any CEDIA event is the concept of the “un-conference,” which is an open-format, deep-dive forum for attendees looking to collaborate with peers and facilitators on preferred topics, including sales and marketing, finance, and operations. Find or lead a conversation about a challenge you face. Gather insights and experiences from others, or bring documents, forms, contracts, financials, and processes to share and get feedback. Plus, there are two rooms dedicated to workshop follow-up and getting to know business partners. Bring your specific questions, challenges, and solutions to the appropriate room and move about the rooms as you see fit. In each room, multiple small group discussions occur at the same time. There are facilitators and experienced professionals to help gather individuals, engage conversation, answer questions, and participate in the discussions. But CEDIA Business Xchange is not all hard work and networking. Attendees also will enjoy a welcome reception at the Space Center Houston (right next door to the conference location), a Thursday night Crawfish Boil, and closing night celebration at Landry’s Seafood on Kemah Boardwalk (featuring rides and other fun activities just outside the hotel). Registration for CEDIA Business Xchange opened February 11, 2015. Be sure to visit www.cedia.net to register early to take advantage of the early-bird rate by March 25. Rooms must be reserved by April 5. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from experts and your peers.