IWCE – Window Motorization Courses to Attend in 2016

Motorization guide and O’D presenting at the 2015 IWCE event

It’s that time of the year again for the International Window Coverings Expo!

Window Motorization Courses

With the trend of motorized window treatments on the rise, it is important to be able to confidently select the best option for your client based on their needs, budget, and style preferences.

Here’s where we can help:

We’re sending our industry-leading expert on motorized window coverings, general manager, and master installer to educate the attendees of the International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE) & International Builder Show (IBS) conference with his tried-and-true successful tactics for creating happy clients!

O’D McKewan of 3 Blind Mice Window Coverings

We are top motorization specialists of featured leading brands such as QMotion, Somfy, Lutron, Graber, and Mechoshade.

With a wide range of motorized blinds and shades to choose from, the motorization of shades provides ease-of-use, advanced home automation, a variety of customization options, and child-safety features for your family.

Join 3 Blind Mice’s own O’D McKewan in these three motorization courses at the 2016 IWCE event in Las Vegas. Come sit in for one of our seminars at the Las Vegas Convention Center to gain top industry knowledge from a veteran in the field, taught by O’D himself. You can attend one of these valuable courses or request an interview.

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In this post, learn more about these expert-led courses that we have in store for this upcoming week.


Introduction To Motorized Window Coverings & How To Sell Them Confidently

Tuesday from 9:15 AM -10:30 AM

This introductory course is designed for individuals who would like to increase their confidence in their presentation to their clients but know little or aren’t familiar with motorized window treatments. Because of the wide variety of necessary parts and selections, at first glance, motorization can seem intimidating. As the industry-leading expert in motorization, O’D McKewan will break down each component of motorization into bite-sized bits of knowledge you can easily understand and then relate back to your client in the future.

Course Benefit: This easy-to-understand course is the first step to becoming a master in motorization.

This course will answer the following questions:

  • What are successful techniques to sell motorization?
  • What do I need to know to become a master in motorization?
  • What is the correct terminology to use when speaking about motorization?
  • What are the different motor types and control options?
  • How do I make suggestions for the proper power supplies?
  • How do I relay motorization options to my clients with confidence?

Contact us for tickets if you are interested in attending this event!


Mastering Motorization of Custom Window Coverings

Wednesday from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This master super-session course is designed to provide individuals who are comfortable with selling motorization systems with more expertise on all the customizable features of this modern advancement. When it comes to motorized window treatments, there are a multitude of components to consider including style, brand, motor, wiring, and control options.

This course will allow you to speak confidently about motor options, power supplies, and control options. It will also define the correct terminology for describing motorized window coverings to prospective clients, electrical engineers, and automation integrators.

Course Benefit: This course will take you to the next level and is great for beginners to advanced users.

This course will answer the following questions:

  • How do the experts speak about customization of the motor, power supply, and control options?
  • How do I present myself with confidence when addressing prospective motorization clients?
  • What expert terminology do I use when addressing electrical and automation engineers?
  • How do I select the proper motor for my appliance?
  • What is the difference between pre-wire and retro-fit wiring?
  • What do I need to know about home run and localized power supplies?
  • What are the secret installation techniques that will separate me from my competitors?
  • What are the best practices for integrating home/work automation systems and handling commercial applications?

We will review a variety of top motorized brands we carry including QMotion, Somfy, and Mechoshade.

Contact us for tickets if you are interested in attending this event!

The Fade Factor in Window Coverings

Thursday from 9:15 AM – 10:30 AM

This general course will outline the benefits of fade prevention along with the causes for fading in window coverings. Learn how to educate clients about preserving their investment when they purchase window coverings.

Course Benefit: Learn how to create a win-win situation when up selling fade prevention products.

This course will answer the following questions:

  • What causes fading?
  • What methods and materials are most effective to reduce fading?
  • What is the difference between tints, films, Low-E, and UV?
  • How do I create a win-win situation by simultaneously increasing profits while protecting client designs?
  • How do I upsell a powerful add-on product to protect my client’s investments?

Contact us for tickets if you are interested in attending this event!

By the end of these courses, you will have a firm grasp on the variety of motorized treatments available, and be able to confidently explain them to your clients.

We will also be filming more videos at the IWCE on the next window treatment trends of 2016 and share it here on the blinds blog. So keep an eye out!

We are excited to see which of the window treatment trends of 2015 move on into the new year!

About the Vision International Window Coverings Expo 2016

We hope to see you at the annual Vision International Window Coverings Expo from January 19-21, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.


IWCE is the only conference in North America dedicated specifically to window coverings and is the largest gathering of window coverings experts and industry leaders. Supporting shows at the Design & Construction Construction week, IWCE features the latest products, technology, and networking opportunities galore. Whether you’re a designer, retailer, installer, or workroom, IWCE is specifically designed to benefit you.

International Window Covering Expo will be supporting shows at the Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas.

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Are you attending IWCE this year? We would love to connect with you!

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