Behind all of the technology and apps is a small but fiercely passionate team of professionals who are united by their love for the magic of events. In this brand new chit chat series we'll be sitting down with different members of the ShowGizmo team and getting to know them a little better.
This week we're taking it to our Wellington office and chatting with the newest member of our customer success team. She left the world of banking for events and has her coffee with a hit of cinnamon (we're not judging)...Meet Caitlyn!
Q: Hey Caitlyn! Thanks so much for sitting down and chatting with me today...to kick this all off, tell us about an event you've been to that you loved? What was the magic that made you enjoy it so much? A: It would have to be talk about story telling I went to recently at Te Papa (National Museum of New Zealand). It featured three incredible speakers; one from Dream Works, one from Weta Workshop and one from Pik Pok. All the speakers had great visuals to help with their speeches and were from such interesting companies. It was a real eye-opener for me.
Q: You're based in the Wellington office, so do tell us, what is the best part about living and working in Wellington, NZ? A: Has to be the coffee! There’s such a great coffee culture here. Unbelievably, we have more cafes per square kilometre than the New York City! I also love that it’s so compact you can walk everywhere! I walk to work every day and take in the views of the harbour.
Q: So how do you like to have your coffee? A: Cappuccino with Cinamon. Doesn’t get much better than that!
Q: What did you do before you joined the ShowGizmo team? A: I worked at at Westpac, as a customer banking consultant.
Q: So you're used to working with people then? What is it about working with people that you enjoy/what do you think it is about working with people that makes you rock at it? A: I love talking to people — possibly a little too much sometimes! and getting to know them. One thing that I love about my job at ShowGizmo is being able to talk to our clients to understand what they are trying to achieve – this is always so different from event to event — and then helping them to succeed.
Q: What has been the most interesting/surprising thing you've learned about event planners since starting at ShowGizmo? A: The amount of detail that goes into events. Small things, like how to arrange tables or seats to make sure everything is perfect It's often easy to forget when you’re thinking about the more obvious aspects of events, but someone somewhere has to be making all these details, which combine to make a great experience, happen.
Q: You're hosting a dinner party with 3 guests (dead or alive), who do you invite? A: This is a really hard one, but I've narrowed it down to Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and Ellen Degeneres. Think that would make a lively dinner party?
Now for some quick-fire questions...
iOS or Android? iOS
Dogs or Cats? 100% Dogs!
Favourite holiday destination? I guess it can't say it's my favourite, because I haven't been there yet, but the dream is Iceland.
Favourite app (aside from ShowGizmo of course) Dualingo! According to them I'm 5% fluent in Spanish
Favourite ShowGizmo feature? Nested Schedules, they just make it look so good and help my clients with complicated schedules simplify and break them down - I think it really does create a better user experience for their attendees.