Last year I was in drag for these guys as an air hostess - this year, much simpler. In case you couldn't pick it from the pic I'm a ringmaster and the theme is Carnival. Well, actually, the theme is a celebration of achievement. The guys at Z know how to recognise their frontline staff. Gathering a couple of hundred gas station staff together in one place makes for a great night out. These guys are usually too busy working to be partying but when they let their hair down it's
It's always great having family in the crowd. That way they can snap pictures of you in action (like the one to the left) and then troll you with them! It was also really nice being asked to MC the first two tests of the All Blacks/France test series. It was a bit of an unexpected surprise but i never say no to rugby! I got to talk to some pretty cool people during the pre-match entertainment as well, Kieran Read was one of them, but my highlight was interviewing Sir Michael
Every year Z Energy holds their "Gathering of Heroes" which is an award show that recognises excellence from their front-line staff. I've done these in 2014 and 2015, but this time I wasn't Corrugated Iron Man. The awards were held at MOTAT and there was a bit of an airline theme so I started proceedings as an airline pilot - so far, so good. But an awesome thing that sets the "Gathering of Heroes" apart from lots of other in-house awards is that it is equal measures recognit
Another long-term client required a few tweaks to keep things fresh this year. This time we were talking about the IPENZ Transportation Group who we have helped out in 2014 and 2015. In the past I've normally MCed their conference days as myself but this time we wanted to try something different to keep things fresh. So I appeared as per usual for the first day conferencing - suit, tie, the usual business as required by this particular conference. And then we changed it up...
Yes - that's right another outing for Corrugated Iron Man! For those of you that don't regularly follow this blog Corrugated Iron Man is a character I created in conjunction with Stun for Z Energy. He's appeared in the staff training videos and is now into his second awards show for the company. These awards are great because they are for something close to my heart and that's customer service. Every year Z has its annual Gathering of Heroes to salute the best in customer se
Not long before unleashing The Love Doctors on The Warehouse we got a small request from them. All their Store Managers were gathering in Auckland for an event and part of that event was a dinner. Our brief was to provide some entertainment that lasted for 10 minutes but managed to reflect on the company's new tools for providing feedback to staff. Thom and I were in Australia so in stepped Andie and Eddy, Auckland-based performers who had worked with the Warehouse before. Th
Having just completed a conference for Beds R Us NZ in Australia Thom McGrath and I then did exactly the opposite. We joined Beds R Us Australia for their conference in Auckland! Its cool doing different branches of the same company because although there are many aspects that are different there is also a common language and previous experience helps with that. With the Beds R Us crowd there's a little bit of added pressure - some Aussies are invited to the NZ conference and
Every year Z Energy holds its "Gathering of Heroes". This is its recognition event where the best Customer Service Reps, Baristas and Forecourt Concierges from around the country are recognised in a big gala dinner. Its an event that really feels like its been done right - the mission is to create a memorable occasion that wows the guests and makes it an aspiration for next year. The nominees are really spoilt. They're flown to Auckland, put up in a nice hotel and given a fan