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Introducing Jess Ogg, one of ETM’s event and travel experts

Jess Ogg Jess Ogg is one of ETM’s experienced and passionate event and travel experts. Read on to learn more about Jess’s expertise, as she shares her career highlights and how she discovered her passion for events!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your experience in meetings & events. 

I have been lucky enough to have made a career out of travelling the world through working in hospitality, travel and events. Working in both events and travel my entire career, I have been exposed to variety of different experiences and products. Following my stint of living in Dubai, I discovered my love for glitz and glamour, something my events are renowned for. I also have a passion for training and mentoring staff and thrive on celebrating team achievements.

How did you come to work in the event management industry?

After planning weddings in the Cook Islands, I discovered that the highlight of my job was seeing all the different aspects come together and people enjoying themselves on an unforgettable day. That’s when I knew I wanted to pursue a career in events.

What about the industry is exciting to you?

Bringing people together and creating memorable experiences for companies seeking to reward their staff, as well as sourcing new locations and unique venues while coming up with bespoke solutions.

What has been your biggest learning during your time in the industry? 

You need to have the ability to adapt, make informed decisions during challenging times and be comfortable working under pressure, in a high stress environment. Plus, a smile goes a long way!

Do you have a favourite career highlight so far? 

A private tour of the Vatican in Rome for a conference group of over 180 people, some of whom had never been to Europe before.

Over the next 12 months, what are you most looking forward to career-wise? 

Being back in an industry I love, joining a growing team and bringing ETM back into the NZ market after being in hibernation.

Any tips or advice for those looking to get back to face-to-face events in 2022? 

Use a professional events agency. Know the restrictions and impacts the COVID-19 Protection Framework can have on your event, understand all your supplier terms and conditions, and have a tight H&S plan.

On a lighter note, remember that your attendees are wanting to network and reconnect after being apart for so long, so be sure to allocate time for this and not be so information heavy with your content.

 

Reach out to Jess and our team of event experts who can assist with venue finding, group travel, incentive trips and more.

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