Monday, 22 April 2019

On Stage Auckland 2019

Hello and welcome to my blog.


Today I would like to share some highlights from OnStage Live - the Stampin' Up!® Convention held in Auckland from the 11th until the 13th of April. On Stage is held each year in April and November. Stampin' Up!® select where they are holding the three day live event and it was held in the South Pacific this time, Auckland. Otherwise it is a one day event.


Auckland is a beautiful city. It was the first time that I have travelled to New Zealand and I am already planning to go back sooner rather than later. The weather was perfect and we felt the city was very welcoming and friendly.


The photo below I took of the city on the ferry as we crossed the harbour to visit Devonport.




Auckland hosted about 700 demonstrators for On Stage, it was a huge event. I met so many demonstrator friends and many new demonstrator friends in Auckland. It was a wonderfully friendly event. People were introducing themselves and sharing information as well as many funny moments with each other.





I was very fortunate to have some team members attend On Stage with me. It was great to share this special time with these amazing ladies and friends.


I received a beautiful card from one of my team members when we all got together the day before On Stage started. I am holding the card in the photo above. It really made me feel special. The girls that are in my team just amaze me with their friendship and constant support. They truly are the best people.





The team is pictured below with Sara Douglass (CEO) and Shelli Gardner (Co founder and Board Chair). It was lovely talking to them as they really care about each and every demonstrator.






Another highlight for me was catching up with the very talented ladies from the Colour INKspiration Crew. We had a dinner together at Elliot Stables. I am in awe of these talented ladies and they have made me feel very welcome since I have joined the crew.


Below is a picture of the Colour INKspiration crew members that attended On Stage.






I promoted this year and attended the Centre Stage event held at the Auckland War Memorial. This dinner was held on the Thursday night and we were transported to the War Memorial by bus. We then walked to the top of the Memorial to the function room. This had beautiful views of the city and the perfect place for such a special dinner. Sara Douglass sat at our table. It was lovely to chat with her as the night progressed. We witnessed an amazing Maori group perform traditional singing and dancing. Their performance was uplifting.


Below is a photo of Sara Douglas and I at the Centre Stage dinner.






A couple of weeks before On Stage I was asked to talk to the Centre Stage demonstrators at a function on the last day of On Stage. I feel very honoured to be asked to do this. It was very special as I spoke about unifying my team. This subject is very close to my heart. When I decided to start doing workshops and classes in 2018 my goal was to bring women together to share in creativity. I wanted to create a warm and welcoming environment and a place that each person attending classes felt that they were important and belonged to a special group. I have seen times change and felt that women do not connect with each other as they have in times past. I want women to feel connected to each other. I normally would have not accepted an offer to speak publicly. But this time it was about my favourite subject, Stampin' Up!® and our amazing team. It was an amazingly wonderful experience and I feel truly honoured to be invited to speak. The photo below is of me making my speech to the demonstrators at Centre Stage.






We received the New 2019-2020 Catalogue and I cannot wait until I am able to give this beautiful catalogue to my customers. It is a highlight of On Stage, that is for sure. Some of my friends also presented product suites at OnStage. Cazz Boyland, Bronwyn Eastley and Cheryl Millar all created beautiful cards and items with their product suites. They did a fantastic job as did all the other presenters that included Brian Pilling and Sara and Shelli. Sara and Shelli had us in stitches of laughter.



Cazz Boylan

Cheryll Miller

Bronwyn Eastley


It was the best Stampin' Up!® event that I have been to so far. I guess that it is because it went for three amazing days. The excitement and enthusiasm by all demonstrators created a wonderful experience for all. I am planning my next trip to On Stage already. 
 

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my On Stage experience in Auckland. If you are interested in joining me for the next event please get in touch with me. I would love to have you join in on the fun!


I hope you have enjoyed the Easter break. 

Have a great week!

Leonie












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