07 Dec 2016 What it’s like to be a WarmUp Moderator
My name is Elisa Broman and I started my business economics studies here at Haaga-Helia in September 2016. I started my school year with a good motivation and excitement. I was looking forward to challenges and decided to say yes to as many things as possible.
After a while I heard people talking about StartUp SchooI and I thought that I have to go check out that place. So I went to the StartUp School office and met Stephanie, a girl who works at StartUp School. We talked for a while and she asked me whether I would like to apply to be a moderator for this fall’s WarmUps. Following my decision from the beginning of the semester, I said yes. After applying and waiting for couple of days the job was mine and I could not have been more excited.
Big part of the preparation for the event was coming up with good questions to the guests. I made the questions together with StartUp School team, which was exciting but also challenging. It was surprisingly hard to make questions where the answers don’t start to repeat themselves. It was really nice that the team helped me to figure out which questions would work the best.
The experience to work as a moderator was really good and a lot of fun. Furthermore, what made WarmUps interesting was that all of them were different and exciting in their own way. I met inspiring people who had great ideas and perspectives of how to run a business. It even gave me ideas of my own which I’m hopefully going to use someday.
There are also many benefits to being a moderator. I learned how to be in front of the people and not to be afraid of it. During each moderating set I became more and more relaxed. The speaking language in the WarmUps was English, which was perfect for me. I like to speak English and being a moderator was a great way to improve my skills. I would recommend the moderator spot for people who are interested in improving their performing and language skills, enjoy talking with people and get motivated from hearing stories from inspiring people.