This week we have been in Bali at Annual Conference (#thepac). 350 accountants are in attendance and with 20 sponsors, we have had a total of 411 people at our event. Today marks the fourth and final day and it has been an invigorating week.
On Monday we were treated to a full day from our good friend, Alan Weiss. Alan continues to inspire and he challenged the audience to take more risks. “No-one is shooting at us. What we do isn’t dangerous, so we have to be prepared to take some risk.” Alan presented new thinking on total personal engagement, defining and articulating your value proposition and career development, combined with no-nonsense business skills advice. He is always tremendous value and has been a real highlight for many.
On day 2, we heard from Julio De Lafitte who confronted the delegates with his view that accountants could become extinct unless they change. I followed up with a session on how accountants can help their clients by taking on a virtual management accounting role, and our General Manager, Rob Pillans, rounded off the day with his observations from 30 years in the accounting profession.
Yesterday, I was very proud to see three of our wonderful team, Michelle Henson, Jonathan Coleman and Sonya Vanjicki, share some of their secrets on best practice marketing and innovation. My business partner Rob Nixon then delivered 60 traits of the masters and interviewed five high performing accountants on stage. I rounded off the day by interviewing two accountants with extraordinary stories, firstly Kevin Euphemie, who runs an accounting business in Perth from his new home in Bali, followed by Tony Bongiorno, whose firm, Bongiorno Group, celebrates 50 years in business this year. Both men had the audience hanging off their every word.
Our final speaker today is Warren Rustand, a serial entrepreneur with a fascinating background. We are all looking forward to hearing Warren this afternoon and we’ll close the conference with our gala celebration and awards ceremony tonight.