In simply a few weeks, accountants and bookkeepers from throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia will descend upon Sydney’s Worldwide Conference Centre (ICC) for 2 days of inspiration, schooling, connection and enjoyable. You guessed it; we’re speaking in regards to the return of Xerocon! After a three-year hiatus, we couldn’t be extra excited to convey you – our associate group – collectively once more on the world’s most lovely and progressive convention for cloud accounting leaders.
For a lot of companions, we all know this received’t be your first rodeo. Nevertheless, following current years, it’s protected to say a few of us are a bit rusty relating to occasions and networking. So whether or not you’re a Xerocon veteran or a first-timer, we’ve rounded up our high skilled ideas that can assist you put together for (and take advantage of) the 2 days. Our material skilled is Nicole Lynch of boutique bookkeeping agency Streamline Administration Australia, who has attended eight Xerocons (and counting). Learn on to search out out what she’s discovered through the years.
1. Consolation is essential
“Xerocon is an enormous occasion – figuratively and actually. You’ll be strolling, standing and transferring round lots (to not point out dancing all evening lengthy on the wrap get together), so be sure to put on comfy garments and sneakers. There’s no must swimsuit up; denims and sneakers will do.”
2. Stand out from the gang with a branded t-shirt
“There’s going to be hundreds of individuals filling the ICC, lots of whom you may’ve interacted with on-line earlier than, however by no means face-to-face. So it’s a good suggestion to put on a t-shirt along with your follow identify or huge brand. Those that’ve by no means met you in particular person will doubtless recognise the branding earlier than anything, so it’s a great way to face out and begin conversations.”
3. Pack mild
“When you’re travelling, a carry-on bag with a change of garments and the naked necessities is all you’ll want. Pack mild to make room for Xero swag – there’ll be a station the place you possibly can decide up water bottles, t-shirts and different Xerocon-branded goodies – in addition to prizes, in the event you’re fortunate. I’ve even despatched issues dwelling in an categorical publish bag in earlier years to avoid wasting room!”
4. Arrive early
“For these travelling from abroad or interstate, I’d extremely advocate arriving in Sydney a few days earlier than the occasion. This manner, you’re assured to get there on time (plus, there’s all the time tons occurring earlier than Xerocon). I discovered this out the onerous method when my flight was cancelled the morning of Xerocon again in 2015. Lesson discovered!”
5. Buddy up
“Us accountants and bookkeepers may be an introverted bunch. However in the event you can, attempt to couple up with a buddy – whether or not that’s a good friend or colleague within the trade, a crew member, or somebody in your area’s Companion Fb Neighborhood. Occasions are all the time extra enjoyable in twos (or extra).”
6. Divide and conquer the breakouts
“So as to add to my ideas above, bringing your crew or buddying-up means you possibly can divide and conquer the breakout periods (which regularly overlap all through the afternoon). If two unmissable periods are operating concurrently, you and your associate can attend one every and swap notes.”
7. Tempo your self
“At Xerocon, you’re certain to socialize across the clock, so be sure to tempo your self over the 2 days. Reap the benefits of the quieter moments everytime you get the possibility. Generally, all you want is 10 minutes to reset and recuperate.”
8. Debrief as quickly as you possibly can
“Quickly after the occasion wraps up, get collectively along with your crew or buddy to debate your key takeaways. When you’re again at work, it’s straightforward to get caught within the grind and neglect all of the improbable belongings you discovered over the 2 days. So the earlier you possibly can debrief post-Xerocon, the extra doubtless you’ll put your learnings into follow.”
With these insider ideas entrance of thoughts, your Xerocon Sydney expertise will certainly run easily. Discover out extra about this 12 months’s occasion right here. We will’t wait to see you!