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Outstanding Accounting firms

It’s hard to pick 7 award winners when you get 49 worthy submissions. Announced at our annual Accountants conference in front of 411 delegates in Bali were 5 outstanding Accounting firms who won the 7 awards. Here they are…

And the big one….

  • Accounting Business of the Year – Taggart & Partners. Congratulations to all the winners.

Best Client results - AFFE Best Place to work and Firm of the Year - Taggart Partners Client Service and Community Contribution - Bongiorno Group Innovation - Wealthfarm Rising Star - Clarity

 

Bali conference

We just finished the best conference I have ever organised in 20 years. We had 411 people attending for the 5 day program. It rocked and the feedback has been overwhelming. Already 300+ have signed up for next year. July 12-16 2015 again in Bali.

We had a total of 10 speakers on stage and one of the stand-out speakers was Warren Rustand. Very impressive individual who has been a massive success in 3 disciplines – Sport (NBA player), Politics (served 5 USA administrations) and business (started 18 companies, taken 6 public). He is also a devoted family man, gun golfer and an all round good bloke!

My personal highlight was that (with the proceeds from ticket sales) I was able to donate $30,000 to charity - The John Fawcett foundation. With the extra contributions we will be giving sight to approximately 100 children here in Bali.

More photo’s can be found on our company Facebook page.

Event room Gala Dinner Warren Rustand

 

The nominations are in

I just judged 49 entries in each of 7 categories for excellence in Accounting firms. The nominations were exceptional. Some arrived with balloons, there were videos, pages of text, facts & figures and awesome case studies. The 7 categories are

  1. Most innovative accounting firm
  2. Service excellence
  3. Best client results
  4. Best place to work
  5. Community contribution
  6. Rising star
  7. The Accounting firm of the year!

Very tough judging. There are 2 other judges to score as well. All will be revealed in front of 500 people @ our annual conference in Bali from July 13-17. Can’t wait.

Adding Value to what you are doing

I have been telling Accountants to Add Value since I started working with Accountant in May 1994.

If you are going to remain relevant to are going to have to add value.

Here’s the thing. If an Accountant ‘see’s’ an issue or opportunity in the client details then they obliged to tell the client.  The problem is most Accountants are ‘store blind’ and are not focused on seeing ways to really help clients.

Here are some quick thoughts on how you can add value to what you are doing:

  1. Offer free phone calls/emails and meetings all year
  2. Conduct a Business Performance Review every year with every client
  3. Conduct a ‘finding opportunities’ brainstorming exercise on every client every year
  4. Create a closed networking group on one of the social media platforms and connect your clients
  5. Visit every client 2 times per year (free) to see how you can help
  6. Call every client 4 times per year (free) to touch base and see how they are going
  7. Run client advisory boards to get feedback from clients on how you can improve
  8. Run seminars and workshops and teach the clients something new

I came up with that list in 5 minutes! Ask your team what else you can do and create your ‘adding value list’.

The reality is that if you are just going to process the minimum work (to satisfy the government departments) then in the future a computer or cheaper labour will do it.

46,200 new cloud Accounting clients influenced

Yesterday in Auckland was my last seminar in the series. We called the event “Capitalising on the Cloud”. It was a truly awesome 1 day seminar with amazing feedback from those that attended. It was a massive production that lasted 5 weeks – Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 5 weeks.

It was actually my 2nd largest seminar tour in Australasia in 20 years. Here are the event stats:

  • 14 cities
  • 660 Accounting firms
  • 1,354 people attending
  • 27 flights
  • 25 hotel room nights
  • 30,289 KM of air travel
  • 1,036 KM of road trip
  • 636 Questions answered (loads of questions each day)
  • 672 songs played – 48 per event
  • 322 funny jokes/stories told (at least they laughed at most of them)
  • 81 people supporting – team on site + event partners
  • 4 games of golf (not enough I know)
  • 6 fish caught (lovely rainbow trout)

And the BIG one. The 660 Accounting firms committed to signing up another 46,200 of their clients to a  ‘cloud accounting’ system in the next 12 months. That will take our tally on my cloud product PANalytics to more than 84,406 users.

Special thanks to our event partners, MYOB, CCH, Accountancy Insurance, FeeLink & SMSF advice.

Time for a rest!