Arrived into Queenstown NZ yesterday for my annual conference. We have 220 Accountants and sponsors arriving tomorrow. If you have never been to Queenstown before then you are missing out on one of the beautiful places in the world. Nat, the kids and I have been coming over here for 13 years. We love the…
During my current seminar series (Remaining Relevant) I am giving away a $3,000 product to 5 lucky Accountants. But they have to work for it. Watch what happens!
Next stop Melbourne with 180 accountants and then Auckland with 80.
An update to my charity leap a few weeks back. Official video footage of me abseiling off the CPA building in Brisbane.
This morning I abseiled off a 36 story building. What was funny was it is “CPA House” in Eagle Street Brisbane! I had my Accountants T shirt on as well. How ironic I jumped off a building full of Accountants! The jump went without a hitch and my EO team raised $2800 for Save the Children…
I’ve been too busy to post every day since arriving into the UK on Monday night so here is a summary of a great 6 days in the Olympic city.
Day 1 – Tuesday. Started with a 7 hour breakfast with the world famous Thomas and Penny Power. Fabulous time catching up and solving the world. Then off to a cocktail party with Virgin Galactic. Busy first day.
Day 2 – Wednesday. Off to the Farnborough airshow as a guest of the world famous Sir Richard Branson. It was awesome to see the (replica) spacecraft that I will be going into space in. Richard announced some new space/satellite initiatives which had a swarm of press in a frenzy over. It was absolute hoot to meet some other “Future Astronauts” (FAs) like me. Around 120 of us FAs there + partners.
The airshow was a sight with a low flying A380 which was busting some moves over head. I’ve been on the A380 10 times and never knew it could move like the late Michael Jackson! Unbelievable. The other jets where impressive but the star of the show was definitely the Virgin Galactic spaceship.
Then off to a legendary Virgin party that night. Got to spend some time with Richard & caught up with his mum again which was cool. Mrs Branson told me her book is finished called – “Mums the word”. Full of juicy details she said.
Day 3 – Thursday. Wee bit seedy after a BIG night at the Virgin party. Off on a bus trip to get a behind the scenes tour of the Olympics. It was fascinating to hear how the area where many of the games will be held (Stratford) had very little infracture 7 years ago. Today is has the largest shopping centre in Europe, new accomodation and 5 new sporting stadiums.
Our tour guide said that a train every 14 seconds will be arriving at Stratford International train station bringing spectators to the games. Also met with the world famous Giles Brennand who is interesting in taking our business to Hong Kong later in the year.
Day 4 – Friday. The world famous Colin Dunn & I did some market research and met with a bunch of Accountants and would be licensees of ours all day. Great to know that our business is directly transferable to the UK – just need to find the right people.
The world famous Nat Nixon started her 3 day “how to be a great speaker” course with the equally world famous Joanna Martin today. We’re starting a charity next year, which Nat will head up, so she is learning some new skills.
Day 5 – Saturday. I flew up north to see my awesome (and world famous in Northumberland) Grandfather. He is 91 and we all reckon he has at least another 9 years in him yet. Still as whitty as ever. Great to see him and his wife of 24 years – my step grandmother (who too is world famous in Northumberland) – Nancy.
Day 6 – Sunday. Did very little. Nat was at her course all day (I did pop in and say Hi to the group and tell a quick story) so I was on my own. Had a very long breakfast, went shopping, had a massage at Harrods (that was cool) and then went to Hyde park for a walk. Off to dinner tonight at a swish restaurant with Nat. Looking forward to hearing all about the course.
Off back to Australia tomorrow. Nat is staying on for the Olympics. We have a friend competing. The very talented (and who actually is world famous) Natalie Cook. It’s Nat’s 5th Olympics in a row (Beach volleyball) which makes Australian Olympic history. She’s won gold before – time to do it again!
Very quick 4 day trip from Australia to the USA. Arrived Wednesday afternoon on Qantas (via LAX) and then right into tourist mode. Went down to the world famous Fisherman’s Wharf for a quick bite and then dinner out with the world famous Alex Goldfayn & Freda Valassakis.
On Thursday did lunch with the world famous Simma Leiberman and John Weathington, bit of work then dinner out with some lovely guests from North Carolina (Steve & Karen Moss) and some old work buddies from the 90’s. It was awesome to dine with the world famous Natalie Nixon, Colin Dunn, Wendy Gleeson & Shannon Vincent.
The reason I was here was for Friday when I presented my “7 figure business coaching” model to a bunch or people who had flown in from all over the country. The feedback was awesome – they loved what I do – and more importantly a bunch of them want to do what I do – 7 figure business coaching.
On Friday night I booked a private room at ‘The Boulevard” restaurant for 8 of us. Truly magical to be with many including the world famous David Lingle.
On Saturday it was all being a tourist. Met up with our dear friends and the world famous Mark & Molly Smith to spend the day together. We dined, went on the rocket boat, cable car, union square, out to dinner at an awesome restuarant then caught the live show of Christopher Cross (Sailing, Ride like the wind, Best that you can be) – simply awesome.
Sunday was very subdued, lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf then a taxi out to the world famous Cliff House restaurant on the Pacific Ocean.
Time to go home knowing that what we do in Australia is directly transferable to the USA. Very cool few days. Enjoy the pics.
Wednesday was an amazing presentation on speaking / presentation effectiveness skills by one of the worlds leaders – Joanna Martin. All day she captivated the audience with how to command an audience, be more effective in team / board meetings and lead a seminar. She also taught them how to ‘sell from stage’. Either sell product, next step or something different. She actually demonstrated by selling to the audience. The RAN TO THE SERVICE DESK to sign up for her 3 day seminar. It was an amazing sight to see Accountants running to a desk to give money. What a skill.
Thursday was the grand finale. We opened up with the legendary Paul Dunn talking about how Accountants and Entrepreneurs can be a force for good. I have known Paul for 25 years now and was simply outstanding. My business partner then took the stage and interviewed 3 firms about their success. We call it ‘Heroes Journey’ – always a hit. After that Colin & I revealed our revolutionary product which will give an Accountant real time client data on their phone/device/laptop/desktop. A staggering 100% of firms said they would use it with around 70% of their clients. We have been working very hard to get this solution finished.
It’s done, complete, finished and ready now. I’ll put some screen shots up next week.
The conference concluded with the ‘Accountants night of all nights’ – a Rio/Carnivale inspired gala dinner. We gave out a string of awards and everyone laughed and danced the night away until the wee hours of Friday morning. It truly was a superb finish.
Thank you to everyone who attended this years conference. Delegates, Speakers, Event partners, my business partner Colin, my wife Nat and especially our team who worked night and day to make it a HUGE success. Thank you!
That’s the conference for another year. That’s 5 in a row – every year is better – next year is the challenge to make it better than this one!
If you attended and you read this blog please comment on your thoughts/feelings/observations or words of praise. A few snaps below! By tech guru will fix up the distortion later.