The Accounting Business Expo is a key event for anyone who wants to stay up to date with the latest goings-on in business and finance. Not only can you catch a range of cloud business innovators such as Xero, Intuit and a certain cloud bookkeeping solution, but it's an invaluable chance to network with some of Australia's most forward thinking financial professionals.
To help you get ready, we asked three accounting thought-leaders for their best networking tips, so you can come away with some valuable relationships, not just a handful of business cards.
1. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!
With so much content it's really important to know what sessions you really want to go to and why.
With so many amazing vendors it's also important to schedule the time to get to see everyone, know who you really want to catch up with, what questions you want to ask etc.
And with so many great people attending make sure you reach out beforehand to those you want to connect with. Social Media is a great tool for this as it's easy to connect.
Steph Hinds Head Ninja, Growthwise
2. Be Yourself
When meeting new people and establishing relationships, be #genuine #human and allow your own personality to shine through! Now that doesn't mean that you should go ahead pick your nose (save that for home) but just be yourself with your best manners!
Always remember it's never about you but always about the person you are speaking with, be an active listener.
Most of all have fun.
Mel Power, Founder, Bookkeeper Revolution
3. Don't Forget To Follow up!
Making a good first impression is really important & that continues after the event too. If you meet someone & you’re keen to keep in contact send them a follow-up note (email, tweet, text, LinkedIn, call - there are so many options!)
You never know where these connections might lead or where your paths might cross in the future. So make sure you make the most of the great impression you made on the day!
Sophie Hossack, Australia Country Manager, Receipt Bank
If you haven't got your ticket yet, there is still time (just!). We look forward to seeing you all put these into action on the 21-22 March in Sydney. We'll be the friendly stand wearing orange!