As the dust settles from another event I look back and reflect on what XeroCon meant to me.
This year there were a number of technology updates and discussions about Add ons and the benefits that they provided but for me XeroCon was about heart. Yes you heard that right and you wonder how a software company is going to show that to 3500+attendees.
Dr Gill Hicks is a survivor of the 2005 London Bombings, and she made us reflect on what is the worst that can happen! This hit home with many and you could see a tear in their eyes. In the hour that she was in the dark on that train after the bombing and how her life passed before her eyes. She told us about how survivors were comforting those that were passing during that time her attitude and sheer guts to survive. Hearing her story about humanity was an inspiration.
Mark Manson, the author of ‘The subtle art of not giving a F*ck’ opened Day 2! He told us that without suffering, there is no meaning. Without meaning, happiness is empty. How true success and happiness are based on our achievements and what we deem to be success. If we do not have to work for it or struggle for what we want are we really happy when we achieve? Suffer Better, Not Less. We will always have problems and issues it is the way we choose to handle our problems.
Trent Innes from Xero talked about how people expect the 99% but the 1% is what they remember. Clients are surprised when they receive that extra 1%. Trent also had us all post on social media about the one thing we wanted to do when we left the conference as it is easy for many to say they will do something and not follow through. #myonething was to write this blog.
A breakout session that I attended was about how to best tell our Story with Bernadette Jiwa. We all have our story as we have all gone done a different journey to reach were we are today. It is about sharing this journey with others and connecting and engaging with others.
For many a favourite session was to demand work-life balance with Sharon McClafferty. We were told a story of how a man had everything on the outside with all the success and trimmings that come with that. This success bred ignorance towards his family and eventually he lost everything. Only to find out that this story was not fictional but one from the heart as it was about her father. This emphasised to us all not to lose sight of the true purpose of what is important to you. It especially hit home for me as just a few weeks ago during an Australian Bookkeepers Network meeting, I brought up this exact topic topic as I wanted everyone there to reflect on what we are doing in our lives and if we needed to make changes for life to be more rewarding.
Steve Vamos A new way of thinking- We are now the connected age not the industrial age and that technology is being developed to act more human, and less like a machine.
Xero account managers Alicia Moreau and Lauren Wood organised for partners to get together so they could meet and share stories.The support that I saw from the account managers was much more than selling software! Hats off to my manager Alicia.
The wrap party at Cloudland was themed BrisVegas allowing us all to have fun and say goodbye to friends we had made and our conference travelling buddies. Looking around the room it allowed everyone to get to know each other on a more personal level and share their story.
Heading home after the conference was a time for reflection and and what is most important to me in my life and it is my family they mean everything to me. This is my heart!!