9:00 - 9:40 AM
Keynote: Choose your struggle: finding happiness by focusing on what matters
Mark Manson, Author. Thinker. Life Enthusiast.
Mark Manson is a super-star blogger and author with a message: if we want to be better, happier people, we’ve got to stop trying to be ‘positive’ all the time. His approach? A raw, hilarious, and inspiring keynote that cuts to the core of what it means to be happy and fulfilled in our era of feel-good, sugar-coated crap. From the author of the New York Times best seller, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK, Mark Manson offers an in-your-face, ruthlessly honest, bracingly funny, and refreshingly stirring wake-up call for anyone looking for real talk (and actual help).
9:40 - 10:10 AM
Keynote: What's new in Xero Practice
Speaker: Anna Curzon, Chief Partner Officer, Xero
The accounting industry is changing incredibly fast and there are so many opportunities. Hear how accountants and bookkeepers are thriving in this period of change. Anna Curzon, Xero’s Chief Partner Officer, shows how putting your clients at the center of your practice and using Xero’ practice platform is helping advisors make the best use of their time, take on more clients, work more efficiently and coaching clients to higher levels of success. You’ll see the latest Xero Practice releases and discover smart actions you can take to move your practice forward.
10:10 - 10:30 AM
Keynote: The 1% is everything
Trent Innes, Managing Director, Xero Australia & Asia
One of the key secrets to success is incremental improvement - the 1% marginal gains. People expect the 99% but the 1% is what they remember. This keynote will focus on how you drive incremental change by focusing on the 1% to surprise and delight your customers.
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Xero Product Roadmap: Xero apps and connected workflows
Speaker: Ben Watts, Product Manager - Practice Products, Xero
We’re focused on solving more problems for more businesses, which sees us expanding our products and workflows across the Xero platform and providing you with even more tools to advise your clients on the best way to manage cash flow, drive profitability, and work smarter. Come and see the latest and upcoming innovations from our product teams dedicated to Payroll, Expenses, Projects and Ecosystem apps and learn how you can help your clients take full advantage of connected workflows on the Xero Platform.
The #human ripple effect
Speaker: Rachael Powell, Chief Customer and People Officer, Xero
Putting your purpose and people at the heart of what you do is more important than ever. If you get this right, it has a powerful ripple effect from the inside out, to your brand and ultimately your number one priority your customers.
Rachael shares her thoughts on why this inside out approach is so valuable and what you can do to embed a purpose led, values based and customer centric culture in your business.
How to best tell your story
Speaker: Bernadette Jiwa, founder at the Right Company
In this talk Bernadette Jiwa explains how you tell your story is key to creating the business you want and shows you where to begin.
Explore the evolving breadth and depth of data automation
Automated business processes have become the cornerstones of a high-performing digital economy. In this lively panel session, discover how new technologies are enabling our global ecosystem partners to scale and simplify day-to-day business processes, such as corporate compliance and accounts payable/receivable. Explore the impact of emerging trends like robotisation, OCR and AI as we consider the opportunities they can create for small businesses now and in the future.
Bookkeeping Beyond 2020
5 years ago, could you have predicted the industry journey that lie ahead? Hear direct from innovative and growing bookkeeping partners as they discuss what the industry post-2020 looks like and how they are positioning themselves and their businesses for success.
App deep dive: retail and ecommerce
Speaker: Bryan Williams, Head of Ecosystem & Marketplace, Xero Australia
Retailers have the second highest turnover of small to medium sized businesses in Australia. Help them achieve their goals, from maximising profit to achieving a work life balance, while you strengthen your value proposition as a specialist retail advisor. This session will equip you with everything you need to recommend the right apps to your retail clients. Take a deep-dive into some of Xero’s most popular retail and e-commerce apps, plus explore new tools and resources that make recommending apps easier than ever.
Xero Product Roadmap: Helping you and your clients build a more sustainable business
Speaker: Ian Boyd, AU Financial Industry Director, Xero
Using Xero’s online invoicing with invoice reminders and a payment service is one of the most efficient ways small businesses can get paid - and we’re dedicated to delivering innovations that help businesses get paid even faster. Come see what we’ve been working on to help you and your clients stay on top of cash flow, optimise sales workflows and drive profitability in Xero.
Connectivity and Advisory; building your clients’ most valuable asset
Speaker: Ben Styles, General Manager Product, Financial Services, Xero
The connected small business is the most efficient, successful business. Data flows are automated, bills get paid on time, invoices get paid sooner, access to capital is not a concern and they’re confident in their future financial health. This might sound like utopia but it’s closer than you may think, especially if the small business has their trusted advisor by their side. Find out how you can support your small business clients on their financial journey using tools that will drive efficiency and turn them into more successful clients.
Demand work-life balance (for yourself and of others)
Speaker: Sharon McClafferty - Director, Slipstream Coaching
With so many advances in technology, why have most of us not reduced the hours we devote to work?
All decisions we make have consequences, but decisions about how we spend our life are the ones that we will live to regret or be grateful for on our deathbed. Various definitions of success are often promoted and discussed, however, the price of success is rarely spoken about. In this session, we cover why working sustainably and living a rich full life, not just accumulating wealth, is good for business and good for society.
How to customise a training session for your clients
Speaker: Melanie Morris, Head of Bookkeeping - NZ
Delivering a customised training program to your clients may seem daunting, but if done right, it can add both value and a revenue stream to your practice. In this talk, you’ll learn how to construct a health check on the Xero Organisation that identifies issues and areas of training, step by step. If you’re new to Xero, there’s also a demonstration which can be replicated for any other member of your practice to use.
Speakers: Patrick Frigo, Senior Partner Consultant, Xero
Michelle Taggart, Lifelong Learning Lead, Xero NZ
If you’ve ever wondered how to support your NFP clients through Xero, this session’s for you. Here we’ll take a look at how the new reporting requirements with Tier 3 and Tier 4 reporting work with Xero in New Zealand, and cover how to use Xero report templates for SFPR NFP reporting in Australia. There’ll also be valuable tips & tricks for your NFPs using Xero to run their organisations, and you’ll understand how to collaborate better with your NFP clients.
1:00 - 2:30 PM
Keynote: Looking to the future
Steve Vamos, Chief Executive Officer, Xero
The future of technology is all about keeping things #human – especially when it comes to bookkeepers, accountants and small businesses. With that in mind, recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of Xero, Steve Vamos, shares his vision for how Xero continues to develop technology that’s designed to act more human, and less machine.
Rod Drury, Founder and Non-Executive Director at Xero
Where is the accounting and bookkeeping industry headed? What developments are on the horizon? Hear from Rod Drury, Founder and Non-Executive Director at Xero, on his vision for the future.
6:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Xerocon Wrap Party 2018*
Follow the red carpet and enter into a one night only Brisvegas experience in the lavish Cloudland nightclub, a three level space filled to the brim with unique and decadent decor with a surprise for guests around every corner. With seven custom designed and curated rooms this club will be transformed into a Xerocon Wrap Party to remember.
*Tickets sold separately
*Schedule is subject to change