This week sees a record number of more than 1,400 attendees converge on Brisbane for the 2014 SPAA National Conference (19 – 21 February). This three-day event provides professionals with an update on the latest SMSF strategies, technical and regulatory updates, the latest on investment markets and a word from both sides of Government with Senator Arthur Sinodinos and his opposition, Hon. Bernie Rippoll.
This year’s theme “Ride the Wave” continues the focus on building professionalism within the SMSF sector, providing a diverse range of technical topics and topics driving industry change and opportunity.
This year will be a busy one for me personally, both as a speaker and exhibitor. The SMSF Academy will be part of the new Education Hub at the SPAA National Conference, where we will be showcasing our SMSF101 course and also our regular webinar training. Furthermore, we have some exciting new membership options being launched at the conference as part of the relaunch of a new website for The SMSF Academy. More about this will be available later in the week.
I will be presenting a specialist workshop this year on the growing importance of social media with The Social Adviser, Baz Gardner. Baz is the industry leader in helping professionals build a social business, and together we will be discussing how professionals can develop a social strategy for success with their SMSF business. Importantly, our activities together won’t be confined to just the SPAA workshop in 2014, with some exciting news to also follow later at the conference. You will be able to use the hashtag #socialsmsf to find out more following Thursday’s session.
Use the power of ‘social’ to raise integrity and SMSF professional standards
Whilst on the topic of social media, I encourage you to get behind SPAA’s initiative to lifting integrity and professional standards in SMSFs. Using social tool Thunderclap, we have an opportunity to unite the voice of “SMSF professionals” to ensure the message is loud and clear towards the building a profession.
You can join this Thunderclap below and connect it to your Twitter, Facebook and/or Tumbler account. You don’t need to be attending to commit your voice, but if you believe increasing professionals standards is important, I encourage you to participate.
I hope to see you there…
For those that are attending, I look to visiting our booth (7) and make sure you get a mousepad with all the latest facts and figures for 2014. For those that can’t make it, you can follow all the action via Twitter using the hashtag #SPAA.
You can check out Aaron’s interview from the 2013 SPAA conference with Andrew Daddo – We’ll be chatting again this Friday about my workshop session with Baz. Once it’s available online I will upload onto the blog to share with my readers.