It was nice to see so many new and acquainted faces from Xero’s accounting and bookkeeping group at Xerocon Sydney 2023. As all the time, day one featured a packed agenda – and also you higher imagine the tempo didn’t let up on day two.
Sharing insights and inspiration
We had one other busy morning on the principle stage. The day kicked off with a shifting welcome from Te Raranga Whanui Kapahaka group, adopted by an insightful dialog between Xerocon host Julia Zimero and Xero CEO, Sukhinder Singh Cassidy. They mentioned all the things from Sukhinder’s upbringing and early profession to life classes and the significance of discovering your superpower.
Subsequent up, we heard some fascinating insights on excessive performing practices from Australian Nation Supervisor, Will Buckley. He additionally talked in regards to the ikigai – the Japanese idea of discovering a larger objective or sense of being – to encourage the viewers to search out deeper that means of their work.
Preserving AI centre stage
We have been fortunate to have futurist and entrepreneur Mark Pesce get us fascinated by how synthetic intelligence (AI) may affect advisory within the years forward. He spoke in regards to the new panorama of huge language fashions (LLMs) and defined find out how to harness instruments like Chat GPT.
The lasting message from Mark’s session, nonetheless, was that the true energy of AI lies in collaboration with people. He harassed that automation won’t ever exchange accountants and bookkeepers, solely improve trusted advisory with smarter and extra intuitive instruments.
Closing Xerocon on a excessive
After two packed days, we spent a while within the afternoon being reminded in regards to the significance of psychological well being and wellbeing. Emma Murray, founding father of Excessive Efficiency Mindfulness, spoke to attendees about numerous methods to handle the rigours and pressures of enterprise and life, sharing a number of sensible takeaways to place to good use.
Then, myself and the remainder of the APAC management crew – Bridget Snelling, Nation Supervisor for New Zealand; Koren Wines, Regional Director for Asia; and Will Buckley, Nation Supervisor for Australia – shared our highlights and learnings from an unimaginable couple of days.
We have been additionally thrilled to announce that Xerocon will return to the US in 2024! That’s proper, after we head to London in June, we’re taking the ‘Coachella for accountants’ to Nashville from August 14 to fifteen subsequent 12 months. We’re tremendous excited to provide our accounting and bookkeeping group within the States, Canada, the UK, and past an opportunity to reconnect.
Lastly, we wrapped issues up with a memorable efficiency from Australian music icon Daryl Braithwaite. He returned to the Xerocon stage, enjoying traditional hits like ‘The Horses’ to get everybody on their toes!
A closing message from the APAC crew
It’s now time to have a variety of enjoyable on the notorious Xerocon wrap celebration – hosted at Sydney’s iconic ivy bar this 12 months – to get collectively and have fun. However earlier than we log out, an enormous thanks to the accountants and bookkeepers who made the trouble to affix us over the previous couple of days, and to our exhibiting app companions, visitor audio system, and everybody concerned in bringing this occasion to life – we couldn’t do it with out your help.