Institute of Certified NZ Bookkeepers

It is coming up to one of the best parts of the year - the time where Bookkeepers from around the country get together to connect, learn, and grow.

I have attended many conferences over the years, and #Bookkeepcon is one of the best I consistently attend. Why? Because each year the events committee work really hard to provide Bookkeepers and members in our community with the tools, information, learnings, and education that is in the fore front of our industry.  

Whether you do bookkeeping as a part-time job or as a business, in order for you to be the best Bookkeeper for your clients, I recommend attending industry conferences like #Bookkeepcon as an important part of your professional development and growth. To learn more about taking your bookkeeping business to the next level, check out this article I wrote recently, “Taking it to the next level - Becoming a "Bookkeeping Career Professional".

So, why attend industry conferences?

I believe that attending conferences provides an excellent platform for professional development on so many levels. First and foremost, it allows us to put ourselves out there and present interesting findings and best practice methodologies from our learnings. This can lead to further thought-provoking discussion between us and other Bookkeepers in the field. As they say… “Only another Bookkeeper can understand another Bookkeepers humour and client stories”. Attending conferences not only improves your networking abilities, increasing your professional network, but also helps you to not only teach others what you know, but also gain knowledge from them, too.

Most of the time we think and work on our own, so it can be productive to have someone with fresh eyes share their thoughts on situations and scenarios we may be having trouble with, as well as what we could do to improve it. In some cases, we might interact with someone who is working in a specific area that complements our work. In that case, the discussion can lead to potential future collaborations.

So, how do you get the most out of attending a conference?

Ultimately, it comes down to how you absorb information. With 2-days of full-on, non-stop, learning and being given an abundance of empowering information, it is important that we recognise the most effective way for us to learn and remember all this valuable, key information.

Everyone learns differently. In fact, everyone takes in information through their senses. Did you know that? Our five senses are the only way we interact with the world outside ourselves. However, we all process that information in our own way. Throughout your education, you may have discovered your unique learning styles and how-to best approach information and data. Many people blend these modalities together to form their own unique approaches for learning.
So, which learning style do you have?

1. Visual/Spatial Learners

These learners are great observers, and naturally think in images. Generally, they will be drawn toward any visual displays, such as posters, clips, and patterns, to better absorb content.

Tip: Make sure to have your conference handbook by your side to absorb your learnings.

2. Auditory/Aural Learners

Aural, or auditory, learners maximise information best when they hear sound, rhythm, and music. Making up roughly 30 percent of the population, these learners love listening to information and thrive in meetings, group projects, and networking events.

Tip: If you would like to listen to the speaker again, pop your recording app on via your phone so you can hear the presentation later on.

3. Verbal/Linguistic Learners

These types of learners do best in a traditional classroom setting. They enjoy listening to information and then discussing the content to further cement their understanding of the topic.

Tip: Verbal leaners are always encouraged to ask questions (it is how they learn – by getting answers). Get amongst your peers and practice your learnings as a role play with your team.

So, have you registered for #Bookkeepcon? This year will be jam-packed with opportunities for networking, new perspectives, hearing from industry leaders, and practical experience. And the best bit is the conference will cater for each learning style, so be prepared to learn, listen, read and interact with amazing content and speakers!

I look forward to connecting with you and seeing you then. #HugaBookkeeper #betterschoolsandhospitals


If you have any queries on the above, please contact

Lisa Martin
Institute of Certified NZ Bookkeepers



  • 19 June 2019