Today I’m bringing you interviews from the TOA Global Transformational conference held at the Sheraton Mirage on the Gold Coast early November 23.

I had the pleasure of attending the conference, courtesy of the hospitable TOA Global team. TOA Global specialises in providing outsourcing solutions for accounting firms. In this collection of interviews, you’ll hear from TOA Global clients, staff, and partners. Even if you are not currently contemplating outsourcing, there is a lot of interesting content in this podcast, including a special interview with the emcee Kat Davidson, who shares some tips on public speaking. 

My friend and the CEO of  TOA Global Nick Sinclair likes to run his conferences unconventionally! The audience is typically people from the Accounting Industry but interestingly the content is not accounting specific. Further to this, there’s no published agenda, so you remain curious about what will happen next! We listened to strategies for building a high-performance culture, body biohacking, growing sustainable businesses, and systemising businesses and as you’d expect there was a dash of motivational speakers. If this intrigues you TOACON 2024 will be at the Shangri-La Boracay 30 June – 2 July 2024.

I shall let you into a little secret about the most special thing that happened at the conference. It was Nick Sinclair’s grandfather’s 90th birthday, and Nick arranged for one of his grandfather’s idols Wayne Bennet (a distinguished rugby coach) to speak at the conference. Wayne Bennet graciously met and spoke with his grandfather which I’m sure was a special moment for all concerned.

You’ve got 90 minutes of assorted interviews ahead, relive your time at TOACon ‘23, or get a taste of what happened, and please let me know if you attended the Transformational conference. I’d love to hear your key takeaways!

The TOA Global team kindly hosted me to attend the conference.  

Let me take you to the warm weather of the Gold Coast and meet the individuals I interviewed at the conference, ranging from industry experts to dynamic professionals, each sharing their unique insights and experiences.

Daniel Shaw Director & SMSF Specialist Advisor at DFK Benjamin King Money, a client of TOA Global, talked about the company’s experience working with outsourced staff.

James Bamford, Senior Business Development Manager at Paytron ‘A comprehensive payments platform’.

Mark Jenkins, Director at The Gap, a complete business advisory platform for purpose-driven accountants.

Kelly Segat, Global Chief Revenue Officer at TOA Global

Aly Garret, Founder at All in Advisory a modern Accounting practice based in RADelaide. Also a client of TOA Global, talked about her experience working with outsourced staff.

Kat Davidson, Comedian, MC, Corporate Entertainer, Keynote Speaker, shared public speaking tips for accountants.

Geoff Gartly “The small business exit navigator” and Managing Partner at Gartly Advisory, Certified Value Builders.

Vicki Birch, Sales Enablement Specialist at Intuit The global financial technology platform that powers prosperity with TurboTax, Credit Karma, QuickBooks, and Mailchimp.

Carl Brooks, Partnership Manager ProSpend  (Used to be called ExpenseManager) a business spend management solution.

Carolyn O’Brien Business Development Manager at Class Super a portfolio of solutions to empower your accounting firm and a surprise twist was that Carolyn had lived in Scottsdale, where I had recently visited!

Ben Gill Executive Director at LightYear Docs. Had quite an interesting conversation with Ben learning all how they support accountants with legal documents. It’s something I plan to explore further when I get some free time. 

Vicky Shah Associate Director at Accountancy Insurance offering audit and cyber insurance.

If you did attend, please get in touch and tell me what your takeaways were! I think I am going to explore body bio-hacking and surface the strategies that I can potentially adopt. I am not however sure I want to live to one hundred years old!

The last few Cloud Stories podcasts were all from conferences. Many thanks to the Two Drunk Accountants who inspired me to give roving conference interviews a go. I think the result is electric, and I hope you as the listener are enjoying the experience. I know several people have reached out and told me they plan to go to the conferences after listening to the podcast.