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Your net worth is determined by your network – why you must attend the Saiba PMC conference


60% of people say they found their current employment positions via personal connections.

Think about that for a minute. Just 20% of current positions have been filled by recruitment agencies, and 20% through LinkedIn connections.

This shows the power of personal connections.

“Your net worth is determined by your network,” says Saiba CEO, Nicolaas van Wyk. “This is why everyone needs to attend the Saiba Practice Management Conference (PMC) starting on 15 September.

“Your network is determined by your net worth, and this is why all Saiba members need to attend this event. Numerous studies have shown that job and business opportunities are proportionate to the size of one’s network.

“This year’s event is especially exciting. We’ve invited a number of experts in the field of practice management and they’ll be sharing the secrets of running a successful practice. We’ve also invited an international speaker to do a trend analysis, there will be an economist and regulators, sharing inside information about where the profession is developing. A critical part of the conference content will focus on the growth opportunities so members can expand your practice.

“Many of our members need their CPD hours, so this is a perfect way for them to advance their knowledge of the profession and stay up to date on the latest trends and developments.”

The Covid shutdowns have made it difficult to host regular events, but this year Saiba is hosting the event across two channels: the physical event will take place at the Maslow Time Square in Pretoria over two days, with the event being streamed online to those who cannot make it to the venue.

The PMC comprises two jam-packed days of presentations and round table discussions.

The keynote address for the first day (15 September) will be given by Mark Lloydbottom, founder, Ignite Practice Management, who will address some of the emerging trends in the profession and the new norms that are developing as a result of the pandemic. This vital information for accountants, no matter whether you are in the corporate world or in private practice.

This will be followed with a panel discussion on how regulators are preparing for the technology changes affecting the accounting profession. This panel discussion will include Rory Voller, Commissioner of the Companies an Intellectual Property Commission (CPIC), and will be moderated by Phumlani Majozi, senior fellow at African Liberty.

Then it’s down to business, with an in-depth session on how to plan your business in terms of strategic planning, service delivery, risk management, human resources, marketing, technology, finance and administration. That’s a lot of ground to cover, and this session will be hosted by Tamryn Dicks, director of Pharsyde Accounting.

This will be followed with a series of short, sharp sessions delving into building and growing your firm, how to develop a people strategy, and what business models have proven most workable for the accounting practitioner.

In the afternoon of the 15th September, Coenie Middel of Middel & Partners – no stranger to Saiba members – will take you through a carefully developed plan of innovation that will ensure your business is sustainable and growing.

This will be followed with a detailed look at the range of technologies now available to accountants, from cloud accounting to the internet of things (IoT) mobile applications, social media, blockchain, and artificial intelligence and robotics. This session will be moderated by Nicole Rousseau, co-founder of PKF Ignite.

The following session will explore the nettlesome subject of client relationship management, how to build your client base, charge correctly and create a win-win for both clients and service provider. This session will be moderated by Russel Ngobeni.

The final two sessions of the day will explore risk management for an accounting practice, and properly identifying these risks so they can be mitigated, followed by a session on succession planning.

Day 2 of the PMC will build on the groundwork laid on Day 1, and will focus on planning your practice and building it into a successful and thriving enterprise.

Register here for the PMC.