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The Wrap Up: CountPlus One Annual Conference

Once a year, the entire CountPlus One team comes together to learn, grow and get inspired. It is a chance to be reminded of why we do what we do and to establish a unified focus for the coming year. Read on for a wrap up of the 2019 CountPlus One conference.


On the 26th of July, all 26 of our talented group met at Q Station – a hidden gem nestled in the Sydney Harbour National Park. Traditionally, CountPlus One conferences feature a range of guest speakers alongside motivational and inspirational team activities. This year’s conference focussed more on each team member as an individual and how we can create our own personal brands. We also spent time developing soft skills. Every day, we spend so much of our time concentrating on other people’s finances, it can be easy to overlook our own development. The conference therefore provided a great opportunity to look within and grow as individuals and a team.

Following the welcome presentations by Louise Harris and Ian George, we were graced with three presentations from Jo Bright of Bright Management. CountPlus One worked closely with Jo during our recent brand refresh. Jo has worked with a range of clients to consolidate their special brand values and identify their opportunities for growth. This collaboration helped us ensure we were making the best decisions to help us reach our business goals and for our brand in general.

Jo’s presentation at the conference encouraged us to think about and craft our own personal brands. By the end of her “Do you judge a book by its cover? What does your cover say about you?” and “Designing your book cover” presentation, Jo equipped each and every staff member with the skills to feel confident in knowing who they are, what they do and how to appropriately represent oneself as an employee of CountPlus One. It was a bit of a learning curve since personal branding is not something that always comes naturally to accountants and financial planners, but it was great to see everyone giving it their best.

Our next speaker was Nick Blue, Regional Manager of BT Open Business in NSW. He has 20 years’ experience in the wealth management industry, holds qualifications in applied finance and financial planning and is passionate about helping financial planning businesses reach their potential. Nick shared the seven habits of highly effective people with us all. We are sure Nick would be glad to hear that he now has us all being proactive and thinking “win-win”.

To cap off the official proceedings, we heard from our very own Margaret as well as Netti Burke, CEO of Cystic Fibrosis Australia. CountPlus One is dedicated to be a positive force in the community and we are focussed on giving back. Thus, we are thrilled to be partnering with Cystic Fibrosis for the upcoming Rugby for Research lunch being held on 6th September.

The day ended with a lovely dinner and drinks at the historic A20 private dining room. Everyone had a chance to socialise and let their hair down, plus we saw some pretty awesome Ghosts, Ghouls & Goblins dress-ups. It was such a pleasure to celebrate a big, successful year for CountPlus One with you all. Everyone left feeling motivated, ready to smash new goals and inspired for another fantastic year ahead.