I’ve just returned from three days at the Institute of Financial Planning
Annual Conference held at Celtic Manor.

Taking 3 days out of my week to attend such an event for a business our size
is a fairly big decision to take, yet based upon the insight gained from
attending just one-day last year I felt it was going to be a wise one.

Thankfully, I was not disappointed and you only have to view the #ifp twitter
timeline to see that I’m not alone thinking so.

A conference is defined as a meeting of people who “confer” about a topic.
The word confer is Latin in origin and literally means “bring together” That
sums it up quite nicely for me.

It felt like a bringing together of individuals of a like mind, people who
have common values and beliefs, who are open-minded aswell as business
focussed, wanting to improve, learn more and share with peers.

The diverse sessions I attended across the 3 days covered practice management,
technical knowledge, ethics and professional standards and compliance.

The measure for me of the worthiness of attending was the array of information
and ideas gleaned from the sessions attended as well as the planned and
fortuitous meetings I had.

Of course, it’s now how we use and implement the information and ideas, to
make the relationships with our clients and professional partners more
successful that will be the true measure of success, hence why our next team meeting will focus on just that.