So I was delighted to attend the Dallas Woodard Group meeting held at Intuit’s Plano Campus this past Wednesday Night. I try my best to drive down for their meetings at least 2 or 3 times per year, and this time I had a travel companion on the 3-hour drive (each way), Liz Scott, who I have previously mentioned in one of my articles as my “GO TO” resource for QBO Clients.
Victor and Laura Madeira, host this chapter, and ALWAYS put on a great ‘chapter meeting’ (no matter what you call it) and Wednesday was no exception. They began by discussing upcoming meeting topics, as well as potential topics for the future. (No I forgot, they fed us Pizza first.) The 20+ people present all had great ideas about different topics, presenters and formats, some members mentioned that they would like meetings offered in ‘webinar’ format so if they couldn’t make the drive to the live meeting, they could still attend ‘via the web.’ Personally I like that idea, because I might be able to ‘attend’ even more meetings of this Chapter.
At their next meeting, Laura will be presenting her annual “What’s New in QuickBooks (desktop) 2016”; in the past the meeting where she has presented this topic typically will have about twice as many members in attendance as their average attendance in other months.
This past Wednesday’s featured presentation, via Go-to-meeting, was Receipt Bank, and one of my favorite ‘smart guys’, Damien Greathead was the presenter. If you have ready Insightful Accountant any length of time at all, you know that Damien is one of the 'smartest thought leaders' in our midst, having contributed dozens of topical features for publication over the last 26 months. Of course I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love to hear Damien’s ‘down under’ accent, no matter what he is teaching, and he certainly did a great job of telling the members the benefits of using Receipt Bank to handle expenses, and demonstrating the easy with which this ‘cloud based App’ works. If you are interested in having Receipt Bank make a presentation for your 'local group', I am confident that Damien will be happy to help.
So my question for all of you reading this is, ‘are you a member’ of a local support group like the Woodard Group? If not you certainly should be, not only is it an opportunity to gain some valuable insights into topics that will benefit your ‘consulting’ practice, but more importantly it is a great experience at which you can build even closer relationships with your peers.
By the way, all you other Woodard Groups (or local QuickBooks-related meet-up groups, or other similar small groups), feel free to send me a short (600-words or less) article about your meetings, I will be happy to post them in this new “Meeting You, Meeting Me” News feature.