The Expert Webinar Series presented by AccountantsWorld

Bringing together accounting's most innovative minds
to help you move your practice forward

 

Audits in the Future

Presented by: Erik Asgeirsson, MBA
Course of Study: Auditing
Course Level: Basic. No Prerequisites
CPE Credits Awarded: 1
Machine learning, data analytics, ever-more-powerful and mobile computers, and new technologies like blockchain will change the way auditors do their job. Erik Asgeirsson, CEO of CPA.com, will explore how the non-integrated auditing process that exists today will evolve based on dynamic technology that will increase productivity, reduce risk and create a new future for audits.

Sep 20, 2018 3:00 PM ET

 

Technology Trends for the Profession

Course of Study: Information Technology
Course Level: Basic. No Prerequisites
CPE Credits Awarded: 1
To keep competitive, today’s CPA professionals need to be in a position to react instantaneously to client needs and concerns. Technology plays a huge role in meeting client expectations on a timely basis. Jim will discuss a range of technologies from tax, digital signatures, return collaboration with clients, practice management, outsourced client accounting to the pro’s and con’s of doing business in the cloud from private to vendor to public cloud platforms. He’ll also spend a significant amount of time focusing on security and privacy best practices and share some cyber-tips in data and password protection to help make your practice and your clients’ a little “more” secure. In addition, Jim will share his thoughts on why and how the audit is changing forever! Blockchain is coming. He’ll show you what you should be doing now to prepare for this impact and he’ll also share some of the best tools available today to take your audit to the next level and by default, show you how to increase realization and profitability.

Oct 03, 2018 2:00 PM ET

 

Limitless Possibilities: Technology and Tomorrow’s Profession

Course of Study: Information Technology
Course Level: Basic. No Prerequisites
CPE Credits Awarded: 1
Artificial intelligence. Big data. Blockchain. Technology is creating limitless possibilities for the accounting profession. Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, CPA, CGMA, discusses the many opportunities for accounting and finance professionals to harness the power of emerging technologies to go beyond the scope of today, creating even more value for the clients and businesses they serve.

Oct 31, 2018 3:00 PM ET

 

A 6-Step Blueprint for Simple, Effective Marketing

Presented by: Div Bhansali, MBA
Course of Study: Communications and Marketing
Course Level: Basic. No Prerequisites
CPE Credits Awarded: 1
If you're a partner or owner at an accounting firm, congratulations, you're also a marketer! But with the plethora of marketing options available today - not to mention conflicting opinions on what works best - how can you get started and stay on-track without losing your sanity? In this webinar, marketing expert Div Bhansali cuts through the complexity and details an elegant, easy-to-follow blueprint for marketing success. He'll discuss which strategies to focus on first, how best to allocate your limited time and marketing budget, and how to measure and improve your return on marketing investment. Whether you aim to expand your client base or build more valuable relationships with existing clients, this webinar will help you define a clear path forward.

Nov 14, 2018 3:00 PM ET

 

Cost Accounting, R.I.P.

Presented by: Ron Baker
Course of Study: Finance
Course Level: Basic. No Prerequisites
CPE Credits Awarded: 1
In many enterprises today, there is too much focus on cost accounting data and not enough on understanding the factors that influence the data. Since you can calculate different costs using the same data it’s obvious that costs do represent cash. Cost accounting confuses metrics with measurements, while companies spend an enormous amount of money to allocate costs that have nothing to do with cash. Learning Objectives: Why modeling cash flow and capacity is superior to cost accounting The Adaptive Capacity Model The difference between metrics and measurements Segall's Law: A person with one watch knows what time it is; a person with two watches is never quite sure Who Should Attend Any professional who is interested in cutting-edge theory and practice in the areas of cost accounting’s deficiencies and the superior methods of cash flow and capacity modeling should attend this dynamic and thought-provoking presentation. Bring an open mind, as your world-view will be challenged.

Dec 12, 2018 2:00 PM ET

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Pricing on Purpose: Creating and Capturing Value

Presented by: Ron Baker, CPA
Shown on: Dec 13, 2017, 2:00 PM ET

Understanding how people make buying decisions is a key component to any successful pricing strategy. By grasping the concepts of how humans are influenced you can be better equipped to price successfully and increase your profitability.

This webinar will provide a look at behavioral economics, marketing strategy, and customer psychology, and how these principles should be applied to pricing, and will confront the conventional wisdom embodied in the old accounting firm business model, which states the way to success is by leveraging people and hours, or “We sell time.” Attendees will:
  • Understand the First and Second Law of pricing and how they influence your pricing decisions
  • Learn how the anchoring and framing effects influence pricing
  • Comprehend what and how people buy
  • Learn the importance of price psychology and emotions
Any professional who is interested in being among the leaders in the profession moving away from the old business model of operating a legal firm, while embracing the critical success factors of the knowledge economy, will find this presentation stimulating, dynamic, and thought-provoking.
"Extremely helpful! The more times I listen to Ron I learn more about the concepts involved in value pricing and how to better serve my customer(s)."
~ James H. Casa Grande, AZ
"Ron Baker is one of the best and most knowledgeable speakers I have ever listened to. Truly enjoy his webinars."
~ Martin M. Sugar Land, TX
"The presenter is very knowledgeable and touched on the important points. The information on additional reference materials will be very useful. Great job!"
~ Benedict F. Piscataway, NJ
 

30 Marketing Tips for Your Practice in 50 Minutes

Presented by: Div Bhansali, MBA
Shown on: Nov 08, 2017, 3:00 PM ET

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2017 Time: 3pm ET Duration: 1 Hour In this fast-paced session, Div Bhansali will share over 30 marketing strategies and tactics for your firm. These tips are actionable, quick to implement, and proven to help you achieve your firm's marketing goals.

Whether your primary interest is in attracting new prospects, increasing the ROI of the marketing you already do, or boosting client retention and revenue per client, you'll learn ways to lift the impact of your marketing to new heights.
"Enjoyed the seminar, picked up a few tips, especially on how to generate effective word-of mouth "
~ Jeffery C. Cleveland OH
"I learned quite a bit about how I can make my practice more interesting to my clients thereby increasing my fees and possibly obtaining new clients"
~ Stephen G, Great Neck NY
"One of the best webinars I have attended - plenty of "meat" on the subject matter that will be helpful to all of us who attended. "
~ Danielle H, Greensboro NC
 

Transformation...Mindsets, Skillsets and Toolsets

Presented by: Gary Boomer, CPA.CITP
Shown on: Oct 18, 2017, 2:00 PM ET

The Cloud has provided great tools, yet many firms and their clients have not yet transformed. Could it mean their skillsets and mindsets are obsolete? A significant barrier to leveraging new technology is outdated processes and a lack of understanding on how to manage change. Successful CPA firms need to have the right skillset, toolset and mindset. Learn about game changing mindsets and the business capability model of the future.
"Gary always presents very relevant information."
~ Karen W. Albert Lea, MN
"Gary Boomer thinks outside of the box. Excellent webinar."
~ Deborah L, Huntington, WV
"Gary provided a view into the future and provided us with some tools to begin our journey into the future..."
~ Sharon M, Southbury, CT
 

100 or More Ways to Make 2018 Your Best Busy Season Ever

Presented by: Rick Telberg
Shown on: Oct 04, 2017, 2:00 PM ET

Join Rick Telberg, President and CEO of Bay Street Group LLC and publisher of CPA Trendlines, as he delivers a rapid-fire range of proven best practices, leading-edge innovative strategies, and the newest trending ideas to make more money, deliver amazing client service, and have more fun. CPA Trendlines Research is the leading independent source of actionable intelligence for data-driven decision-making by tax, accounting and finance professionals.
"Great Information and well presented. "
~ Samoa W, Santa Fe, NM
"Rick Telberg is always a fount of information. Thank you!"
~ Rita S. Centreville, VA
"Great presentation! Mr. Telberg is always helpful in tax season planning and practice management, well worth the time to attend the webinar."
~ Danielle H. Greensboro, NC
 

The Accountaneur Difference: Eight Uncommon Success Practices of Entrepreneurial Accountants

Presented by: Hitendra Patil
Shown on: Sep 20, 2017, 3:00 PM ET

The accounting profession is witnessing the fastest pace of transformation it’s ever seen. Technology is evolving rapidly. A talent shortage is coupled with changing expectations of the next generation. Regulatory uncertainties are making compliance more complex. The strategies, methods and processes accountants used for success in the past are no longer producing good results.

Yet entrepreneurial accountants, i.e. Accountaneurs, are outperforming traditional accountants. How can Accountaneurs ensure success and growth amidst these challenges?

Join AccountantsWorld’s Director of Practice Development and the author of Accountaneur: The Entrepreneurial Accountant, Hitendra R. Patil, as he:
  • Reveals the critical difference between Accountants and Accountaneurs;
  • Presents the eight uncommon success practices of Entrepreneurial Accountants;
  • Provides specific tips and tools on how accountants can leverage human behavioral insights to achieve a unique competitive advantage.
"Great information presented in a quick hour that was both relevant and useful."
~ Jose D. Wellington FL
"Very good information- especially about creating niches. I appreciate Hitendra's time and expertise."
~ Annette W. Brunswick GA
"What a great webinar! So many things I had been thinking about in terms of trends of the top firms were confirmed as true. "
~ Daniel H. Marysville WA
 

Professionalization of Client Accounting Advisory Services

Presented by: Samantha Mansfield
Shown on: Aug 23, 2017, 2:00 PM ET

The 2016 PCPS and CPA.com MAP Survey revealed a marked increase in firm revenue related to client accounting services. As more firms are formalizing virtual CFO and controllership practices, client awareness and expectations are growing. To meet expectations, firms need to focus on service, training and best practices.
"Great discussion on niche accounting services"
~ Jonathan C, St. Louis MO
"Great seminar. Great topic."
~ Nicholas D, Little Silver NJ
" Excellent speaker and practical, useful program."
~ Danielle H, Greensboro NC
 

CPA Firm Technology Trends 2017

Presented by: Brian Tankersley, CPA.CITP, CGMA
Shown on: Aug 09, 2017, 2:00 PM ET

The fourth annual Accounting Firm Operations and Technology Survey was published in the second quarter of 2017. This session will present the major findings from this research, as well as some tidbits which were left on the editing room floor. Major areas covered include: practice management, technology management, computer hardware, application software, file management, remote access, and technology spending.

Participants will receive selected key findings from the survey, as well as some insight into the raw data from Brian Tankersley, CPA, CITP, CGMA, who is the editor of the survey report.
"Brian provided an excellent webinar regarding the survey and related technology utilized in today's office environment."
~ William J, Philippi WV
"This webinar provided to me very helpful information in terms of the importance of security for my in process business."
~ Fredesvinda P, The Bronx NY
"The presentation was excellent. It was exciting to receive information that would immediately improve our operations. Thank you!"
~ Ray P, Lubbock TX
 

The Anticipatory CPA: How to Get Ahead and Stay Ahead

Presented by: Tom Hood CPA.CITP, CGMA
Shown on: Jul 12, 2017, 2:00 PM ET

Recent research from the AICPA says that the business environment for CPAs and their clients will be characterized by “unprecedented, massive and highly accelerated change” through 2025. To thrive in this new age of hyper-change and growing uncertainty, it is now an imperative to learn a new competency – how to accurately anticipate the future. This session will show how to anticipate these trends and move from being a crisis manager to an opportunity manager.
"I thought the webinar was great. The presenter Tom Hood was so interesting. He had a refreshing approach."
~ Rachel P, Fort Lauderdale FL
"I really was impressed with this webinar, the topic, the content and they way it was presented."
~ Connie R, Bountiful UT
"Presentation well covered and speaker very well versed and prepared. message beautifully delivered."
~ Thomas M, Nanuet NY
 

3 Ways to Become a More Engaged Accountant…and Leader

Presented by: Chester Elton
Shown on: Jun 21, 2017, 2:00 PM ET

Job satisfaction and employee engagement have been on a steady decline for an entire generation. Despite universal awareness about the benefits of employee engagement, people are still disengaging in droves. And the accounting industry, which often deals with bureaucracy, understaffing, and tight deadlines, is shown to be even more susceptible.

So how do the most effective accounting leaders get their teams more engaged and stem this disengagement trend?

Join New York Times bestselling author and employee engagement expert Chester Elton where he will:

- Present three strategies to unlock accounting employee engagement and potential.

- Discuss the findings of a new study of 20,000 working adults, and how the most motivated accounting employees’ motivators differ from other sectors.

- Provide managers and individuals with specific tips and tools to align their work with his or her engagement drivers.
"So many great organizational dynamic principles I had forgotten, but on which I was refreshed as a result of this Webinar."
~ John D, Barboursville VA
"Thank you for the excellent webinar with such a great speaker, Mr. Elton was upbeat and very knowledgeable about what motivates people. He gave us great information that we can use in any business!"
~ Danielle H, Greensboro NC
"A timely subject well presented. Good insights into what motivates different people."
~ Dale P, Vancouver WA
 

2017 Tech Update

Presented by: Randy Johnston, MCS
Shown on: Jun 07, 2017, 2:00 PM ET

What has changed in technology that would benefit my organization? What does the future of technology hold? How can I take better advantage of tools I already own? What changes in hardware and software should I incorporate into my plans? How do I strengthen security in my organization?

Get answers to these questions and gain insights on long-term strategic choices and short term technology tactics to maximize your ROI by participating in this ever-popular, foundation session.
"Randy is SO knowledgeable, this could have easily gone 2 hours and still not covered everything that he is aware of going on today!"
~ Michael C, Lansing MI
"I couldn't be more pleased with the presentation. Randy is a font of knowledge."
~ Debra H, Parker CO
"I am delighted that Randy presents to the IRS. It certainly could use a bit of good information! Thank you for providing this webinar. "
~ Sharon McD, Southbury CT
 

Succession Planning: Perspectives from the Seller and the Successor Firm

Presented by: Joel Sinkin
Shown on: May 17, 2017, 2:00 PM ET

If you are considering growing by merging/acquiring a firm or you are closing in on reducing your time commitment to your firm within the next 6 years or less, this session is for you.

We will address when to start to plan your succession and how to choose a successor or a firm to acquire. We will explore alternative deal structures including our proprietary Two Stage Deal which enables the seller who is not ready to retire today to retain reasonable control and income while creating a strong succession plan leading to retirement in 1 to 6 years. Learn how to have a deal structure that works for a multi partner firms with some partners seeking an immediate role reduction, some over the next 1 to 6 years yet still satisfy other partners whose horizon is 10 years or more. Lastly we will review the keys to performing a proper due diligence and the strategies to ensure maximum client retention.
"Excellent presentation - very educational b/c our tax partner is wanting to transition out in 2 years and I want to buy in so great insights!"
~ Neera M, Melbourne Beach FL
"Joel was excellent and gave me new ideas not only for the future sale of my practice but also for advising clients."
~ Paul P, Tinley Park IL
"Very interesting and informative. Information I will be using immediately, thanks for the heads up on not trying to transition to a younger CPA!"
~ Michelle T, Weatherford TX
 

Forget Value Billing. Think Value Building.

Presented by: Chandra Bhansali
Shown on: May 04, 2017, 3:00 PM ET

Value billing is a trendy buzzword, but for most accountants the reality is that tax, accounting and payroll have become commodity services. Market dynamics – and your fee structure – have already set a perceived value for these services in your client’s mind. You know from experience that it’s hard to change your client’s perception, but then how do you make your practice more profitable and more valuable?

In this stimulating seminar, you’ll learn some simple and practical ways to make your practice more profitable and build true, sustainable value.
"The information provided offered steps for me to take after a tax season. I've been looking for available options."
~ Debra H, Riverside CA
"I would like to complete more webinars, because this really inspired my thinking. I received a glimpse of getting back into control as an accountant."
~ Bilal M, Chicago IL
"Great to see how technology can advance the profession. Would like to hear more about how technology may be able to eliminate jobs/tasks in the accounting profession"
~ Tammy W, LaHabra CA

 

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