We’re fast approaching the marquee event in the personal finance community: FinCon. A 4-day convention that gets together the biggest names and brands in the personal finance space is being held in Orlando within a week. With heavy hitters like Mr Money Mustache, Chris Hogan and Rachel Cruze speaking and established brands and influencers attending, do I really have a place in a conference of this caliber?
I was struggling with this question when I read two posts. One from Doug Nordman at The Military Guide and one from Jillian over at Montana Money Adventures. As a recently published author (well, self-published but hey, it counts!) and a new blogger, “influencer” and “established” aren’t exactly the words I use to describe myself. For some reason, I thought FinCon was reserved for those who already exemplify these two words. And while FinCon is full of these people, Jillian’s and Doug’s posts made me realize that it’s also full of people who haven’t quite made it that far but want to learn from those that have.
As Jillian said in her post, “Fincon was one of the most generous places I’ve been. You have 200 people who are spending hours preparing to give you their very best information….for free. Most speakers aren’t getting paid for a fancy speech. They are opening their business and life for the sole reason of helping you do what they have done.
It’s an incredible group of people. All giving so generously to help other people get where they have gotten. There are very few places in the world where you can surround yourself with millionaires, financially independent, early retiring, best selling authors, big podcasters, freelancers and people who have built 6 figure and 7 figure business. And 99% are simply really cool down-to-earth people. They are really excited to open the doors to their success and let you have a peek into how it’s done.”
Within a day of reading this, Georgi and I had our tickets purchased, flights booked and hotel reserved. We’ll have to drive 6 hours to my brother’s to drop off Elli (thanks again, Chris and Kyleigh!) and 2 hours from there to Seatac. Then we’re looking at another 8 hours in flights and the same thing all over again when we return. And all in the middle of hurricane season. But rarely do you have the opportunity to meet several people who’ve done what you’re looking to do. Rarely do you have the opportunity to sit down with them and pick their brains on how they did it and how you can implement what they’ve learned in your own journey.
What an opportunity this is.
Within a few days, we’ll be on a flight with a few copies of our books, some business cards, and looking forward to meeting those in the FIRE space that we’ve followed for so long. It’ll end up being a $1,500 expense for us, but the potential returns could end up being multiple factors of this and even if not, we expect it to be great learning and growth experience.
The conference itself will be made up of several panels, sessions and keynote speeches from podcasters, bloggers, authors, youtubers, financial advisors, cpas and other influencers. Smack middle in the hotel will be FinCon Central, which will feature several booths/tables for brands to meet and connect with content creators. On top of this, mentor/mentee breakout sessions will allow you to meet with a mentor who’s an expert in one of several categories (self-publishing, podcasting, brand building, SEO, etc). Freelancer Marketplace will also make an appearance, allowing freelancers to meet with brands to establish relationships for potential freelancing opportunities.
And most excitingly, the second evening of the conference will be for Ignite FinCon. This rare opportunity allows any attendee to submit a pitch for a 5 minute speech. The pitches are voted upon by the community and the winners get their 5 minutes on the big stage. But it gets even more interesting. The Ignite format requires you to submit a powerpoint presentation of exactly 20 slides that are set up to auto-forward every 15 seconds. No two slides can have the same content. From what I’ve heard, it’s easy to fall behind on your presentation and timing is critical for a successful presentation. Seeing an opportunity to potentially fall flat on my face, I decided to submit a pitch and I’ll be one of the speakers! I don’t want to spoil too much on what my 5 minutes will be on, but here’s a preview:
Add in all the after-parties and you’re looking at a good time. In all, this should be a great opportunity and at the very least, a lot of fun. Keep an eye out for our FinCon review when we return and wish us safe travels as we fly to Florida in peak hurricane season.