Accounting Conferences: Pros and Cons

There are upsides and downsides to attending accounting conferences. One upside is the opportunity to immerse yourself in education and learn about the latest trends and tools that can help you in your profession. Another benefit is the chance to fulfil your requirement for annual CPE credits, and yet another is to interact with peers and find out how others in your profession do their jobs and relate to their clients. There are downsides as well.

On the flip side, there is the cost of traveling, hotel, meals, and the cost of the actual conference. There is the time spent away from work and clients and the extra hours that will be spent catching up when you return to your business. When weighing the pros and cons, consider your needs, look at the agenda for a conference you're considering and make sure you’ll get what you need from attending the event. If you’ve attended conferences before, recall those past events and remind yourself of what you liked and didn’t like – make sure you can repeat the positive experiences and resolve past problems when planning for another conference event.


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Caleb Newquist is the Editor-in-Chief of Sift Media US, overseeing content for both AccountingWEB and Going Concern.

Prior to this role, Caleb served as the editor of Going Concern since its founding in 2009. During his time as editor, Going Concern quickly became one of the most popular and talked about websites in the accounting profession. He has been named one of Accounting Today's Top 100 Most Influential People every year since 2011 and has been published on numerous websites, including Above the Law, Deadspin, Denver Business Journal, and the Huffington Post.

Caleb is an adjunct professor of journalism the Community College of Denver in Denver, Colorado, where he teaches Internet Media.

Prior to falling bass ackwards into the media business, Caleb spent over five years working in public accounting, with more than three of those years at KPMG. Caleb received a Master of Science in Accounting from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

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