Asking your manager to spend money on sending you away for a few days may seem a big ask but NIBA’s 2014 Convention, on in Adelaide from 14-16 September, is so packed with benefits it is an easy discussion to have.
1. It’s an opportunity to learn from the best in the business.
This year’s guest speaker list reads like a who’s who of the insurance industry.
For instance, there’s the Secrets of our Success session, which will give attendees a rare chance to hear the inside tips from award winners like Kay Jackson (Simplex), Danny Gumm (Parmia), David Porteous (Brooklyn Underwriting), John George (MGA) and Marnie Roderick- Shepherd (Roderick Insurance Brokers).
Or the Allianz Thought Leadership Day, which will bring together several of the most interesting and influential thinkers in the industry for a series of short, snappy vignettes, in the style of the popular TED presentations.
Plus, it’s a celebration of broking’s best. A highlight of the NIBA Convention are the prestigious broker awards: the Lex McKeown Trophy for lifetime achievement, the Warren Tickle Memorial Award for the year’s best young broker and of course the Broker of the Year award. The NIBA College Student of the Year will also be named.
2. There’ll be practical, relevant advice for the future.
The Convention theme is Own the Future and the sessions are aimed at giving attendees useful lessons they can take home and apply in their own business.
On a broader scale, there’ll be speakers such as sought-after futuristRachel Botsman, who will be discussing how social networks will shake up established models of commerce, or brand guru Paul Nelson giving guests the lowdown on how to help your brand build a stronger future for your business.
There is also a hugely practical line-up of workshops, covering topics such as managing today’s diverse and virtual workplace, remaining relevant in a mobile-first world and building your own personal wealth. Workshops include how to futureproof your business and how to boost your business development skills.
3. I’ll build networks with both peers and underwriters.
As well as hundreds of brokers from all over the country, the NIBA Convention will also feature representatives from scores of insurers, underwriters, claims specialists and more. The expo hall is the perfect arena to build new relationships and strengthen old ones as well.
The NIBA Convention’s famed social calendar is also back, kicking off with a special CGU welcome reception on the Sunday night. The Convention will end with a bang on Tuesday night, first with the Vero YP Cocktail Event, followed by the QBE Gala Dinner. As always, the musical guest is a closely guarded secret but set to be top quality.
4. It won’t cost as much as you think.
After the success of last year’s revamp, NIBA has stuck with the streamlined running time, which means registration fees are streamlined too.
In fact, if they register before 11 July, NIBA members will pay less than $1000 for all three days and all social events. For YPs, it’s even cheaper, with the early bird rate clocking in at just $690.
To further sweeten the deal, for every two full early bird registrations that a brokerage books, a third, completely free registration can be taken up for a YP or first-time attendee. NIBA members who can’t get away for the full two workdays can also take advantage of day passes for $490 (or $590 for non-members).
To make the decision even easier, NIBA has partnered with nearby hotels to offer delegates substantial discounts on the already affordable Adelaide accommodation. In fact, four-star rooms start at just $114 a night, while five-star luxury is available for a few dollars more.
5. It’s a vital part of my professional development.
Attendance at the NIBA Convention is worth 12 CPD points but the value goes far beyond that. As well as the practical teachings offered by the Convention program, the Convention is a rare opportunity for the industry to come together and celebrate its successes.
It’s also an invaluable way to demonstrate to young brokers the scope of the industry, which is a powerful tool in keeping them engaged and involved in broadening their skill sets.