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Four tips for planning an amazing Xerocon London experience

July 11, 2022

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After nearly three long years, Xerocon London is back, and may not be quite as you remember it. With a swish new venue and a summer date, we can’t wait to welcome you – whether you’re a Xero user, or a cloud accounting enthusiast – back for two days of insights, inspiration and networking.

With a schedule packed with exciting things to do, from keynotes to exhibitors, breakout sessions and, of course, a much-anticipated party, you might be wondering how you can make the most of the event. Well, wonder no more because we’ve pulled together these suggestions to help you get the best experience possible at Xerocon London 2022.

1. Plan your days and make time to connect with others

With a fully packed agenda, take some time beforehand to figure out which talks and breakouts will be most valuable to you, and have an understanding of where you’ll need to be and when. While not quite as big a venue as Glastonbury, the experience of running to catch that must-watch act is still something you’ll want to avoid at Xerocon.

You’ll also want to carve out some time for networking opportunities, and visit any exhibitors you’d like to chat with. While we do have a packed agenda, there are break times set aside for you to catch up with peers. After all, the return of Xerocon London has been a long time coming and we’ve all come to know how valuable it is to connect in person.

2. Pack for comfort

While Tobacco Dock may be a more intimate venue than previous years, Xerocon London will still be a big couple of days and you’ll inevitably cover a lot of ground. With this in mind, it’s important to pack as much for comfort as for practical considerations.

On the comfort side, make sure you keep your hands free with a bag that can store all your essentials, without breaking your back. Speaking of essentials, business cards are a good idea, while a notebook or tablet and pen should also have pride of place, helping you record your most insightful and inspiring moments from the event.

Finally, a reusable water bottle and coffee cup will help you stay alternatively hydrated and caffeinated throughout your time at Xerocon London.

3. Check out the keynotes, but don’t stop there

The centerpiece of Xerocon London is the keynotes – which, true to form, promise to be inspiring and informative in equal measure, with amazing speakers lined up to share their knowledge and experiences. However, there’s still so much more to see at the event.

First is the breakout sessions, tackling everything from product updates, to discussions on everything from the macro issues impacting the accounting industry, to better understanding and supporting mental wellbeing. There’s something for everyone.

In addition, a whole range of app partners will be in one room, giving you the opportunity to speak with representatives for solutions from a range of industries, whose products may be perfect for your clients.

While you won’t want to miss the keynotes, Xerocon London has a whole lot more to offer, too.

4. Catch up with your Xero Account Manager

Face-to-face meetings have become something of a lost art these last few years. However, Xerocon London is a fantastic opportunity to speak with your Xero Account Manager the old fashioned way.

In person, they’ll be able to point you towards exhibiting app partners who may be able to help you address specific challenges, or connect you with other accountants or bookkeepers who have similar experiences or useful insights.

This is what Xerocon is all about – a community event where everyone comes together to share and discuss ideas. And perhaps most importantly, you’ll be able to do this over a coffee, rather than a dodgy internet connection.

That should be all the info you need to start building your own perfect Xerocon London experience. Now, the countdown is on, so why not join the conversation on social media, using the hashtag #Xerocon, or check out our Twitter or Instagram for live updates at the event.

We can’t wait to see you there on 20-21 July at Tobacco Dock, London.

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