What I Learned, and Plan to Use From FinCon16

November of last year (just before starting this site) I got an email from Melanie of Dear Debt that I had won a contest and was getting a free ticket to FinCon16.

I was thrilled, never winning anything in my life, and at the same time terrified. Terrified that I wouldn’t be able to accept, because of the financial burden it would put on me to get to California.

Fortunately, I had nearly a year to plan, and save. I drove more,  sold on Amazon,  wrote for whoever would pay me, and was able to go.

Not entirely sure what it would be like, I was anxious. Now that I’ve gone I am so glad I did.

The people there are amazing, and I can’t wait to see every one of them next year in Dallas for FinCon17.

Though I could go on and on about the many things I learned, I will give you the 3 main things I learned, and the 3 main parts of my plans moving forward.

Things I learned at FinCon

Build Relationships

Jordan Harbinger from the art of charm gave an absolutely amazing speech on how “people buy you”.

He focused on building relationships, not just for how relationships benefit you, but building actual friendships. Doing this will give you the connections and help that your future self may need.

He told us to follow up with 10 people from the conference that we meet. Not just keep in touch through facebook or whatever but actually keep in touch. Send them a text message if you can.

I have been keeping in touch with some already through private messages on social media, or email and would love to text if any of them gave me their numbers. So far it has lead to some new guest posts that I will be writing as well as some that will be on this site.

I really don’t know what will come from growing relationships forged at this conference. What I do know is, that I will, to the best of my ability, grow them.

Be More Productive

Mike Vardy of productivityist.com gave an amazing speech called How to Stop “Doing” Productive and Start Being Productive.

You can always make more money, but you can’t get time back. This is so important. I work so many side hustles on top of my day job and make a pretty good amount of money because of it. But, the time spent doing it cannot be replaced, I cannot, no matter what I do ever get that time back.

So it’s important to make sure that your time counts.

Yes, working is important, and I will likely do more in the future not less. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t “work smarter” and make sure that there is time for other things like friends and family.

People I look up to are Actually People

There was a number of people I wanted to meet in person. Like Melanie (for giving me the ticket), Cait, Carrie, Pat, J.D Roth, Paula, Sam, Harry, Stefanie O’connell and many others.

What was surprising to me though was that some of them seemed just as happy to meet me, as I was to meet them.

J.D gave me a huge hug when I told him I was a subscriber to Money Boss before the site was even up.

Cait and I talked about her road trip for a while, and though she always had somewhere to be she took a few minutes to talk.

Harry and I saw each other a few times before we actually got a chance to speak. And he actually private messaged me to say that he saw me and was busy and we should get together the next day.

The bottom line is, these people are awesome and yes way way WAY more successful than I am, but willing to talk to me and treat me the same as anyone else. It was truly an honour and privilege to meet in person each and every one of them.

My Plan Moving Forward

I now have a ton of motivation, and a will to make sure that this site grows, and that I get out of debt.

Create “About Me” Page

With that in mind, one of the main things I want to do is actually finish creating this site.

I have done post after post (over 50 now), I have a hire me page, a blog roll, and income reports. But, what I don’t have is an “about me” page. This NEEDS to be fixed ASAP.

I already knew it was important to have but the conference really laid it out of how important it is. If people don’t know who I am and why I’m doing all of these things they aren’t likely to keep following me.

Be Consistent With Writing

If you go back to when I first started this site, I spoke about what I would be writing about, and how often.

I think I  stuck to that schedule maybe 1 whole month. Yes I’m busy, yes I write other places and run other businesses but, this needs to be a priority.

I need to write more consistently and make sure that what I write is good. I don’t just want to write to write but instead want to produce great, helpful content.

I won’t make the mistake of telling you what I’m going to write and then fail. What I will say is I will be in the future more consistent with what I write. Including some guest posts coming out soon (I will try to keep this down to no more than 1 per month)

Send Out Weekly Newsletter

I have slowly grown an email list (currently less than 20) and I have sent out a total of 10 emails since January of this year.

This will change too. Every week I will send out a newsletter of the basic going on’s of the site and get peoples opinions as well. This is something I hope people enjoy, and if not I’m sure they will unsubscribe.

That being said if you would like to join the email list you may sign up on this page.


FinCon was AMAZING. I can’t wait to see what comes out of it. I have started emailing those I met to follow up with them. I have also started getting emails from people who I gave my card to.

In the coming months if things come out from this conference I’m sure I will share the good and the bad with you here.

In the meantime, I hope to continue to serve you through this blog.

Were you at FinCon? What do you enjoy about conferences?

P.S Shout out to Pia from Mama Hustle who made my day by telling me she reads my site. Truly the best part of the trip for me.

*Part of Financially Savvy Saturdays on brokeGIRLrich. * and Vickie’s Kitchen and Garden. *

17 thoughts on “What I Learned, and Plan to Use From FinCon16”

    1. Gary,
      It was truly amazing, I already bought my ticket for next year (the sale they have till the 3rd made it an easier decision). Hopefully you get to go next year and we can finally meet in person.

    1. Michelle, I highly reccomend it. I don’t know as if I have new clients from it or not, but I do feel like I have new vigor to work on this blog if nothing else.

    1. It is really amazing Vickie and you really should go. Only 13 months till the next one in Dallas. I can’t really explain how it helped me, but hopefully I’ll be able to show everyone through the numbers the next year brings.

  1. Oh, I would have loved to meet you at FinCon. The more recaps I read, the more I second guess myself about canceling my trip. I mean, good things happened at home because I stayed, but I still would have loved seeing everyone. And now I’m eager to read your About Me page! I’m also glad to hear that you’ll be posting more regularly. I did come to the site a few times and saw the August Income Report and felt a pang of disappointment. I’m eager to see the changes you make, and read more about your progress!

    1. Amanda when I saw your post that you weren’t going to be attending I was very sad, one of the people I wanted to meet in person was in fact you. Hopefully next year you come it really was amazing.

      I am so sorry you came to the site expecting new stuff and had nothing, I know what that’s like going to other sites and I hate it. Well at the conference I realized how many people do read my site regularly and that I have really let them down, including you. No one has said anything negative too me but I feel bad about it. There is a lot of personal reasons behind it, more of a “why would anyone listen to me” thinking.

      I’m looking forward to finishing the site, I think it will be a huge improvement, the about me page is on my schedule for Monday so hopefully it will be done by next week.

  2. So sorry we missed each other, Tyler! I’m glad you had a good time, and those relationships turn into friendships, which is way better in life than having business contacts. Plus it’ll make next year that much more fun!

    1. I am sorry too, I met so many people and I think building friendships will lead to business oportunities but I’m going to focus on friendships first with no idea of how it will benefit me in the future.

    1. It was amazing Kelly, I already grabbed the ticket for next year. I’m working on creating a PDF lead magnet on some tips for getting out of debt. Should be ready by the end of the month.

  3. Thank you for providing an excellent recap of FinCon. I really want to go next year and it appears that you learned a ton plus it sounds like you made some serious connections that will last you for a lifetime. Congrats!!!

    I am super pumped for next year.

    1. It was truly amazing, this post doesn’t nearly do it justice. I have already seen the benefits of going, though none monetary yet, that isn’t the goal. I love writing and will continue to do so. The conference was amazing and I hope to see you there.

    1. Thanks Jackie, it so nice to meet you too. I really look forward to this group I think it’s going to help me A LOT.

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