I’m back! #FinCon16 was a meet up of 1250+ financial geeks and blogging buffs in San Diego for 4+ days. If you just thought “sounds like heaven”, you should join us in Dallas in 2017! (That’s my referral link to the $189 rate from now until October 2)
Thanks to a handful of sincere yet goofy people, I was able to center myself after crappy months of loss.
Introverts at conferences are told to connect with an extrovert and ride the social wave. Well, I’m definitely one of those extroverts and I was truly lucky to be surrounded by an amazing introvert core that made me feel loved and encouraged – Revanche from A Gai Shan Life, Maria Nedeva from The Money Principle, Khaleef and Sherrian Crumbley from KNS Financial, and Joe Taxpayer. They were the ones I’d latch onto for the day while tackling the conference bleary-eyed and bushy-tailed.
I also connected one-on-one with Valerie Rind, Pauline Paquin, Tai Stewart, Emily Guy Birken, Sandy Smith, and Joshua. On my last full day, I went to the famous San Diego Zoo with a fabulous first-time attendee, Leslie from Notorious D.E.B.T.
Thank you all – you made FinCon16 kick butt.
Kick Ass Parts
Grant Baldwin, you are the man. Grant’s talk on becoming a public speaker was inspiring, informative, and fun. I came in late because I was at the Plutus Awards rehearsal, yet I still absorbed solid tips. I need to create entertaining and useful talks about just one or two subjects. Focus. I also need to attend and connect with more events at which I would want to eventually be a keynote speaker.
Paula Pant also taught us how to write good (hehehe). Seriously though, I am following those notes with this post. The big takeaway was to write concisely. What do you think?
Thank you to USAA for the $100 Visa gift card! I earned it by Tweeting/sharing the most during Jason Vitug’s final stop on The Road to Financial Wellness, sponsored by Phroogal. That event re-introduced me to Twitter. As it started and they announced the competition, I had to apply for a new password just to get access.
Also thank you to Michelle at Debt.com for $100 in cash just for Tweeting out a pic with you! We looked good! 😉
I disliked our hotel (our a/c never really worked, the beds were springy, and you could go from cold to scald with an eighth of an inch turn of the shower knob), BUT I loved the fire pits! In the evenings, after the crazy was winding down, we Finconners would drift towards the flames. It was a relaxing way to end each jam-packed day.
Lastly, I was tickled pink by Khaleef and Sherrian’s negative reaction to In and Out Burger. I’m okay with their burgers, dislike their fries, and love their shakes. Watching newbs come to the same conclusions was just awesome.
Every giant group of people has its douche bags.
Some Sheraton Hotel security guard pointed to a cupcake Revanche was holding and said “You have a nice figure, and there it goes.”
HOLY HELL. This is wrong on so many levels. Weight-shaming, ignorant, and rude. And in my humble opinion, he was begging for a cupcake to the face. But Revanche is classy. Plus, she initially was worried that he would actually touch her cupcake, so it distracted her wrath for a few seconds. In the end, the hotel gave Revanche a non-apology email. At least the FinCon staff handled it appropriately. Thank you to Jessica and Phil.
Another douche was actually paid as a keynote speaker. He decided to use that platform to brag about being rich and having sex in a bathroom. He probably had good points to make about increasing your income, but it was drowned by his frat-boy attitude.
He lost all respect with me early on when he salary-shamed anybody making less than $40,000 a year. He asked them to raise their hands and then said “You have no excuse.” More than a few people actually laughed, which made me gag. I spoke to a few people later who raised their hands – a teacher, a government employee working with wildlife research, and somebody struggling with unemployment. Maybe words shouldn’t hurt, but why take the chance? If you can make a joke without demeaning someone other than yourself, why choose to go the other way? All he proved was that money can’t buy empathy.
This year I volunteered for three FinCon16 shifts. An awesome group of people and I spent 3 hours assembling the FinCon Expo welcome bags. I was a human arrow the next day, pointing out the first turn on the path to registration. And later still, I was a bouncer for the main speaking hall (sucky bouncer…I just told people to be quieter).
For The Plutus Awards, I was the swag mistress as always. That’s just a fun way of saying I managed the assembly of 29 bags of swag for the awards and handed them to the winners after they walked off stage. This is my 4th year in that position.
- Concentrate on the good people.
- Public speaking would mean more travel.
- Write concisely.
- Humor is the elixir of life.
Total #FinCon16 Cost
- FinCon16 Early Bird Basic Ticket – $165
- United Airlines Non-Stop, Roundtrip – $216
- My Half of the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina Room – $476
- Food and Uber – $64
- San Diego Zoo Entry (using AAA 10% discount) – $45
- San Diego Conservation Donation – $20
- Total = $986
Sincere Thanks to #FinCon16 Sponsors
TradeKing hosted the official, stellar kickoff party Thursday night at Coasterra with a groovy band, tasty food, and different spaces you could spread out to chat. Not to suck up, but TradeKing knows how to do it right!!!
Friday night was Ignite FinCon hosted by CentSai. The CentSai rep was HILARIOUS and even had a list of questions for Jason Vitug to see if he’d be compatible with any of the singles that night.
Also thank you to the sponsors in the FinCon Expo Hall that connected with me…in short, the ones that made me laugh when talking to them and/or had the best swag – Haven Life Insurance, The Penny Hoarder, Aweber, Ally, Vanguard, Convert Kit, SoFi, TradeKing, Fidelity, Envudu, Aspiration, DIY Fund, USAA, Bluehost, Nefe, iSow, Everbank, Experian, and Media.net.
FinCon wouldn’t be FinCon without all of you. Thank you.
Who will I be seeing next year in Dallas?! Anybody ready to jump in?