This is a guest post from one of our recurring Guest Hosts, Richard Roppa.
We all have different ideas of what a community is. Our community – the QuickBooks community – made up of ProAdvisors, CPAs, bookkeepers, Financial Advisors, Software Vendors, QuickBooks Connect attendees, Scaling New Heights attendees, Journalists, Business Owners, and so many others, is the best community I have ever been a part of. Two to three times a year, we all see each other, form bonds, share experience, have drinks, share meals, share war stories and talk to other people who “get it.” To me, *my* community, *this*community, is defined by the shared experiences of my friends, peers, and colleagues.
We all have different ideas of what a community is.
Why all this talk of community? Because of an email I received after guest hosting The QBO Show. An email that made me sit back and realize how lucky I am to be a part of such a caring and giving community. A community that gives to each other – time, knowledge, wisdom, education, pats on the back, and even metaphoric slaps in the face when we need them.
G Ann Lee wrote to me to say that she had heard on the show that I wasn’t able to afford to go to Scaling New Heights this year and was writing to offer me a ticket! I was floored.
What floored me even more? I barely knew Ann. We met a conference a few years ago, and she asked me a few questions about helping her choose a CRM. I did what I do, and I gave her some info, and then introduced her to some key players. Then I moved on, and so did she. I never thought about that moment again until she reminded me.
Over the next week, we got to know each other better. I have learned about her business and what good referral looks like for her. She did the same with me. We even exchanged cat pictures!
I realize how lucky I am to be a part of such a caring and giving community.
Ann, you have a new friend in Richard Roppa and The QBO Show. You defined community for me today and I will not forget your offer of kindness. I will be paying it forward. If you are reading this, I will be expecting pictures from the conference and Skype cocktails upon your return.
If you would like to know more about G Ann Lee and her CPA practice, check her out at www.accountinglifelineok.com.