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In today's episode 14, "From Submarines to Accounting Advisory", Michael King talks about his work with the Connected Accountant, where he helps accountants and fractional CFOs start, scale, and optimise their advisory services. King explains the difference between rear-view mirror-focused accounting and forward-looking advisory services and the need for accountants to do a better job of marketing and explaining the latter's value.
He also discusses the changing expectations of business owners, who increasingly demand strategic forward-looking work, and the potential threats of outsourcing and AI to the traditional accounting industry. King believes that the key to success as a consultant, fractional CFO, or virtual CFO is communicating effectively and bridging the gap between accounting principles and business owners' day-to-day decision-making. He also stresses the importance of mindset shifts, particularly around marketing and sales, and the need for accountants to embrace the opportunity to serve and teach through the sales process.
Michael King is the CEO of KFE Solutions, Dallas's top Fractional CFO firm. He's a former US Navy supervisor turned educator, helping Accountants and Fractional CFOs start, scale, and optimise their advisory services. He's also the host of The CFO Report and volunteers at his church's Community Development Program. Visit his website, The CFO Accelerator, for more information.
Accountex. Accountex will return to ExCeL London UK on the 10-11 May 2023. Bringing together 250+ top fintech companies and cutting-edge start-ups, visitors can browse new software and stay up to date with the latest technology, tools and ideas in accountancy and finance. Alongside the exhibition, attendees will take away actionable tips from the CPD-accredited seminar programme, led by 200+ thought leaders shaping the profession.
Accountex is Europe’s largest annual event for the accounting and finance profession. It attracts 8,000+ attendees and 250+ exhibitors. Attendees can get up to 16 CPD hours with 200+ free seminar sessions across 12 theatres.