Well, the inaugural Wealth Planning Partners (WPP) retreat has been held, done and dusted in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia.
Bali has never been high on my list of Must See places, but I can certainly see why the Aussies have been heading there for decades! The Balinese are friendly (tho more than happy to take the tourist dollars) the beer is cold, and the weather is always warm and humid which most of us are used to. Basing our stay in Echo Beach between the rice fields and beaches was really special and a lot was accomplished.
We kicked off our first day with a Mexican dinner which served the three of us, with drinks for under $50. Expensive by local standards! The following morning was a massage each and session on Social Media and why it’s so important to an adviser’s business going forward. After lunch, one of our guest speakers, Ian, a lawyer from Brisbane dropped by and we learned about Trusts and structures used for the protection of wealth and to note when we need to recognise that our clients need to sit down and discuss further with a lawyer.
But it wasn’t all work and for Saturday we met up with some friends in Kuta, and headed to Tannah Lot in the afternoon for a sunset tour. It’s really been commercialised, but certainly some great photo ops! Then we hit Ubud on Sunday for the Paon Bali Cooking School. By evening we’d had a spa treatment at Ayana Spa (formerly the Ritz Carlton) and finished off at the Rock Bar for drinks. If you ever get a chance to go to Bali, all of these are a Must Do!
Monday, it was back to the grind and we were joined by another guest who filled us in on the Big 4 banks, where they sit in the Aussie economy and how we all fit into the grand scheme of things. A great ‘who’s who in the zoo’ for the rookies. Ian followed up with a second session, this time on the benefits of Key Man cover and Debt Reduction planning in Business Risk. We found a great hotel for lunch at the suggestion of a local and loved the artifacts on display at the Hotel Tugu, apparently the life’s work and collection of a wealthy Javanese businessman, now on display for all to enjoy.
Tuesday, we all worked on our ‘WHY’ – why do we want to be planners? what can we give back to the customer? what’s so special about us? and why would you want to use WPP and it’s advisers? Always a spot of soul searching goes on there, but great to revisit for me, and good for the guys to explore.
If the whole trip was to have us work more cohesively as a team and understand our individual roles, then the trip was a resounding success.
Learning what we can do when we play as a team has been good for us all. I just know it’s going to be a great year for WPP!