1 1 #052: The Importance of Communication in Driving Results – Strength In The Numbers

#052: The Importance of Communication in Driving Results

with Michelle Gasson

Our Guest Mentor:

Michelle Gasson has had a fascinating journey in finance and accounting, from hairdressing, being a mum, a wife, managing her studies, career and what gave her the idea to become a qualified accountant. Michelle also has had her article “Communication Dividend” appear in Financial Management magazine (link below).

Michelle is currently the Financial Controller for Play Design Ltd; a strategic retail design agency specialising in the design and production of branded retail spaces, retail units and customer experiences. Michelle previously

Michelle holds a CGMA and is currently based out of Saint Ives in the United Kingdom.

Key Quotes From the Episode:

 “[On the value of pursuing an accounting qualification] You are treated with a different level of professionalism, so you’re regarded as somebody who knows how to do the job rather than just as somebody who has been doing it for a long time and you get a little bit more respect that way” [06:57]

“[On the prioritisation of time] It’s about recognising the things that are most important.” [10:18]

“[On being the first finance hire ever for her recent employer] They’re quite reliant on me for a lot of information so it’s putting my skills to the test as well which is actually really good because I think one of the things that’s really important to anybody in this profession is to carry on learning.” [13:59]

“[Where to start with your communication] It’s great having a lovely report in front of you that’s accurate, to the point, but not everybody understands it so you always have to understand who your audience are.” [19:11]

 (Other resources and how to connect with Michelle below).

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Key Points From the Episode:

  • Shares practical advice on how to prioritise time between building a career, work, studies, kids, partner, and other activities.
  • How we can improve our communication leveraging her prior experiences with scientists.
  • With the rise of robots in our profession how we can future-proof ourselves.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[02:02] – Michelle’s journey from hairdressing, being a mum, wife and what gave her the idea to become a qualified accountant.

[05:10] – How she put a lot of thought into how she’s developed her career choices.

[06:05] – Why she decided to pursue a professional accounting qualification.

[08:40] – Shares an experience on some key things you can do when conditions are tough for your organisation.

[10:18] – Shares practical advice on how to prioritise time between building a career, work, studies, kids, partner, and other activities.

[13:27] – What’s exciting Michelle about her work at the moment – she’s the first finance professional her company has hired.

[15:10] – The biggest impacts Michelle has been able to make in her first three months as the first finance hire.

[17:00] – The biggest challenge Michelle has had to deal with when starting up the finance team.

[19:10] – Shares her thoughts on how we can improve our communication leveraging her prior experiences with scientists.

[24:06] – The best bit of advice Michelle has ever received.

[26:26] – Shares some final advice on how we can best future-proof our careers and the value we add (i.e. so we’re not replaced by robots).

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