Category Archive: Cuz it’s funny

Happy Thanksgiving From ACPEN’s Interns

Happy Thanksgiving from ACPEN’s Interns

 

Some of the interns are put to work prepping for the feast…

    

While others share what they are thankful for…

While the smart ones look forward towards Christmas!!!

Jill Schiefelbein Comes to Town

One of our favorite presenters was in studio recently to record some interesting and relevant new content for ACPEN viewers. Jill Schiefelbein is always great to work with and brings a fun and carefree attitude to creating courses.

But, Jill is also a social media ninja! Check out some of her fun posts on her Instagram @dynamicjill.

           

Be sure to check out Jill’s social media courses, Social Media and Your Business and Social Media 101: Know the Essentials for Your Business, to learn to master social media like she does.

 

Also check out all of her new courses.

Effective Virtual Teams and Virtual Meetings

Self-Promotion for Career Advancement: Communicating Your Strengths

Dynamic Communication: Strategies for Achieving Buy-In

Setting up Programs for Innovation: A Six Step Process

Navigating Difficult Conversations

A little bit more about Jill:

Jill Schiefelbein, The Dynamic Communicator(R), thrives at the intersection of communication, education, and technology. From analyzing classified documents obtained from military raids of terrorist camps to assess jihad messaging strategies, to teaching business communication for 11 years at the largest university in the country, to starting and managing an online education office serving 60,000+ students, to her own award-winning entrepreneurial ventures, Jill successfully creates and executes communication strategies help people and companies solve problems, retain and develop consumers, and enhance the bottom line.

Jill is co-author of the textbook Business and Professional Communication in the Global Workplace, has a widely viewed presence on YouTube, and is an official video partner and contributing writer for Entrepreneur(R). Her next book, Dynamic Communication: Strategies to Grow, Manage, and Lead Your Business, will hit bookstores in May 2017. Learn more at http://thedynamiccommunicator.com and follow Jill on Twitter @dyanmicjill.

ACPEN Interns Go Back to School

ACPEN’s summer intern program comes to an end as our dedicated interns interns return to their educations. We at ACPEN thank these hard workers for their tireless efforts this summer, helping us crank out the quality CPE that you know and love, like “Candy Estate Planning: How to Ensure Your Brother Doesn’t Get Your Stash” and “Games For CPAs: How Fortnight Can Help You Deal With Competition”. As these kids get back to learning, we invite you to get back to your own education at the ACPEN Catalog.

 

 

Obviously some people are happier about back to school than others 

Behind the Scenes: FICPA MEGA CPE Conference

In addition to producing our own CPE content in our Plano studio, we send teams around the country to live webcast conferences and events for our state society partners. June is one of the busiest months for our remote teams. In the past 3 weeks, we’ve had teams in several different Texas cities, Massachusetts, Florida, and Michigan. Here’s an inside look at the FICPA Mega CPE Conference Webcast. It’s not as easy as it looks…

Travel buddy, second tech, camera op, Bill does it all.

 

Arrive at our destination Orlando!

The Happiest Place on Earth!

Not a bad view

 

Our room for the next three days time to get to work!

Fastest set up possible!

Lets Do This!

Shhhhhh! We were watching World Cup games during lunch. Don’t tell the bosses.

We also got to eat so we go to the best restaurants around, Chef Mickey’s and Sea Dog Brewing Company!

ACPEN Signature: Behind the Scenes

A lot of work goes into producing one of our ACPEN Signature Courses, and the first course of the year brings with it some extra challenges. But with those challenges there’s a lot of fun to be had as well.

Day Before Signature Course

Before the speakers show up there is a lot of work to be done to ready our studio for the course. The materials are organized for the speakers and the studio is made ready for the production.

The day before a production we host a pre-production meeting with speakers for any last minute updates.

Signature Day!

First things first, breakfast!

Welcome Presenters!

Any Notre Dame Fans?

Our control room prepping for pre-production

Presenters are in their seats and we’re ready to go!

And they’re off!

Let’s meet some of the awesome people who make Signature Courses possible

    

Jeff the Director and Matt the Graphics Operator!

Jorge the Cameraman

 

Tina does the make up for our presenters while Jess is the Question Queen

 

And it’s LUNCH TIME!

Side note: we enjoyed Tacos 4 Life! For every meal you buy they feed a hungry child. We helped feed 30 kiddos in need with our delicious spread.

Back to the grindstone

After a long day, we release our speakers back into the wild.

A lot of work goes into making Signature days a success, but it always pays off. Here are just a few of the comments from our viewers:

“Enjoyed the webinar.”

“Content was very good. Panel discussions were very helpful and they had a tendency to break up the monotony of a verbal presentation. Clint’s examples were very helpful. Nice job overall. Thanks.”

“Very informative”

“Excellent presentation. Did know what to expect, very satisfied. Learned a lot today!”

If you attended today’s course, thank you and drop us a comment! If you missed it, don’t worry, you can catch a live replay. You won’t be disappointed!

May the Fourth Be With You!

“A New Hope” for CPE returns to this galaxy with our May the Fourth discount code. Simply apply code: Maythe4th at checkout to receive 20% off all ACPEN Signature courses–live or replays. Good for purchase through May 9th.

So, share the code “Maythe4th” with your favorite Wookie, check your mail for the tax “Return of the Jedi”, and advance your Jedi Master (Accountant) training with some of ACPEN’s best CPE.

And–May the fourth be with you…

Summer Fun!

Last week, a bunch of the ACPEN crew was off on fabulous summer adventures (no coincidence that it came just after the June 30th deadline ; ). While there were still a few people holding down the ACPEN fort in Dallas, the rest of us set up “remote offices” on cruise ships, in Colorado and, for me, St. George Island.

I’m going to be really honest. I intended to do a bit of work each day, because webeachballpic-1 all know the to-do list is seemingly never-ending. But on most days, the beach (and my little ones) called, and who am I to say no? The water was perfect, the sun was shining, and there is nothing quite like the sound of the waves on the shore. Plus, I had the perfect place to use my ACPEN Beach Ball (if you want your own, email jessica.vieira@acpen.com)! This trip, I chose a bit of restoration rather than productivity.

 

I can’t take you all with me to the beach, but I can make it really easy for you to schedule and complete your CPE. And maybe that will give you a little extra time to plan your perfect get-away. Apply code WAVES2017 at checkout to receive 20% off your next purchase. Good for purchase through August 14th.

I’m now back to my reality and my to-do list, but I’m feeling refreshed and renewed. So, I’ll leave you with this little glimpse of paradise.

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And if you lean in really close, you might just be able to hear the ocean.

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ACPEN Brings You–Frontier Accountants!

You may now be scratching your head, wondering, “What in the world is a Frontier Accountant?” Turns out that somewhere out in the wild, wild west, there are ranchers and cattle herders who are just dreaming of becoming accountants. It’s like “City Slickers”–in reverse. But why listen to my explanation? A few of these rough and tough cowboys have put together a short video to more accurately express their yearning for a long career in accounting, and, of course, all of those ACPEN webcasts!

And in honor of all of the Frontier Accountants, we invite all of you out there living the dream to apply discount code: FRONTIERACCOUNTING to your next purchase to receive 25% off of your next ACPEN purchase. (Valid on future purchases made through September 30, 2016.)

Ride on, Frontier Accountants!

 

PS. A big round of applause for our cast!

Who Says Accountants Don’t Have Any Fun?

In case you missed it, yesterday we produced the ACPEN Signature: 2015 Compilation and Review. If you’re familiar with our Signature line of programming, you’ll know that they are 8-hours of pure CPE gold. These courses are highly-produced in our Dallas studio. They employ an engaging and interactive, panel-discussion format featuring nationally acclaimed CPAs and Professionals. If you aren’t familiar with our Signature courses–why the heck not?? Do yourself a favor and check it out.

As you may also know, we produce our courses at our sister company–BPN Media. BPN Media is a magical place with the most experienced and professional production staff. And toys. Lots and lots of toys. Angry Birds, neon-colored Mystic ponies, Nerf Guns, GI Joes and so much more.

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Apparently our toys were too tempting for today’s panelists. We sat, unsuspectingly in the Green Room. Close up–Laura Billingsly. Close up–Jim Smith. Close up–Kurt Oestriecher. Wide shot:

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Well, this is awkward.

Who said Accountants don’t have any fun?

And that, my friends, is why we can’t have nice things…like disembodied hands.

That said, their message was clear:

ACPEN-The best online CPE on the market. Hands down.

(Apply discount code HandsDown2015 at checkout to receive a 15% discount off an ACPEN course. Good for purchase by August 31st!)

 

 

 

Warriors Win!!

We’ve had an exciting couple of sports days this week—first the Blackhawks, now the Warriors! Now, while a bunch of our staff (including our CEO) is from Chicago and were overjoyed with the sportsy goodness of the Blackhawk’s first Stanley Cup Title win at home since 1938–I’m not going to lie–we didn’t really have a dog in the NBA title hunt. But far be it from me to deny the joy of this vicdt.common.streams.StreamServer.clstory to any of our amazing customers!

So, Golden State Warrior fans–this one is for you! Use discount code: WarriorsWin2015 at checkout to receive 30% off of an ACPEN Signature Course. And because it will probably take you a few days to come down off of the sports high, you can have a few extra days. Can be used for a purchase by June 22nd.

Go Hawks! Go Warriors!