Countdown to #FinCon19: My 11 Most Anticipated Presentations

In just a couple of weeks, I’ll be heading to our nation’s capital to witness the meeting of money and media. That’s right, FinCon 2019 is just around the corner! With this being the second year I’ve had the chance to attend, part of me feels as though I’m basically prepared. However, with a new city, new speakers, and much more, I never truly know what to expect — though I’m looking forward to it all!

Since I ran through my top 10 most anticipated presentations last time around, this year I thought I’d skyscraper technique myself and feature my top 11 picks for #FinCon19 panels. Keep in mind that there are plenty of other events on the schedule I’m also pumped for, so this is in no way a complete list of what I think is worth attending. With that out of the way, let’s dive in.

FinCon Central

Okay, so I’m starting things off with something that’s not really a presentation. I could argue that there are some small presentations that happen within this aspect of the expo, but I’ll just be honest and say I’m just including it because it was one of my highlights from last year. It seems the FinCon organizers agree with me as they’ve extended its presence this time around and seemingly made it the main focus of Day 1. In other words, I’m totally justified in putting this non-presentation pick on my list.

Big Idea Talk: Tanja Hester

This will actually mark my second time seeing Tanja speak after attending her podcast session at last year’s FinCon. Since then, I reviewed (and loved) her book Work Optional and become a fan of her site Our Next Life. Thus, I’m thrilled to see what she brings to the main stage this time around — it sounds like the perfect way to start off the morning.

I should mention that this session will also feature Ramit Sethi delivering a keynote. Incidentally, I also recently reviewed the second edition of his book I Will Teach You To Be Rich. Spoiler: I didn’t like it quite as much as Work Optional. Nevertheless, I’m still looking forward to his portion of the presentation as well.

How to Go from Hobby Blogger to Money Expert in Two Years

Even though I’ve been blogging about personal finance for a few years now, I wouldn’t exactly call myself a “money expert.” But would I like to become one? I think so. Thus, I’m really interested to hear Jessica Moorhouse’s story and insight. Who knows — maybe her wisdom will help set me down the path to expert-dom.

6 Myths About Millennials and Money

This is a short presentation (running just 20 minutes), but I’m always down to hear about how my generation is unfairly maligned. Of course, seeing as I present my YouTube as coming “from a Millennial” perspective and aim my content at those around the same age as me, it’s probably a good idea to learn more about them. Thus, this Quick Money Talk is a no-brainer.

Networking for Introverts: Building Authentic and High Impact Relationships to Promote Your Platform

Here’s the thing about FinCon: as much as I love getting to hear from bloggers I follow, learn about new things, and meet great people… it’s that last part that always kind of intimidates me as well. Yes, I would definitely consider myself an introvert, which makes trying to network a bit challenging at times. That’s why I only needed to read the first three words of this presentation title to know that it was for me. Hopefully I can pick up some tips for interacting with the community more and making some friends along the way — may I start with you, Jillian Johnsrud?

Your Heart Is Smarter Than Your Brain: YouTube Branding Fun in a Question Mark Suit

If the “question mark suit” reference in the title wasn’t a total tip-off, this presentation will feature none other than Matthew Lesko — AKA that guy who writes the books cataloging many of the federal grant programs you can apply for. Beyond the novelty of seeing the legend himself in person, the angle of this lecture is also intriguing. The only problem is that this pick would double book me with another selection…

Using Instagram To Grow Your Podcast Listener Base

Happening at the same time as Mr. Lesko’s presentation is this one from Apple Crider. I actually met Apple at last year’s convention and was impressed by his hustle and financial savvy at such a young age (dude’s only like 20). As someone who’s been curious about how Instagram works as a marketing tool and not just a food photo gallery, I’m definitely interested in seeing what Apple has in store for this one. Of course, should I opt to see the question mark suit guy in this timeslot instead, you can be sure I’ll be looking this up with my virtual pass when I return home.

Turning Clicks into Profits: Pinterest Strategies that Work

You may recall that getting a grip on Pinterest was one of my big goals for #FinCon18. Well, I did leave the convention will some great ideas and launched a new plan… but unfortunately let it fall by the wayside. While I’m still working to get back on track, hearing some more ideas on making Pinterest work for me is irresistible. Here’s hoping they stick this time!

How to Find Your Brand Voice, Grow Your Tribe, and Build a Six-Figure Business With YouTube

As a YouTuber myself (or a person who makes YouTube videos at least), this one definitely appeals to me — especially as I look to expand my brand, including a course and maybe more. Joseph and Tasha Cochran of One Big Happy Life are leading this one, which is exciting considering how much I heard about them at the previous FinCon. For those reasons, while there are plenty of YouTube-centric presentations in this year’s line-up, I think this is the one that sticks out the most for me.

Freelance Writing Tips from the Editor: Here’s What You’re Doing Wrong

One of the things about having a site of your own is that there really isn’t an editor to reign you in or give you notes. Sure, my wife serves this purpose sometimes, but that’s hardly the same thing. That’s why this presentation from Daniel Kline grabbed my attention. However, I’m not 100% sure if this is more about writing mistakes or business mistakes freelancers make when approaching outlets. Either way, I’m still interested.

Eight Ways to Make a Better Sounding Podcast

Last but not least, this presentation from Andy Wang sounds (no pun intended) right up my alley. Despite buying some recommended equipment and having a rudimentary knowledge of audio software, it seems I can never get my audio to match the quality I’m imagining. With that, I’d hoping to head home with some usable tips and maybe just maybe finally launch that Money@30 podcast.

With only a few more weeks before FinCon 2019 kicks off, my excitement is once again reaching a fever pitch. Just like last year, the line-up of presentations and events for the convention is jam-packed with goodness — and I can’t wait to experience it all. See you in D.C.!


Kyle Burbank

Kyle is a freelance writer and author whose first book, "The E-Ticket Life" is now available on Amazon. In addition to his weekly "Money at 30" column on Dyer News, he is also the editorial director and a writer for the Disney fan site and the founder of

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