Thousands of Raymond James financial advisors gathered in Dallas this week for the firm's annual national conference -- here's what they picked up.

An armadillo race. Mechanical bull riding. A poolside BBQ. A host of country singers. Former President George W. Bush. More than 1800 advisors. What do they all have in common?

Answer: They were all features of Raymond James' annual national conference this week in Dallas. It wasn't all fun and games, however. The thousands of advisors and other professionals gathered to discuss everything from how to help their clients avoid cyber threats to iPad basics and time management.

See a slideshow of 10 Raymond James financial advisors from around the country who told me the most helpful piece(s) of information they learned at the four-day event.

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