Often, the choice to go to a conference or event is totally out of your hands. Attendance and travel costs, plus your time out of the office, all need to be taken into consideration and approved by “the powers that be”…aka, your boss. And maybe even their boss.
Now, I know you wouldn’t go spending company money frivolously, but others may need a little extra convincing. When an event pops up that you know will make your life easier (like, oh say, WebLink Connect™ Regional Training in Tampa 😉), it can be difficult to communicate those benefits to someone who also has a budget to protect. Difficult, but certainly not impossible!
It’s important to gather all of the relevant information before approaching your boss – and I don’t just mean the who, what, where and when. Here are a few things to include when you propose that you attend:
Ok, so, of course your ask should include the who, what, where and when – but let’s dig just a little bit deeper. Be sure you can identify and estimate the following:
Familiarize yourself with the agenda and speakers. Describing (or better yet, showing) the agenda to your boss will give them a better understanding of exactly how you’ll be spending your time away from the office. Sharing information about the speakers will help validate the expertise you would be learning from. For larger events with multiple sessions happening at once, create a sample agenda of the specific sessions you propose you attend. This will show your commitment to getting the most relevant information out of the event.
YOUR OWN REASONS
Duh, right? Why do you even want to go? Outline your top three reasons by considering how attending will impact your…
Think about writing a formal letter that includes the above information. Going that extra mile demonstrates the thoughtfulness of your ask, that you’re serious about the opportunity, and that you aren’t taking the cost (both in time and money) for you to attend lightly.
Be sure to also assess your timing. Know what is on your boss’ plate before you bring it up. You want to ensure they are in a place to be receptive!
And finally, follow up after the event to tell them your takeaways. Present your findings formally. Host a workshop with your entire team to discuss. Use them to write a blog post. Whatever you do, tell others about the experience! Knowledge is power – the more well informed your association staff is, the better off you’ll all be.
Wanna give it a shot? We are hosting our final WebLink Connect™ Regional Training event of the year in two weeks!
Communications, events, membership, finance, reports, administration - our WebLink Connect Regional Training courses offer something for every single type and level of user in your organization. That being said, we can guarantee that all attendees will walk away with the tools and best practices that will transform the way you manage all aspects of your database.
Click here to learn more (so you can convince your boss, of course) and register!