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How to Convince Your Boss to Send You to a Conference

  
  
  
  
  

motivational keynote speakerHow to Convince Your Boss to Send You to a Conference

Are you dying to attend a conference, but you're not sure how to convince your manager to let you go? Help is here!

Remember that the cost of attending a conference is considerable. That total includes conference registration fees, travel costs, hotel, and time-away-from-work costs. It is likely your managers will want some serious justification for you to attend a conference.

Getting approval to attend the conference is a two-part endeavour.  In addition to showing the benefits of the conference itself, you will also want to demonstrate that you are the best person to attend – that you are the best person for the organization to invest Professional Development dollars with.

Here are some things you can prepare for your leadership to help convince them you should attend a conference or event:

Read: Sample Letter to Get Approval to Attend a Conference.

  • Get a detailed convention program and outline the sessions you plan to attend and how they will benefit your work. Be specific. (i.e. The keynote motivational speaker about social media- If I learn more about social media I will be able to use it more effectively in my marketing efforts.)
  • Find out what Continuing Professional Development Credits/CEUs will be granted for attending the conference sessions.
  • If necessary, have a plan for who will cover for you at work while you are at the conference.

Read: Discover 7 Ways to Get the Most out of a Conference

  • Research the conference speakers, motivational keynote speaker or other industry guest speakers and have specific questions lined up relevant to their speech topics and your work or industry.
  • Find out what other industry competitors are attending the event to prove it is a ‘must-attend’ event. Suggest to your manager that networking with these competitors will be invaluable.

Read: Understanding Conference Expenses

  • Get a list of specific vendors whose products would be beneficial to your job, then jot down questions you have about their products or services and present this to your manager. Visiting with a vendor can be like interviewing a high priced consultant for free!

Read: Conference Networking Tips

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  • Tweet about the conference speakers, guest speakers,agenda, venue.
  • Offer to share a room to reduce hotel expenses.
  • Have specific follow up objectives and strategies you plan to implement after the conference guest speakers.
  • Have a plan to share what you have learned. Who will you tell? How will you communicate? ( i.e.- You will spend 10 minutes at the next staff meeting speaking about new industry trends presented at the conference; or write an article for your newsletter, or offer to write a blog about the guest speakers. Multiply the company's investment.)
  • Prepare a presentation of the major take-away to other staff members and/or your boss. Documenting and presenting key take-aways from the motivational keynote speaker and guest speakers with enthusiasm that invokes change and improvement can really help ease the approval process in year 2. There has to be measurable change and improvement from attending if you want to get approval for next year or for the next event. 

Read: How Men and Women Behave Differently at a Conference

  • Justify the cost of the conference by comparing it to other educational courses and offerings. Almost any alternative will prove to be more time consuming and expensive.
  • Visit the motivational keynote speaker's website, read and comment on the blog (we love this) and start some conversation before the event.

Read: How to Build Bonds at Association Events

If you are prepared and organized your enthusiasm will show through. Your manager will send you packing to attend the next great convention.

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Comments

Jody, love this topic! One of the things I like to recommend is to prepare a presentation of the major take-aways to other staff members and/or your boss. Documenting and presenting key take-aways with enthusiasm that invokes change and improvement can really help ease the approval process in year 2. There has to be measurable change and improvement from attending if you want to get approval for next year or for the next event. 
 
It's not only about getting approval to attend a conference, it's also whether or not you're the best person for the organization to invest Professional Development dollars with.
Posted @ Tuesday, August 02, 2011 4:42 PM by Dave Lutz
So true Dave 
presenting what you learned is important and allows others to be a part of it 
also...true who is the best person to attend? No more sitting back and absorbing information... if you have to justify your participation - delegates would be much more active
Posted @ Wednesday, August 03, 2011 9:33 AM by Jody Urquhart
Hi Jody are we able to post this article on our website -www.healthachieve.com - it is a convention in November and this would be a great article to post of course with your permission?
Posted @ Tuesday, August 06, 2013 2:47 PM by Mary Romero
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