Convince the boss FOR TFIF 2016
4 Tips for justifying your attendance at TFIF 2016
We knowÂ TFIF 2016 Congress and ExpoÂ is a great investment. The knowledge sharing and networking opportunities alone make it worth every penny.
To be fair, we understand why your boss may balk at the cost of sending you to industry events. After all, he or she is only looking at the bottom line. Making the decision to send members of a team on a trip, even if itâ€™s a trip to the bestÂ grain industry gathering around, takes significant thought.
If you want to discuss with the powers that be about covering the cost of a trip toÂ TFIF 2016, some of these tips may help:
1. Just ask!
Be truthful about the cost, your time spent away from the office, and how your work will be handled in your absence. Honesty is always the best policy, so donâ€™t act naive about money or time. Most managers understand that there are times when itâ€™s necessary to make an investment on behalf of the company. If you can show that this is a worthy cause for both you and your company, you have a good chance of attending. If money does become an issue there are some things you can do to cut costs. For example you can take advantage of the early bird discount.
2. Explain the benefits to the company
Letâ€™s not assume theyâ€™re sending you just because you want to go. Theyâ€™re sending you because they want you to learn because they expect you to provide value to the company as a whole, and not just help you with your career. (Though thatâ€™s important too.) How will the sessions you attend help you to do your job better so that itâ€™s better for the business as a whole? Do the people you network with have the potential to become clients, collaborators, colleagues, and allies? These are important details to mention.
3. Explain the benefits to you
What will you get out of TFIF 2016 ? Discuss the ways you personally will benefit from attending. Pay particular attention to the sessions, speakers, attendees and networking opportunities. Talk about the speakers and sessions that you hope to attend, and make sure to mention that the people you network with atÂ TFIF 2016 will become important connections.
4. Offer to share
Explain that youâ€™re there to represent your company. Everything you learn you will be sharing with the team. In fact, you can encourage your attendance to be a collaborative experience. What does your team most want to learn about? Who do they want you to set up meetings with? What sessions benefit you all as a team? Come back with notes and offer to make a presentation to the team upon your return.
If you feel thatÂ TFIF 2016 is a worthy investment for your company, donâ€™t be afraid to ask. If you are honest about your reasons for wanting to attend and the cost involved, and you explain all the benefits of the brand, theyâ€™d be hard pressed to say no.