Here are seven tips to help you with your ask:
Ask Your Co-Workers – Find out from others in your organization if there are any recommended trainings or events that have been approved in the past. Ask for advice from others who have received funding. Communicate With Your Supervisor – Send an email outlining the opportunity you want to attend – Title, Date(s), Location, Cost(s), Registration Deadline, and Anticipated Benefits it will bring to you and/or your team. Follow-up in advance of any registration discounts and ask to speak in person if need be. Outline The Benefits – Research the speakers and sessions so you can explain how the training will directly benefit you, your team and/or your organization. Showcase What You Learn – Prepare a presentation to give to your office that covers key takeaways from the training. Attend Events With Specific Takeaways – Know what you will gain from the event, such as: continuing education credits, templates, products to explore, or even new connections. Know How Your Work Will Be Covered – Be prepared to defend how your work will be handled if the event is during work hours – whether that be working during the event, after hours, or getting a teammate to cover you. Look For Alternative Options – Research if there are similar opportunities for free or less cost. If the event requires travel, see if you can find a virtual event offering similar content.