Convince Your Boss

As a talent development professional, you understand the value of attending conferences to stay at the top of your game, but your manager may only see dollar signs and time away from the office. Follow these steps and build a case for your request, and show the value and the return on investment to your company.

Step 1: Review Sessions and Content Tracks

ATD’s TalentNext Conference will show you practical methods to make your organization one that employees want to work for and grow with—a place they feel valued and respected. Think about your organization's unique talent development challenges and use that as a guide when deciding which sessions to attend. Next, customize this worksheet to outline the sessions you will attend, and detail how these sessions will help solve your organization’s workplace challenges.

Step 2: Stress the Value for Your Organization

Unlike lecture-only conferences, at TalentNext you’ll take part in a series of mini workshops where you will experiment with proven, hands-on exercises that you can put to work for immediate results. Fill out this worksheet to approximate the financial investment required for you to attend.

Step 3: Put It All in Writing

Customize this letter to help your manager understand why TalentNext is one of the most cost-effective and valuable conferences for you.