How to Convince Your Boss

This information is intended for those interested in attending APEGA’s Nexus Conference and who may need to make the proposal to their supervisor.

Below are a few ways to help your supervisor see the value of attending one or more professional development sessions at the APEGA Nexus Conference. Preparation is key to a persuasive argument and in demonstrating how letting you attend a session or conference will benefit your organization.

Step 1: Provide your top 3–5 reasons for attending

Examples may include partaking in valuable networking opportunities, discovering different perspectives, learning to think critically about your work, and obtaining advice from others in your field. Reasons may also include the educational value and relevance of the sessions and the guest speakers, and the opportunity to earn continuing professional development credit to maintain your APEGA licence.

Step 2: Outline a list of sessions you would like to attend

Explain how each session will benefit your contribution to the organization. Also, consider who will be in the room with you. Is there a speaker you would like to network with? Might the audience consist of people who would bring value to your personal network or your business contacts?

Step 3: Learn about the speakers and sessions

Become familiar with how the sessions align with your organization’s objectives and strategic plan. Select sessions that will help you meet these goals.

Step 4: Write a formal request to your boss

Consider writing an email to your supervisor outlining all the benefits of attending, such as this example:

A Sample Letter to Your Supervisor

Good morning/afternoon [insert name here],

I am writing to obtain your permission to attend the upcoming APEGA Nexus Conference from June 9-10, 2021. The conference will have two keynote speakers and 30 sessions focusing on the following five themes:

  • Building Better Members
  • Building Better Careers
  • Building Better Business Knowledge
  • Building Better Technical Competence
  • Building a More Diverse Profession

The sessions I am most interested in attending are [insert session titles here]. By attending these sessions, I will learn [insert expected learnings].

Attending the conference will be a good professional development opportunity for me, and the learnings I would obtain would bring value to our organization overall. The conference website is www.apeganexus.ca.

The cost to attend is [insert here]. After attending the conference, I would be happy to share what I’ve learned with others during a meeting or a lunch session.

I am happy to discuss this with you further at your convenience.

Best regards,

[Your name here]

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