Convince Your Boss

Convince Your Boss

The SHRM Leadership Development Forum is specifically designed to prepare you to take the next step in your career: to be an effective, trustworty manager, and to be influential across the organization. Everything you learn and take home will benefit your company, HR team, and your personal career. When looking for approval to attend, you must demonstrate the benefits of the conference to your organization, and then convince your boss that it's worth the investment of time and money (and that you're the right person to invest in). Here are some steps to follow, to help you build the case:

Step 1: Review the program

Determine which sessions you want to attend - that are most beneficial to you, your team and company. Do you need advance your communication and relationship management skills? Are you looking to move into a management position in the near future, and could use some help with your leadership "soft" skills? This conference is laser-focused on providing you with the resources you need, from speakers who are trusted and recognized for their expertise in the leadership arena. Drive home the bottom line - that the smarter and more effective you are, the better it is for your organization!   

Step 2: Show how you can minimize costs

Make your attendance as cost-effective as possible!  Register by July 21 and save hundreds with early-bird rates. Also, save when you book your hotel room through the official SHRM housing block. Do you have to fly in for the conference? Don't forget to book your flights 60 days in advance, to get the best rate. Exposition hall lunches, receptions and coffee breaks also help cut costs of dining out while you're at the conference. 

Step 3: Complete the request letter

Sometimes your boss will need it in writing, or just prefers to receive your request in an email. Don't worry - we've got you covered you there too. Use our handy Letter Template to list your reason for and submit to your supervisor. You can customize it however you want, but this letter gives you a great starting point for organizing your thoughts and making sure you're making the best case for the Leadership Development Forum!

Step 4: Bring it all home

We guarantee that the learning you get at the conference will be phenomenal (and energizing). Commit to a post-conference briefing for your team, where you’ll highlight what you’ve learned from the conference. Tie your learnings to your organizations long-term and short-term goals or strategic plan - it's important to show your boss that the conference wasn't just good in theory but that it gave you real, actionable solutions that you can implement for your organization.