Convince Your Boss

The 2018 Talent Conference & Exposition gives you the tools, resources, innovations and solutions you need to evolve your human capital strategies.

We know that you have to justify every dollar you spend, including spending time and money to attend this conference. You also need to stay competitive in today’s market. By attending the 2018 Talent Management Conference, you can get ahead and stay ahead by fine-tuning your skills as a recruiter and talent management professional and find new ways to demonstrate the value you bring to your organization. Here are some steps you can take to help make the business case to attend:

Step 1: Review the program

Determine which sessions you want to attend. Select the ones that are most beneficial to you, your team and company. You can find solutions to your biggest challenges and identify new opportunities for growth. An added bonus - all sessions offer recertification credits, so you can earn hours to keeping your certification!

Step 2: Review the exhibitor list

The exposition hall will host a variety of vendors exhibiting a wide range of innovative HR-related products and services that help meet the needs of HR managers, staffing specialists, recruiters and talent managers. Be among the first to learn about the latest HR business solutions, discover answers to on-the-job challenges and find the tools you need to succeed. Consider the business opportunities that could develop from establishing connections with industry professionals and partners.

Step 3: Show how you can minimize costs

Register early and take advantage of early bird pricing! Also, book your hotel room through the official SHRM Housing Block and you'll get a fair rate. Take advantage of coffee breaks, receptions and exhibit hall lunches to help cut costs of dining out.

Step 4: 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 there too. Use our handy Letter Template to list your reasons for wanting to attend and submit it to your supervisor. Or use it as a guide for talking points. You can customize it however you want, but this will give you a great starting point for organizing your thoughts and making sure you're making the best case for SHRM’s Talent Conference & Exposition!

Step 5: Bring it all home

Commit to a post-conference briefing for staff, senior management or 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.