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How to convince your employer to send you to a trade show out of town

Want to attend an out-of-town conference or trade show to improve your knowledge or learn about products and servic...


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October 3, 2003
By MRO Magazine
MRO Magazine

Want to attend an out-of-town conference or trade show to improve your knowledge or learn about products and services you can use at your facility? Here are a few tips to get your boss to okay the expense.

Step 1: Educate yourself on the conference and show. Pinpoint specific sessions you want to attend and show how they will benefit you and your company.

Step 2: Know the cost. Include all costs (airfare, hotel, food, rental car, seminars, etc.) in your proposal.

Step 3: Write a concise memo, attach it to your brochure and present it to your employer. Be sure to include:

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– A listing of the sessions, seminars, forums and trade show hours you plan to attend
– Networking opportunities you’ll have with peers who share similar challenges
– Suppliers/equipment companies you plan to meet
– How the company benefits from your attendance
– How long you will be gone and how operations will continue in your absence
– Total cost.