Many travel and training budgets have been modified as we have all collectively tightened our financial belts. So, regardless of the merits of a conference, you’ll probably need to justify the expense. Here are some things you might want to consider:
- Focus on what you will specifically bring back to the organization as return for the investment. Create a contest within your team/organization to each capture five cost-savings solutions, or to find one new product or innovative concept that can have immediate impact on your bottom line!
- Study the SPI ’13 website to identify educational sessions and exhibitors that address specific needs within your business and add them to your My Planner.
- Make sure that your supervisor is aware of registration discounts for SEIA and SEPA members, as well as other valuable benefits of membership.
- List your company’s current initiatives, such as managing risk, cutting costs, sustainability, streamlining processes, building relationships or other specific challenges, and then find corresponding education and solution providers at the conference.
- Offer to prepare and deliver a short presentation and Q&A to your colleagues to share what you learned. That way others in your company, unit, or department will get the benefits of your attendance, too.
- Share the syllabus and speaker handouts with your colleagues. As an attendee, you have unlimited access to materials posted by speakers.
- If you are working to obtain or maintain your NABCEP certification, remind your supervisor that this is a great way to earn credit hours and is less expensive than registering for separate conferences. It also requires less time away from the office.
- Be ready with a plan that shows who will cover for you while you are attending the conference.
- Carefully review hotel room rates for the best option, and also check out the hotel map to view distances from McCormick Place and save on any cab expenses.
- Offer to share a room to reduce hotel expenses if you have two or more colleagues attending the show.
- Be sure to check out the registration rates page to see if you qualify for any of the lower rates or discounts. This includes our Group Advantage Program, which discounts registration for groups of seven or more.