Paul Homan started the topic How Do I Get My Supervisor to Send Me to Next Gen 2012? in the forum Next Generation of Government Training Summit 9 years, 7 months ago
Are you having trouble getting your supervisor to approve the budget for your ticket to Next Gen? Are you not even sure how to approach him/her about it?
Mr. GovLoop, Steve Ressler, has written out a sample letter for you use to help convince your supervisor to come to Next Gen.
This type of written communication is a skill the next generation needs to develop – how to make the case and ask for what you want.
——————– Dear (boss)-
I’d like to attend training at the Next Generation of Government Training Summit (nextgengovt.com) on July 26-27th and wanted to get your approval. The summit has been OPM approved and the sessions are geared towards the ECQ competencies.
I think this training will be useful in helping me do my job in the following ways:
1) Presentation skills – A big part of my job is presenting my work and analysis to senior management. I would love to improve these presentations both in terms of powerpoint skills and public speaking skills. There is a session titled “Speak Up: How to be a Great Public Speaker”, in this session participants will learn how to make clear and convincing oral presentations to individuals and groups, clarify information as needed, and facilitate open communication.
2) Time and project management – I’m excited to have so many great projects to work on. I would love to improve my ability to manage my time across projects and deliver great projects on time within budget. There will be a session titled: “Project management 101: Getting Things Done in Government″. This session will teach participants to make well-informed, effective and timely decisions while managing a project’s budget, scope, and schedule.
3) Lessons learned from other agencies – For my current assignments, I know there are other agencies doing similar work and I’d love to learn and leverage best practices. During the event, there is a speed networking session where I’ll meet the other attendees plus I plan on meeting and following-up with the speakers. I will be able to bring these connections and lessons learned back to our agency.
After the conference, I plan to write-up an analysis of the sessions I attended and key takeaways for our team. I also could provide a short briefing in our weekly team meeting.
The cost to attend the training is $640. Based on the level of learning, I think this is a good value – similar conferences such as a course on “Time Management” at Learning Tree is $1,500.
Thanks for considering my request. If you would like to discuss further, please let me know when a good time is for you this week.
For more information on the 3rd Annual GovLoop/Young Government Leaders Next Generation of Government Training Summit (July 26-27, 2012), or to register please visit our website.