SPC18 is around the corner and few people asked me to help them with convincing their boss in sending them to the event.
You need to be crisp and clear about immediate benefits of sending someone to an event. Here is the email you can use as a starting point to convince your boss.
Hi [insert your managers's name],
I wanted to bring up an opportunity for me to attend SharePoint Conference this year in May 21-23, in Las Vegas. SharePoint Conference is the largest focused event of it's kind in North America with over 100+ sessions from Microsoft, vendors, customers and worldwide experts.
With some of the big-name speakers like Jeff Teper, Microsoft Corporate VP, Mark Kashman Microsoft Senior Product Manager, and Bill Baer there will be many key announcements and strategic sessions at the event. Also, some of the most well known experts and MVPs, such as Andrew Connell, Ben Curry, Dux Raymond Sy, Spencer Harbar, Todd Klindt, Susan Hanley, to name few, will be delivering sessions on Office 365, Teams, Azure, PowerBI and more. Here is the link to all the tracks and session.
It would be a 3 day learning opportunity with 150+ hours of training, and over 2500 attendees to network with.
I believe this year's SPC will bring huge value to help me in particular on the following projects:
1. [Project Name]
2. [Project Name]
3. [Project Name]
In addition, after the event I can share materials and the knowledge with my team as series of lunch and learns so that everyone can benefit and increase the return on the investment.
I've estimated the cost breakdown below with Early Bird and referral discount included:
-Meals (breakfast and lunch included): $
I'd love to talk more to see what you think.
Thanks so much!
Be sure to drop by your manager's desk next day to follow up on the email and let them know about Early Bird pricing they can take advantage of by registering you early.
Hope this helps, see you there!
Yaroslav Pentsarskyy is the Director of Product at Origami. He's also 8 time Microsoft MVP, speaker at many local and worldwide tech events, and a published author of several SharePoint related books.