Are you having trouble getting your supervisor to approve the budget for your ticket to NextGen? Are you not even sure how to approach him/her about it?
We’ve written out a sample letter for your use to help convince your supervisor to come to NextGen.
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.
I’d like to attend the training sessions at the Next Generation of Government Training Summit (nextgengovt.com) on July 25-26th in DC and would like to get your approval.
As training dollars are scarce, I know we need to be smart with every dollar and that’s why I think this training would be great:
- Designed specifically for Gen X & Y leaders with an advisory board of leading SES leaders and rising professionals
- Cost-effective and time-effective training that would replace multiple courses & thousands of dollars of training
- OPM-approved and all sessions are mapped to meeting OPM executive core qualifications
I think this training will help 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 “Powerful Presentations: Persuasive Pitches, Poignant PowerPoints, and Prezis with Pizzazz”, in this session participants will learn practical tips for sharing ideas with others through presentations. We’ll cover selection and use of presentation tools as well as basic public speaking and persuasion tips.
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 and within budget. There will be a session titled: “Agile Project Management: Leading Change One Project at a Time″. This session will teach participants how some project managers have taken this responsibility and are helping lead important change efforts in government by using agile methods to quickly deliver solutions.
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 their best practices. During NextGen, there are opportunities for me to have one-on-one conversations to gain insight and build relationships in an intimate setting. 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 can also provide a short briefing in our weekly team meeting.
The cost to attend the training is $685 (before June 23). In the course of two days, I’ll learn the basics of a variety of topics that normally would take weeks of trainings and thousands of dollars. Based on the level of learning, I think this is a good value – similar trainings such as a course on “Time Management” at Learning Tree are upwards of $1,500.
Thank you for considering my request. If you would like to discuss further, please let me know when you are available this week.
- (Your Name Here)
For more information on The Next Generation of Government Training Summit 2013 please contact Megan Price (email@example.com).