This week I want to share with you an article I just wrote for a trade newsletter. I hope this topic will make you look at gaining support for training and attending conferences in a new light.
You read about a great seminar, workshop, or conference. The topics are interesting and will help you in your job. You walk into your manager's office to request his or her approval only to hear "no." You walk out. End of story.
Selling your executive on supporting your professional development is a skill, known as the art of persuasion. You have to work at gaining support for training and development. Instead of viewing it as a yes or no situation, view it as, "This is a great program. This will help me become better at my job and a more valuable employee. How will I sell this to my executive?" You now have your subconscious working to come up with ideas on how to get a "yes" from your executive.
It's all in positioning your thinking. You have to really believe that you are worth investing in and that you and your executive will both win big with this investment. But, there has to be a return on the investment made in an employee. The guidelines below will help you to sell the seminar or conference to your executive.
Principles of Persuasion:
Have the courage to go after what you want. That in itself is a learning experience.
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