My work requires that I maintain a written career development plan, with specific goals, required resources, etc.
Being a bit cheeky, I put the '08 conference on there.
Today I sat down with my new boss, and sold the M-T cast, hard (including an animated visual re-enactment of [i]How to Politely Become Part of a Group[/i])...
... and won support!!
As follow-up, I've been asked to put a one-pager together to sell this internally. The funding exists, I've just got to persuade them to allocate.
Key elements that need to go in the one-pager are:
Likely cost (I don't think $$ is sorted yet?)
Specifically, what would I get out of it - ie. how does it relate to my development goals? (Obviously this is for me to prep.)
What is distinctive about this conference, vs. other possible training?[/list:u]
It's this last one that I want to absolutely nail. Some things which I have in mind are statistics (eg. 17,000+ registered members across the globe, top-rated business podcast for X consecutive months on podcastalley.com), M&M credentials (eg. Mark's job is basically coaching C-level execs on how to manage better!), and feedback (I've bookmarked some of the exit comments from previous conferences already.)
So excited. But I've still got to close this, and if anyone can offer any ideas on powerful content, or how to attack it, I'd be very grateful.
NB. The key stakeholder to authorise this is my boss's boss - so far, I have an excellent relationship there but it's still developing. I'm also not sure exactly when a funding decision would be made and/or when it would become "locked down". But I suspect that sooner is better, while there is still plenty of funding unallocated.
Anyway... the funding is there - just got to grab it!!