How to get your boss to approve conference visits

Need help on how to convince your boss to approve your visit to a conference? Brent Ozar has written some good tips on how to get budget approval for conferences that I can recommend:

http://www.brentozar.com/archive/2011/06/getting-budget-approval-conferences/

Here are also some arguments from PASS SQLRally Nordic, but they could easily be adopted to any conference.

Your Goals How PASS SQLRally Nordic Delivers
Learn new SQL Server and Business Intelligence skills and strategies Over 30 expert-led technical sessions covering all aspects of SQL Server and Business Intelligence. All for the same cost as a one day training course on one topic.
Solve high-priority, mission-critical SQL Server issues Get the answers you need right away from the experts. Get direct access to Microsoft program managers, service and support, and MVPs. And don’t underestimate the value of hallway chats and the ability to talk to speakers after their sessions, during lunches, breaks, and at the networking events.
Gain SQL Server and Business Intelligence best practices PASS SQLRally Nordic brings together hundreds of SQL
Server MVPs, Microsoft team members, authors, experts, and peers for 2 days. Network and share best practices with your peers and grow both knowledge and expert contacts.
Keep skills up-to-date Sharpen your edge and stay current on SQL Server topics and
technologies.
Improve the return and performance of your SQL Server environment Learn strategies and skills that help improve the ROI of your SQL Server environment such as virtualization technologies, performance tuning and scaling, better hardware utilization, simplified management, effective business intelligence, and more.
Increase knowledge and skills of the entire team Take advantage of the group discount – send 10 employees and save. Teach your colleagues.
Identify and meet potential customers or employees For consultants, vendors, and those looking for new career opportunities, PASS SQLRally Nordic is the perfect environment to meet and impress potential new customers and employers.
Understand key SQL Server add-ons to increase efficiency and
productivity
The PASS SQLRally Nordic brings together top SQL Server tools and services under one roof. Get hands-on demos and information that would otherwise take days or weeks of research to gather.
Stay ahead of the curve–gain strategic insights Be among the first to learn about new advances, roadmaps, and plans for SQL Server. Get current on what’s important now and going forward.
Build your network Breakfasts, lunches, and evening receptions are included and are designed to offer dedicated networking opportunities. Go further and become a PASS SQLRally Nordic speaker!
Get new ideas, and be inspired! PASS SQLRally Nordic is all about meeting and talking with people, sharing issues and solutions, and gaining knowledge that will make you a better SQL Server and Business Intelligence professional. Get new ideas that will improve your business.

Good luck and see you out there!

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