Convince your boss to send you to #WCEU

WordCamp Europe is the big event on the WordPress calendar. You know this, but does your boss? Do you need help convincing your boss to send you to WordCamp Europe? If the answer is yes, read on!

First of all, don’t be afraid of asking your boss to send you to an event. The worst that they can say is no. Approach your boss with enthusiasm, both for your job and for the event. Think about the reasons that you should attend WordCamp Europe and address the issue head-on. Build your case and present it.

1. WordCamp Europe is unique

WordCamp Europe is the biggest WordCamp in the world and it is unique in that it brings together the best speakers in the WordPress community as well as speakers from outside to share their insights. If you go to one WordPress event each year, WordCamp Europe will give you the highest value.

2. How will it improve your job?

Read through the schedule and identify those specific talks that you are planning to attend. WordCamp Europe will have a broad range of talks so it’s helpful to highlight the ones that will help you to grow and develop.

It can also help to contextualise the talks you want to see in relation to projects that you are working on. For example:

  • this front-end development talk will help me learn how to effectively use JavaScript in my project
  • this talk on international community building will help me speak to a global audience

3. What will you bring back to the company?

You should also think about what you can bring back to the company. Your boss has to think about the benefit to the overall company, as opposed to just your needs. Points that you can raise are:

  • that talks will help you when building current or future projects
  • that you will learn about new technologies that you can use in your projects
  • that you will find potential new hires for the company
  • that you will widen the company’s business network
  • that you will be able to talk about and promote a new product
  • that you will be able to find new collaborators and industry partners

Tailor your goals for the event to the current goals for your company. For example:

  • if your company is focusing on hiring, tell your boss that you will actively look for people to hire and set a goal for bringing five potential new hires to the company.
  • if your company is looking for a design partner, aim to speak to design agencies and bring back leads for your boss to follow up.
  • if your company is thinking of changing hosting providers, plan to talk to hosting representatives about what they can offer and report back.

Tips

  • ask your boss for a list of contacts that they’d like you to meet
  • tailor your pitch to match your company’s goals
  • put together a budget so that your boss knows exactly what the costs involved will be
  • pick the right time to talk

Email template

You can use and adapt the below email template to convince your boss:

Dear [your boss’ name],

I would like to attend WordCamp Europe in Paris, from 15th – 17th June 2017.

As the biggest WordCamp in the world, WordCamp Europe brings together the best speakers from across the WordPress community and beyond. There will be up to 3000 attendees giving me the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and WordPress community members, and learn new skills and processes that I can bring back to the company.

In attending the event I will:

  • [Goal 1]
  • [Goal 2]
  • [Goal 3]

I’m confident that attending the conference will have a direct positive impact on [PROJECT].

When I get back from WordCamp Europe, I will put together a comprehensive report on the event and will share key knowledge and takeaways with the team, and explore how we can implement what I have learned.

The cost for attending WordCamp Europe is:

  • Travel: [AMOUNT]
  • Hotel: [AMOUNT]
  • WordCamp Europe ticket: €40.00
  • Subsistence: [AMOUNT]
  • Total: [AMOUNT]

Thanks for taking the time to review this request. I’m happy to answer any questions you have, and look forward to hearing back from you.

Best,
[YOUR NAME]

Good luck! We’d love to see you in Paris!

2 thoughts on “Convince your boss to send you to #WCEU

  1. Since sending an English request to a Dutch boss will not go down well, you can find a Dutch translation below:

    Beste [de naam van je baas],

    Ik zou graag willen deelnemen aan WordCamp Europe in Parijs, van 15 tot en met 17 juni 2017.

    Als grootste WordCamp ter wereld brengt WordCamp Europe de beste speakers uit de WordPress community en daarbuiten samen. Er zullen maximaal 3000 aanwezigen zijn die mij de gelegenheid bieden om met gelijkgestemde professionals en WordPress-community leden te netwerken en nieuwe vaardigheden en processen te leren die ik mee terug naar het bedrijf zal nemen.

    Bij het bijwonen van het evenement zal ik:
    [Doel 1]
    [Doel 2]
    [Doel 3]

    Ik ben ervan overtuigd dat het bijwonen van de conferentie een direct positief effect op [PROJECT] heeft.

    Als ik terugkom van WordCamp Europe, zal ik een uitgebreid rapport over het evenement schrijven en de belangrijkste kennis en takeaways delen met het team én onderzoeken hoe we het geleerde kunnen implementeren.

    De kosten voor het bijwonen van WordCamp Europe zijn:

    Reis: [bedrag]
    Verblijf: [bedrag]
    WordCamp Europe ticket: € 40,00
    Levensonderhoud: [bedrag]
    Totaalbedrag: [bedrag]

    Alvast bedankt voor je tijd om dit verzoek te beoordelen. Ik beantwoord graag alle vragen die je hebt, en kijk ernaar uit om van je te horen.

    Met vriendelijke groet,
    [UW NAAM]

  2. We have also made a translation for German speaking people:

    Sehr geehrte(r) Herr/Frau [der Name Ihres Chefs / Ihrer Chefin],

    Ich möchte gerne vom 15. bis 17. Juni 2017 am WordCamp Europe in Paris teilnehmen.

    Als größtes WordCamp der Welt bringt das WordCamp Europe die besten Sprecher aus der WordPress Community und darüber hinaus zusammen. Es werden bis zu 3.000 Teilnehmer anwesend sein, die mir die Gelegenheit bieten, mit gleichgesinnten Profis und Mitgliedern der WordPress Community zu netzwerken und neue Fertigkeiten und Verfahren zu lernen, die ich in mein Unternehmen mitbringen werde.

    Bei meiner Teilnahme an der Veranstaltung werde ich:
    [Ziel 1]
    [Ziel 2]
    [Ziel 3]

    Ich bin davon überzeugt, dass die Teilnahme an der Konferenz sich direkt positiv auf [PROJEKT] auswirken wird.

    Wenn ich von der WordCamp Europe zurückkehre, werde ich einen ausführlichen Bericht über die Veranstaltung schreiben und die wichtigsten Erkenntnisse mit dem Team teilen und auch untersuchen, wie wir das Gelernte implementieren können.

    Die Kosten für die Teilnahme am WordCamp Europe betragen:
    Reise: [BETRAG]
    Unterkunft: [BETRAG]
    Ticket WordCamp Europe: 40,00 €
    Lebensunterhalt: [BETRAG]
    Gesamtbetrag: [BETRAG]

    Ich danke Ihnen schon einmal für Ihre Mühe für die Bearbeitung dieses Antrags. Ich beantworte Ihnen gerne alle diesbezüglichen Fragen und freue mich, von Ihnen zu hören.

    Mit freundlichen Grüßen
    [IHR NAME]

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