Getting Financial Support to Attend Conferences

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Conferences have their own set of benefits to your career. However, it’s not always simple as it may sound to go to one of them. Especially when it comes to the financial aspect of it. So today, you’ll learn how you can get financial support to attend the conferences you’re interested in.

Drawing on their own experiences, Luis and Nicolai elaborate on the fact that simply paying out of your own pocket is not the only way to attend conferences. And in addition to laying out these alternative ways, they also present a plan of attack to give you the best shot at getting the funding you need.

What You’ll Learn:

  • What kind of companies might pay for you to attend conferences
  • The five aspects to consider when presenting the idea to your employer
  • When you should start talking about this with your supervisor/boss
  • How to deal with the workload and deadlines while you’re gone
  • How to estimate the costs of attending the conference — and save money on them
  • Strategies to effectively pitch the idea to your employer
  • How to go about making the actual request: Email vs Phone vs Face-to-Face
  • Why money alone is not the only determining factor in this type of request
  • How to get your employer to say “Yes” — and what to do if you get a “No”
  • Three things you should remember when you do go to conferences

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