5 steps to convince your boss to send you to GitHub Universe

It’s officially conference season, and if you’re interested, you can attend GitHub Universe 2022 personally, now is the time to spend your training and development budget or ask your manager for some budget to attend! But if you’re not sure how to approach this topic, here are five steps you can take to convince your boss to send you to GitHub Universe this year.

Step 1 – Learn about the conference details

The first thing you need to do is familiarize yourself with the conference details. Collect answers to the following questions:

  • What formats are available for attendance? (This year we have both in-person and virtual options!)
  • What are the exact dates and times? Are there any conflicts with your current responsibilities?
  • What is the price of the tickets?
  • Who are the speakers and what sessions are available?

Details about the GitHub Universe 2022 conference can be found at our website. The full range of sessions, workshops and speakers will be available by mid-October.

Step 2 – Outline the benefits of attending

After familiarizing yourself with the details of GitHub Universe, get started outlining the benefits of attending the event. How will attending Universe benefit your organization, contribute to your team’s goals, or enhance your professional development? This year’s conference includes content on security, community, cloud and AI, and offers plenty of opportunities to focus on networking, visit demo spaces and participate in hands-on workshops.

You will have the opportunity to learn and interact with experts in your industry in real time.

Step 3 – Do all the leg work

One of the best ways to get a yes from your manager is to do all the work. Calculate the following costs to increase your chances of getting a positive response:

  • Airline tickets
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Local travel to and from airport/hotel/conference hall
  • Ticket for an in-person or virtual conference

Psst! GitHub Universe tickets are 20% off until September 30th. Now is the perfect time to put together your price sheet and request that your manager attend the conference.

Step 4 – Send a formal request letter by email

Once you have all your ducks in a row, send a formal request to your manager asking you to attend the conference. If you have no idea how to do this, fear not! We have created a convince your boss template which you can copy and paste into your email and submit for approval!

Remember: it is important that you have specified all expenses so that your manager does not need to do any additional work and can easily approve your request.

PS—Keep the request short and to the point! Your manager is busy and you want to make it easy for them, so don’t bombard them with too much information in your request. The template we put together makes everything clear and concise, so definitely use it!

Step 5 – Commit to reporting what you’ve learned to your team

Be sure to let your manager know that you would like to do a post-conference debriefing with your team so you can share your experiences and anything you’ve learned. Connect what you’ve learned at GitHub Universe to your company’s goals to demonstrate added value to the organization.

This means that as you attend workshops, talks, and demos around GitHub Universe, you should take notes and engage with everything you can. Bonus points if you record video content to show your team when you get back to the office!

See you at GitHub Universe!

GitHub Universe 2022 is on a global developer event for cloud, security, community and AI. I hope you will be able to join us in person in San Francisco this year. But if you can’t join us in person, you can still attend the event virtually for free!

5 steps to convince your boss to send you to GitHub Universe

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