Get to PMDMC this year—even during budget cuts
by Chelan Lippincott, YPpubmedia Advisory Board Member and Membership and Administrative Director at 91.3 KBCS Bellevue/Seattle
With conference fees, flights and accommodations running upwards of a few thousand dollars, convincing your boss to send you to the PMDMC in Denver this summer could be a tough sell. YPpubmedia has you covered with these tried and true tips to get you to PMDMC this year (a little bit selfishly because we want to see you at our conference session and happy hour).
When was the last time you were given a raise? (Okay, cue the audience laughter.) For most YPs raises, even cost-of-living adjustments, are completely off the table, but professional development opportunities should always be worked into your annual review. Along with benefits like additional vacation time, flexible scheduling and working from home, asking for professional development opportunities can be extremely valuable and are often easier for your supervisor to work into their set budget.
ALWAYS go into the conversation on how this will benefit your organization. Yes, your supervisor cares about you, but they care more about the bottom line. You may want to go to PMDMC to meet other YPs and get some much-needed time away from the office routine; your supervisor wants to hear PMDMC will give you valuable contacts, reinforce industry best practices and spark some serious game-changing ideas for your organization. Lead with how this will improve your department’s work and follow with how you plan to maximize the opportunity.
Have three goals for your time at your conference. Now is the time to demonstrate you mean business and your time spent in sunny, beautiful Denver will be valuable to your work. Here’s an example of my three goals for the first PMDMC I attended: develop at least two mentor relationships, connect with industry consultants, focus on attending sustainer and major giving sessions