June 19-22, 2017 | Las Vegas | MGM Grand

TIPS ON HOW TO CONVINCE YOUR BOSS TO SEND YOU TO MPI’S 2017 WORLD EDUCATION CONGRESS

No matter how excited you are about attending the 2017 World Education Congress, you may need help explaining to your boss why going to Vegas June 19-22 will be an essential professional development/lead generating opportunity to include in your 2017 budget and travel plans.

On this page, you’ll find some information and talking points you might want to use when explaining the importance of attending WEC 2017. Are you your own boss? Then you might find the justification you need to bring a team to WEC here.

We’ve prepared a letter template you can download, edit and use to justify your trip or use as a conversation guide.

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KAROLINA WIDAWSKA, HMCC

Business Tourism Specialist

Business Service Galop

“This is my first time in America, and my first time where I take part in the World Education Congress. I am so inspired, so ‘wow’ about this congress, about the sessions, about the speakers. It was a great experience.”

TIP: CONNECT YOUR PERSONALIZED LEARNING JOURNEY TO BUSINESS GOALS

The problem with best practices is that they only help you master the basics. If you want to differentiate what you do from the competition, you need next practices. That’s why we’ve reexamined how and why we program WEC educational content. In addition to learner objectives, all our sessions will explain how they also will help you meet business objectives.

We’ve already announced the topics you can expect at WEC. Apply these topics to upcoming projects to demonstrate how WEC is applicable to your current and future job responsibilities.

Make sure you’re signed up for event updates so you can be the first to receive speaker and agenda updates.

DANNY FINDLEY

Senior Sales Manager

Destination Services Corporation

“Attending WEC helps me do business because they show me the new, cool things and what’s happening in the meetings industry.”

TIP: SHOW WHY NETWORKING BUSINESS EXCHANGES MATTER

Study after study shows that face-to-face meetings are the most effective marketing channel to close business and establish new business relationships.

Networking opportunities at the 2017 World Education Congress comprise scheduled evening receptions and the business-focused MPI Exchange 1:1 meeting program as well as less structured opportunities provided by public gathering spaces, discussion rooms and collaborative learning environments.

What matters most to your boss? Those are the benefits that you should emphasize. You’ll have access to more than 2,000 of the meeting industry’s best and brightest minds, so be specific about what networking goals you have (e.g., find a mentor, gather qualified leads, source sites and services for an upcoming program, etc.).

KEVIN IWAMOTO, GLP, GTP

Senior Consultant

GoldSpring Consulting

“You get to forge industry bonds that are basically lifelong. It’s those type of relationships that come back to help you over and over again over the course of your career.”

TIP: BE BUDGET-CONSCIOUS

In accounting for your conference expenses, point out the savings you’ll gain by booking airfare, airport transportation and hotel rooms with our conference partners. If you’re pursuing a professional certification or designation like the CMP, attending the World Education Congress allows you to gather all the clock hours you need to sit for the exam or renew your certification. You also can pursue a professional certificate course before or during the conference.

If you have meeting business to place, you can further defray costs of attending by applying for the Hosted Buyer program. If you already are a MPI member, you can apply for an MPI Foundation scholarship.

By bundling MPI Membership with your WEC conference registration, you’ll save $100 and gain access to the largest network of meeting professionals in the world as well as educational resources designed to help you stay ahead of the curve. Don’t forget: The earlier you register the more money you’ll save.

LUCY GIOVANDO WATTS, CMP, CMM

Founder and CEO

LASSO40 and Giovando Watts & Company

“I love myself a good WEC. You meet people from all over the world. WEC is a one-stop shop for any meeting planner or supplier in the industry.”

TIP: ILLUSTRATE THE VALUE OF TIME OUT OF THE OFFICE

Of course not being in the office means there are day-to-day tasks that you won’t be able to complete. But attending the World Education Congress gives you the time and space you need evaluate what you’re doing, if you’re operating as efficiently as you could be, what you need to know to work smarter and make business connections that will help you personally and professionally.

Most importantly, at WEC, you’ll be exposed to big ideas and new concepts you can’t find anywhere else. You’ll be surrounded by a community of more than 2,000 people who share your passion with whom you can share your challenges and figure out potential solutions. Think of it as four-day sabbatical from the mundane so you can think big-picture, get strategic and return to work refreshed and ready to end the year strong.

Share with your boss your plan for how projects, deadlines and deliverables will be managed while you’re at WEC. You have plenty of time to plan deadlines around the conference dates.

REBECCA DELUCA, CMP

Sales Executive

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

“Coming to WEC helps me build my business, my personal brand and my career. To be the best, you need to be surrounded by the best.”