Thursday, March 06, 2008

ILUG...The Question of the Day

ILUG...Please, Please, Please!So...the question of the day is:

How do I convince my boss to let me go to ILUG?

In my current role at IBM, I'm in technical sales for the Cleveland and Pittsburgh areas. Thus, it seems a little hard to justify that heading over to Dublin in June will help me sell Lotus software here at home. Then again, I would be "expanding my thought leadership". :-)

Hmmm...what do you guys think? Perhaps I could give out his address and we could all spam him! ;-D (Just kidding...I know he's started reading my blog now).

Well...either way, it's going to be one heck of a conference this year. Go if you can!

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By Anonymous Declan Lynch, at 11:41 AM  

You will have at least two Pittsburgh people at ILUG if that's any help :-)

By Blogger Steve McDonagh, at 12:03 PM  


How about ...

"Dear boss, in a most unexpected turn of events I find myself pregnant. My doctor has found me to be some what anemic and has prescribed a course of Iron Supplements. Alas I find myself highly allergic to these tablets and as a result of several tests it has been worked out that the only Iron I can ingest is in liquid form. As Guinness is an excellent source of Iron I humbly request a week of absence to attend therapy sessions in Dublin. By happy coincidence this happens to be at the same time as ILUG..... "

Worked for me last year....;-)

By Blogger Giuseppe, at 12:21 PM  

You are lucky: How do I convince my wife to let me go to ILUG?

By Anonymous Joerg Michael, at 2:12 PM  

Chris, tell him you need to check out sales tactics used by the sponsors. So it's basically sales training for you.

Giuseppe: Now that is REALLY easy. It goes like this: "Honey, would you like to go to Dublin with me for a few days in June?". Tried that with my wife last year and it worked perfectly.

By Blogger Hutch, at 9:35 AM  

One of the best ways I've found to get approval for conferences is to participate. Give a talk, chair a session, etc (and get that speaker/chair discount to boot!).

Also, it helps if you can dove-tail side trips to customers, vendors, others to justify the trip.

By Blogger Chris Blatnick, at 9:41 AM  

@Hutch...well...I spoke at ILUG last year and I happen to be on the list for this year as well, so that's not the problem. ;-)
The thing is trying to get there without having to have it all be out of *my* pocket!

Unfortunately, I don't happen to have any customers outside of the "Cle-berg" area. lol!

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