Concurrent sessions are now posted! Check out what awesome sessions will be offered at the Region 8 Conference April 29-May 1! Simply click the picture to the left to view the schedule!
As Anchorage grows ever closer many of you may be worried about the idea of securing funding to go. You may consider in this economic time when funding is being cut from our institutions, how you will be able to get the support of your administration to fund the trip to Alaska.
Over the next couple of postings, I will share an article from meetingnet.com which may make securing that funding, just a little easier! I would also like to thank Nicole Kent for bringing this article to our attention!
Don’t just ask – SELL your Regional Conference!
(Ways to convince the people holding the purse strings!)
Making your case for participation (PART 1)
All too often, people who want to attend a NACADA event simply submit a request and cross their fingers. As a prospective attendee, you may need to SELL the need for your continued professional development by showing how conference participation will relate directly to the strategies and objectives of your institution.
Here are other some steps you can use to build a case for attending a NACADA regional conference!
- Write down three to five most important strategies or issues being addressed at your institution now.
- Think about how your work is aligned with the larger institution’s strategy or mission. Make a list of your “personal contributions to strategy. “
- Submit a presentation proposal! (the deadline for this conference has passed, but for future conferences, THINK EARLY) Acceptance of a presentation at a conference will not only help you share valuable information with the participants, but also gives your institution positive recognition among peer colleges. It may be the deciding factor in funding your participation.
- Look at the proposed agenda for the conference and mark the sessions you want to attend that relate to your institutions strategies. Make note of people at the event that you would like to meet.
- Write a short business case for how attending these sessions and meeting these people will help you contribute to the institution’s strategy.
For example, part of your request might read as follows: “At present, our institution is highly focused on transitioning undecided students. My personal contribution to this strategy is to be responsible for finding ways to help students graduate in four years. At the conference, there is a session entitled, “Tools for Students in Transition: Working with Undecided Students.” I would like to attend this session and also meet with the presenter privately in order to discuss how to incorporate relevant ideas presented in the session.
You would also want to include a copy of your presentation proposal and abstract of the session that was selected for the program. You may want to point out ways your presentation will give recognition to the university and provide an opportunity for positive interactions with colleagues.
In a couple of weeks, look for part two of this article “Preparing for the Meeting”
I look forward to Anchorage (which to remind you is April 29-May1 at the Marriott Anchorage Downtown), see you all there!
– Alex Kunkle, Communication Coordinator