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!


Declan Lynch said...

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

Steve McDonagh said...


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....;-)

Giuseppe said...

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

Joerg Michael said...

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.

Hutch said...

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.

Chris Blatnick said...

@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!