Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Justifying Your Trip to the 2017 Annual Conference

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Justifying Your Trip to the 2017 Annual Conference

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The 2017 NRPA Annual Conference is your best opportunity to network with thousands of your peers, learn from some of the top thought leaders in the field and get insight into innovative practices and programs from other agencies.

But, travel budgets can be tight, and even though 97 percent of past attendees would recommend the conference to their colleagues, it can still be difficult to convince your employer that your attendance is worthwhile to you and your agency. We want to see all of you in New Orleans this year, so we have put together some tips on how you can talk with your employer about the value of attending as well as some best practices when traveling to the conference.

Outline your trip. Let your employer know you're not going to be spending your days eating beignets at Cafe du Monde or making friends with the locals on Bourbon Street. Create an outline of the sessions you want to attend and how they'll support your work. Select sessions that are most beneficial to you, your team, community and your agency. Present this to your supervisors or those who are approving your travel. Maybe even promise to bring your supervisor a souvenir for good measure.

Prove the worth. You'll earn continuing education units (CEUs) at a majority of the sessions and pre-conference workshops you attend during the annual conference. Tally up the number of CEUs you'll receive, and show the value of attending and earning credits at a one-stop shop.

See and be seen. …

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