Make sure your request is clear, and have answers ready for questions you expect to be asked.
Pick the right time
Plan a meeting when you know your manager has enough time to listen to your request, and your reasons for wanting to attend.
Show that you're eager and willing to check for information you're unable to give on the spot.
One reason your manager may hesitate to let you attend a tradeshow abroad, is because you are needed at work.
Aquatech Amsterdam offers you free WiFi and a business lounge for you to check your emails and attend a virtual meeting. Perhaps its also possible for you to work some overtime before attending Aquatech, to make up for time spent at the event.
The first question you will most likely be asked is: "Why do you need to attend this event?". The hidden question of course being: "How will this benefit me (your boss or company)?". Preparing these subjects will help you with your meeting.
Find solutions to specific challenges
Make a list of companies that can help you with information, advice or that have products that will solve issues your company struggles with.
The world's top experts will give presentations and advice on subjects in your field. You will have the opportunity to interact and come back with ready-to-use tips and tricks.
Research the entire market in only 4 days
Travelling to meet clients or partners costs a lot of time and money. With this biennial investment, you will see all the latest innovations and products and meet with market leaders, all under one roof.
Join free workshops and seminars
You will learn from real success stories, and save your company time and money by not having to learn these things by figuring this out yourself or hiring experts.
Have your schedule ready
Check website to find out about the programme and what events will benefit your work and your company by attending them.
Know about the costs & benefits
Write down the extimated costs. Do research to make sure your estimate is not too high, and not too low. Things to keep in mind are:
Present your findings
- Make notes during presentations & workshops
- Take pictures & videos of innovations
- Have tailor-made quotations made & pick up (digital) leaflets
- Use social media to inform your target audience
- Schedule follow ups with interesting companies
- Visit the website in the weeks after the show to download presentations
- Present your findings during a staff meeting
- Implement ready-to-use strategies