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Dear [insert boss’s name]
I’d like to attend tabGeeks Micro, The I.T. Conference, on October 11th in Los Angeles. Micro is the condensed version of a larger conference from an established I.T. community. It is intended to deliver educational and growth opportunities to I.T. people like me in a single day event.
I’d like to go to Micro this year and I think it’s worth the investment. Here are some ways I’d benefit, and [your organization] would benefit:
• I’ll become more productive — the sessions focus not only on the tech, but on the people I have to work with. From educating users to team management to you, focusing on how to better interact with the people I work with will create a more productive and efficient department. Additionally, the sessions at tabGeeks always treat I.T. as a part of the organization we work in. I’ll learn new tools, techniques, and best practices so I can make sure that whatever we, as I.T., do always matches up to the needs of the organization.
• I’ll learn from the experts — Micro’s sessions and panels are led by some amazing people — some of the best in our area. I, and by extension [name of organization] will benefit greatly from their years of expertise. And its a small crowd, so I'll have the unique opportunity to approach them about our particular issues!
• I’ll learn from my colleagues — the community prides itself on being an intimate group of I.T. professionals that cross industry lines. This unique gathering of individuals, and the small size of the conference means I’ll be able to connect with them and get some cool new ideas and solutions.
I believe tabGeeks Micro is worth the investment. It’s the only tech conference designed for I.T. people where I can learn about industry trends and get exposure to new ideas without anyone trying to sell me an expensive piece of software.
Since the conference is local in Southern California, the upfront expenditure is minimal. Just a single day away from my desk and a $259 registration fee (registration includes breakfast, lunch and a networking reception).
You can learn a little more about tabGeeks Micro at www.tabGeeks.com/micro