Experts agree that the top benefit of conference is the networking value. At the Surgical Conference & Expo 2017, you will meet perioperative professionals experiencing the same issues as your facility, and get ideas for solutions you may not have considered.
Quantifying this can be challenging. When you are submitting a proposal for a conference, focus on what you will bring back to your workplace.
- Quantifying the Benefits of Attending the Conference Worksheet (Word Doc)
- Letter to Your Supervisor: Option 1 (Word Doc)
- Letter to Your Supervisor: Option 2 (Word Doc)
What sessions are particularly relevant to your organization? Specifically identify:
- Education sessions addressing your organization’s challenges
- Tools (tips, resources, access to experts)
- Technologies (exhibit hall, simulation)
- Education (specific sessions, workshops)
Will the conference showcase exhibitors with tools, information, product knowledge you and/or your facility can use when evaluating product purchases?
This conference is the place to go to learn about best practices. You’ll learn from educational sessions, fellow attendees, worldwide experts, and industry contacts at one location. Identify training sessions that will immediately benefit your group.
Although you might understand the benefits of the conference that interests you, your manager may not. Therefore, to be most effective in justifying the conference, you need to clearly articulate the connection between your organization's knowledge requirements and the conference program. DO NOT assume that your manager will be able to automatically make those distinctions.
To support this process, use the following Benefits Worksheet to help you focus on the benefits. Use whatever makes sense for your particular organization and omit the rest.
|Your Organization's Benefits||Specific Needs & the Conference Sessions & Training that Meet Those Needs|
|Networking Benefits||This conference will allow [specific team members] to network with other professionals and vendors in the industry. We will be able to take the pulse of what is happening for tools, technologies, and processes, and hear ideas we weren't even aware of.
| Teambuilding (if sending a big part of your group)
|| This conference will help build our team, providing a forum for team members to discuss tools, technologies, and processes and how we might apply them in our company to improve our information products, workflow, and processes.
| Current Tools, Technologies & Processes
|| This conference will allow [team members] to ask questions from vendors re: using current tools and technologies. We will also have access to subject-matter experts to get questions answered on our processes and how to improve.
| Future Processes Exploration
|| This conference will enable us to identify future processes, and opportunities for improvement through innovative methods.
| Vendors With Tools & Technologies You Are Exploring
|| Attending the largest surgical products and services tradeshow in the United States will give us access to new technologies, and explore new resources becoming available. We can bring this information back to the workplace for future planning and budgeting.