You know how it is.
“Hey boss. I’ve found this great course/workshop/seminar. Can I go?”
“Probably not. Send me an email making the case and I’ll see what I can do”
For your convenience here is a draft email for you to send:
To: Your boss
Subject: Attendance at GovCampCymru
Just a quick note to ask for support to attend GovCampCymru.
GovCampCymru is a one-day event taking place in Cardiff on 24 September. It will focus on improving public services. It’s free to attend and I’ve been lucky enough to get a ticket (tickets are like gold dust).
Normally I’d send you a copy of the programme for the day with a list of the exciting speakers and the topics they’ll be covering. This would prove to you that I’d be learning things that would be in line with the objectives we agreed at my appraisal.
But GovCampCymru is different. The agenda is planned on the day. So I can’t tell you what will be discussed or who will be speaking.
Which might seem like a weakness. But actually it’s a strength. Because I will be able to pitch as session myself.
As you know I’m really interested in the idea of service design. I really think that if we started to design our services based on what service users need rather than commissioning services based on what we think they should have we could provided better and lower cost services. But I’m not sure how to get started with service design*.
So I’m going to pitch a session asking people to give me ideas on how to get started on service design**. I don’t know exactly who will be there but I know there will be some of the most experienced and innovative public servants in Wales.
And then I’ll choose to go to other sessions that I think will give me ideas, skills and inspiration that I can bring back into the team.
And considering it’s free I think that will be money well spent.
In fact I really just need permission to take a day to spend there.
Mind you it’s on a Saturday so maybe I’ll just go in my own time.
So I don’t even need to send this email.
Except, boss, I was thinking. Wouldn’t it be brilliant if you came along too?
*replace with whatever issue is causing you a headache
**replace with whatever issue you’d like to run a session on