Convince Your Boss

It’s all here at this year’s Institute & Expo, June 19-21 in Nashville—make sure you are, too.

It’s the place to share insights, strategies, and solutions with the brightest minds in health care. You’ll also take home ideas and inspiration from innovators whose work in other fields can help health plans achieve their missions and goals. Here are some steps you can take to show your manager why you should attend Institute & Expo 2019 and to make the most of your time while there.

1. Define why you’re going

Before you ask your management for the OK to attend, review the Institute & Expo 2019 agenda, the speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, and especially, your goals. This will help you articulate why it’s important that you attend and the ROI you’ll deliver for your organization.

Customize this letter to convince your manager that Institute & Expo is one of the most valuable and cost-effective conferences for you.

2. Plan your agenda

Approved to go? Great! Start planning your agenda. Institute & Expo often has multiple seminars at the same time. Choose sessions that make sense for what you do right now as well as your longer-range goals. Attending with other colleagues? Divvy up the sessions, then share your learnings and contacts later.

Use this worksheet to plan the sessions and exhibitors you will attend at Institute & Expo.

3. Be prepared

For onsite access to event activities, make sure you have: your conference badge, a government-issued photo ID, business cards, AHIP’s Conference App, the agenda.

4. Ask questions

Session Q&As are a great way to connect with people. Later, when you follow up by email or social media, you’ll be remembered.

5. Leverage social media

Grow your social media presence. Post photos, breaking news, and ask follow-up questions on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t forget to use the event hashtag to keep up with everything happening throughout the day. The official hashtag for Institute & Expo 2019 is #AHIPInstitute.

6. Keep the momentum going

Back at the office, share what you learned – a great way to demonstrate ROI to your management. Many speaker presentations will be available online after the conference via a password-protected link.

7. Stay connected

Send follow-ups to new colleagues, potential partners, and fellow AHIP Young Professionals. Staying in touch is an important part of networking.

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