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Asking Your Boss to Pay for SQL Saturday Exeter Pre-Cons

We asked Rob Sewell ( t | b ) what he’d suggest to help you to convince your Boss to pay for the SQL Saturday Exeter Pre-Con. Here’s his response:

SQL Saturday Exeter Pre-cons are great value. Only £185!

Right. There you go. That should be good enough for you?


Don’t just walk up to your boss and say please will you pay for this training. Examine the course and the speakers bio and understand what it is about and what sort of subjects it includes. Get the details :- the date, the place, the start time, check your colleagues holidays to make sure there is cover. This way when your boss asks some follow up questions you have the answers and they can make a decision there and then. You can find some of that info here


In all seriousness, compare the cost of a five day SQL course from a well known training provider. I picked one at random from their site and it was £2,650 +VAT. No disrespect to the quality of their trainers but our speakers are very special. They are extremely qualified and experienced from the real world and at less than £200 that is a bargain. Take a look at their bios and add it the list of things to mention to your boss.


Your boss needs to know what the session can add to the business and customers. After all they are the ones who will be paying for the day.

Maybe it’s an upcoming project or perhaps you’ve taken responsibility for some new databases. You can point out the benefit going to the session can bring. You will be able to work smarter. Your new knowledge will help avoid mistakes early.

Perhaps your company is frequently bringing in consultants who take their knowledge with them. You can point out that you will be able to communicate with them better and make sure the business gets exactly what it wants or maybe even not require them because you will be able to do it yourself. Use something from the course you want to go on and match it to something that will have tangible benefit to the business and to your team not just specifically to you.

There are too many courses and too many possible benefits to list here and the best ones to use will be specific to your situation, so use phrases like “…going for this day will teach me all about SSRS and I should be able to write that report for the CIO in the way she wants it…” rather than “….It will make me better at SSRS..”


If you attend a SQL User Group already point out that you spend your own time improving yourself and that means that there is a discount on the price and that because you will be in the area you will be attending on the Saturday which is free. Better value for the business!


Take a look at the sessions here and read them to get all the details. Any questions email sqlsat@sqlsouthwest.co.uk or @sqlsatexeter, then make some notes on the benefits and go and ask your boss. If you don’t go and ask them they can’t say yes!!

Then don’t forget to let us know that you are coming, and come and say hi.

With thanks to Brent Ozar, Allen Kinsell and Paul Randall and Kimberly Tripp for inspiration.