You know the scenario. You read about a great seminar, workshop, or conference for administrative professionals. The topics are of interest to you and will help you in your job. You walk into your manager’s office to request his or her approval only to hear “no”. You walk out. End of story.
Selling your executive on supporting your professional development is a skill. It’s also known as the art of persuasion. While training, coaching and consulting thousands of assistants nationwide, I have found that they don’t see they have to work at getting approval for training and development.