Excellent course. I learned a lot and feel that I am now ready to start my own business as an event planner. The lessons are just the right length (not too long!) and the material is something that you will have with you forever. Thank you so much!"
I checked out quite a few of the web-sites and since I'm getting married I really enjoyed the information about the bridal consultants. The different ideas from each site will be very useful now and for future events. Thanks for the wonderful resources you have provided throughout the weeks and thanks for a fabulous course-I've never had so much fun."
I enjoyed the class very much. It helped me to think on a whole new realm of event planning. I saw how I could have had greater success in events I had in the past. So many areas were covered that I hadn't even thought about."
I enjoyed the course. It was very timely since I am currently planning my daughter's wedding. I was able to put some of this knowledge to practical use almost immediately."
I found the instructor to be very detailed and precise with all of her information. The assignments were interesting and I enjoyed learning from her real life experiences - good and bad! She kept me interested and hooked to the very end of the course."
I have been a volunteer event planner for almost three decades. It has been of great help to learn how to do things the right way, versus trial and error. I thoroughly enjoyed this course!"
I highly recommend this course to anyone who plans special events. I have received such useful information and can end the course feeling accomplished and prepared to enter the field with a great understanding and skill. The instructor responses were always timely and helpful. Thanks for this oportunity to learn."
I learned more in this online class than I did in my graduate level courses in both event planning and nonprofit management. The depth of this class has been much more than I expected. I have a large notebook of resources, websites and targeted lessons to refer to again and again. I'm a happy camper!"
I thoroughly enjoyed this class. I decided to take this class based upon my love of event planning. I work in another occupation and volunteer a great deal and find great reward in event planning. This class has taken my skills to the next level. Thank you."
|Taking this course has shown me how to truly have a great event for the non-profit organization I am involved with. Thank you.|
Course Code: wge
Learn a step-by-step approach for event planning that's simple, straightforward, and works every time. Then learn when to use and when to avoid a theme at your events. You will examine how to bring a theme to life using all of your senses.
Discover why there's a lot more to selecting an event location than booking your neighborhood hotel or banquet hall. Learn the criteria that will ultimately help you make the best site selection. Then, learn which site diagrams you'll need, how to develop a room layout, and which sketches you'll want to request or create yourself.
Participate in an extensive discussion about food and beverage at events you've enjoyed in the past. Then, acquire valuable entertainment source information for novice event planners and experienced professionals alike.
Discover how to develop a decorating theme for your event while working with the limitations of a budget. Then, examine corporate sponsorships, which are an important means of covering the major costs of many events. Learn how donations and grants can help your dream event become a reality.
Examine all the different modes of promoting your event, including word-of-mouth, print, electronic media, and media relations. Then, gain insight into how to get the most out of your event planning team. You will learn how to avoid the worst problems in personnel matters.
Learn what to look at and who to consult with as you do your own evaluation to benefit future events. Discover how to make use of surveys and focus groups. Finally, learn how you can continue your education in event planning and widen your circle of professional colleagues.
Cynthia Grzelak is an independent public relations and marketing consultant who works with corporations, small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and industry associations. She has created and coordinated hundreds of events, ranging from small meetings to large and highly public corporate and charity galas. She created “Wow, What a Great Event!” to make the professional event planning training and resources available to others who share her passion for events.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.