Learning objectives for this course include:
- Plan a complete corporate event, including an agenda, budget, goals, venue, audience, food, and whatever else your client needs
- Keep your event on budget
- Design an advertising and marketing plan that includes a comprehensive use of media, take-aways, and/or swag bags
- Determine whether partners, sponsors, and volunteers can help to make your event unforgettable
- Create an atmosphere of service that delegates will remember
- Select speakers and a master of ceremonies to add impact to your event
- Create a diversity plan
- Evaluate the process once it’s all wrapped up
You will spend the first part of the day getting to know participants and discussing what will take place during the workshop. Students will also have an opportunity to identify their personal learning objectives.
Event Planning Essentials
To start, we will explore key event elements and planning documents, including briefing notes and event planning worksheets.
Budgets are a critical piece of event planning. This session will explore the important parts of any budget and give participants some hands-on practice with budgeting.
Using the Committee Approach
You can’t do everything yourself! This session will look at building a committee and recruiting volunteers to help make any event a success. We’ll also give participants tips on delegation. Connecting with Partners and Sponsors This session will explore some additional places that participants can gather support for their events.
Advertising and Marketing
Next, participants will learn about the importance of contacting delegates and how they can make every touch count. Take-aways and swag bags will also be covered.
Selecting the Venue
Meeting venues are very important to the success of your event. This session will explore what to consider and how to choose a great venue.
Feeding the Masses
People love food! This session will give participants some tips on choosing the right menu for their event while staying in their budget.
Business Etiquette Basics
Etiquette terrifies many people, but it’s not as scary as it seems! In this session, participants will receive some tips to make etiquette easier for them and people attending their events.
When you are responsible for event planning, you must be inclusive to ensure that that everyone who attends will feel equally welcome. In this session, participants will explore some ways to build a diverse, inclusive event.
Creating an Atmosphere of Service
In this session, participants will brainstorm some ways to demonstrate good customer service.
Selecting Speakers and a Master of Ceremonies
Selecting the people who will be the public face of your event requires some careful planning. This session will give participants some tips on picking the right people.
Working with contracts is an essential part of event planning. This session will talk about why contracts are important and what they need to include.
In this session, participants will learn about several formats that event planners use to evaluate their corporate events.
Adding the Finishing Touches
Next, we’ll talk about how to engage the audience and create an unforgettable event.
Event Day Roles
You’ve done all the planning, everyone’s ready, and the delegates are about to arrive. What to do? This session will answer the big question!
Closing the Event
When everything is all over, it’s time to evaluate your performance. This session will give participants a checklist of things to include in a conference report. We’ll also talk about other
wrap-up activities, like thank-yous and the final event meeting.
In the final session of this workshop, participants will create an event plan in teams and present it to the group.
At the end of the workshop, students will have an opportunity to ask questions and complete an action plan.
In Person Training
The traditional classroom style of training remains our Most Popular and Most Requested format. On-site training provides participants with an in-person facilitator who will work directly with the team, whether for a single training session or a training series. The Mainstream team will craft and tailor your experience to ensure that your training session is specific, relevant and unique to your audience while meeting your learning objectives. Why settle for ‘pre-formatted, pre-scripted, one-size fits all’ training programs, when our team is able to customize a program that is just right for you? We know that every team has unique learning needs, situations and that they come from a variety of industries, each having unique customer needs and demands. Our programs can be scaled to accommodate time restraints, unique learning needs and even industry or company nuances and barriers.
Don’t settle for a program that gives you almost what you need; our team wants to give you Exactly what you need.
Delivering traditional onsite training results …virtually!
We’ve officially changed the rules and redefined what is possible in the world of soft skills learning. Our unique technology, accompanied by honed delivery methodology, have successfully replicated the traditional classroom-style training environment, allowing it to exist online.
Most online training solutions limit participants’ responses to keystrokes or to single person conversations because -with inferior technology- group discussions become distorted and confusing to follow. Our Virtual Room has eliminated those barriers and encourages learning through meaningful instructor feedback, skills modelling and engaging group discussion, without visual or audio distortion
The Virtual Room is for any organization seeking a flexible substitute to traditional onsite training; whether to lower costs, eliminate unnecessary travel or to simply ease the burden of demanding work schedules.
Lunch & Learn
A Lunch and Learn session is an onsite or virtual learning program with a facilitator-led session sharing valuable information and skills on an area of identified learning interest. It’s a great break away from a traditional training program, allowing your team the opportunity to learn while enjoying their lunch. Due to the limited time, the program focuses on specific learning concepts and skills. It is an interactive session that quickly targets and reveals learning objectives that are predetermined by the training organizer. Lunch & Learn sessions are also great as a training series, providing progressive learning programs for developing skills in a ‘bite-sized’ format.