Plan a Successful Event - Right now!
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Watch short tutorials and use the Event Planner Guide to create your event. The Instructor is available to assist!
3.5 (2 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
308 students enrolled
Created by Monica Gragg
Last updated 11/2014
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  • 33 mins on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will understand how to create a successful event plan that is ready for implementation.
  • You will have worked out the details of your event including budget, food & drink and theme.
  • You'll be ready to implement your event!
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  • pen and paper for note taking or access to Microsoft Office

This course is a guide to successfully planning an event.

You should enrol in this course if:

  • you have the daunting tasks of organising an event (small or large) but are inexperienced or overwhelmed by what needs to get done.
  • you like organising events, you have some experience but you really want to improve.
  • you are responsible for organising an event for a friend or family and you want to make to make it memorable and fun without all the hassle and stress.
  • you want to organise an event, you have a good idea, but you don’t know how to get started or put your plan into action.

The course is designed to help you plan your event while taking the course. You will be provided with lectures, and an Event Planner Guide.


  • Receive Instructor and peer feedback on your plan. If you need help, I'm happy to chat with you via Skype or Facebook.
  • Gain access to a budget, To Do List and contingency plan worksheet.
  • Receive discounts to future courses: Event Management, Volunteer Management and Event Design.

The course is free for the first week! After November 7, the course will be $9.99.

Who is the target audience?
  • Inexperienced or beginners in event planning and management.
  • Someone who is looking for help with organising any type of event (personal, sport, fundraiser, etc)
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Curriculum For This Course
How to Get Started
2 Lectures 01:43

Before you start planning, learn about a few tools to help you along the way.

Preview 01:43

Creating a vision board will help you think through the details of the event and communicate more effectively with others. This handout is designed to help you build your vision board and brainstorm ideas for the event.

Event Vision Board
2 pages
Is Your Event Worth Having?
5 Lectures 07:14
The lifestyle and demographics of your target audience has a direct impact on attendance. This lesson explains how to use that information to gurantee attendance.
Preview 02:21

People have busy lives and may not fit your event into their schedule. Learn how to pick the right date, time and activities to avoid competing with a busy schedule.
Preview 01:27

An important part of event planning is understanding your strengths and weaknesses. This quick lesson guides you through a self-assessment.
Preview 01:15

You have the date or time of year picked out, but are you competing with holidays, vacation time or tax season? Learn how to avoid picking the wrong date.
Preview 01:24

You've done the research. Now take this last step - get feedback on your event idea.
Preview 00:47
The Big Plan
3 Lectures 03:22
Now its time to get things done. This short lesson is about decision-making.
Preview 00:50

'Taking Action' is actually the hardest part of event planning because you don't know where to start. This lesson describes the three main steps that will put you in the right direction.
Preview 01:29

Before you spend money on this video.
1 Lecture 01:55
You don't have to spend a lot to have a successful event. This lesson provides 3 easy tips.
Creating a Budget
Planning for Risks and Disasters
1 Lecture 00:49
No matter how prepared you are - things go wrong in events. Instead of being surprised or disappointed, have a contingency plan.
Planning for Risks and Disasters
Combined Lectures
3 Lectures 17:58
Event Worth Having (combined lessons)

Big Plan (combined lessons)

All combined
About the Instructor
Monica Gragg
3.5 Average rating
2 Reviews
308 Students
1 Course
Educator, Hospitality, Events & Tourism

Monica is an imaginative, dynamic person who has so far experienced an exciting career in hospitality & tourism management and adult education.

Monica found she had a talent in hospitality as a college student when she dabbled in restaurants and hotels and managed a sports bar in rural South Carolina. She enhanced her enthusiasm for tourism when she sailed around the world on cruise ships as an Event and Entertainment Manager.

In 2009, she decided to share her passion for service and travel by becoming an educator. Monica has taught in China, Japan and Australia in various courses including event management, MICE, human resources, bar & beverage management, organizational behavior and intro to hospitality. Monica has provided corporate training in leadership & management, brainstorming and teambuilding. She also teaches online in a faculty development program.

For two years, Monica managed an event degree program at a leading hospitality school in Australia. Her main role was ensuring that students were industry-ready by the time they graduated. Although Monica is a full time educator, she remains current in the industry. Monica has led and worked on several TED events. Monica was responsible for recruiting and managing 150+ volunteers at TEDxSydney, which is held in the Sydney Opera House catering to 2,400 people.. In the past year, she held a leadership role for a cultural festival that attracts 30,000 annually and an ultra marathon in Blue Mountains Australia. She also made time to plan a traditional Chinese wedding with Australian highlights for 130 guests and supervise several fundraising events including a golf tournament, Zumbathon, Brazilian Nights and art exhibitions.

Monica has that quality “It” factor that is highly sought after in the event management and tourism industry.

Other qualifications:

Master Degree of Education, Hospitality, Organizational Training and Management

Online Lecturer in an International Faculty Development Program

Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

15+ years in hospitality in tourism (restaurants, bars, catering, cruise ships, hotels and events)