Plan a Successful Event - Right now!

Watch short tutorials and use the Event Planner Guide to create your event. The Instructor is available to assist!
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 35 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
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    Available on iOS and Android
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About This Course

Published 11/2014 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • pen and paper for note taking or access to Microsoft Office

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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!

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)

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: How to Get Started

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

2 pages

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.

Section 2: Is Your Event Worth Having?
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.
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.
An important part of event planning is understanding your strengths and weaknesses. This quick lesson guides you through a self-assessment.
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.
You've done the research. Now take this last step - get feedback on your event idea.
Section 3: The Big Plan
Now its time to get things done. This short lesson is about decision-making.
'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.
Before you spend money on this video.
Section 4: Budgeting
You don't have to spend a lot to have a successful event. This lesson provides 3 easy tips.
Section 5: Planning for Risks and Disasters
No matter how prepared you are - things go wrong in events. Instead of being surprised or disappointed, have a contingency plan.
Section 6: Combined Lectures
Event Worth Having (combined lessons)
Big Plan (combined lessons)
All combined

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Instructor Biography

Monica Gragg, 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)

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