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Event management: how to plan and run a great event

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Whether you have specific responsibility for running events or you’re a member of staff who runs events ad-hoc, whether your organisation is small or large, this four part video training course will guide you through the processes that will help your event run smoothly and with the minimum of stress.

Course structure

  • First steps: determining aims and objectives
  • Event planning and resources
  • Attendee management and event promotion
  • On-the-day and post event management and evaluation

Learning outcomes

  • determine the aims and objectives of your event
  • set a budget for your event
  • create a plan for the event, including problem-solving
  • create a staff volunteer rota
  • understand the promotional opportunities available
  • understand what tools you can use to evaluate the event

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Downloadable resources

Upon purchasing this course you will be able to download:

  • budget template
  • design checklist
  • risk register template
  • sample sponsor contract form
  • booking form template
  • sample event timeline
  • venue finding brief
  • and more!

Find out about your trainer

Sarah has over seven years experience in the events industry, including managing small seminars, workshops, product launches, art exhibitions, three day conferences for over 500 Macmillan Nurses, high profile lectures with guest speakers such as Senator George Mitchell, award ceremonies and charity fundraisers. She has worked in both the voluntary and public sector, starting her career at Macmillan Cancer Support, then moving on to CABE, the Government's advisor on architecture and the built environment, before joining NCVO to manage their flagship events programme.

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Face-to-face training

We also run a range of classroom based courses on a variety of topics throughout the year.

See our events listing for dates.