To become an event planner requires well rounded skills and knowledge. Clients look to an event planner for expertise and guidance. A good way for event planners to gain knowledge is via an event planning course.
In choosing an event planning course, review the topic of instruction to ensure that it is as broad as can be. Also, remember that event planning courses should teach both meetings and events. There is much crossover and event planning courses should incorporate both.
One example is in food & beverage. F&B is a large part of any event’s budget. Event planners often do not have enough skill to use menu planning as an advantage. Event planning courses can help fill this void. Event planners who have taken the right event planning coursesshould be able to discuss knowledgably with chefs, convey their client’s needs and come up with menus that are cost effective, creative, and innovative. After all, that is what the client is paying for and that is also what the client will remember.
Other examples of topics taught in event planning courses would include working with vendors, DMC, décor, budgeting, legal issues, working with vendors and so much more. Would be or existing event planners are not expected to be experts in all aspects, but an event planning course will make one conversant and become aware of such relevant issues.
Event planning courses ideally would be taught by industry professionals, people who work in the field, who know what it is really like. Event planning course instructors should also be able to provide networking assistance since that is crucial in this people-oriented business.