Advanced Event Planning (P784)

Advanced Skills for the Event Planner

This course is currently being delivered as a live, instructor-led session online. See dates in the online section to the right.

This course explores the more complicated aspects of event planning and goes beyond the basics to help you plan, budget for, and execute flawless events in your organization.

Participants should have some experience planning events or have previously taken the introductory event planning workshop, Effective Meeting and Event Planning (P790).

This is a one-day workshop in Ottawa.

Space is still available for all course dates listed, unless otherwise noted.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Budget more efficiently
  • Negotiate with venues more effectively
  • Read a contract more professionally
  • Build timelines and write scenarios

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Workshop Topics


  • Methodology to build, plan and manage a budget
  • Discover the real costs to building an event
  • The importance of ROI (return on investment)


  • How to negotiate a contract with a venue
  • Learn what is negotiable
  • Learn how to be prepared before you start to negotiate


  • Learn the pitfalls of most contracts
  • What to look for when signing contracts
  • Learn who is financially responsible and insurance requirements

Timelines and Scenarios

  • Learn the value of timelines and good planning
  • The importance of a planned scenario and its content
  • Learn how to develop an alternative game plan
  • Where to find the best support

It’s All About You

  • Knowing what to do
  • Showing confidence and leadership
  • How you present yourself
  • Decorum and Demeanor
  • Others look to you to lead

Post Pandemic Compliance Protocols

  • What to expect in the post Pandemic period
  • Pandemic Compliance Advisor (PCA) and a Covid Compliance Officer (CCO)

Bring it All Together

  • The Detailed | Working Logistic Program – your Event Bible

Who Should Attend This Course?

Anyone with occasional or frequent responsibility for planning events in their organization will benefit from this training.

Does this Course Address your Competency Development Needs?

This training workshop addresses:

• Achievement / Results Orientation
• Adaptability / Flexibility
• Analytical Thinking
• Change Management and Leadership
• Client Service
• Communication
• Computer and Digital Technology
• Conflict Resolution
• Creative Thinking
• Decision Making / Decisiveness
• Dealing with Difficult Situations
• Document Use
• Engagement and Motivation
• Impact and Influence
• Innovation and Initiative
• Interpersonal Relations
• Leadership
• Management Excellence
• Negotiating Techniques
• Planning / Organizing
• Problem Solving
• Project Management
• Promotion
• Reading Skills
• Relationship / Network Building
• Risk Management and Assessment
• Strategic Thinking
• Teamwork and Cooperation
• Working with Data and Numbers
• Working with Others