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How to become an event manager

Events course for those who want to know what event managers do, the jobs & roles that exist & getting started in events
Chris Powell, The Event Expert
65 students enrolled
English [Auto]
About the world of events, the events industry and how it works
About the types, categories and range of events that exist
What types of organisations and individuals run events and therefore where the job opportunities may exist.
How and what to do to go from an ‘event fan’ to ‘event manager’ and how to get your event management journey started
What types of jobs does the event industry have to offer
An insider’s guide as to what makes a great event manager tick - key skills and traits: all of which you can learn
An outline structure of how events managers actually plan events and so you can gain an insight into real world of events planning
How and what kind of event management training courses will work for you and when to take them
How to use an ‘events action plan’ to kick start your events quest
And of course . . . know if events are for you and how to confidently start looking to enter the events industry.

This on line events course ‘How to become an event manager’ helps those thinking of becoming involved in events understand what event managers do: the opportunities that exist and how to get started in events.


  • Are you thinking of getting involved in events but don’t know if it’s for you?

  • Do you want to know what event managers actually do?

  • Are you looking for a change of direction and think events might be for you?

  • Do you want to run events but don’t know where or how to get started?

  • Do you already know events are for you but want to know how to get your first events job?

  • Do you want to know what it’s like to be an event manager and know the types of skills event managers typically display?

  • Are you a school or university leaver and think events could be a great option for you?


How to become an event manager: Course Introduction

Events play an ever-increasing and important part of our everyday lives. We love our events! They can encompass anything from festivals and conferences to food and craft fairs to parties and celebrations – just about anything can be turned into an event. For every event organised, there is an event manager behind the scenes making it happen.

The fact is:

I believe event management is a learnt skill (I learnt to be an event manager) and with a little of the right kind of help and a ‘can do’ attitude you can learn to be an event manager.

On this on line events course ‘How to be an event manager I am going to teach you everything I know about getting started in events. I am going to give you examples of the various types and styles of events you could get involved in: provide you with an overview of how to run events: explain what I consider to be useful event management skills and importantly show you what steps you should take on your journey to becoming an event manager…in just 2 1/2 hours!

The truth is:

Many of us, me included, dropped into event management by accident, it wasn’t the day job but I discovered that I appeared to have a talent for organising events that I didn’t know I had….and of course you may also have such a talent?

The course

The Event Expert on line events course ‘How to become an event manager’ is a high content course designed to give you a good understanding of world of events and how to confidently create a plan of action to get that first events job or role.

You will get clear, logical, honest and easy to follow advice.

You will also get high quality course materials which include:

  • A full and comprehensive slide deck covering everything you need to know about becoming an event manager with accompanying voice overs and videos.

  • A selection of practical event examples to illustrate the vast range of events that exist

  • An insider’s guide as to how event managers plan and deliver events: in other words – what do events managers actually do

  • Access to my unique 7-step event planning process. NB: It’s the same one I use to run my own events. I have been designing, planning and delivering events for the past 20+ years.

The truth of the matter is:

Events are no soft option. However with the right kind of help and a positive attitude, I believe we can all be great event managers. This course will certainly set you up nicely to enter the wonderful world of events planning…be it as a professional or voluntary events manager…they both need the same skills!

And to me….well, I knew nothing about events when I was asked to run my first event. I learnt quickly and happily survived. I think you will too.

It is suitable for all types of public, voluntary and business events.

Course duration

I would recommend you set aside about 2 1/2 hours to review the presentations and audios.

Your tutor, Chris Powell, The Event Expert

Chris Powell is Director of The Event Expert. Chris has been designing, planning and delivering events for 24 years. In that time he has been a local authority events manager and events director of a range of events and festivals, as well as helping a variety of organisations to deliver their events – as a freelance events manager and consultant.

For the past 19 years he has also been helping clients from the world of business, exhibitions, education, sport, the public and charity sector, training, tourism, creative agencies and festivals develop the ideas, skills and confidence to go it alone: run their own events. He specialises in providing in-house and on line events training and consultancy services to accidental, occasional and professional event managers across the UK, Europe and the Middle East. His clients include some very well-known names. He’s an in demand event specialist.

He is a regular blogger on all things events, a speaker and author of two event planning books. Work with or listen to Chris and you will get clear, logical and easy to follow advice based on his 20+ years of practical events management experience. He does indeed practice what he preaches.

He is not somebody who once ran an event or never ran an event and thinks they can now write a authoritative course on planning an event.  He has successfully completed over 500 events and taught over 6000 events managers: it’s safe to say that there is not much Chris doesn’t know about the ‘how to’ of successful events. His client list is testimony to that.

Here are a few comments from previous clients who have worked with Chris Powell

“Thank you for leading the Worcestershire events and festival workshop last week. The feedback we received from those event organisers who attended was fantastic – you hit just the right level and I am sure they will put many of your suggestions for running successful events into practice over the coming months. I look forward to working with you again soon!”

“Knowing the considerable knowledge and experience that Chris has of the events industry left me in no doubt about his suitability to run a training workshop session on event management. The day was perfectly balanced and extremely informative. Chris maintained our interest and attention throughout, even though some of us have spent many years in event management. If you, or your organisation, are involved in special events then Chris is definitely worth talking to: if you invite Chris to run a similar session it will be an investment worth making”.

“Excellent! Most enjoyable day – very helpful”

“Excellent – great all round view of the sector – good humoured and clear useful facts”

“I attended Chris Powell’s Organising Successful Community Events course and found it to be thoroughly enjoyable and informative, Chris has the ability to impart knowledge without lecturing, and he made sure everyone became involved. He has a wealth of knowledge in the events field and has no qualms about sharing his knowledge and experience with others. I look forward to attending further courses run by Chris”

“Great – covered all the crucial points, broad enough taste of all elements in event management, Chris was superb – very clear, kept your attention 100%”

Jam packed full of information that is really useful, relevant and reliable

“WOW! What a comprehensive course, I found it jam packed full of information that was really useful, relevant and reliable. The course literally covers everything a new event manager could possibly need to know in a simple and easy-to-understand manner with the course elements covered in a logical and common sense order which helps it flow easily. I like the way the way you have used a combination of narrated presentations, PDF’s and fun aspects like the quiz / survey at the end, this makes it varied and interesting to read. With so much information to take in, the individual slides are simple, easy to digest and absorb. The ‘visual’ of where you are in the course in the left hand side column is helpful and useful to keep track with. If you are thinking of or new to events, this course is a must do!”

“I have attended two of Chris’s courses, Organising Successful Major Events and Festivals and Organising Successful Community Events. I am relatively new to the events industry and found both of these courses very informative, relevant and useful to the work that I am doing”.

“Chris is an excellent tutor. His experience, coupled with his delivery style, made the training courses I attended a very entertaining but informative way of developing the skills required to deliver successful events.”

“Very informative, fun trainer with great sense of humour!”

“Excellent, well presented, very relevant, good speaker and informative”

An extremely helpful events course.

I found the course extremely helpful. I have learnt things I never knew before. The workbook provided during the course is great for taking notes and the reference manual is full of so much useful information about everything you need to know. I have kept a copy of both for myself to refer back to when I need a bit of guidance. I really liked the fun test at the end of the course to the quiz after module 8. I fully enjoyed the blog posts; I especially liked reading about Chris’s own personal experiences. I particularly liked the blog titled ‘ is finding the perfect venue really such a big deal’. I believe reading about his personal experiences as an event manager really helps understand all aspects in organising an event. I will recommend the course to anyone who is truly interested in the events industry, but be sure to read into the industry before you really make your decision to go ahead. I imagine it is feasible to complete the course in a week, even alongside other commitments.

“Definitely fulfilled my expectations, packed itinerary, good to relate experiences, good mix of materials and discussions, good relaxed style, good professional delivery”

“Excellent – thorough, informative, structured and very useable – enjoyed it, thanks

“On behalf of the community involvement team at Testway Housing I would like to thank you for your brilliant training on event organising. You will be pleased to know that despite our concerns and anxiety we managed to organise a really successful fun day. Over 500 people attended and the day went without any major problems. I think you would have been quite proud of us. Thank you once again”

“The course was great! Very much enjoyed the course, good content, good delivery, realistic”

Here are some phrases that have been used to describe Chris taken from recent course evaluations and testimonials are: They include:

Creative, personable, expert, very keen attention to detail, enthusiast, inspiring, passionate, engaging, funny, relaxed, captivating, knowledgeable, meticulous, real can do approach, really really…knows events, practical, excellent communicator, approachable, has a wealth of event experience.

When you complete 100% of the videos in this course, you will be emailed a certificate of completion by Udemy so you can show it as proof of your expertise and that you have completed a certain number of hours of instruction in the course topic.

Your 100% No-risk money back Guarantee

The course comes with a Udemy-backed, 30-day money-back guarantee. This is not just a guarantee, it’s my personal promise to you that I will go out of my way to help you succeed. I really do believe that you will find the course incredibly helpful as you seek to learn the event planning ropes but should you not: You can have your money back. No questions asked.

Interested? Want to learn to be a great be an events manager? Then don’t delay sign up now…it could be the start of something very special

PS: Imagine having the confidence to run your own events? To lead or be part of an event planning team organising charity, arts and sports events: exhibitions, shows and fares, parties and celebrations and know you did yourself…with a little help from someone who started…just where you did – knowing very little about events!

Go on: give it a go: you could have a talent for event management?


Course welcome from Chris Powell, The Event Expert
Course objectives
What will happen on the course

Module 1: Introduction to the world of events

Introduction to the world of events
What is an event?
Events: Definitions

Module 2: Types and styles of events

Types of events
Styles of events
How does the events industry work?
Who is interested in events?

Module 3: How do event managers plan events

Introduction: 7 steps to the perfect event
Step 1: Purpose..creating events, that will work
Step 2: Presentation: Designing knock out events
Step 3: Planning your event - making it happen
Step 4: Places...event spaces
Step 5: Programme...creating must see event programmes
Step 6: Promotion
Step 7: Production - delivering your event
People - wow what a great event!
A summary: The 7 step process: What do events managers do?
Check in time - how's it going?

Module 4: What makes a great event manager

Module 4: Introduction
What are useful event management skills
Event jobs and roles
Those born to be event managers tend to...
Why do I love event management?
Where to start your events journey
Can you remember the 7 P's - event planning system?

I am going to list 20 P's and I want you to select the 7 P's of the event planning system outlined in module 3

Module 5: Event Management Training - your next step?

Module 5: Introduction
Additional resources: How to organise successful events
Your event action plan
Just a minute?

Module 6: Course conclusion

Course summary
Event Expert Services and support
Thank you for taking the course: Closing video from Chris Powell
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