Basics Bootcamp Meeting Fundamentals

Event Planning: It all Comes Back to Basics.

check   CMP Clock Hours: 6

check    Members: $499 / Non-Member: $699


Program Overview

There’s a reason “Start with the basics” is a phrase so commonly used to introduce any learning. The basics are the most important aspects or principles that you should learn first. In the world of meetings and events, the basics are a necessary foundation on which to build your planning skills.

Whether you 1) are new to event planning, 2) are planning events even if that’s not your job title, or 3) need a refresher, MPI’s Basics Boot Camp: Meeting Fundamentals Certificate Program teaches you the must-perform tactics that ensure successful event execution, delivery and measurement. This Events Industry Council-certified, six-hour course offers a deep dive into the building blocks of successful event planning. You’ll learn how to define objectives and identify stakeholders through meeting design development. As well, you’ll learn how to create RFPs, contracts and menus, and identify staging, audiovisual needs and more.

Led by an expert facilitator from MPI, this certificate class touches on every element of the meeting planning process, offering you the opportunity to employ best practices for your business, make changes to your processes and ensure that your operations conform with industry-leading standards.

Course Details

At the completion of the program, you'll be able to:

  • Identify meeting stakeholders, and employ your role as intermediary and mediator to evaluate their needs toward designing right-fit experiences
  • Define event goals and SMART objectives, and employ strategies for measuring the value of your meetings
  • Develop budgets and blueprints, and assess potential risks associated with your meeting or event
  • Manage the RFP process, conduct well-thought-out and precise site inspections, select vendors and develop contracts
  • Design your meeting using key elements that enable your organization to achieve its meeting goals and objectives
  • Manage speakers and conference content design, design room sets, work with audiovisual teams and design technical plans
  • Plan menus and arrange transportation and attendee movement plans
  • Oversee pre-and post-conference meetings and onsite logistics and conduct program evaluations
  • Communicate success metrics to meeting stakeholders

Participants of this course receive: 

  • Part 1 - Meeting Sourcing & Strategy & Part 2 - Meeting Design & Logistics
  • 6 clock hours in CMP-IS Strategic Domain A: Strategic Planning or Domain G: Meeting or Event Design
  • Certificate in Meeting Fundamentals



The Basic’s Bootcamp was great! I “helped” my way into planning and I’ve been an official Events Planner since 2003, planning 10+ conferences each year. I learned so much new information and have a better understanding of the how’s and why’s to doing certain things. The instructor was very knowledgeable and presented the information in a way that everyone could understand it. I took the class as a refresher/learning course to help in working toward obtaining my CMP and CMM certification.

- Wanda Woods

Lori Pugh Marcum

Lori Pugh Marcum


Lori Pugh Marcum has 16 years of experience in the meeting industry on both the planner and supplier side of the business. As Head of Meeting Innovation with Meeting Professionals International, she oversees the educational strategy and deployment at IMEX Smart Monday and MPI’s World Education Congress and European Meetings and Event Conference. As a subject matter expert, she facilitates several MPI certificate programs, including Basics Boot Camp, Meeting and Event Strategist and Emergency Preparedness. She is also the producer and anchor for MPI’s Global Meetings Industry Day Broadcast.

Course Registration

April 14, 2021

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July 15, 2021

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October 7, 2021

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