Basics Bootcamp: Meeting Fundamentals

Event Planning: It All Comes Back to the Basics.

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: what-you-will-learn

  • 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


Certificate Courses Scholarships 

The MPI Foundation provides MPI members with professional development opportunities through grants and scholarships. We have scholarships available for all of our certificate courses. 


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July 23, 2020

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