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Welcome future meeting planners!

If you think a career in Meeting Planning is right for you, you are in the right place. Join us for a FREE 1-hour webinar on  October 8, where you will hear directly from experts, and you will receive professional meeting planning resources you can put to use immediately.

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Meeting Planning Essentials


After completing the  12-week Meeting Planning Essentials (MPE)

course you will have a fundamental understanding of meeting and event planning. (This course is offered online and in person.)

With the expert tips and tools you will receive in this course, you will be ready to plan your first meeting, or streamline you current meeting planing process.

Instructor Deborah Morgan, president of DKG Events, 

will guide you through the planning process, helping you avoid 

common pitfalls that can derail your event. 

Whether you are just starting out or looking for a career change,

 this course will familiarize you with the many facets of planning, 

and provide you with practical tips, tools and expert guidance to plan 

and execute a successful program.

Please see the MPE Course Outline to the right --->

 to find out what will be covered in the essentials course. 

A Certificate in Meeting Planning Essentials will be provided to all who complete the course. 

This course includes a two and a half day off-site Meeting Planners Mastermind Retreat where you will be able to meet with hoteliers, decor companies, audio visual professionals and other meeting & event suppliers. We will also be conducting a site inspection and participating in a team building activity. Retreat is included in cost of course, however, hotel accommodations are additional.

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Meeting Planning Essentials Course Outline


MPE Course Outline:

  • An overview of the Meeting and Event Industry
  • Planners Categories (and what each type specializes in)
  • Phases of Event Orchestration (from concept through completion)
  • Understanding Your Target Market and Attendee Demographics
  • Using the Critical Path Method (CPM)
  • Setting Event Goals with Measurable Outcomes
  • Budget Preparation and Management
  • Site Research, Inspections and Selection tools
  • Contracts, Clauses and Riders
  • Honing your Negotiation Skills
  • Securing Speakers, Entertainment, Sponsors and Exhibitors
  • Event Design: Production, Lighting, Sound, Staging and Décor 
  • Menu Planning / Food & Beverage Selection
  • The Latest Event Technology
  • Program Specifications, Timelines, Production Schedules, Run-of-Show
  • On-Site Event Management
  • Safety and Emergency Preparedness 
  • On the Road: On-Site Office, Travel Tips and and Road Box
  • Event Evaluation and Post-Program Reporting 
  • Glossary of Meeting Planning Terms and Acronyms 

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Here's what our students have to say...

Catherine B. says...

 "Deborah Morgan your call was fantastic!! I made the mistake of signing on with out video, because I was at work and so I couldn’t participate as fully as I wanted to. I have to say, I learned a ton on your phone call. I have never thought through all the details that make up an event – it’s rather daunting, for sure! I really appreciate your worksheets that will help break everything down and make planning an event that much easier. Thank you so much for taking the time to help us and teach us and I really appreciated learning about your business. Thanks again!" 

Wendy G. says...

Thank you so much for the amazing training. I thought I knew enough to plan a successful meeting on my own, but I didn't know what I didn't know.  I learned so much on your call, and I'm looking forward to taking the 12-week course in September.

Thank you for the meeting planning resources, just those alone made my job so much easier, and more organized.  I'm letting others in my office know about your courses. This is the course to take for anyone who wants to get a job as a meeting planner.

deborah morgan, instructor, speaker, coach and meeting plann


Hello!  I'm Deborah Morgan, I began my Meeting Planning career in 1992 as corporate planner for a hospital insurance company, planning four road shows and two conferences a year... and then my career exploded (in a good way!).

Throughout my career, I have worked as an international meeting professional in the corporate, incentive, association, medical and technology sectors, responsible for over 30 programs each year.

I have mentored countless would-be planners to create the career of their dreams, and I'd love to guide you along the way to your greatest success as well.

In 2014, I became a certified business and life coach, assisting many professionals gain the confidence, knowledge and experience to become a meeting or event planner.

As a coaching client, you will enjoy weekly sessions to answer pressing questions you may have as you put together your program. I'm also available to provide you with the best practices or suggestions for the specific areas you are having challenges. 

I am also available to assist in site inspections, negotiations and will review hotel contracts to make certain you are getting the best rates and concessions possible.

If you'd like to schedule a complimentary 30-minute connection call, please click here to find open appointment times.


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