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Public Relations Training & Certification Courses

Protocol & Event Management


This course is a must for any business aiming to include events as part of their Public Relations and Marketing activities. The face to face communication opportunities created by events provide business people with the most powerful opportunities to influence their colleagues, clients, and investors. Smooth well run events reflect well on any business building its reputation and standing. This course provides a comprehensive grounding in all the basics of event management allowing attendees to effectively organize their events or more closely manage contractors organizing events for them.

Targeted Groups:

  • Middle and Senior Managers tasked with the direct delivery of events or oversight of specialist sub-contractors
  • Senior Operational Managers with responsibility for managing teams whose role includes event management
  • Senior Managers up to Board Level with responsibility for the strategic use of events as part of the organization’s PR and marketing strategy and their effective deployment
  • PR Professionals
  • Marketing Professionals
  • Individuals who want to get new experience to improve their profile

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Schedule and plan an event
  • Learn how to be familiar with a range of events they are likely to engage in and the requirements for their successful delivery
  • Identify the most appropriate venues and activities for their events
  • Manage the media at their events with confidence
  • Troubleshoot event plans to identify potential problem areas before they emerge
  • Understand what events can do for your PR and marketing strategy
  • Get practical hints and tips on venue choice, stage management and different types of dining
  •  Learn how to look after guests and protocol for VIPs

Targeted Competencies:

  • Confidence to tackle event management or oversight of event management suppliers
  • Strong theoretical basis upon which to make decisions about the best type and format of the event to employ
  • A greater understanding of the processes involved in event management
  • An understanding of the main elements in event organization
  • More focused activity aided by simple checklists and manuals
  • Better time management facilitating the opportunity for greater creativity
  • Communicating
  • Planning
  • Organizing
  • Assessing tasks

Course Content:

Unit 1: The Role of Events in a PR or Marketing Strategy:

  • An overview of Public Relations and how events fit in
  • Events and the PR Transfer Process
  • Strengths and weaknesses of events as a form of communication
  • The Six Point PR Plan and its application to event management
  • Assessing your needs
  • The importance of clarity of purpose
  • The importance of the audience
  • Choosing the event to fit the objective
  • Budget - staff, time, materials money
  • Evaluating the event success
  • A review of the different types of event available

Unit 2: Event Planning, The Theory, and Practice:

  • Scheduling - the long term plan
  • Event running order - timing of an event
  • Budget control
  • Managing suppliers
  • Venue considerations
  • Suitability for event - support for the message
  • Size - capacity
  • Type
  • Access
  • Accommodation
  • Layout for different events - Seating etc

Unit 3: Stage Management, Dining, and Entertainment:

  • “Stage management” of the event
  • Ensuring the event is on message and on-brand
  • Welcome desk - set up and management
  • Sets and staging
  • Corporate identity on display
  • Food can be part of the message
  • Different types of dining for different events and practical implications
  • Dining protocol - formal dinner, informal eating
  • Choosing catering suppliers - in house with venue or external
  • Entertainment and music at your event
  • Managing entertainers at events
  • Staying safe - Risk assessment and events
  • Addressing risk areas at events

Unit 4: Managing the Media at Your Events:

  • Keeping your objectives in mind
  • Is it a media event - what’s in it for them?
  • Generating news through an event
  • Inviting the media - invitations and press releases
  • The press office - Staffing, setting up and running it
  • The press pack and gifts
  • Conducting interviews and briefing interviewees
  • Managing filming on site
  • Photography at your event
  • Involving your in-house media

Unit 5: Invitations, VIPs, and Bringing it All Together:

  • Getting your audience there
  • Invitation process for different types of event
  • Invitation protocols
  • The importance of RSVP
  • Working with VIPs
  • Invitations
  • Meet and greet
  • Hosting and farewell
  • Follow up
  • Building an event management team
  • Event planning exercise involving all elements discussed through the week

Public Relations Training & Certification Courses
Protocol & Event Management (PR5010)


Mercury dynamic schedule is constantly reviewed and updated to ensure that every category is being addressed at least once a month, if not once every week. Please check the training courses listed below and if you do not find the subject you are interested in, email us or give us a call and we will do our best to assist.

Istanbul Office (Turkey) +905395991206

London (UK) +447481362802

Amman (Jordan) +962785666966