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Setting your Goals for 2016

Your journey through life is like an envelope - it's all about the labels your experiencesput on the front! Where's your letter of life going_ngHappy 2016!

Wishing you all a year ahead filled with good health, prosperity and a steady path to your 2016 goals.

We wanted to share a look at our last year:
• The Academic Specialty Course was launched and enjoyed its first graduates.
• Our Weddings Specialty Course became Educationally Approved by the International Special Events Society (ISES Approved).
• We partnered with Bryant University to offer a Certificate in Event Management through their Executive Development Center.
• We presented 5 more groups of graduates with their Certificate in Special Events Planning – and sent them on their way to job promotions, new businesses and exciting opportunities!

And here’s what we are looking forward to:
• The Corporate Event Course is open – it’s filled with fantastic guest lecturers, charts, tools and resources. We are using Professional Meeting Management as a textbook – it’s a great way to prep for the CMP if that is on your “GOAL LIST”.
• We’ll be speaking at the The Special Event Show on Tuesday (#TSE2016) in Orlando, FL. Instructor Karen F. Salhaney, M. NP and I (Jill S. Moran, CSEP, Executive Director) will be giving a talk on Internship Programs, Tuesday, January 12th at 11:30AM. Stop by if you are at the conference!
• Partnerships – We are working with colleges, universities and associations to bring some exciting new educational offerings to event professionals in the year ahead! Stay tuned!

My personal goals this year center on the theme “moderation”
• Keep goals to a minimum – no more than 3 a day.
• Celebrate even a small success every day.
• Listen to my body – keep it healthy and feeling good through good eating, exercise and rest!
• Take time to enjoy things that recharge and regenerate me – walking, a chat with family or friends, being in my garden or outside.
• Remember to say “thank you “– and smile! Live a life of appreciation and gratitude!

As a gift, I’d like to offer COVER_EventPlanningBusinessa chapter in the latest edition of my book, How to Start a Home-based Event Planning Business. It’s the chapter on Being your Best. I hope it offers some ideas to help you create the life you dream of and enjoy the journey along the way!

We look forward to continuing to be a resource for you and staying in touch in the year ahead!

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Jill S. Moran, CSEP
Executive Director
Special Events Institute

Alumni Corner: Barbara Fasolino of The Main Event Company

Special Events Institute alum, Barbara Fasolino, Owner of The Main Event Company

Special Events Institute alum, Barbara Fasolino, Owner of The Main Event Company located in Massachusetts


What made you decide to enroll at the Special Events Institute and become an event planner?

I decided to become an event planner because I love hosting parties. There is nothing better than creating a memory of a great time with family and friends. I chose the Special Events Institute because out of the courses I looked into, most were based solely on weddings, where SEI really touches on every type of event.

What was your favorite SEI course and why?

I honestly didn’t have a favorite course; some were harder than others but I enjoyed them all the same. I think Event Marketing was one I was dreading the most because I’m not to computer savvy but I ended up loving it, and I have learned so much about the computer that now I am much more confident.

What was the biggest take-away from your studies with Special Events Institute?

The biggest take-away for me was risk management. I had never really thought about what could go wrong in an event; now that’s a huge focus for me. I feel so prepared for everything now. Also I was a little intimidated by an online course because of my computer knowledge but I feel like SEI gave me a great education in technology as well. I have come a long way…

What next steps did you take after receiving your Certificate from the Special Events Institute?

After receiving my certificate, I was lucky enough to work with SEI founder, Jill S. Moran, on a few of her events. Now I am launching my new business The Main Event Company, and I’m planning my first paying job – a 5K fund raising event.

What advice do you have for the current SEI students?

The advice I would give to the current SEI students is to think outside of the box and be creative. This is the time to plan the event of your dreams because no one is actually paying for it.

If you usually use Microsoft Word for your documents, try creating a blog or use a powerpoint – try things you haven’t before to get familiar with all that is available.

Most of all, have fun! That is why we are in this business anyway right???