Training Courses

Fancy Shindigs Training Courses

Training Courses

For more than 10 years, we’ve been providing training courses to new and experienced event planners, through workshops and in academic settings. Through our courses, we give you a practical grasp of event planning and real-world information gathered over many years in the industry. We offer a variety of courses addressing different aspects of creating successful events of all types and sizes.

In addition to sharing the insight we’ve gained over the years, we bring in seasoned experts in trade show booth design and construction, marketing messaging and materials, graphic design, and other important members of an event team. Together, they take you straight to the heart of what makes an event work and how to overcome common obstacles.

The lively, entertaining format makes courses interesting, while the information packed into each course makes them highly informative. Whether you’re just beginning your event planning career or are looking for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to fulfill your continuing education requirements, you’ll come away with new information and ideas.

Fancy Shindigs courses count as qualifying education hours, and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the following industry certifications:

  • CMP (Certified Meeting Professional)

  • CMM (Certification in Meeting Management)

  • CEM (Certified in Exhibition Management)

  • CPCE (Certified Professional Catering Executive)

Visit our course descriptions page for details and our calendar page to see where our courses are being held in the coming months. We also provide private in-house group training for companies as well.

For questions, call us at 510-881-4890 or send an email to



“I found Lisa Gentilin to be an organized and extremely capable instructor who is well versed in real world applications of the concepts she is teaching about.  All the course materials were relevant and easy to understand, and the take home materials were invaluable.  In taking this class, I was able to gain a lot of practical knowledge and a better understanding of industry terminology. Ms. Gentilin was able to provide a depth of information in a non-threatening environment.”
Lisa M. Pereira, Event & Program Coordinator ~ Schmidt Ocean Institute

“Fundamentals of Negotiation class with Lisa Gentilin was amazing; I immediately implemented the negotiation tools upon my return to work for an upcoming event; I think it made the banquet manager a bit nervous. Lisa gave real hands-on examples of navigating the negotiation process. For me it was a “win-win”!”
Rhonda Hontalas, Director of Special Events, PR and Marketing ~ Immaculate Conception Academy

“Great seminar on negotiation. Thank you for your insight and information on Negotiating.  It was extremely informative and helpful.”
Chris Weinberg, Chief Experience Office ~ Chris Weinberg Events

“Thank you for teaching the Contracts course at SFSU on Saturday, 2/16. This workshop met and exceeded all of my expectations. Your teaching style kept the course interesting and made all the difference in my ability to comprehend the course material. Thanks for creating an environment where we were able to easily grasp concepts and and walk away with valuable information. I look forward to future classes with you.”
Victoria Starr ~ SFSU Student