We are currently studying stage 1 of our Diploma of Events Management. On the 10th of November 2020, the Eventilicious team consisting of Rose James (Administrator), Lucy Richardson (Front of House), Bree Armstrong (Beverage) and Angy Andhika (Stylist) had the opportunity to host Peter Jones as part of our Virtual Guest Speaker Series conducted via zoom. We had the honour of not only having Peter Jones and Ashlee Brazier present from Peter Jones Special Events, but also different members of the teaching faculty at William Angliss Institute, and the Stage 2 students of the Diploma of Events Management.
Peter Jones is the Managing Director of Peter Jones Special Events, who over the past 25 years+ has built a reputation of putting together unique and show stopping events, racking up over 35 Meetings and Events Industry Awards, including an induction into the Hall of Fame in two separate categories. And in 2018, he was awarded a “Member of the Order” (AM) in the 2018 Australia Day honours for his outstanding contribution to tourism, hospitality and the events sector.
Some of Peter Jones Special Events clients include Mazda, Seek, AFL, Qantas, and many more. Peter Jones Special Events continually generate creative and innovative concepts time and time again, and with over 1200 events under their belt, they have built themselves a reputation that is trustworthy, and well known.
Peter Jones presented an incredibly insightful presentation, including what it means to be a good leader, how to manage “upwards” and “downwards”, and the key elements which are more important now than ever – trust, communication, empathy and resilience. Peter Jones discussed the important of having a strategic vision, and how important it is to think out of the box when planning events. We then had the honour of going through 5 different events that Peter Jones has put on, how he won the clients over for those events, and what went on behind the scenes to actually make those events happen.
Peter Jones then took the time to answer any questions that attendees might have, with the help of Ashlee Brazier, providing students with some excellent insight on how to be successful both during and after our studies.
The event ran smoothly overall, and all attendees left having learned information that they will carry with with them for the rest of their careers. Our team worked incredibly well together to plan a successful virtual event. Our fellow classmates gave positive feedback on our food and beverage options for the morning tea which included a range of sweet and savoury options, with beverage options such as tea, coffee, juice and water.