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We have a great opportunity to learn some new things over this challenging time. Learning new skills or taking a course online will help you get back to business with a better, stronger organization. We have collected an evolving list of online training, webinars and podcasts for you to continue your growth and welcome your suggestions for our list. 

If you are aware of any websites, links or tips that you would like to share with others, please email them to The GEC and they will be added to this page.

Please note that this page will be updated regularly.

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Online Training

450 Ivy League online courses Take time to follow your dream of learning something new.

AGM Virtual Meeting Planning

Audible launches free audiobook service for children

Enterprise Toronto – helping small businesses and start-ups Free online training courses for all aspects of small business including marketing, finance and insurance.

Event Manager Blog with E-books, Event Technology and more Lots of tech solutions, information and trends for continuous industry learning.

Events Industry Council Improve your skills with industry specific designations and information

Google Skillshop


Hootsuite Academy

How to Save Money Content focused on the coronavirus and your financial health as things unfold.


LinkedIn Learning

Professionally working from Home If you’re working from home, you may not need to clean up for that meeting.

Salesforce Skills Training

Seth Godin’s Akimbo Workshops

Learn a New Language

Duolingo Not only is Duolingo useful when learning a new language, it’s fun and addictive

Open Culture How to learn languages for free? This collection features lessons in 48languages, includingSpanish, French, English,

Mandarin, Italian, Russian and more. Download audio lessons to your computer or mp3 player and you’re good to go.

Babbel is the new way to learn a foreign language. The comprehensive learning system combines effective education methods with state-of-the-art technology.

Busuu As a basic member of Busuu, it can be accessed free of charge. To access the language courses on Busuu you must register for a free account. You have the option to purchase a Premium membership This is just an option; you can use Busuu as basic member completely for free.

FluentU 49 Free Language Learning Websites That Are Almost Too Good to Be True.

Mango Start the conversation in your choice of over 70 world languages and dialects through courses crafted using conversational methodology. Every self-paced language course introduces the learner to cultural insights and grammatical nuances specific to their language of choice, delivered through native speaker dialogue, and created with each individual learner in mind.

Transparent Besides offering the best, most integrated and customized language learning experience for you as an individual, we also offer a wealth of free resources, from Word of the Day to our language and culture blogs, to help make language learning a part of your life.

Articles, Self-Help and Business Improvement

4 Steps to Managing Change

6 Tips for Leveling Up During the Lockdown

Addressing Meeting Risk When the Industry Resumes

How the Travel Industry is Helping with Coronavirus

Home Experiences in A Box

Canadian Authors To Read in Troubled Times

Cancelled Events and what now

Crisis Management

Contract Tips

Event Cancellation Insurance

How Event Vendors Are Adapting Their Services During Coronavirus—and Giving Back to Their Communities

How Will We Travel After COVID-19?

How to Support the Mental Health of Event Planners

How to adjust to leading a newly remote team — from the founder of a virtual business

How to Make The Most of This National Timeout

How musicians (and other creatives too) can transition their business online ASA

International Women’s Day

Keep Calm and Plan On: How to Prepare for a Post-pandemic World

Leading Your Team through COVID-19

Message from Marriott President & CEO Arne

Public Relations Strategies for Event Pros

Roger Dow Offers Insight on the New Travel Landscape

Special Events Magazine: Tips on Keeping Your Event Business Afloat

Staying Healthy

Talk to Me

Ten Reasons Not To Panic

The Knowledge Network, asks you to register but then shares so many excellent documentaries, nature films, etc.

The Sober Math Everyone Must Understand about the Pandemic

Tips on keeping your business afloat

What Do Post Coronavirus Events Look Like?

Worrying About Worrying


Marriott Leadership in a Crisis

Virtual Events

3 Ways to Kill Your Zoom Meeting

5 Tips for Producing Professional-Looking Video Content at Home

10 Tips to Make Your Virtual Events Not Suck

A Simple Introduction to Virtual Events

BBB Alert: Prevent ‘Zoom-Bombing’ In Your Next Video Conference

Benefits Downsides of Virtual Events

Endless Events Virtual Event Checklist

How-to guide: The Strategic Value of Virtual Meetings and Events

How to Run a Virtual Summit

Introduction to Virtual Events

Myths vs Truth About Digital Events

Prepare for the Gaslighting

Virtual Events Tips to the online event options and what is right for you.

Virtual Event Resources (ILEA Members with Endless Events)

Educational Podcasts

15 Best Podcasts for Event Planners – Event planners and professionals are turning to podcasts to keep a pulse on thought leadership, event technology, and best practices. Discover 15 amazing podcasts you’ll want to listen to on your morning commute!

Startup Canada Entrepreneur Series – Providing a window into the world of Canadian entrepreneurship, the Startup Canada Podcast Network is a Startup Canada original series of podcasts that explores personal life stories, tangible financial lessons, helpful resources for women, and overall tips and tricks to help entrepreneurs navigate the roller coaster journey of starting and scaling a business. Join our hosts and their expert guests as they delve deep into every aspect of entrepreneurship, and learn about the people making Canada and the world a better place through their companies.

Live Streaming

5 Questions to Start With When Planning an Event with Live Streaming

From ILEA Experience: Live Streaming in the Time of Coronavirus

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