If you are in the business of weddings and events this is a rare opportunity to spend the day in an intimate masterclass with one of Australia’s most successful businesswoman, events and styling powerhouse - Chyka Keebaugh! Get ready to learn her tips, tricks and how to's designed specifically for creative business success!
Warm, kind and classy, Chyka Keebaugh is a successful businesswoman, an events and styling powerhouse and editor of her own online magazine chyka.com. Chyka has established herself as a major player in the business world by leading a group of highly successful event and hospitality companies. Alongside her husband she established The Big Group over 25-years ago, which is now Australia’s largest privately owned events and catering company. Chyka’s eye for styling and design led to the establishment of the couple’s subsidiary business, The Design Depot, a premium special events and styling firm.
Together The Big Group and The Design Depot have created real magic for private and corporate clients across Australia, Asia and the Middle East.
No stranger to TV, Chyka previously spent four years as the homemaking and styling expert on Good Morning Australia (Network Ten) and three series on The Real Housewives of Melbourne (Foxtel).
Chyka has studied at the prestigious Le Corden Bleu in London, a worldwide leader in gastronomy and hospitality management, and at the Constance Spry Floristry School.
WHAT WE WILL COVER: Over scrumptious snacks and morning coffee, Chyka talks starting out, sharing the tales of how she began her career and events business and the ups and downs of growing a creative company. Chyka lets us in on the mistakes made, her secrets to getting your name out there and her must do PR and social media plans.
We will take a look back at some of the pinnacles of success that turned her company’s into profitable creative brands, herself into a key person of influence and her ‘how to’ plans for contracts, processes, staffing and productivity needed to successfully build your creative business successfully, no matter what stage you are at, in one of the most competitive sectors of the wedding industry and a fulltime living doing something you love.
We then break for a delicious sit down lunch with Chyka.
Then begins an afternoon of ‘how to’ as she takes you through her way of working across all areas of an event and her personal unique design process. From how you become a specialist in managing clients, working harmoniously with other suppliers, how to charge for your service and how to best put together your concept to ensure you get the job (Chykas full proof plan). She talks sourcing the furniture, flowers, fabric and nailing the execution of the styling, food and entertainment components that inject excitement and personality into every one of her events.
Then, we get busy in your own intimate hands on secret workshop learning her key arrangement tricks to the trade and the process she uses to implement a client’s brief whilst staying true to your own style aesthetic.
We will then finish with afternoon tea and a look at the future as Chyka presents her ‘trend forecast’. Then an open Q&A and general chat session as the day comes to an end.
And the bag of goodies hand picked by Chyka? Yes - all yours to keep.
Full day workshop -10am-3pm;
Signature fresh teas, coffee and juices;
Morning, Afternoon tea and Lunch;
Incredible take home goodie bag hand selected by Chyka.