Events, Community & Clarity: let’s set sail!

Events Management & Community Management for driven, determined businesses

Building a business is tough. You’re wearing hundreds of hats, juggling deadlines, clients, business development. It’s a lot.

But that’s where I come in. I help overwhelmed business owners (just like you) to reach new audiences, build meaningful, real relationships and run events that really work. So that your business can grow.

There’s no cut-and-paste strategy here; there’s just me, you and the ideal strategy for your business. Whether you need a nudge in the right direction or another pair of hands to take care of everything, you’re in the right place.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s set sail!

Ece Kurtaraner

Welcome aboard! I’m Ece, your Captain ⛵

Together, we’ll sail the seas of events and community to grow your business

Fora is all about trust, collaboration and community. There’s a hell of a lot of negativity, suspicion and competition out there, so I created Fora to be a safe, professional space away from all that!

How I got here…

I’ve been a multi-hyphener for as long as I can remember. I could never answer questions like, “What’s your favourite subject at school?” or “What do you want to be when you grow up?” - because I loved and wanted to do everything!

At one point, my goal was to be a teacher during the day, a dancer in the evenings and a waitress at the weekends. I haven’t quite followed the path Young-Ece saw for me, but I bring that same sense of multi-hyphenate experience and skills to everything I do now.

I’m an engineering graduate (which often surprises people!) turned events and community manager, bringing together the two (somewhat conflicting) parts of my brain: the logical, engineering-focused side that focuses on detail and processes and planning; and the creative, enthusiastic side that brings ideas, design and a human-loving skillset.

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How I can help you…

Having such a breadth of experience and interests and enthusiasm for all things events, marketing and community building, I can help you with pretty much anything…

But, more specifically, I work with business owners of all stages to get clear on how events can help their business grow - and then turn those goals into a reality.

If you’re new to business or just have ZERO idea where to start when it comes to events, Fora Community is for you. In a consultancy session, we work together to get clear on your business goals and how community can be an incredibly effective part of your business growth strategy. Find out more about Fora Community here

If you’re a startup or corporate business who just doesn’t have enough hours in the day, Fora Events is for you. I step into your business as an events specialist, helping you with all aspects of planning, strategising and turning your event into a reality. From idea to execution, without the headache. Find out more about Fora Events here.

Fora: The Journey

Fora was born out of a realisation that there was something more out there. For the first part of my life, I studied hard, worked hard and landed a corporate job. A job where I could learn a lot and make a real difference.

But something was still missing.

In the hamster wheel of corporate life, I soon realised that the opportunities to build real human connections were few and far between. In the fast-paced world of events and marketing, I wasn’t able to focus on using my strengths properly: attention to detail, community, collaboration and delivering the absolute best solution to business problems.

With Fora, I’m able to fully utilise every part of my personality and skillset for your benefit.

Fora is all about community, collaboration and opening your eyes to a whole new way of growing your business.
Harking back to my Turkish roots, ‘fora’ itself means ‘to unfurl the sails’ - which is exactly what I aim to do for you and your business!

Find out how I can help you unfurl your business sails

Events Manager & Community Builder, at your service

The secret to business success? It’s not funding or product development or even millions of followers on social media. It’s an engaged, enthusiastic community. A community that will support your business through thick and thin, will be loyal to the ends of the earth and will sing your praises, loudly.

But building a strong community can feel impossibly overwhelming. Where do you start? What’s best for your business? How do I find the time?

And that’s where I come in. I’ve been an Events Manager and Community Builder for businesses, large and small, who want more. And now I’m here to help you too. Together, we can use events to build a community of brand advocates who will help you build the successful, sustainable business of your dreams.

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Fora Community: Consultancy & One-Off Support

Getting clear on the best thing for your business can feel impossible. I’ve been there, I know exactly how you feel!

But I also know the power an objective perspective can have for your business. In my 1-hour consultancy sessions, I can be that perspective for you. Drawing from my experience as an events manager, community builder, and marketeer, I give you a fresh perspective on how you can reinvigorate your strategy and build an engaged audience - and I can do it for you, too!

Whether you want to run a webinar but you’re struggling with the tech side of things, or your community feels a little dull and you want to shake things up, or if you’re just feeling stuck and need a sounding board, I’m here for you.

A consultancy session with Fora Community is a safe, growth-focused space for us to work together to figure out the hows, the whys and the whats of using the power of community to build your business.

I need clarity, help!

Fora Events: Events Management & Ongoing Support

Feel like you’re running around in circles, trying to do everything and getting absolutely nowhere? I can definitely relate.

As an Events Manager, I’ve worked with startups and SMEs who know exactly what they want to achieve, but just have no spare manpower to get it done. All hands are already on deck and there’s just no flexibility. And that’s where I come in.

I’ll be that extra pair of hands you need to make your vision come to life, whether it’s a 1-hour webinar or a 3-day festival.

From events strategy, to organising suppliers, to engaging with and inviting your community, I can handle it all for you, so that you can run your business (and maybe even take a day off?! The possibilities are endless).

I need more hours in the day!

Fora Community: Community Building & Events Strategy Consultancy

One hour of strategic and collaborative support for your small business

Feeling stuck in your business sucks. It makes you question everything: am I doing the right thing? Should I go back to the 9-5? Am I good enough to do this?

But here’s the thing: you are 100% doing the right thing. You just need a helping hand every now and then.

And that’s where I come in!

Fora Community exists to be that guiding voice in the moments of overwhelm and stress. If you’re ready to grow your business sustainably, using the untapped power of community to make your business dreams come true, I’m here to steer you in the right direction. Captain Ece, at your service!

Book your 1-hour Fora Community consultancy session

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Community building that helps you grow sustainably

Growth doesn’t come easy. It’s no longer enough to set up your website, post on social media every now and then, and wait for the leads and the sales to roll in.

The online world is NOISY. So how can you stand out? How can you compete with the big players, the established names, the businesses with massive marketing budgets?

It’s not impossible. It just needs a little touch of creative magic…

And focusing on community building is the magic wand you need!

Community is where your people come together. Your ideal clients, people who think just like you, people who have the same hopes and dreams and struggles. It’s a safe space where they feel like they belong. And it means you can build deep, meaningful relationships, turning followers into clients and clients into brand cheerleaders.

Build a community of cheerleaders with me

What we can create together?

A Fora Community consultancy session is built around you, your business and your goals. Combining your growth ambitions with my extensive experience in events management, community building and marketing strategies, we work together to create a plan that really works for you.

Copy-and-paste strategies and tactics won’t work for your business. Just like you, it’s unique. So it needs a unique strategy, too.

The world of community building, events and marketing is our oyster - but here’s what I’ve helped other business owners achieve in a Fora Community consultancy session:

  • Events Strategy: exploring which events would work for your audience, how to begin arranging the logistics of the event, and what you can hope to achieve from your event

  • Marketing: not sure where your ideal client is hiding? We can dive deep into who they are, what they care about, and how you can find them, online and in person. My approach always begins with compassion, so that we can get a real understanding of what makes your client tick

  • Community Building: should you build a Facebook Group? A Slack channel? An in-person co-working space? An online membership? Using your knowledge of your business and my experience in building engaged and enthusiastic communities, we’ll get clear on where to start

  • Community Management: whether you’ve got a stagnant Facebook Group or a disengaged email list, we can fix it! Again, with a focus on understanding what makes your audience tick, we can figure out how best to reengage your ideal clients and start nurturing them into paying customers

  • Events Support: know what you want to do, but getting bogged down in the tech and the logistics? I’ve been there! I’ve managed events with so many different systems and technologies that I’m sure there’s one that’s the perfect helping hand for you. Outsource your tech worries to my brain, and you’ll leave knowing exactly what you need to do

A Fora Community session is all about you using my experience, my knowledge and my enthusiasm to get clarity on your business and its direction. Community building is a long-game, and a consultancy session will help you to plan where to start, what to do next and how to use that community to its full potential.

Fora Community FAQs

An hour doesn’t seem very long - what can I achieve with you in 60 minutes?

60-minutes of focused, strategic work, with both of our brains working simultaneously, can achieve an incredible amount! Before our session, I’ll get to know your business so that we can make the most of our hour - and afterwards, I’ll follow up with action points so you leave with everything you need to actually take action. We really can achieve a lot in a single hour, trust me!

I have no idea where to start - can you still help me?

1000% yes! That’s exactly what these Fora Community sessions are designed to do: help you to get clear on your goals and how we can harness the power of events and community to achieve them. I know the feeling of overwhelm very well, and I’m here to help you overcome that so that you can move forward in your business with confidence and strategy.

Can you help me manage my event or community too?

Yes, I certainly can! Events management and community building is my jam, so if you realise you need a little bit more support in turning our strategy into reality, I can help. Get in touch if you want to chat about what ongoing support could look like for your business.

What can community building do for my business?

Pretty much whatever you want it to do!

Building a community looks different for every business. Whether it’s a free Facebook Group you run to provide value to your audience and build deeper relationships with them, or an in-person networking event to establish yourself as an authority in your field, or a full 3-day conference to get your name out there even further, we can collaborate to establish what works for your business and your goals.

If your goal is growth, community building can achieve that. If your goal is to build relationships, community building can do that. If your goal is to make more money by becoming a leader in your industry, community building can do that too.

Whatever your business goals, we’ll get super clear on how you can harness community and events to achieve them.

What will a Fora Community consultancy session cost me?

The investment for a 1-hour consultancy session is £120. This covers my preparation beforehand, so I can get to know your business before we start our session, as well as our 1-hour chat, a recording of the session and a round-up of your action points so you can take the next steps with confidence.

Get clear with me, now!

Fora Events: Dedicated Events Management & Community Management Support

Professional expertise to help you achieve your business growth goals

Sometimes, you need a helping hand. Your business is growing, fast. And that’s great! But it’s also stressful, hectic and you just need more hours in the day.

That’s where I come in. As a dedicated Events Manager and Community Manager, I work alongside you and your team to organise, strategise, promote and run your next event. Whether it’s a thought leadership webinar, an industry conference or an international event, I work with you and the team to get everything sorted out - without the stress.

From a day of support to an ongoing partnership, I can help you get from idea to execution easily.

Talk to me about Events Management

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From start to finish, Events Management that works for your business

Events aren't just about those few hours where everyone is together; it's hearing the next great presentation, meeting the speaker and securing leads; it's how to market, how to sell tickets and how to follow up every connection. It's how the event fits into your business journey.

Executing an event well involves a whole lot more than just logistics - and that’s what many businesses struggle with. There aren’t enough hours in the day to sort everything out.

But with me by your side, you’ve not just got an extra pair of hands. You’ve got the brains and expertise of someone who’s worked with big and small businesses in multiple industries to organise big and small events across the world.

Whether it’s a one-off webinar or an international conference, my experience with tools, automation and community building will help you hit (and exceed) your business goals, stat.

Partner with an events expert for smooth sailing

Optimise your events investment

Let’s be honest: events can be expensive. There are always unexpected costs lurking around the corner. But with Fora Events, you can rest assured that your event will be on time, on budget and as impactful as you hoped.

Having organised events across the world, I’m always looking for practical, affordable, budget-friendly, sustainable choices that give you the best possible return on your investment.

Events can be expensive, but with strategy and sensible planning, we can deliver events that pay dividends for months and years to come.

Talk to me about your wildest events-dreams

Fora Events FAQs

How long can we work together for?

However long it takes! During an initial chat, we’ll get clear on how far through the events planning process you are and where you need my support. From that, I’ll put together a proposal that confirms timelines, actions and costs. So whether you’ve been let down at the last minute or are in the very early stages of planning, I can be there from start to finish to make sure everything runs smoothly.

How big does my business need to be to benefit from events and community?

Well-executed events can help you grow your business, no matter what size it is! From a small startup to an established corporation, I’ve helped organise and manage events for businesses across the spectrum, and the results we’ve generated speak for themselves! If you’re determined to grow your business in a sustainable, future-driven way, running events and building an engaged community is a must in your growth strategy. So whatever size your business is, events and community can have a huge impact!

Do you work solely for my business during our project?

As a freelance events manager, I’m often working with a number of clients at the same time. This means that I have experience and contacts in a wide range of industries, which I can bring to your event too! During our project, we’ll have specified working times and regular meetings so that you can speak to me about any concerns or ideas you may have and I can keep you updated on the progress of our project.

Is it just you helping my business during our project?

It depends! Once I know the scope of the project, I’ll let you know whether I’ll be calling on my community of freelancers and other business owners to help with your project. Whether it’s a VA or a location manager or social media support, I have a trusted network of professionals that I can bring in to support your business.

What results can we expect from hosting an event?

The simple answer? It depends! There are so many factors to consider when planning an event - and it doesn’t end with the event itself. Often, the most successful events are those that have carefully planned out the aftermath too, including engaging with attendees, encouraging conversions, and keeping your community engaged. During our project, we’ll discuss the best approach to your event and what you can expect to achieve from it.

How much does Fora Events support cost?

Another ‘it depends’ answer! Just like your business, each event is unique. To account for that, all Fora Events projects are quoted on a case-by-case basis. After we’ve had a chat about your plans, your ideas and the support you need, I’ll put together a plan for our project together, which will include a breakdown of the events management costs.

Let’s chat about events!

Get in touch

Ready to harness the power of events and community? Let’s chat!

Whether you want to book your Fora Community session or talk about a Fora Events project, fill out the form below and I’ll be back in touch with you ASAP!

If you’d prefer to email me, please drop me a line on [email protected]. You can also follow me over on LinkedIn to get to know me better!