Project for Help Others Outsmart Investment Fraud

Tip Sheet: Plan an Investment Fraud Workshop

Here are some tips that will help you smoothly plan and execute a community-wide workshop for 25 people or more. Check out our event planning templates and materials, including agendas and timelines, from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. For more information or if you have questions, please email or call 202-728-6964.

  • Determine out what audiovisual equipment is available prior to the event.
    • Check to see if there is a computer, speakers, projector and a projection screen or white wall if using the PowerPoint Presentation. Ask where you can find this equipment if the workshop location does not have it on hand.
    • Consider using the oversized flip-chart developed by the FINRA Foundation to guide your presentation if there isn’t audiovisual equipment available. Contact the FINRA Foundation at or 202-728-6964 to request a flip chart version of the Outsmarting Investment Fraud curriculum.
  • Reach out to a local public official or law enforcement personnel to speak at the event.
    • Contact your state securities regulator, Attorney General, mayor, treasurer or police officer to attend.
    • Prepare speakers ahead of time and give them copies of the presentation and agenda.
    • Think about ordering printed materials or copies of the “Trick$ of the Trade: Outsmarting Investment Fraud” documentary to pass out at the workshop.
  • Download this form to order printed materials, such as brochures and other giveaways.
  • Order a free DVD copy of the “Trick$ of the Trade: Outsmarting Investment Fraud” documentary at or call 866-973-4672.
  • Confirm the event location and any audiovisual materials up to one week before the event.
  • Bring or set up on the day of the event:
    • The curriculum presentation or flip-chart
    • Audiovisual materials
    • Copies of the agenda (if necessary)
    • Printed handouts
    • Sign-in materials
    • Snacks and beverages
    • Giveaway items (such as brochures and documentary DVDs)
  • Send thank-you notes to workshop presenters after the event.