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Morning programme


Conference opening
Dr Jon Martinez


Management styles
with Helena Clark

Consider the different management styles and how you can adapt yours to suit your team.

Giving feedback
with Amelia Novak

Explore the different ways to give feedback to maximise development.

Managing change
with Akira Yoshida

Help your employees deal with change and to see the positives change can bring.

10.45–11.15 Coffee break

Using storytelling in leadership communication
with Antoine Martin

Sometimes, the best way to communicate with your team is by telling stories. Find out how to do this in this workshop.

Leading small businesses
with Cheng Wei

How is leading small businesses different and how can leaders of small businesses bring success to their team?

Leading in uncertain times
with Omar Abboud

Uncertainty can affect the success of your team. Learn to bring confidence to your team in a time of uncertainty.

Afternoon programme

12.30–2.00 Lunch

Managing international projects
with Alisa Petrov

Consider how to ensure successful intercultural communication in your international teams.


Developing creative thinking in your team
with Mariana Silva

How can you get your team to think more creatively? Explore the different ideas that can help your team see things in a new way.

Conflict management
with Tracy Edwards

Conflict can create problems in your team, but managing conflict well can bring about development. Learn how to manage conflict in this workshop.

3.15–4.15 Group discussions
4.15–5.00 Conference closing
Dr Grace Moloney




Language level

Intermediate: B1


I specially like the sixth and the nineth conferances. The reason is that uncertain and conflict situations ar a very usual in the day by day, and if we learn to extrat the positives from the daily tensions, our work will take better gradually

In my opinion, these types of activities are very good, at the time of doing them since we reinforce our level of English, but I disagree with putting the correct answers in a file.

I would attend session of Managing international projects by Alisa Petrov.
First of all,In this international world,It’s so important how to communication and deliver own thinking more easily and simply.Probably,if you get ability to talk well in international team,it mean to expand your potential greatly in any scene.
Next,There are so many difference of cultures.It’s not only visible cultures like some clothes and foods,building,but also there are unvisible cultures.That's why,there are tend to conflict or feel uncomfortable without thought.So I think we need to learn tips to talk with well.

Maybe I would attend the session of Antoine Martin because I think the storytelling is very important in every job and, as a teacher, I need new technics to motivate our pupils.
Although I would attend the one with creative thinking in my teams owing to the fact that many teachers are lacking in ideas nowadays.

Maybe I would attend Giving feedback and Developing creative thinking.

I would like to attend Managing international projects.
There are many different cultures such as gender, age, occupation, social position, and origin, etc. And I think it is necessary to overcome those differences and talk with people of different culture.
In addition, this conference will be an international team and will proceed, so international communication can be established just by discussion. It seems that some companies are able to generate profit as a company by making good use of intercultural communication in a globalized society. In this way, I think that intercultural communication will be necessary for our future. So I chose this meeting because I thought it was great to discuss how to do it.

I want to attend various presentations, but especially I want to attend Helena Clark's one.This is because I am not better to adapt new situation than other my team's member.I think it is not good.It is an obstacle to the progress.I bother my teammates.I and my team's member can not be fun.However, if I can do it, these problems will disappear.Probably it is difficult to change myself suddenly, but I want to change gradually.I am sure it will bring good results to my future.I am looking forward to being able to do it.

I would attend "Conflict Management with Tracy Edwards".
Because,Conflict arise easily in team. So,I think Employees are needed to manage it.
But I know it's hard to do. Of course, People have their own thoughts. Therefore, through managing conflict, Employees will understand what their colleagues think. That's the most important thing for employees, I guess. The more conflict we deal, the more we develop.

Managment is so diffuct. Sometimes, we don't manage ourselves

I probably attend at the conference focus on leading in uncertain times. Because, nowadays we are dealing with uncertain times, this causes for the covid-19. So, I really believe that, the employees needs some advices to deal with this problem.