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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 have own my business, so I will attend the Leading small businesses session , to assist me to manage my business

I may attend leading small business as i plan after seven years to withdraw from my career and start my own business , seven years was specifically as in my head that by this time i may gather an amount of money to start my own business

I personally would attend the conference about Developing creative thinking because I am not a creative person at all and I think that creativity is an important thing in every business either small or big

There are some sessions that are very attractive for me. For example i'd like to attend at management styles,managing change, development creative thinking for my team.

I would like to attend developing creative thinking in your team,because it will help me to be more creative

I am tend to leading in uncertain times because I think if you have a self confidence and believing with your abilities you would manage any emergency situation

I'm interested to attend programme two because I want to be creative and reduce the conflict of my team.

I'm interesting in how to manage small businesses. cause I'll be construct my business at near future, and the first step any thing is most critical and sensible.

Why is True for 4? There is no information about difference of small business and big one in the title. There may be difference between two types of small business or between small and medium-sized business.

Hello TamilaK

The description of the talk is:

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

You're right in thinking that the description does not explicitly mention businesses of other sizes, but given the context, it's quite clear that the talk is about how small businesses are different from businesses of other sizes.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team