A conference programme

A conference programme

Read the programme for a management conference to practise and improve your reading skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and do the exercises.


Reading text

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



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Submitted by Dieudonné on Mon, 09/12/2019 - 20:25

I really appreciate this course, it was creatively thought. It is really that when we have an international team, we should consider the culture of everybody. Besides, conflict can happen in a team and that causes sometimes problems, so it is helpful to know how to manage conflict.

Submitted by Tajbibi Shamim on Fri, 29/11/2019 - 20:25

I would attend creative thinking by Mariana Silivia As this is very innovative step and my team will learn new ways of improving the quality of the working of my company and results will be far reaching.

Submitted by Mehdi.e on Mon, 25/11/2019 - 08:09

Hi everyone About question 3 of Task 1,I think it should be true;:" Akira Yoshida will focus on the problems with change " and at the table mentions in "deal" with .. deal doesn't mean solve problems?

Hello Mehdi.e,

'Deal with' has a general meaning. It can mean to address problems, but it can also mean to take action to achieve something:


The second part of the description of the talk is important, I think, and tells us that Akira Yoshida will focus on the positive aspects of change rather than the problems with it.



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Submitted by Maksmatt on Fri, 22/11/2019 - 20:09

There many interesting conferences but I would join conflict management. Where people work together there will always be conflicts, sooner or later. So it's nothing better to learn how managing conflict right and get development at the same time.

Submitted by kanzy on Wed, 20/11/2019 - 14:03

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

Submitted by Ali Hussein on Tue, 19/11/2019 - 21:53

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

Submitted by HelianG on Mon, 11/11/2019 - 16:36

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

Submitted by dan on Sun, 10/11/2019 - 08:17

Hello, 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.