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 Nikolaos Stavr… on Sun, 23/02/2020 - 10:03

I would like to attend the conference session '' Using storytelling in leadership communication'' with Antony Martin at 11.15- 12.30. In my opinion, the best way to communicate with your team is by telling stories. That's more interesting and gives the team confidence and to pay attention. PS: Is there anyone at the learn English team that could give me feedback on my writing? Thanks Nikolaos

Hello Nikolaos

If you have a specific question about a sentence or two that you've written, we're happy to answer it, but I'm afraid we don't provide feedback on our users' writing. We are simply too busy with other things to be able to offer such a service.

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Submitted by Emma.Z on Sun, 16/02/2020 - 03:56

hiiii everyone, I have a question about the word: deal, could you help me? For example, for a sentence from LONGMAN dictionary, 'many users end up dealing to support their habit.', does it mean they give up dealing or they finally select to deal? Thanksssss~

Hello Emma.Z

'deal' has many different meanings and uses. The one you mention is specifically related to illegal drugs -- in that sentence, it means they sell drugs to be able to have the drugs their addiction makes them want.

In the description of the 'Managing change' talk on this page, 'deal with' means 'act in order to achieve something or solve a problem'. If you look for 'deal with a problem/issue/matter' in the Longman dictionary entry, you can see more similar example sentences.

Hope this helps.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by SMTSS on Thu, 13/02/2020 - 04:02

I really like this course session . Because we can improve our english knowledge . Both of this programmes are very interesting.
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Submitted by TP on Thu, 13/02/2020 - 03:52

I would like to attend leading small business session. I think small businesses play a major role in an economy. Therefore, it is wise to explore more about them and understand how to manage them towards success.

Submitted by Silva18 on Tue, 11/02/2020 - 14:19

Hi all, i want to make friend with u to chat (by english) to improve writing. my skype name: -----------------

Hello Silva18

It's great that you want to practise your English, but I'm afraid that our House rules do not allow you to share the kind of personal information you need to contact other users outside of LearnEnglish. This is for legal reasons.


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Submitted by Ayzhan on Thu, 06/02/2020 - 13:09

I would like to attend Conflict management session with Tracy Edwards. It is very interesting theam. We always think that conflict - its something, that bring only destroy. However we can manage with it and manage into improve side.

Submitted by zeynab on Mon, 03/02/2020 - 18:57

if I could attend one of those meeting, I would have chose "small business leading" the reason I said this is I always liked to open my own small business but I was not sure the challenges.