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 Nandar Su Hlaing on Tue, 09/08/2022 - 13:40


If I would get a chance conference concern with job, I always attend and I try to make positive suggestion. In my previous office, they always ask me to attend tax conference.

Submitted by sajede.salehi on Mon, 01/08/2022 - 14:32


I would like to go to Management styles because I believe that by knowing different management styles you can actually come up with the best solutions and solve more problems.

Submitted by AliYamini on Mon, 04/07/2022 - 09:42


Could you please let me know why "4" is True?
In the text, it doesn't say anything about defference betrween small businesses and "big" ones. If it was a "alse, True, Not Given" question what the answer was?

Hello AliYamini,

If you say 'How is leading small businesses different?', this question is already stating that small businesses are different. If you don't think there is a difference, you would say something like 'Is leading small businesses different?', though even that question could suggest that you think there is a difference.

I suppose you could argue that 'Not given' would be a more accurate answer than 'True', but between 'True' and 'False', 'True' is definitely the best answer for the reason I mention.

Does that make sense?

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Alegpl on Sun, 03/07/2022 - 17:45


I find them interesting the views of other users about these subjects. The conference I would attend is that of the "storytelling in leadership communication", just because I find it interesting this approach of organizational communication and communication in general

Submitted by alexiamontes2004 on Fri, 01/07/2022 - 02:19


Which of the conference sessions would you attend? Why?

I would attend the Manage Change section with Akira Yoshida because that way I could learn to face the changes that happen in life and see the positive side of it and not just negative things that harm us.

Submitted by has__sah18 on Thu, 30/06/2022 - 10:21


Hi everyone, I think most imortant skills that employer should have are giving right and motivated feedback to his employees, because when your staff knows what you want exactly, they will do how you want, and encouraging their work means everything for them, i am an student but when your lecturer say something nice to your work it feel so good and next time you are trying to do your best.

Submitted by khalid muhammed on Sun, 26/06/2022 - 10:02


For me I will go for giving feedback session, as I see giving continuous feedback about how work is going and the quality of the work can help the employees avoid the mistakes next time, also will make the work go fast as the employees will not wasting time doing low-quality work, and increases the communication between you and your team. For new graduates this more important as they in the beginner of their professional life and they want a leader that can guide and mentor them through good feedback

Submitted by daviddavisian on Sun, 12/06/2022 - 07:30


I would like to attend Leading small businesses workshop. as a matter of fact small businesses are becoming popular in 3rd world countries and help families to improve their life style by impowering themselves thorough economical independency.

Submitted by Benni on Tue, 07/06/2022 - 17:24


I would like to attend "the storytelling in leadership comunication" because I think that's important speaking to people's heart to create a debate or new ideas but also to convince them. Nowdays there are lots of minds of comunication that may be used knowing the art of storytelling to create a social community might support you and your projects or ideas.