A conference programme

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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


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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.

Submitted by Estefanilore on Tue, 31/05/2022 - 02:42


I like "Managing international projects" because today is very important to feel comfortable with intercultural communication in an international company.

Submitted by jyoti Chaudhary on Sun, 29/05/2022 - 12:25


Which of the conference sessions would you attend? Why?

The last time when I was working with my team. my boss emails every team member for the conference meeting in the evening. this is why because that was the last day of the month and our team achieve the minimum profit that month that's why he conducted the meeting and asked every team member to improve our work and get better output for next month.

Submitted by EMF_12 on Wed, 25/05/2022 - 23:17


I would assist to Alisa Petrov's workshop called "Managing international projects" because I want to know all the steps I have to follow to successfully launch an international business and consider all of the necessary advice for the way I will travel.

Submitted by Dulce Daniela … on Fri, 20/05/2022 - 01:32


I'd like to attend the conference of giving feedback with Amelia Novak, because I think that give feedback to your employees can help them to improve their work.

Submitted by Thamarai on Tue, 17/05/2022 - 14:39


I would like to attend all of them:)

Submitted by jayabalu on Tue, 17/05/2022 - 05:41


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Submitted by nadyanightingale on Sun, 08/05/2022 - 12:56


The workshop "Management Styles" by Helena Clark would be the most interesting for me at the moment. I would like to explore my style first and to learn how I can adapt and adjust it to my class or team in order to get better results.

Submitted by hoanghaik862000 on Fri, 06/05/2022 - 10:44


working in an international team is an opportunity, it helps us to learn new things, we can improve our soft skills, and can flexibly adapt to the change.

Submitted by saroja2275 on Mon, 02/05/2022 - 07:52


I would like to attend Managing international projects because it,s an international projects where I can meet a lot of people from different countries and it,s would give opportunity to learn different language or improve my English speaking skills.

Submitted by Amoon_96 on Thu, 28/04/2022 - 19:52


I think leading in uncertain times is so good, I want to know how can I deal with all different conditions and make sure everything is under control.
it makes me more responsible when I take a leadership position.

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Submitted by Sol Barajas on Fri, 15/04/2022 - 19:15


I would like to attend the Different management Styles and how can it improve to your team.

Submitted by Khin_Burmese on Fri, 01/04/2022 - 15:41


I would like to attend conflict management session because conflict usually occurs in every large or small company. If one were disable to manage it, the team would separate. As a consequence, more arguments are likely to happen at last.

Submitted by Lamine.bkr on Tue, 08/03/2022 - 00:01


I want to attend "Leading in uncertain times" because most companies collapse in uncertain times, so a big leader in such times will keep his team unified by the ongoing support and bring confidence to his team members.

Submitted by mdiaz on Fri, 04/03/2022 - 11:36


I choose using storytelling in leadership communication, I think is very important to look for the best way to communicate at your team what do you want or what do you expect about them in the company.

And also with this methodology the employess can learn faster in comparison with the traditional way.

Submitted by Anas-Code on Sat, 26/02/2022 - 18:17


to be honest, all the conference sessions sound quite interesting!, but i would attend with passion the session which discuss how leaders of small businesses can bring success to their team, that's because i intend to start my own small project, so i'd like to gain some useful, and practical tips from an expert that will save me a lot of time and effort down the track.

Submitted by Andy_Palma03 on Fri, 11/02/2022 - 19:03


I would like to attend Developing creative thinking in your team , because sometimes a work team can have problems about how to solve a problem, how to develop creative ideas , so, I think I could give them some ideas so we all can work together well in the base of that idea .

Submitted by thanhthaole on Sat, 22/01/2022 - 15:21


I will choose the " Management styles" sessions because I think a suitable style of management is neccessary for the team's success. Therefore, finding an appropriate ones and adopting to fit the teams may be an interesting session.

Submitted by CValery on Sat, 08/01/2022 - 00:09


It is such a great oportunity to learn about all those subjects, being sincere i would attend to all the conference, however i fancy the morning progamme, and for sure i would attend to Managing change, Using storytelling in leadership communication and Leading small businesses, the reason why i choose them its because i really need to incresed my skills as a leader and work in teams, and also for a practicall career path knowing manage businesses

Submitted by Gijs on Tue, 04/01/2022 - 14:57


I choose "Conflict Management".....working in a team with different characters/ personalities can cause problems regularly, as there is no way that you can keep everybody in a team happy. Therefore it would be nice to know how to manage starting and/ or even ongoing conflicts well.

Submitted by ANOUAR on Tue, 28/12/2021 - 12:45


I like all the sessions because each one has something usefull to learn, but I would like to attend "Using storytelling in leadership communication" because I need this skill in order to manage my team effictively.

Submitted by wenyeeee on Mon, 27/12/2021 - 10:20


I would like to attend "Using storytelling in leadership communication" and "Conflict management". In this case leader is very important to manage a team, leading a team effectively make things going well. How to communicate with the team members by using a compelling talking skill and how to avoid and deal the conflict that happen commonly in a team are a kind of management skill we should learn as a leader.

Submitted by 100COMENTARIOS on Mon, 20/12/2021 - 18:07


I think avoid or know manage conflicts on the job is a great ability to ownself as a team leader, also it's very important avoid conflicts on the job because that type problem just hinder the team.

Submitted by Ahmed Abd Alrahman on Sun, 28/11/2021 - 12:02


I would like to be in conflicts manage session it's very interesting and important topic to me , Because I think the conflicts is opinions difference between people , This conflicts if not manage wisely it can have disastrous results in our life for what ; Only for not agree the same opinions .

Submitted by Stela Stoycheva on Tue, 16/11/2021 - 21:27


I think "Using storytelling in leadership communication" and "Managing international projects" will be interesting for me, because in our live we must work with people from different nationality, culture, idea... First one maybe because I can hear something which can catch me from storytelling.

Submitted by ele_bonilla on Thu, 11/11/2021 - 21:44


'Developing creative thinking in your team' could be interesting becasue it's a way to figure out new solutions for problem situations. That could give and extra skill for the whole work team.

Submitted by Aya Hassan on Mon, 08/11/2021 - 08:56


I would like to attend "leading in uncertain times " session..because I think it's so challenging to lead group, give them power and seem confident when you actually not sure and struggling with uncertainty which make person anxious.. Especially someone like me 😅so I would prefer attend this session..

Submitted by thakkar.ruchi01 on Fri, 05/11/2021 - 11:25


I would like to attend - Leading in uncertain times, as it will be helpful for dealing with the team at the time of uncertainty. A company can go through a phase of uncertainty in many situations. Like the market crash, immediate fall in the product demand, lack of resources, or maybe a pandemic. Hence, this session can be helpful to learn certain techniques about maintaining or even boosting confidence in the team.

Submitted by hacertasoluk on Mon, 01/11/2021 - 15:58


I would like to learn about differant culture project management stylies. Its looking exciting so I would like to attand 'Managing International Projects'
And I think I need to improve my creative thinking talent so, I would like to attand also 'Developing Creative Thinking Your Team'.

Submitted by LamVanPhuong on Sat, 30/10/2021 - 09:56


i think if possible i will join all of the conference sessions here because I want to have the most comprehensive view of it myself.

Submitted by Momocompanyman on Thu, 21/10/2021 - 18:48


I would like to attend in three conference sessions: management styles, leading small business and using storytelling in leadership communication because they help me to enhace my oral communication and improve the effectiveness teamwork.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Sun, 17/10/2021 - 06:34


I would like to attend think creatively. Because when you think creatively then you have many ideas to success in this world. Creative thinking leads to success
Many examples in the world you seen. New startup with new ideas are come up.

Submitted by zain on Tue, 12/10/2021 - 11:12


I would attend (Leading small business) with Cheng Wei because I'm curious about the differences between leading big/small business, in addition every big business started from a small one. I believe it would benefit if one day I planned to open a small business for myself! Hopefully, it will be related to my major: Computer Science!

Submitted by AnaPau2731 on Wed, 06/10/2021 - 15:52


I would attend to Using storytelling in leadership communication since I consider it is important to develop our communications skills and give them a twist from the traditional way. Sometimes we can persuade as well as give important messages taking out the formality and making the information more interesting and engaging.

Submitted by Wótila Carneiro on Wed, 06/10/2021 - 10:23


Which of the conference sessions would you attend? Why?
In my opinion, the Managing international projects conference, with Alisa Petrov it's a great speech, cause in these days we have to learning how to work with others country to growing up our business. Leaders have to know how to put this cultures in their teams.

Submitted by AnaPaulaAlmeida on Tue, 05/10/2021 - 16:45


I would like to try 'Giving Feedback' because it is important for a good environment to know how to talk to people about their strengths and weaknesses and how to improve them.

Submitted by Celise Monteir… on Sat, 04/09/2021 - 01:43

I would attend - " Conflict Management" because I work with a team im my company with a different kind of people and I think it is very important nowadays to deal and manage conflitcts.

Submitted by upendra chary poloju on Sat, 07/08/2021 - 16:14

Which of the conference sessions would you attend? Why? I would like to attend the conferences which are really pertinent to our career because those will help for professional development. I believe seminars improve our thought process, thinking ability, learning new things, and meeting new persons on one platform that widens our relationships professionally. In the conferences there we can submit our critics and can have elaborate discussions to extract the evidence-based reality.
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Submitted by iEdd on Mon, 19/07/2021 - 20:42

I would attedn "Conflict management" definitively, because people always have debates, complains and sometimes fights. We all think different, and nowadays tolerance is not strong among us. So, the leader figure is important to get rit on these topics. Also, a conflict is a chance to improve people lives throughout dialogue, respect as well as humanism.

Submitted by Pann Nilar Htun on Fri, 02/07/2021 - 10:44

If I would get a chance, definitely to join conflict management session for below reasons. 1) I am living in conflict affected area and inter-communal tensions are often occur. 2) I love to find the way with win-win method. 3) The solutions should be sustainable for all diversities.

Submitted by Marilyncc on Wed, 30/06/2021 - 21:22

I would attend conflict management. I'm sure the best way to learn from something is when you know how to deal with them and bring about development

Submitted by sasha200307 on Tue, 22/06/2021 - 06:26

I would attend the conference of Developing creative thinking. I consider that it's absolutely important part of the work, and it even helps to deal with some problems in a creative way.