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 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.

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.

Submitted by GiulianaAndy on Thu, 17/06/2021 - 18:58

I would attend for conflict management because sometimes conflicts destroy teams, but sometimes they help us to achieve the successful. I think different people have different ideas. Therefore, for that reason is more probably that the team presents differences sometimes, and those differences sometimes lead us to conflicts.

Submitted by Khin Yee Mon Khaing on Wed, 09/06/2021 - 12:09

I would attend leading giving feedbacks because it can improve our skills and know our right and wrong and what should I do to improve.

Submitted by AnnaWhi on Thu, 27/05/2021 - 17:29

I would like to attend the conference sessions about storytelling. For me storytelling is really effective way to motivate people to perform better.

Submitted by NYANADHAZA on Mon, 24/05/2021 - 11:09

There are many kinds of problems dealing with conflict in the world.

Submitted by Homam21 on Mon, 24/05/2021 - 09:18

I would attend the Managing International Projects conference because I'm working on an international project nowadays.

Submitted by Rafaela1 on Wed, 19/05/2021 - 13:48

Online conference might be able to reduce conflicts...? ;)

Submitted by Ahmad_khalid on Wed, 19/05/2021 - 13:06

i would attend in managing conflict to see how can we deal with and solve the different conflicts

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Sun, 09/05/2021 - 11:18

I would like all the sessions because I'm too weak in communication. This is why I'm here. But I most like session is feedback. Feedback is very helpful to build employees. Second I'm also like storytelling. I like very much story. I read many stories in childhood.

Submitted by fontan on Thu, 29/04/2021 - 04:11

I think 'using storytelling in leadership communication' is interesting. I would like to attend this conference :)

Submitted by MikhailZatopliaev on Sun, 18/04/2021 - 02:50

I like all. So I prefer visit all. But most interesting for me It is Storytelling, and giving feedback. I think giving feedback very important for growing of employees'. About storytelling, I thing story is good way to understand things, when we was children our parents tell story for help us understand this world.

Submitted by lyn38082 on Wed, 14/04/2021 - 04:16

I've attended some workshop in my school. All of them were so interesting. I have learn many benefit things. In addition, I had been eaten many delicious snacks and cookies.

Submitted by Rafaela1 on Sun, 11/04/2021 - 13:05

All sessions seem to be interesting. ;)

Submitted by IWonder on Sat, 10/04/2021 - 18:21

Forgive me, but Alisa Petrov is not a suitable name. Alisa is a Russian female name and Petrov is a male surname. In Russia, surname's endings vary by gender. So you should use Petrova instead of Petrov.

Hi IWonder,

Thank you for the information. I live in Poland and many surnames here have masculine and feminine forms as well (Kowalski > Kowalska, for example). However, when Poles emigrate to another country their surnames generally stop changing in this way and become fixed in one form, even if it is not a correct form in the Polish language. Perhaps something similar has happened with Ms Petrov(a).



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Submitted by Paula Bermúdez… on Wed, 07/04/2021 - 20:14

I believe that I really would like to attend "Leading in uncertain times" with Omar Abboud because I considerer that nowadays, especially with the pandemic, it is pretty important to learn and have knowledge about what we can do in uncertain times.

Submitted by Ahmad_khalid on Sat, 03/04/2021 - 16:19

i think i would like to attend in different conferences such as: - using storytelling in leadership communication -conflict management

Submitted by desouza on Sat, 03/04/2021 - 13:24

I would like to attend all of conference because I am not well at communitation with my team. I always consider by my self our problems because they are sometimes conflict each other.I need to learn how to be deal with older employees than me and how to change their lazy ideas and how I give them inspration. than you that contenct would be helped.

Submitted by TIa vinaka on Thu, 25/03/2021 - 02:06

I'm interested in Management styles. because I would like to learn various management style.

Submitted by ELIZABETDC on Wed, 24/03/2021 - 15:03

I would like to attend to differents conferences mainly these four: 1. Managing with change by Akira. 2. Leading in uncertain times by Omar. 3. Conflicts management by Tracy. 4. Developing creative thinking in your team by Mariana

Submitted by Silvia Paredes on Fri, 19/03/2021 - 11:01

I would like to attend “Using storytelling in leadership communication” because I think this is very good metod for to transmit ideas for your team.

Submitted by gbrrjulyy on Wed, 17/03/2021 - 00:11

I'd like to attend "Leading small businesses". Because i really want to open a small business and i know it's important to know what's small business and the foundation of small business. this conference session will be very helpful for me to bring success to my small business

Submitted by Rano on Tue, 16/03/2021 - 12:05

I choose using story telling in leader ship communication because lthink fact story from long exprenice can learn.

Submitted by Sonia Ordonez on Mon, 15/03/2021 - 17:54

i would like to attend to the conference called leading in uncertain times,because now , we are living in that situation with the pandemic. I think if owners and employees, receive information and orientation about how to manage their business,they can afront better the situation and it can ensure ,maybe, success,even the pandemic or other problem like that

Submitted by In on Sat, 13/03/2021 - 08:20

I would like to attend the Leading small businesses conference because I have a small business so I could learn something new there that could help me in my development at work.

Submitted by Enas Almzoghi on Mon, 08/03/2021 - 13:44

I would like to attend all of them because they are useful and will help us with our business.

Submitted by Mohamed sadik on Sun, 07/03/2021 - 11:56

These conferences are useful for some people but somehow not for me as I figured out digging in the text book and bringing out the knowledge as much useful and solid method for me

Submitted by ANOUAR on Wed, 03/03/2021 - 13:13

I would like to attend all the conference sessions because they're all helpfull and they teach us how to lead and manage people effictively.

Submitted by Tomas Guitart on Tue, 02/03/2021 - 20:00

I would like to attend "managing change" because everybody have to know how to deal with change. The situation won't always stay the same as it is now. Also it is important because change has brought a lot of advance and development in our society, so we shouldn't avoid the change and his possitive things.

Submitted by Muhiddin on Tue, 02/03/2021 - 05:19

I'd like to attend the second part of workshop "Developing creative thinking in your team". because we need to see from different ways in things.

Submitted by Ari on Mon, 01/03/2021 - 19:34

I'd like to attend "Leading small businesses". In my opinion, this is a really important topic to discuss, because many people start as small companies or organizations, and their leaders need a lot of motivation and good knowledge to manage such a business. Most of these companies become death because of their leaders, because when he gives up, everyone in that company gives up. Only good preparation, patience and ingenuity, which belong to the boss, can help save the small buisness.

Submitted by Maria Andrea on Wed, 24/02/2021 - 00:49

I would like attend at the session Conflict management. I think it is very important known how to manage and solve problems

Submitted by jose luis torr… on Sun, 21/02/2021 - 19:01

I'd like to atend leading small businesses due to It's very important we can focus to small thinks and control it. Then We can be solve to big problems and became an experts.

Submitted by Pola on Fri, 19/02/2021 - 18:10

I'd like to attend the leading small businesses and the leading in certainty times to let me get much more better in leading in small businesses and in uncertainty times. It's important to be more knowlegeable and have some new concepts.

Submitted by Yusra Mahadi on Thu, 18/02/2021 - 18:32

Conflict management , because I believe that when we solve conflict between team members then we can achieve our goal in business.

Submitted by Leila77 on Wed, 17/02/2021 - 07:56

I'd like to attend the session "Using storytelling in leadership communication" with Antoine Martin, because it's new for me and I'm curious to know more about this subject.

Submitted by Adrian49 on Tue, 16/02/2021 - 18:52

Hi everyone! I would choose two conference sessions. First of all, Managing change with Akira Yoshida, because I’ve worked as the Process Engineer and I know how people behaved when I wanted to change something, although I didn’t want to make something wrong for them. Conflict management with Tracy Edward is interesting as well. I can’t imagine how we can managing conflict in our team and even it can bring about development.
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