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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




Language level

Intermediate: B1


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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

I would attended leading small business as I'm planning to quit my job and follow my dream to start a new business . Of course , I must at first learn about basics , methods and risk before i cut my teeth and start a new small project