Annual Conference plenary speaker Alastair Dryburgh bills himself as "the strategist for those impatient to do great things and frustrated with the usual methods."
He's planning something a bit different for English UK member centres, running a hands-on session exploring ideas designed to invigorate ELT businesses as well as delivering a talk comprised of useful ideas from his entrepreneurial career.
Alastair, a former finance director, is the author of two books on business; writes columns for Management Today and Forbes.com ; and has spent the last 14 years working with companies to reinvigorate growth by employing inventive solutions.
Looking at the ELT industry and its challenges, Alastair says: "I think there's still a huge need for people to learn English and a huge value for non-English speakers to learn - it's got to be a very worthwhile place to be working. An investor asks himself one question: does this business have the right to exist? Would the market miss it if it wasn't there? If the answer is yes, then in his own words, 'everything else is fixable'."
English UK's conference producer Tom Weatherley is looking forward to the session: "Alastair has a huge range of experience, including writing bestselling business books and conference speaking around the world. Described by Forbes.com as 'the leading authority on reigniting growth' we are really excited to see what Alastair will bring to our members."
The English UK Annual Conference and AGM is being held in London on 17 May at the Tower Hotel. There is a free place for every member, so register your attendance today!
Also appearing at this year's conference are our insight partners StudentMarketing, who will release our annual Student Statistics Report, providing expert analysis on market trends. With great sessions and unrivalled networking opportunities, the English UK Annual Conference is an important event in the ELT industry's business calendar.
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