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ALTO Newsletter September 2013
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September, 2013



In This Issue

ALTO Day Berlin 2013- register now
The 80 Minute MBA by John Knell
Industry Panel London
Survey on Future Speakers
Membership update
ALTO Industry News

New ALTO members

ACET Active Centre of English Training, Ireland
Gallery Languages, UK/ Italy
Hosts International, UK
IELS Malta
InterMundial Seguros, Spain
VanWest College, Canada

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Future speakers? Have your say!

The ALTO Board has been identifying areas of business management that all business owners and leaders have to face in their daily jobs. Our members have had the opportunity to learn from internationally renowned top class speakers who tackled the issue at hand and gave the audience tangible tools to improve their business performance with.

It's your chance to suggest topics and influence who we invite as Speakers to our professional development events in 2014! Complete this survey now:

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ALTO Industry News

Find all your industry news in one place: at the ALTO homepage. We've collected leading industry news sources for you at the top right corner of

ALTO Day Berlin 3rd November 2013 - register now

Andrew Needham, Business professional with 15+ years experience working with CFOs, HR and L&D specialists in leading organisations.
Delivering Improved Financial Performance by Andrew Needham

We are pleased to present our speaker at the upcoming Berlin event - Andrew Needham, who with his seminar "Delivering Improved Financial Performance" will give the owners/managers of Language schools and Educational agencies the skills and confidence to use financial reports as an effective planning tool for their business.

His presentation will be part of the ALTO Day event starting with the association's Annual General Meeting at 10:45. During the AGM we will discuss ALTO's future plans and also elect ALTO Board members for the 2013-2016 term.

ALTO Day Berlin 2013 schedule:
10:45 - 12:45 Annual General Meeting (Watch this space for Elections special after 7th October)
13:00 - 14:30 Networking lunch and Honorary Member Award presentation
14:45 - 19:00 Delivering Improved Financial Performance by Andrew Needham

Read more and register now...1/3 of the seats are already booked

The 80 Minute MBA by John Knell

"Never cancel a Christmas party", advised John Knell, corporate strategist and latest speaker at the ALTO seminar that took place in London in early September. The energetic business expert delivered a compelling presentation to a high number of ALTO members as part of the whole day event on Monday between the Alphe London and StudyWorld Workshops.

During his seminar - The 80 minute MBA - he peeled back the layers of business speak and success mantras that he himself has absorbed to produce pithy succinct strategies for success that all members found tangible and lively.

John Knell

Read full article and watch the seminar videos online

Industry Panel London 2013

Based on the positive feedback about the first ALTO Industry Panel in New York and members' request for similar sessions the Board organised a panel discussion in the afternoon hours of the London event earlier in September. Members were encouraged to send in questions they feel would create and interesting debate and topics they would be interested to hear the panel's and the audience's opinion about.

During the 2 x 1 hour sessions the panel and the audience covered topics such as the consolidation of agencies in the next 5 years, the importance of global data about the industry, the sustainability of continuously increasing commissions,
the necessity of printed brochures or whether our industry can avoid dynamic pricing for much longer.

96% of participants found the panel discussion useful and interesting, I suspect this will be a returning feature at the ALTO events in 2014 as well.

ALTO members are advised that they can catch up on the debate by logging into the members' area and watch the Industry Panel videos online.

Left to right: David Anderson- ELS, USA, Susan Goldstein- ALTO Honorary member, Andrew Mangion - ALTO Board member and EC English Language Centres, Barbara Jaeschke- GLS Sprachenzentrum, Germany and Torsten Pankok- TravelPlus Group, Germany at the London event 2013.



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