Keynotes, Plenaries & Workshops
Would you like Richard Bradford to speak at your event? Let's chat about it.
Disquiet Dog founder Richard Bradford has extensive experience of speaking at education fairs and workshops around the world. Able to deliver presentations in English, French, German and - at a push - Spanish, each talk is custom prepared to tie in with the organisers' themes and previous delegate feedback.
The most nerve-wracking ever was giving a 30-minute presentation to a delegation of government officials and educationalists at Il Congreso Internacional sobre el Español como Valor y Recurso Cultural, Turístico y Económico, in Salamanca, 2008. With only GCSE Spanish which he'd studied 23 years earlier, it was a bit of a challenge just to get the words out, and it was the only time he spoke from a script.
More recently, Richard has taken up the ukulele and if you're lucky (or unlucky) you might find one of his plenaries gets neatly summarised with a familiar tune and some unexpected lyrics.
Here are some of the forthcoming appearances and recent talks, presentations and workshops:
Exploring digital culture change (working title)
A five-hour interactive training seminar to look at how education providers can embed the kind of digital culture in their organisations so that everyone can contribute to the digital effort.
EnglishUK Training, Friday 25 May 2018
British Council/English UK Digital Marketing Bootcamp - Beginners
Richard and team have written a brand beginners' level digital marketing programme for the UK English Language Teaching (ELT) sector. This two-day programme will be piloted in London on 21st and 22nd September 2017, with a series of other programmes at beginner and more advanced levels in 2018 and beyond. Devised and promoted by British Council and English UK (click to find out more), or book here. Designed and delivered by Disquiet Dog.
Winning Bigger Tenders - A Loser's Guide
A one-hour session designed to test comfort zones around pitching for, winning and delivering a successful large-scale education programme.
Studyworld, September 2017
A four-hour fully bespoke workshop to help a prominent group of language schools develop a robust process and action plan for large-scale education tendering.
(Private group), August 2017
Digital Marketing in Study Travel: Expert Panel Discussion
Panel discussion as part of an afternoon of discussion around the theme of Digital Marketing and the Student Experience of Language Study Abroad.
IALC Boston, March 2017
We. Need. A. New. Website. How to deal with developers and get the site you really need.
An elective session on how to collaborate effectively as an organisation to make the development of a new website as painless as possible.
EnglishUK Marketing Conference, February 2017
Feedback comments via EnglishUK:
"Came at the right time for us. Also very useful to discuss other schools' experiences"
"Very engaging, relevant content, lots of interaction time and time to reflect on our own experiences and share these with other candidates. Great session."
What happens next will blow your mind
A plenary session on how digital marketing in education is likely to change in the future, and what education providers can be doing now to get ahead of the trend.
EnglishUK Marketing Conference, February 2017
Feedback comments via EnglishUK:
"Good communicator. Authority over subject matter without arrogance. Some v helpful insights. Provocative."
"Very informative and entertaining. Excellent speaker."
"Great presentation with some excellent ideas"
How to deliver digitally with limited resources
A talk aimed at education establishments with a small marketing department and a big need for content.
StudyWorld - EnglishUK, London, September 2015
When schools and agents join forces
Presentation looking at how internationally focussed schools and their in-country educational tour operator 'agents' can collaborate effectively around digital marketing.
IALC 2016, London, April 2016
How education providers can use their own people to develop digital content
A success story of how a school was able to harness the creative power of its staff to significantly boost its search engine positioning, plus lots of tips on how other schools can do the same.
StudyWorld - EnglishUK, London, September 2016
Face up to your elephants
A presentation looking at the three elephants in the room of business teaching in the UK. A challenging talk which urged school owners to think differently about decision-making in a digital world.
BusinessEnglishUK, London, December 2015
How to deliver digitally with limited resources in the FE sector
A talked tailored specifically to Further Education, presented during the inaugural meeting of the AOSEC Digital Learning Network
AOSEC - October 2015
Collaborative pitching for corporate contracts
A presentation on how education providers can create complex proposal documents and pitches in a short space of time for international government education tenders.
BusinessEnglishUK, London, September 2015
How to win international tenders in less than a week
A recap of how Richard put together a 65-page tender and a custom pitch video in three days and successfully won a six-figure international education tender.
UK Trade & Industry (UKTI) [now DIT] Education - March 2015
Image: Delegates watching Richard Bradford's talk at the IALC Workshop 2016. Courtesy of IALC
07th September 2017
The Digital Clinic – A mobile clinic for digital culture change events What’s the purpose of the Digital Clinic? At Disquiet Dog, we believe that the only way to ensure your organisation’s future prosperity in promoting courses and educational services is to have the right kind of presence online. If we’re talking about ranking highly […]07th July 2017
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31st March 2017
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08th February 2017
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06th December 2016
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14th November 2016
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