“Sometimes we get stuck in the things that trip us up, our stumbling blocks, and this was a great opportunity to hear that somebody else has experienced those issues too.” 

Shawna Miller, President, Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce


Barbara's keynotes and team building seminars help organizations build  stronger, more resilient teams.

Turning Stumbling Blocks Into Building Blocks For Success!


Barbara can help your team get past these common stumbling blocks:

  • Communication breakdowns between co-workers.

  • Coping with and eventually reducing stress.

  • Personality conflicts between team members.

  • Lack of team spirit or morale.

  • Dealing with and accepting change.

  • Butting heads with managers and team leaders.

  • Boring meetings and presentations.

In her keynotes and team building seminars, Barbara shares and teaches the Stumbling Blocks philosophy—the belief that you can get past your stumbling blocks—to help people understand and embrace her key message, "If you get back up anything is possible."

The Stumbling Blocks Philosophy inspires and teaches people to overcome challenges, obstacles and hurdles at work.

The Stumbling Blocks Philosophy strengthens communication, teamwork and accountability—the building blocks your team needs to succeed. 

Book Barbara to speak at your next event and she'll help you see your stumbling blocks in a fresh and powerful way. 

“Barbara presented to our department at a time of significant change. Her sessions helped get conversations started about the impacts of change in a way that was fun, engaging and accessible to all who attended.” 

John Younk, Director, Strategic Planning Ancillary Services, University of Alberta


Build A Stronger, More Resilient Team

Barbara May is a leadership communication expert, team building facilitator and award winning coach.


With more than two decades of work experience behind her in fields as diverse as sport and recreation, education, social services, not-for-profit management, entertainment and government, Barbara brings a uniquely powerful mix of personal stories, humorous examples, and real-world insight to her programs and clients. 

By talking openly about her struggles and triumphs, Barbara helps people discover new ways of solving problems in the workplace such as dealing and communicating with co-workers and bouncing back from mistakes with confidence.

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“I want to thank you again for the great day! Our team continued conversations around points discussed throughout the evening. I even heard, 'Now, that’s a stumbling block.'”

Carrie Scammell, Team Lead, Alberta Pacific Forest Industries Inc.


“Barbara provided our group a personalized, dynamic and intriguing presentation! She was funny and thoughtful! Such a rare package for a presenter and a fabulous end to our Retreat!”

Joelle Brown, Executive Director, St. Albert Victim Services

What's the first step?

Contact Barbara May. Discuss your team's biggest stumbling block(s) with her. Then bring her in to work with your team. She'll help you work together, steadily improve your performance, be motivated, stay with the company, and grow as leaders. And, most importantly, get past your stumbling blocks.