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Barbara May speaking at the University of Alberta

Barbara May delivers engaging sessions where laughter meets learning and stumbling blocks transform into building blocks for effective communication, teamwork, and leadership.

“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

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“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

Energize Your Event and Get People Talking!

Barbara May's motivational keynotes are more than just talks; they are interactive experiences rich with engaging discussions, real-world examples, and audience participation.


Barbara’s approachable and relatable style, coupled with her Stumbling Blocks philosophy, ensures that participants don’t just listen but actively engage, relate, and apply the learnings in their professional journey.

Transform challenges into building blocks with Barbara May and make every obstacle an opportunity for growth and success!

Barbara May on stage in front of an audience at a conference

“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

Don’t Let Stumbling Blocks Hinder Your Team's Potential

In her team-building seminars, Barbara creates a safe learning environment where you can discover new ways of solving problems in the workplace such as dealing and communicating with co-workers and bouncing back from mistakes with confidence.


Her method involves teaching a variety of strategies, tools and techniques, which you can use outside of the team building seminar to 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.  

Participants in a Stumbling Blocks Team Building Seminar using blocks to build a structure.

“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.

Invest in the Power of Barbara May's Engaging Leader Breakthrough Program

Barbara May's Engaging Leader Breakthrough is a unique training program that helps managers, supervisors, and business owners communicate with confidence and authority from the breakroom to the boardroom and lead their team to higher levels of performance and productivity without drama or backlash.


Unlike most courses, training and coaching programs that only add a single piece of the puzzle—oftentimes leaving you more confused, frustrated and overwhelmed than when you started—Barbara May's Engaging Leader Breakthrough is the puzzle itself.

All you have to do is complete the right steps in the right order. And Barbara will be right alongside you every step of the way!

A diagram listing the 9 courses in Barbara May's Engaging Leader Breakthrough Program.

"Barbara's program was very eye opening for me. She gave me a new perspective, especially being a solo'preneur'. Now I have a new way to communicate with my contractors, audiences, peers and teams. Thank you for this insightful program!"

Kerri Jarrett, Owner, The Hair Coach

Why Barbara May?

Known for her "Stumbling Blocks" philosophy and a multifaceted career spanning over three decades across diverse fields, including sport and recreation, education, not-for-profit management, entertainment and government, Barbara May uses a rich blend of personal stories, humorous examples, and real-world insight to encourage and empower leaders and teams to succeed. She embodies her key message: If you get back up, anything is possible.

Her distinctive background, including joking her way into the Guinness World Records and surviving life-threatening pulmonary embolism (blood clots in her lungs), adds an engaging and inspiring layer to her presentations. She delivers interactive keynotes, team building seminars and leadership training programs where laughter meets learning and stumbling blocks transform into building blocks for effective communication, teamwork, and leadership.

Barbara May standing outside with trees and a walking bridge over the Sturgeon River in the background

Unlock your team's potential and turn challenges into opportunities

Contact Barbara May today to discover how her keynotes, team building seminars and leadership training program can elevate your success. Let's talk!

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