Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Barbara different?

Barbara May brings her Stumbling Blocks philosophythe belief that you can get past your stumbling blocksto all her programs and clients. By talking openly about her struggles and triumphs, Barbara helps people in the audience understand and embrace her key message: If you get back up, anything is possible.

Can Barbara customize her program to meet our specific needs?

Yes. Barbara brings a uniquely powerful mix of personal stories, humorous examples, and real-world insight to her programs and clients. She will customize her style and content to meet your specific needs.

What is the ideal audience size for a team building seminar?

It depends on your goals and objectives for the seminar. For example: If you would like your team to get to know one another on a more personal level, which will strengthen relationships and improve productivity, then an ideal audience size is 12 – 24 participants.

If you have a different goal in mind, please call Barbara May. The ideal audience size could be anywhere between 2 and 200 participants.

Does Barbara offer a multi-booking discount?

Yes. Barbara’s goal is to help your team get past their stumbling blocks.


If you have more than one team that requires training, and/or would like Barbara to deliver a series of programs to the same team, then please ask her about the multi-booking discount.  

What is Barbara's favourite part of teaching team building seminars?

When people have ‘aha’ moments. Or as one participant called it, ‘ha ha’ moments.

Does Barbara speak at conferences and conventions? 

Yes. Her interactive motivational keynote is a great way to kick off your event.


She'll help your members engage, network, and most importantly, get past their stumbling blocks.

Do Barbara's team building seminars make a difference?

Yes! One of the ways Barbara's seminars help teams is by giving them a common language they can use to talk about stumbling blocks at work.

What's the first step?

Call 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.

What is the Stumbling Blocks Challenge?

The Stumbling Blocks Challenge is a fun way to help people learn new ways of solving problems in the workplace such as dealing and communicating with co-workers and bouncing back from mistakes with confidence.

What learning objectives can Barbara support and reinforce?

  • Change management and accepting change

  • Taking initiative and being willing to ask for help

  • Moving on and learning from your mistakes

  • Increasing resilience and productivity

  • Handling burnout, stress and setbacks

  • Motivation, team work and accountability

  • Communication, collaboration and resolving conflict

  • Public speaking and presentation skills

  • Leadership effectiveness

  • Creating a culture that cares

How much does Barbara charge?

Barbara’s fee is $3,500 - $5,000  depending on a few factors like audience size, length of presentation, travel time, and how much customization is required.

Does Barbara offer a special rate for not-for-profit associations?

Yes. As part of her commitment to improving health care and education, Barbara offers a special rate for not-for-profit associations.

Do we have to tell Barbara about our team's stumbling blocks?

No, it isn’t mandatory. Barbara can deliver a team building seminar that focuses on the most common stumbling blocks. For example: dealing and communicating with co-workers and bouncing back from mistakes with confidence.

Can we apply for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant to offset the cost of Barbara's leadership training?

Yes, as long as the training is 21 hours.

The grant will cover 2/3 of the eligible training costs up to a maximum of $10,000 per employee and $300,000 per year for each employer. 

The program is available to private and not-for-profit sector employers of all sizes across the province.

Does Barbara work with Indigenous Organizations?

Yes! Barbara has extensive experience working with Indigenous People with a wide variety of ages, education, experience, social and cultural backgrounds.