Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Barbara May different?

Barbara May is a leadership communication expert, team building facilitator and award-winning coach. She brings a uniquely powerful mix of personal stories, humorous examples, and real-world insight to her programs and clients.



“Barbara May possesses a passionate coaching style combined with years of real-life experience. Thoughtful and appealing, her presentations are always packed with powerful information wrapped in a fun and interactive style of engagement.”

- Stephen Khan, Owner, Management Information Group

Can Barbara customize her program to meet our specific needs?

Yes, Barbara will customize her style and content to meet your specific needs.


“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 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.


“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

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.


“Thank you for overcoming all those stumbling blocks years ago so you could be here today to educate, engage & inspire us!”


Megan Maltman, HR Manager, Primary Care Network

What types of stumbling blocks can Barbara help us get past?

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.


“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

Does Barbara May's Team Building Academy meet the eligibility requirements for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant?

Yes, provided you complete a minimum of 21 hours of training. The training must be live (not pre-recorded) and can be delivered in person or online. 

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant is an employer-driven training program. This means the employer decides who gets training and what type of training is needed. Employers are required to use a third-party training provider—that's where Barbara May comes in. She will work with you and customize the training to meet your needs.

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant is available to private and not-for-profit sector employers of all sizes across the province and covers 2/3 of the eligible training costs up to a maximum of $10,000 per employee and $300,000 per year for each employer. 

Please note: Meeting eligibility criteria does not guarantee funding approval. 


"Watching my brother go from bumbling and fumbling to a clear, concise, structured presentation made it clear how effective Barbara May's teachings are. It was a true transformation."


- Mike Kuby, Playworks

Does Barbara work with Culturally Diverse Teams?

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


“Barbara is quickly able to read her audience and deliver a customized session that engages everyone where they’re at. She easily connected with our very diverse group of students, captivating them with her own personal stories while tying everything back to their success.”

- Aubri Trithardt, Team Leader, CORE Skills Program, Catholic Social Services

What is a Stumbling Blocks Challenge?

A Stumbling Blocks Challenge is a fun, informative and highly interactive team building activity that 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.


“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.

What learning objectives can Barbara support and reinforce?

Barbara can support and reinforce the following learning objectives in her team building seminars:

  • Change management and accepting change.

  • Taking initiative and being willing to ask for help.

  • Moving on and learning from your mistakes.

  • Handling burnout, stress and setbacks.

  • Motivation, teamwork and accountability.

  • Communication, collaboration and resolving conflict.

  • Public speaking and presentation skills.


“Right from the start, Barbara engaged our group at a level that challenged us. Discussion was aimed at how to apply our insights to our own situations. The day moved quickly, and no one was zoning out. A great experience all around.”

- Bobbi Junior, Communications Coordinator, Family Solutions Group

Does Barbara offer a multi-booking discount?

Yes, Barbara’s passion is helping organizations build stronger, more resilient teams. She offers a multi-booking discount if you book her for more than one seminar.


“Barbara is a very positive and inspiring facilitator. She was able to pull out the strengths and talents of participants to help them see what they have to offer. I think she did a wonderful job.” 

Suzanna Martin, Norquest College

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

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


“Barbara was excellent at detecting the key stumbling blocks for each person's situation. Wonderful observation skills and very entertaining!" 

- Carol Brandly, Seminar Participant

Does Barbara speak at conferences and conventions? 

Yes. Barbara's inspiring keynotes speeches are a great way to kick off your event.



“Barbara's keynote gave attendees the chance to interact with one another and develop their problem solving skills. She has a great story, and kept the crowd motivated and enthused for the entire hour.” 

- Brenda Kolasa, CEO, Success 4 Business Expo

Do Barbara's team building seminars make a difference?

Yes! Barbara's team building seminars help organizations build stronger, more resilient teams.


“Barbara's willingness to share her story has impacted me in a very remarkable way. It has impacted our journey as a hospital." 

- Dr. Curtis Johnston, Chief Medical Officer, Royal Alexandra Hospital

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.


“Barbara was friendly, engaging, and took the time to speak with attendees as well as the news media. She was a joy to work with and we were thrilled that she was part of our event!”

- Tom Pura, Grande Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce