“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 - Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce

Motivational Keynotes &

Team Building Seminars

Barbara's programs can be customized to meet your organizations needs. Just ask! The presentations described below are Barbara's most popular for helping people get past their stumbling blocks. Motivational keynotes are typically between 45 and 90 minutes. Team building seminars are typically between 2 and 6 hours. 

Stumbling Blocks: Overcoming Life's Hard Knocks

Everyone makes mistakes, everyone stumbles and falls. The question is, do you know how to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get moving again? By talking openly about her struggles and triumphs, Barbara May shows you how to get past your stumbling blocks and be happy, motivated and productive. Hearing Barbara will open your mind to new possibilities as she takes you on an unforgettable journey from falling off the balance beam to surviving life-threatening pulmonary emboli.

Stumbling Blocks for Health Care Providers: Creating a Culture that Cares

Great patient care stems from a team of healthcare professionals that are passionate about their work. But having a team that works together seamlessly is a challenging goal to accomplish. Issues with communication, the ability to handle difficult situations, and the motivation to truly engage, are stumbling blocks that every organization faces. Using her past experiences as a patient as well as her years of experience as a motivational speaker, Barbara May will help you get past your stumbling blocks and create a culture that cares. 

A Crash Course in Overcoming Stumbling Blocks at Work

When people run into stumbling blocks at work they often feel they can’t move forward, or they get defensive and dig their heels in. Teamwork gives way to individual complaints. People shift from enjoying work to resenting it. Side issues take the stage and work can grind to a halt. But stumbling blocks can be overcome and Barbara May can show you how. In this interactive team building seminar, Barbara shows you how to turn your stumbling blocks into building blocks for success.

Public Speaking Secrets: Unblocking Yourself to be a Better Presenter

Have you ever wondered why some business leaders are so successful? It's because they not only know how to communicate effectively, but more importantly, they make becoming an engaging presenter a top priority. And that's where Barbara May comes in. She'll help you achieve incredible career success by teaching you how to speak in public with entertaining confidence and effortless style. Better yet, at the same time she'll help you get past your public speaking stumbling blocks and become an engaging presenter.

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

John Younk - University of Alberta

Leadership Training

If you are planning to go virtual with your leadership training, or would like in person training for a small group, then you'll want to talk to Barbara May. Her Leadership Effectiveness Program is ideal for 6 - 12 participants and can be presented in person or online.  

Level I: Leadership Fundamentals Certificate

8 hours per seminar

24 hours per certificate

Seminar 1: Establishing your personal leadership style

Seminar  2: Responding effectively to resistance

Seminar  3: Communication, collaboration and connection



Level II: Leadership Presentation Certificate

8 hours per seminar

24 hours per certificate

Seminar 4: Professional presentation and impact

Seminar 5: Public speaking and presentation skills

Seminar 6: Professional networking and media relations



Level III: Leadership Excellence Certificate

8 hours per seminar

24 hours per certificate

Seminar 7: The wider lens of leadership

Seminar 8: Initiative and team building

Seminar 9: Coaching for excellence




“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 - Family Solutions Group

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

Carrie Scammell - Alberta Pacific Forest Industries Inc.


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 their stumbling blocks.


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47 Walden Crescent, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada T8N 3N5

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