You'll walk away with strategies, tools and techniques you can use to captivate customers, influence audiences and grow your business!

Professional Presentation and Impact

Master the skills you need to make team meetings, projects, presentations, discussions and collaboration that much easier and increase the impact you have as a leader.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • How to develop your own unique leadership style and use it to your advantage.

  • Understand leadership attributes such as self-awareness, authenticity, character, accountability and resiliency.

  • Your leadership style: Recognizing your strengths and limitations.

  • A look at personality traits and how they affect leadership style.

  • Why you should understand and appreciate other leadership styles—even if they aren’t right for you.

  • Setting boundaries: How to say “no” without creating hard feelings or feeling guilty.

  • Emotional intelligence: its role in leadership, and why you have a natural edge here.

  • The advantages of being available and visible at work.

Public Speaking and Presentation Skills

​Learn how to get past your public speaking stumbling blocks and become an engaging presenter.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • How to deal effectively with resistance, especially after a negative or unpopular decision has been made.

  • Listening between the lines—identifying the hidden agendas and false signals that lead to misunderstanding.

  • Hot buttons: how to keep people from pushing yours.

  • Recognizing trigger words, nonverbal cues and emotionally sensitive situations.

  • How to capture your listener’s attention and get your point across—even when they’re resistant, upset or angry.

  • How to gain commitment to policy and procedural changes that are critical to the success of the organization.

  • Tips on understanding and communicating effectively with different personality types.

  • How to confidently handle complaints and criticism from customers, team members and other leaders.

Professional Networking & Media Relations

​Gain winning strategies for building your network and dealing effectively with the news media.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • How to be a great leader—learn to communicate in a way that motivates and inspires.

  • Becoming an Exceptional Listener: Paying attention to what other people say to understand and appreciate their point of view.

  • How to use brainstorming as a tool for encouraging the free exchange of ideas and solutions.

  • Questioning Techniques: Asking the right questions to obtain useful information, and/or to help others gain insight.

  • How to create an environment that encourages team members—even untalkative ones—to fully participate in the exchange of ideas.

  • Proven tips for making sure your instructions are clear and understood.

  • Handle with ease all of the unexpected demands and unplanned situations that destroy communication, collaboration and connection.

  • Manage team members and facilitate collaboration in the workplace.

Ready to turn your stumbling blocks into building blocks for success?


Public Speaking Isn't Just About Big Stages, Lecterns and Microphones—You've Got To Be Relatable To Any Audience, Both In Person and Online!

What makes Barbara's Leadership Presentation Certificate different? 

Barbara May has a great deal of experience and first hand information to share about turning public speaking stumbling blocks into building blocks for success. 


She has travelled extensively throughout Edmonton and Alberta delivering motivational keynote speeches, facilitating team building seminars, and performing stand-up comedy. In addition, she has spent 15 years teaching coaches how to coach with the National Coaching Certification Program, interviewed business owners on the Learning & Job News, hosted Access Television's May We Talk, appeared in several television commercials including Bright Nights and Buffet Royale and facilitated more than 500 career and employment workshops in Edmonton. 

Barbara May is your source for leadership presentation training in Edmonton. She has been helping business leaders in Edmonton turn their public speaking stumbling blocks into building blocks for success since 1995. And she can help you get past your public speaking stumbling blocks and become an engaging presenter.

Does the Leadership Presentation Certificate 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. 

Please Note: The Canada-Alberta Job Grant is an employer-driven training program. This means that employers 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) to deliver the formal training either onsite, online, or in a classroom setting. The 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. (Meeting eligibility criteria does not guarantee funding approval.)

Ready to turn your stumbling blocks into building blocks for success?