Expert Advice To Help You Build A Stronger, More Resilient Team!

As a team leader you have so much to offer. Your experience, your ideas, your dreams and your story. It's time for you to share it with your team.


Whether you're just getting started, or have been leading a team for years, the Stumbling Blocks Team Building Academy will give you the communication and leadership skills you need to succeed. 

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“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


Establishing Your Personal Leadership Style

A team can only be as successful as its leader. Learn how to establish your personal leadership style and gain new skills you can use to help your team succeed.

Here 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.

  • A look at personality traits and how they affect your ability to build a stronger, more resilient team.

  • Why you should understand and appreciate other people's communication styles—even if they aren’t right for you.

  • Your team building profile: Recognizing your strengths and limitations.

  • Easy ways to delegate and make 'checking in' a natural, comfortable part of your team building routine.

  • How to demonstrate big picture thinking and become a more effective and influential leader.

  • A step-by-step approach to creating a healthy, positive work environment where people feel understood, accepted for who they are, and valued as part of the team.

Communication, Collaboration & Connection

Learn practical skills you can use to communicate, collaborate and connect with the people on your team.


Here's what you'll learn:

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

  • Becoming an Exceptional Listener: Paying attention to what 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 help team members and team leaders gain insight.

  • How to create an environment that encourages team members—even untalkative ones—to fully participate in discussions.

  • Proven tips for making sure your instructions are clear and understood by everyone on your team.

  • How to use communication touch points to build a cohesive, results oriented team from a group of diverse individuals.

  • How to handle unexpected demands and unplanned situations that destroy communication, collaboration and teamwork.

Public Speaking & Presentation Skills

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

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Proven techniques to help you become a more animated, engaging storyteller. 

  • Fun and easy ways to involve the audience in your presentation.

  • How to capture your team's attention and get your point across—both in person and online.

  • Dealing with pressure and stress—how to stay calm and in control, even in the face of chaos.

  • Easy ways to practice that build confidence and guarantee a smooth delivery.

  • How to present your ideas and opinions positively and powerfully with strategies that work for even the largest audiences.

  • How to handle difficult questions and unexpected queries even if you don’t have the answers.

  • Sure fire ways to make public speaking a natural, comfortable part of your team building routine.

Responding Effectively to Resistance

Astute leaders spot problems brewing before they blow up. Learn how to deal effectively with resistance and improve productivity, performance and behavior.

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 deal with people, problems and situations honestly. 

  • Tips for understanding and communicating effectively with people who are stressed-out, upset or angry.

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

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

Professional Presentation & 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 conduct focused, productive meetings that turn ideas into action.

  • Easy ways to interact, communicate and collaborate with your team—both in person and online.

  • Tips and techniques to help you think on your feet in meetings, interviews and impromptu presentations.

  • The keys to building trust between team members and project leaders under pressure, crisis and change.

  • Dealing with pressure and stress—how to stay calm and in control, even in the face of chaos.

  • Understanding the concept of important vs urgent: How to define your team's productivity payoffs and help them take action for success.

  • Mastering the sound bite: How to package concepts and information into memorable nuggets.

  • The image of a leader—how to represent your organization at important functions, industry events and public meetings.

Coaching for Excellence

Easy-to-apply coaching techniques to help you build a stronger, more resilient team.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • How to develop a game plan that motivates and inspires your team to succeed.

  • One-to-one and small group coaching techniques to help you smooth out rough spots in performance and develop the full potential of the people you lead.

  • Easy ways to hold team members accountable and turn stumbling blocks into building blocks for success. 

  • How to determine when additional training is needed to help under achievers learn new skills and improve their performance.

  • Advanced coaching techniques to support high-performers in achieving their personal and professional goals.

  • Handling unexpected, difficult situations—how to plan for the unexpected and effectively prepare your team. 

  • How to spot employee burnout before it’s too late by creating a culture that cares.

  • Setting goals and priorities—tips for coordinating the people and processes  necessary to put a game plan into effect. 

"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

Not Sure Which Training Is Right For You?

Contact 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.