“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

Turning Stumbling Blocks into Building Blocks for Success!


As your team building facilitator, my purpose is to create a safe learning environment where you and your team can discover new ways of solving problems in the workplace such as dealing and communicating with co-workers and bouncing back from mistakes with confidence.


My method involves teaching a variety of strategies, tools and techniques, which you can use outside of the team building seminar, to 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.  

Here are some of the areas we can work on during your team building training:

  • 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, team work and accountability.

  • Communication, collaboration and resolving conflict.

  • Public speaking and presentation skills.

What makes my keynotes and seminars different? 

In my motivational keynotes and team building seminars, I share and teach the Stumbling Blocks philosophy—the belief that you can get past your stumbling blocks—to help people in the audience understand and embrace my key message: If you get back up, anything is possible.

“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

Barbara's Most Popular Team Building Topics

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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.

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.

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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'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

Live Virtual and In-Person Seminars!

Barbara May's fun, informative and highly interactive team building seminars are perfect for everyone from senior managers to emerging leaders and new recruits. Typically, keynotes and virtual team building seminars last from 45-90 minutes. In-person team building seminars are longer and last anywhere from 2-6 hours depending on the training objectives.  A longer time frame allows Barbara to include more challenges and team building activities in the program—socially distanced of course! 


“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


“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 - Team Lead,

Alberta Pacific Forest Industries Inc.

What makes Stumbling Blocks Team Building Seminars different? 

Barbara May has a great deal of experience and first-hand information to share about overcoming stumbling blocks at work. She has interviewed business owners on the Learning & Job News, hosted Access Television’s May We Talk, and facilitated more than 500 career and employment workshops in Edmonton. She draws upon this experience to help people come up with new ways of solving problems in the workplace such as dealing and communicating with co-workers and bouncing back from mistakes with confidence.


Barbara 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 in Edmonton and Alberta.

Barbara May is your source for team building seminars, workshops and training in Edmonton. She has been helping organizations in Edmonton turn stumbling blocks into building blocks for success since 1995. And she can help you build a stronger, more resilient team. 

What the first step?

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.


© 1995 - 2021 Barbara May Productions O/A Stumbling Blocks Team Building Seminars

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

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