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A Keynote Speaker from Edmonton, Canada

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Learning, Living & Laughing with Life
Barbara has spent a life-time knowing how to get up after a fall. But she figures doing that and getting a laugh at the same time is a lot more fun. She is a former national level gymnast, award winning coach, aspiring drummer and mother of two who joked her way into the Guinness World Records by performing in the longest stand-up comedy show in history.

With more than two decades of work experience behind her in fields as diverse as sport and recreation, education, not-for-profit management, entertainment and government, Barbara brings a uniquely powerful mix of personal stories, humorous examples, and real-world insight to her programs and clients. By talking openly about her struggles and triumphs, Barbara helps individuals and teams see and get past their stumbling blocks and be happy, motivated and productive.

Barbara 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 We Talk, and facilitated more than 500 Career and Employment Workshops. She draws upon this experience to help people come up with new ways solving problems in the workplace such as dealing and communicating with co-workers and bouncing back from mistakes with confidence.

It was a health crisis that prompted Barbara to build her business, Stumbling Blocks Team Building Seminars, she says. "At age 46, I suffered life-threatening pulmonary emboli — blood clots in my lungs. Every moment felt like a hurdle, like a trial, as I experienced it, so every moment looked like a victory as I looked back at it. That health crisis was what lit my light bulb and showed me my unifying purpose: helping people get past their stumbling blocks."

At every one of her keynote speeches and team building seminars, Barbara shares and teaches her Stumbling Blocks philosophies. Her motivating solutions for teamwork, communication, resilience and conflict resolution are delivered in a humourous and approachable style. She helps people in the audience to understand and embrace her key message: If you get back up, anything is possible.



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Barbara's Speaking Expertise

31 Years of Experience


Life can be an exciting adventure overflowing with opportunity or a never ending struggle to get through the day. In this upbeat look at the lighter side of life, learn what you can do to enjoy life to the fullest. You will be delighted and entertained as you discover new ways of learning, living and laughing with life.

31 Years of Experience

Conventions, Conferences

Keynote and Speaking Topics

• Learning, Living & Laughing with Life
• Don't Take It Personally
• Stop Pushing My Buttons
• From Stress to Business Success

31 Years of Experience

Education and Training

In her speaking programs, Barbara combines her sports experience with her background hosting Access Television's " We Talk" to help people and organizations perform at high levels when it counts the most... after a fall.

She uses a combination of techniques to help clients identify whatever may be blocking them from future success. Voice dialogue is a method that allows the client to interact with whatever belief or behaviour is blocking their performance. also relies on GeoTran, a language of energy fields and muscle testing that allows to identify areas of weakness.
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