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Everyone has stumbling blocks. Barbara will help your team overcome theirs.


Inspiring opening and closing keynote speeches for your upcoming meeting, conference or special event.
Inspiring opening and closing keynote speeches for your upcoming meeting, conference or special event. Learn more
Fun, informative and highly interactive team building seminars for everyone from senior managers to emerging leaders and new recruits.
Fun, informative and highly interactive team building seminars for everyone from senior managers to emerging leaders and new recruits. Learn more
Customized skill building workshops to help you get past your public speaking stumbling blocks and become an engaging presenter.
Customized skill building workshops to help you get past your public speaking stumbling blocks and become an engaging presenter. Learn more

You've got the right people on the team—that's a great start!

Now you need to help them work together, steadily improve their performance, be motivated, stay with the company, and grow as leaders.

And most importantly get past their stumbling blocks.

That's where Barbara May comes in.

Turning stumbling blocks into building blocks

At every one of her keynote speeches and team building seminars, Barbara shares and teaches her Stumbling Blocks philosophy — the belief that you can get past your stumbling blocks — to help people in the audience understand and embrace her key message: If you get back up, anything is possible.

When your organization works with Barbara, she’ll:

• Offer deep insights, original thinking, and practical tips for overcoming challenges, obstacles, and hurdles at work

• Engage the audience at a level that challenges them

• Customize her presentation to reinforce your organization’s culture, objectives, key messages and specific needs

• Show your team how to turn stumbling blocks into energy and inspiration that propel them forward instead of holding them back

Barbara's most popular programs:



Stumbling Blocks: Overcoming Life's Hard Knocks
Stumbling Blocks: Overcoming Life's Hard Knocks

Format: Interactive Motivational Keynote

Description: Everyone makes mistakes, everyone stumbles and falls. The question is, do you know 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.

Goals of the program: To help people in the audience understand and embrace the stumbling blocks philosophy: If you get back up, anything is possible.






A Crash Course in Overcoming Stumbling Blocks at Work
A Crash Course in Overcoming Stumbling Blocks at Work

Format: Team Building Seminar

Description: 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 session, Barbara will guide you through the Stumbling Blocks Challenge so you can turn stumbling blocks into building blocks and be happy, motivated and productive.

Goals of the program: To help your team work together, steadily improve their performance, be motivated, stay with the company, and grow as leaders. And, most importantly, get past their stumbling blocks.





Public Speaking Secrets: Unblocking Yourself to be a Better Presenter
Public Speaking Secrets: Unblocking Yourself to be a Better Presenter

Format: Public Speaking Workshop

Description: 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.

Goals of the program: To help people get past their public speaking stumbling blocks and become engaging presenters.


Comments from Clients

"Barbara was excellent at detecting the key stumbling blocks for each person's situation. Wonderful observation skills and very entertaining!" - Carol Brandly, Seminar Participant

"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, Success 4 Business Expo

“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

"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

"It's just as important to identify the stumbling blocks in a situation as it is the solution to them. Barbara May is excellent at both." - Kris Odegard, Esq., LL.M and host of the Racquetball Practice Program


What makes Barbara May different?

She has been a national-level gymnast, won awards as an athletic coach, hosted ACCESS Television's "May We Talk?" and joked her way into the Guinness World Records.

She has 20+ years experience working as a school counsellor, special education teacher, program director, sport consultant, career and employment consultant and executive director.

She survived life-threatening pulmonary emboli (blood clots in her lungs) and was recognized by the Royal Alexandra Hospital for "Having the courage to show us the Difference between Care and Caring".


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 your stumbling blocks.