What Teapot Are You Focused On?

By Barb

I recently went on a small hike to a local hill – Teapot Hill. The name comes after a logger found a teapot on top of the hill in the 1940’s. In recent years, other hikers have begun leaving teapots in inconspicuous places along the trail for others to find. A dozen years ago I hiked Teapot Hill, but I can’t tell you if…

Be Brief – Get Results

By Barb

Ever been annoyed because someone is taking up too much of your time? Perhaps the better question is, how many times TODAY, did someone spend more than their ‘allotted’ time, talking to you? I was fortunate in my career to have been able to work under a brilliant leader. Once every few months, I got to have a 30 minute one-on-one time with her. I…

Unconscious Confidence Killer

By Barb

I’m going to give the presentation? I’ll go get a coffee? Are you noticing what I’m doing?
 Christopher Peterson (founding father of positive psychology) calls it UpSpeak. It’s also known 
as high-rise terminals (HRT), and Uptalk.
I’m referring to when people (women more than men and I’m not making this up) make
 a statement and allow their voice to rise at the end. It ends up turning the…

Tomorrow Never Comes

By Barb

“Delay in the enemy of progress.” ~ Eliot Spitzer How many times today are you going to delay doing something you need to do? Notice I didn’t say, ‘Are you going to delay . . . ?” because I’m pretty sure all of you will delay doing something. It’s our default response. Especially when we’re scared, uncertain or it’s something new we…


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  • “The workshop was wonderful!! Barb walked the talk by continuously demonstrating the tips and skills she was teaching! It was amazing to see it all come together. I would recommend the workshop to anyone who has to present.”

    Bev Waite, Education Lead-Nursing,

    Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

  • I told one of the nurse educators that it was the best 3 hours I have spent in a training session as the content was clear, relevant, exactly enough to be able to incorporate into presentations, and you demonstrated each point which was great. It was watching an expert at work.

    Aideen Carroll, Advanced Practice Nurse Educator

    Toronto General Hospital

  • Your workshop was also a big hit. It was interesting to hear people talk about it as not good, but great.

    Debbie Ross

    CMP Manager of Governance and Events CNA

  • After working with Barb, our team returned to work energized, enthused and inspired to utilize tools that increase our communication, clarity and relationship with not only each other, but also with the residents and families that we serve. I would highly recommend Barb if you want to bring out the best in your team.

    Dale Clements, Administrator

    Columbus Residence

  • Barb Langlois led a wonderful one day workshop for 45 Clinical Nurse Educators in Saskatoon Health Region. She worked with us in advance to really understand our learning needs, Six months later, I see CNEs using Barb’s techniques to engage learners and I use them myself in my own presentations. I strongly recommend Barb – she is a very skilled facilitator who connects with learners in a very meaningful and effective way.

    Margot Hawke RN, BSN, MCEd, Nursing Professional Practice Lead

    Saskatoon Health Region

  • Barb is a gifted and dynamic presenter. Communication concepts were presented in a lighthearted way such that developing ideas for organizational change and group work seemed like play. I would definitely recommend her workshops!

    Lisa Jesso MN, RN


  • The workshop was a home-run!! The nurses found the tools so useful and practical for their everyday communication. They also were engaged the entire time!

    Louise Peterson, CNE

    UBC Hospital


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