Simplify Your Smarts

By Barb

What’s the point of being smart if nobody understands what you have to say? Have you interacted with someone who is really smart but when they finish speaking, you have to give your head a shake? You ask them a fairly simple question and they end up giving you a spaghetti platter of information for an…

Strengthen Your Rejection Muscle

By Barb

Most people fear it.Fear of rejection is one of our deepest human fears, bypassing pain, loneliness and yes even… public speaking!Fear of rejection hits all aspects of our lives and prevents us from:Seeking new experiencesMeeting new peopleTaking risksI’ve read articles and watched videos that take the perspective fear of rejection is a common emotional event…

Manage the Fear of Public Speaking: 5 Pro Tips

By Barb

 You have the privilege to speak in front of an audience.That means you have a chance to positively impact others’ thoughts or emotions, improve your reputation, profile or authority and it’s a great way to get a step ahead.On the other hand . . . you have to speak in front of an audience.If you…

5 Worst Ways to Begin a Presentation

By Barb

 You’ve been there. You’re excited about the presentation you are going to listen to. The speaker bio indicates the speaker is experienced and knowledgeable about the topic. The speaker is introduced. They start their presentation and then …All of your enthusiasm seeps out through your pores!Why?Because the speaker began with one of the five worst…

Happiness Booster

By Barb

Has anyone ever suggested some ‘happiness’ on you?Me?  Well someone (who I want to name to ‘out them’ but I won’t) suggested I read “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin.  I didn’t ask why. I settled with my own story, that perhaps it was an enlightening book and not necessarily about me being cranky!I’m no…


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  • Our workshop participants found Barb’s approach to teaching at the Centre for Professional Development to be dynamic and engaging.  Barb not only taught effective communication and presentation skills, but also role modelled techniques throughout the day. Participants were excited to be able to apply learning’s directly into their day to day roles

    Leasa Knechtel

    Associate Director at the Centre for Professional Development, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.

  • Your plenary session was a real asset and a great contribution to the success of our National IPAC Conference. From beginning to end participants were energized and actively engaged.


    Gwyneth Meyers BSc, MSc, PhD

    Scientific Committee Chair

  • “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


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Simplify Your Smarts

What’s the point of being smart if nobody understands what you have to say? Have you interacted with someone who is really smart but w