Chairing a Meeting? 5 No-No’s

By Barb

 I, like many of you, attend many meetings. I’ve noticed my patience has begun to run rather thin at meetings that are not well chaired. Let’s face it, poorly run meetings waste people’s precious time, de-motivate the participants (as they sit and wonder why they decided to attend) and of course, achieve poor meeting outcomes…

15 Mistakes to Avoid When Speaking To A Group

By Barb

 I thought it would be a good start to the New Year sharing tips that will make you even better in front of a group.I get it, you already know the basics for speaking in front of a group, whether it’s in a meeting or presenting to an audience. You may even be getting tired…

5 (+3) Feedback Tips For Dealing With Defensiveness

By Barb

What do you do when you receive complaints about someone’s performance, they’re known to be defensive and it seems even though you’ve waited (and hoped the issue would just resolve itself), the issue is still there?Wait longer and hope harder?First off, there isn’t any miracle way for dealing with defensiveness.While it’s doubtful a defensive person…

Increase Your Value: 3 Easy Peasy Steps

By Barb

Everyone’s a learner, right?There’s a saying by Steve Siebold: “You’re either growing or dying. Stagnation does not exist in the universe.” (I’m guessing you are growing and learning because you’re reading this!)But is everyone a teacher?Hmmm …You don’t need the title of ‘educator’ or ‘instructor’ to teach others. I know that isn’t a chin-dropping statement…

Whole Brain Learning

By Barb

A colleague of mine was telling me about a charity she’s involved with and how she’s beginning to fundraise for it.I said, “What strategies are you using for the fundraising?” She said “Well I’m just starting. We’ve got a website, a donate button and now I’m starting to blog.” Me: “What do you blog about?”…


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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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