Secrets to Detecting a Lie

By Barb

Do you always tell the truth? Of course you don’t and neither do I. Most people lie everyday. It’s not that they get out of bed and plot their lies, it’s more like people lie to smooth over situations, to ensure someone’s feeling don’t get hurt and to fit in socially. Most of these lies…

My Bargain Wish For You

By Barb

Did you know that people (maybe you?) unknowingly put themselves on the bargain rack? They may charge ridiculously low fees or give so much of their resources and time to others that they end up feeling resentful.Has it ever happened to you?Here’s the thing . . .We often have a difficult time appreciating our own…

Speak So Others Listen: 3 Success Strategies

By Barb

How do you get people to listen to you? Well, short of yelling (and who wants to do that?), engaging with others is a skill to be learned. I have not seen very many leaders who have mastered the skill. If you’re not sure if you have, pay particular attention at your next meeting, in-service or the…

Shower Your Way To Success

By Barb

Are you familiar with the Eleanor Roosevelt quote, Do One Thing A Day That Scares You? People seem to love this quote. I see it posted on Facebook, Twitter and LuLuLemon even uses it in their marketing. But do you think people actually do something everyday that scares them?I watched a Ted Talk by Joel Runyon. He suggests…

3 Keys For A Positive Work Environment

By Barb

Several years ago I worked in the trauma unit at a provincial hospital. We worked in teams of eight, I was a new, young nurse and when I struggled caring for my first trauma patient, Pat, the charge nurse said,Barb, how about if I give you a hand?When I was assigned to the Code Team…


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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


Seriously? Me, too! covers 10 Power Strategies that seriously work. It takes everyday situations that you can relate to, sprinkles in a bit of humour (you can’t be serious all the time) and demonstrates how you can achieve personal success — one simple step at a time. Learn More »


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