What Is Your Body Broadcasting?

By Barb

As you begin to read this article, I am inviting you to uncross your arms and legs, if they are crossed. No, it’s not because I think you are being defensive. I’ll tell you why I’m inviting you to do this, at the end of the article (resist the temptation to jump there, now). As…

3 Secrets of Silence – Shhh Don’t Tell

By Barb

Do you know the ways silence can be used successfully? Maybe you’ve used silence and it’s bitten you in the butt?Someone says something critical and you don’t speak up. Later they refer to how you agreed with them on their comment? Ever happened to you? That’s when others assume your silence means you agree with them. You know silence does not equal agreement,…

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…


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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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