The Ideal Blend of Substance and Delight
Conference organizers frequently offer an evening of entertainment to their participants. Many times these offerings have little or no bearing on the reasons that called the group together. (You do remember that awful Elvis impersonator, don't you?)
With over 25 years as a professional singer/songwriter, Barbara is the consummate entertainer with the skill to weave her presentations with meaning, wit, sass, and lots of joyful audience participation.
Her broad experience as a consultant, speaker, and trainer has incorporated many sectors, including health care, food, education, finance, government, retailing, and the clergy. She draws on that experience -- and input from conference organizers -- to tailor her musical choices and conversation to mirror the group's concerns and culture.
To see Barbara in action, check out her videos page.
Creating Community, Context, and Celebration
Barbara has a genius for quickly transforming a group of strangers into a lively, connected community through song.
She uses songs to mark transitions, deepen learning, and create community. Her collection of songs, mostly original, address themes of change, leadership, purpose, and engagement. And her instinct for choosing the right song at the right moment is uncanny. Venerated authors and speakers like Margaret Wheatley and Peter Block have chosen her many times as their singing co-facilitator for that reason.
Barbara covers conference details and logistics efficiently and clearly while keeping things light with sophisticated wit and humor.
Working closely with the conference design team, Barbara helps co-create a sense of celebration and joy that permeates the conference from beginning to end.
Barbara was the emcee for our company symposium in 2009 and 2013. What a fantastic presence amidst the different speakers! Her melding of song and story wove a beautiful tapestry that held our participants in rapt attention. Barbara's background in organizational development provides the cement to bind intellectual ideas with a creative/expressive spirit. She will take any conference to the next level!
Chris Bjork, Resources Director
Creative Health Care Management
Barbara co-presented with Peter Block at a summit of experiential training and development professionals that I belong to. Her humble and strong presence helped to create an authentic, vibrant connection among us. Her songs and chants and the participative style in which she presents begged us to open up, think deeply, and be creative. Our summit was thoroughly enriched by her presentation and I will recommend her for meetings, conferences, trainings and any experience where you want connection, fun, authenticity, and deep learning.
Betsey Upchurch, Principal
P4 Consulting LLC