Workshops and Keynotes -- Testimonials


Laura, thanks for today! It truly was an amazing event, lots of take-a ways, and ideas to share!  You did a fantastic job putting together everything that we spoke about, while making learning fun, interactive, and not stressful.  You love what you do and it shows to all that were there today! Many thanks again,

Stacy Skillin, Chair for Sandwich Chamber Event

Sandwich, IL 60548

Laura is creative and generates great ideas to support our needs. She is the go to person for business personnel development.

Joann Reynolds, Schleifring Medical Corporation

I  consider Laura Lewis-Barr's workshop, "Dynamic Presentations for  Women" a day well spent. Although I am not a beginner, I had   begun to  have doubts about my speaking style and questioned other's perceptions of my presentations. I felt Laura challenged us with several exercises  and I left with some good feedback and renewed confidence. I  recommend this workshop   whether you are new to public speaking or just  need a refresher.  

Sandy Babin

Vice President of Marketing Apple Vacations   

I really like the fact that this makes us put everyday situations into different   ways of looking at them. The self-reflection and sharing of personal experiences brings new insights. Very helpful. 

The classes are very informative, reflective and can be applied.  Enjoyable!! 

I love the ways Laura presents and her overall kindness.

Video clips are helpful  and well chosen and add a deeper dimension to the discussions.

I really appreciate the fact that Laura gives everyone the opportunity to be heard!

Notes from participants of 4 part EI program, Pingree Grove Charter School, delivered via Diane Schael

I found Laura to be a  thoughtful and insightful emotional intelligence facilitator. She has a  wonderful ability to tie seemingly dissimilar audience contributions  into a cohesive presentation that benefits diverse participants. I would  definitely attend another of her workshops.

Kathy Meisinger,  MS, NCC, LP Career Development Specialist Elgin Community College

The Hampshire Area  Chamber of Commerce was proud to have Laura Lewis-Barr speak to our  chamber members.  Not only was Laura willing to speak on a topic that we requested, she presented it with high enthusiasm. Her presentation  helped members reinforce how to strenghten customer satisfaction and  loyalty. We received many positive comments, and would recommend her to  any organization.

Stacey Ekstrom Executive Director Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

Being the facilitator of  several large meetings each month with varying audience types and sizes I  enrolled in Laura’s Dynamic Speaking class looking to enhance my  speaking skills.  My expectations for learning were low considering the  frequency of my speaking and current skill.  However I learned much that  I could put in to practice to enhance my speaking skills and habits.  I  highly recommend this course to the novice as well as the  semi-experienced speaker.  Since taking this class I have sent several  of my subordinates to enhance their speaking skills with similar  results.  It was great to take a class that was so immediately  beneficial.

Jim Garrett Area Manager Colonial Cafes

As a new Program  Director, I found myself in the position of trying to manage a staff  that had had the same Director for many years.  There was much distrust  and fear of me and my management style.  Laura’s Emotional Intelligence  seminar helped me see that the deeply held beliefs of this staff could  be managed with patience and understanding. Additionally, I was able to  get a better handle on where some of my attitudes and reactions were  coming from.

Kathleen Callahan Program Director Community Based Job Training Grant ECC 

End of training workshops and leadership training workshops testimonials.                     



Wow Laura!! What a great program!! I am getting such great feedback! I love the interaction in your program, I think it really made people truly evaluate the way they communicate!

Geri Benning, Executive Director, Sandwich Chamber of Commerce

Laura, I thoroughly enjoyed the session this morning - especially when we had to put ourselves on the spot!   Nancy Baldwin VP, Human Resources/IR Nanophase Technologies Corporation 

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Thank you so much for your presentation today.  I found it very  informative and eye opening.  I shared the premise with our Facility  Manager and would like to share it with my peers across the country.   

Regards,Jaqi TerHAAR | HR Generalist | Menlo Worldwide

I  liked a lot of aspects of the training. Laura gave background  information about how the brain works and develops habits and how we can  control our emotions.  

Lindsay Steele  Monsanto Company

Batavia Parent Academy would like to thank you for participating in our 2010  programming.  There were many positive comments from parents, teachers  and administrators.  We wish you continued success. 

Jan Wright,  Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning

  • "Dynamic! Laura opened my mind to the idea of pattern identity. Great job!" 
  • "Gave good illustrations of emotional intelligence and exercises were pertinent to her salient points, great energy."
  • "Vibrant, enthusiastic with great information. The exercises       demonstrate good points." 
  • "Laura is knowledgeable, heart felt, sincere and warm. I loved the active participation!" 
  • "This seminar was instrumental in getting me back on track, both  professionally and personally. Sometimes we need to slow down  and take note of where we are and how we are impacting all the  people we connect with daily. This truly was a wonderful way of  doing that. Thank you!

Evaluation comments from day-long emotional intelligence workshop for care-givers sent by 

Tanya Sutton, CSW  Director,  Crown Point Village Assisted Living

Laura has done two training programs at Sargento this year. Both have been  well presented and well received. She demonstrates a mastery of her topic, excellent   facilitation skills, and the ability to be flexible with her material. She puts people at ease and relates to everyone in a very genuine manner. 

David S. Newkirk   Organizational Development Director Sargento Foods Inc.

“Laura Lewis-Barr is the complete package when it comes to training. She has  the knowledge, enthusiasm and creativity to deliver the product while  exuding a warmth and connection to participants that makes it  delightful to learn and participate in her training sessions. She  definitely leaves her "students" wanting more!”

Deb Keisler  Director, Massage Therapy Program, Elgin Community College

 Thanks so much for your  inspiring and thought provoking presentation last night. It planted some  seeds for me and clarified things in a way that strengthens my resolve  to live out my truth. So your ife is having ripples that affect my life.   I appreciated the affirming message you gave  last night on asking ourselves what we care about and then doing more of  it. Also, I really liked your exercises and materials. Blessings on you and your work. 

Bob Skrocki Men’s Group--DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church