“Barbara Kite brings concrete, real-world expertise to her work with people. Her understanding of how to connect more often and on a more meaningful level with listeners has been consistently on target.
Working with Barbara has made me a better speaker.” – Reverend Christine Riley
“After a recent presentation I realized I wasn’t connecting with my audience the way I hoped too. I called Barbara and after talking with Barbara for only a few minutes I knew she was exactly the help I needed. Barbara was affirming, honest and quick to see the direction I needed. After just a few sessions I felt a new sense of excitement in public speaking and feel like I am able to connect with my audience.”~ Susan Littlefield, OD, Director of Community Outreach, Associate Professor of Optometry Pacific University College of Optometry
“Your newsletter arrived at a perfect moment for me. I’m about to go off for my first session of flower arranging with teenage girls who live at a treatment center and school. I volunteered to do this as a regular activity for them: I bring containers and flowers, and each girl can make a bouquet for herself and take it back to her room. Of course I’m scared. And I’m excited. So now I know what to focus on. Thank you! I was only with you for a short time, but you make a big difference for me.” – Kathryn
“What a treat for me today to take your class. I learned some things, I re-learned some others. I liked the exercises. You reminded me of many things that I knew of but not of their importance. So it was a valuable experience for me. ” ~Gary Rogowitz, Director, The Northwest Woodworking Studio
“I was asked to record a short statement of support on video for Leach Botanical Gardens. I met with Barbara and asked for some advice on how to prepare, and she did that magic thing she does. In five minutes I knew what I had to do. The taping went quickly and turned out great. Thank you, Barbara.” – Kathleen Lansing, Lansing Linoleum Company.
“Barbara challenged me and then she had me challenge myself. She introduced me to the “tools” necessary to accomplish my goals and then taught me how to use them . In my group sessions with Barbara, I loved witnessing what each exercise brought out in each individual. In my private sessions with Barbara, I was constantly surprised by what each exercise tapped into. I always left my sessions with her feeling inspired and like I could accomplish anything.” – Nancy Bustillo
“It’s one thing to tell a story . . . It’s another thing to turn that story into actions that can move a room full of people from laughter to tears. It doesn’t matter how great your story is if people don’t “feel” it when you tell it. Barbara helped me learn how to get out of my own body emotionally so I could own the feelings and be in the moment in my character’s life. Getting out of my own skin has allowed me to go much deeper into the stories I have to share, and it continues to give my audiences a much richer experience. “ – Elaine Sanchez, author
“Barbara is perfect for any professional looking to improve their presentation. From public speaking to creativity, Barbara’s methods are insightful and productive. Its’ also the most fun you will have working on all aspects of communication.” – Elon Hasson, Development Manager E.ON Climate and Renwables
“Barbara – You taught me to be courageous in telling my story to 250 women. I will forever be grateful. You invited me to speak from the authentic place within me and not with the altered stage voice I was using out of fear. You gave me the greatest life skill anyone can hope for – to speak from my heart. Thank you for allowing me to experience that freedom.” – Angela Maitland, Quintessential Products
“Barbara is a wonderful speaking coach! She has a gift for seeing exactly what you need to work on in order to make improvements. I have learned so much from her in just 8 months of our coaching relationship. Barbara taught me to get out of my head, to trust that I do know what I know and to focus on the audience when sharing my message. I could easily mention many more pearls of wisdom I have learned from her. My public speaking abilities have greatly improved! Barbara has given me a strong foundation to build a wonderful speaking career for myself. I highly recommend her!” – JoAnn Youngblood King, CTA CC
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“Barbara”s mentoring is an effective confidence builder. She is gifted in the art of persuasive common sense communication.” – Richard Helzer, Helzer, Cromar & Schneir, Attorneys at Law
“Your coaching is helping me find my authentic voice, so I can communicate effectively, using language, tone and style of speech that fit my personality. I’ve noticed a direct impact from our training sessions in my on-camera work, helping me develop as a professional. I would highly recommend working with you to anyone who can!” – Katrina Sarson, Producer, Oregon Art Beat co-host, OPB
“Barbara’s offers a great model of being open-hearted and spontaneous that is very inspiring. With her encouragement, I was able to address a large professional group, and hold the audience’s attention for a full-day training, feeling confident and relaxed.” I heartily recommend working with Barbara for anyone who would like better skills and more fun out of speaking to groups.” – Kate McNulty, LCSW
“Barbara helped me break through the ruts, the old habits, the familiar ways. Barbara reminds us that the audience is there, willing to be drawn in, but what Barbara teaches are the skills and techniques to bring that audience closer to us in an authentic and natural way.” – Ed Jahn, Producer, Oregon Field Guide, OPB
“I just thought you’d like to know that I gave a presentation last week and got RAVE REVIEWS! At least half of the people I spoke to told me what a great talk it was. They said they NOW understood my message and that telling it in a STORY was wonderful. You definitely helped me to make a positive difference in my public speaking skills!“ – Leisssa Gebert Certified Mortgage Planner, The Mortgage Consultants, Inc.
For Acting Classes and Coaching, Professional Public Speaking Coaching, or a Key Note Speaker in Portland, Oregon, check out these 5-Star Testimonials.
"Barbara Kite has vital enthusiasm for training actors and providing the tools for artistic, business, and personal growth. She has the knowledge, technique, and capabilities. I recommend her highly to anyone who wants to move to the next level of excellence in their work and life."
Professor, Acting/Directing; Resident Artist at Portland State University, founder and artistic director, Our Shoes are Red/The Performance Lab
"Barbara's workshop helped me focus my presentation and pace myself very effectively. Her attitude about public speaking as a natural extension of our own personality and genuineness is refreshing and enjoyable! With her encouragement, I was able to address a large professional group, and hold the audience's attention for a full-day training, feeling confident and relaxed. I heartily recommend work with Barbara for anyone who would like better skills and more fun out of speaking to groups."
Kate McNulty, LCSW
"Barbara delivered an amazing, inspirational address at a party that I hosted for 72 women where she shared with us her journey in living an authentic life. She kept it so real and said thoughts we all have but do not necessarily have the guts to say. It still stands out in my mind how many women stood up and shared themselves at this event. She so richly deserved the standing ovation that she received."