Communications Manager, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
I hoped to find an alternative approach for my staff to get out of their heads, think on their feet, and grow as better public speakers so they can get our message across. I was attracted to her approach of using acting skills to improve speaking because it tackles the real barriers that block us from being effective speakers – overcoming the fear and phobia around being fully present with the people you are speaking with. Ideally people will do less fussing over the exact words on the page, and figure out what it is they really know and what their core message is, so they have the confidence to share that in the best way they can…but it takes a lot of help to get there!
A greater consciousness and feeling more energized when I’m speaking in front of people.
It’s great to get Barbara’s monthly newsletters because they validate what I think is a great approach. It helps refresh the skills I learned and cements her philosophy.
Yes, my staff came back really excited and wanted to do more. They really liked her style.
Yes – it takes a small act of bravery to jump in there – but I think a lot of people need to be gently pulled out of their comfort zone.
Barbara is a really unique resource, and we are really lucky to have someone like her in Portland.
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"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."