Impact is what matters

"Do you want to be the best communicator in the room? Whether you are trying to move up the corporate ladder, be a better team leader, land that new job or just want to improve your group or one-on-one communication skills, I highly recommend Barbara Wichman. Good communication skills are now essential to personal and corporate success. Barbara can help you or your team achieve success by understanding the neuroscience behind effective communication. She will help you understand your organizational or personal blind spots and how others perceive you through communication. She helped me gain the skills and confidence to bust that glass ceiling." 

Margaret Jalili - Attorney

What People are saying

Read the Leadership Tinder Box and you will become the leader you were created to be.

 Barbara Wichman's book, The Leadership Tinderbox: Coaching to Kindle the Passion for Success, will not only guide you but will also spark the leader in you! Barb's amazing storytelling style is an engaging and compelling narrative weaving both personal stories and those from successful leaders from all walks of life. From beginning to end, you will be entertained, inspired and may even shed a tear or two for leaders who got it wrong and the lives that were impacted by their actions.
 

What traits do good leaders possess and how can you acquire them?

  A national speaker, leadership coach, podcaster, and entrepreneur, Wichman has built her career inspiring others. I think "The Leadership Tinderbox" will do the same for you.  


 Barbara Wichman’s book, "The Leadership Tinderbox: Coaching to Kindle the Passion for Success," offers some answers to these questions, along with ideas to implement them that are applicable to everyone’s careers. Wichman interviewed a variety of human resource professionals to gain insight into how successful leaders act, speak, and run their companies. 

Barbara Wichman - The Speaker

"Every example you shared resonated with me. Your stories captured my attention, and then you gave me ideas on what to do next. 


I know what I need to do to be a better leader.


I loved every minute of it."


Barbara brings excellence backed with deep experience

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Keynote Speaker

Inspiring messages to engage, educate, energize, and focus.  Sought after professional speaker with over 20 years of presenting at conferences, organization, and departmental meetings.*

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Workshops

Development remains at the top of the desired list for all. Having developed and facilitated workshops for all levels of leadership with pragmatic and targeted growth as the goal, creating a learning environment with powerful outcomes is something I know well.  A purposeful workshop, lunch-n-learn, or expanded department meeting with laser-focused topics are effective solutions for providing learning.

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Your Coach

Development begins with understanding the place where one is today, developing a plan and having support as the plan unfolds. Letting the wind blow you where it may in career decisions results in unfulfilled dreams, wondering what happened and the search for purpose.  

Keynotes

The Leadership Tinderbox: Seven Legendary Leadership Secrets

The Seven Secrets GUARANTEED to Get Your Team to REALLY Perform, Today, Right NOW!  

  • Why today's landscape is such a critical factor in leading successfully and what to do about it.
  • The number one action a leader can take to truly build a productive team.
  • The number one characteristic that separates the great leaders from all others.

The Noble Agent: Insider Secrets to Highly Successful Real Estate Sales

If you are in real estate, this one of for you. This is the result of interviewing successful real estate agents, managing brokers, and real estate professionals.

  • It is all about relationships. The pros manage them all successfully.
  • The successful sphere of influence how to keep it flowing.
  • The most  successful real estate agents know that it takes a team to sell a house. Here are the keys to building your team to build your business.

Insider Secrets to Building Highly Successful Customer Relationships

This humorous keynote will open companies eyes to the ridiculousness of some of organization practices that drive customers away screaming at the top of their lungs and then post it all over social media.

  • Why "best practices" irritate customers.
  • Make sure the AI brain is programmed with people thinking about the customer.
  • "You are kidding me, right?" And other stories that make customers insane and cost companies millions of dollars in lost revenue.


Testimonials

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"Barbara is a very insightful coach!"

 Product Manager & Business Development Professional 

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Everyone Benefits from Barbara's Expertise.

“After being a stay at home parent for 18 years, I was apprehensive about returning to the workforce. Barbara gave me the guidance, confidence and the tools to be able to refine my resume, have a positive attitude and put my best foot forward. As a result of her help, I am sure in my abilities to secure a job. I am eternally grateful to Barbara.” Alex

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Career Coach Corner

Listen in on Thursdays to Barbara's Career Coach Corner. You will find it on Barbara Wichman Inspires. Available on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Podbean. Subscribe today to receive all new episodes at Barbara Wichman Inspires Podcast!

How to Order the Leadership Tinderbox

The Leadership Tinderbox is available on Amazon! 

Learn what the experts identify as critical for GREAT leadership!

Barbara on Leadership

Recently Barbara was interviewed on the topic of leadership. She discussed what it means to be a leader, the definition of the leadership platform and why everyone need to have leadership capabilities. 

BArbara discusses leadership challenges

Barbara was asked what responsibility leaders hold for their own behavior and that of their organization. Leaders have a need to guard their words and actions as well as develop the culture of the organization by having clarity, setting boundaries and defining expectations.

Testimonials are Powerful

Testmonials

 ...Sure, on paper the workshop looked good, but no one attending expected much to change. After all, we communicate every day. What was there to learn? Except Barbara, who simply waited for feedback, and the boss who was still hoping for something, anything to change from a 90-minute lunch workshop. They didn’t have to wait long.

believe in success. Take the step.

Contact Barbara Today!

Barbara Wichman, LLC

630.423.1353

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THE LEADERSHIP TINDErbox! it's here!

About The Leadership Tinderbox - Coaching to Kindle the Passion for Success

This book is not theoretical. 


This book is not fictional. 


The Leadership Tinderbox shares real-life stories and lessons on leadership through the eyes of human resource (HR) professionals. The very function of the HR role provides a multifaceted perspective on leaders. HR holds a more multi-directional lens on leaders than anyone else in the organization. They receive input on the leader from employees, managers, leaders, other HR professionals, clients, consultants, assessments, feedback tools, performance management, succession processes, and from the leaders themselves. HR sees all. That is the value of looking at leadership through the eyes of HR. They have a perspective on leaders that is robust and incredibly significant.

  

Patterns emerged that HR leaders have seen over time, in different industries, different functions, all leadership levels. There were patterns of success and patterns of failure. 

What they are saying about The Leadership Tinderbox - Coaching to Kindle the Passion for Success

 Barbara Wichman’s book, "The Leadership Tinderbox: Coaching to Kindle the Passion for Success," offers some answers to these questions, along with ideas to implement them that are applicable to everyone’s careers. Wichman interviewed a variety of human resource professionals to gain insight into how successful leaders act, speak, and run their companies.

She illustrates her points with carefully chosen anecdotes and handy items to mull over at the end of each chapter. Of the many helpful points made in the book, this one struck a chord with me.

“As a leader, gratification now comes from servicing others. Creating an environment for team success is now the essential role.”

It’s not just what you’ve accomplished and continue to accomplish, it’s about your team and how highly they function. Smart leaders put their egos aside and foster a healthy environment in which their employees can flourish. 

 Barbara Wichman's book, The Leadership Tinderbox: Coaching to Kindle the Passion for Success, will not only guide you but will also spark the leader in you! Barb's amazing storytelling style is an engaging and compelling narrative weaving both personal stories and those from successful leaders from all walks of life. From beginning to end, you will be entertained, inspired and may even shed a tear or two for leaders who got it wrong and the lives that were impacted by their actions.

Read the Leadership Tinder Box and you will become the leader you were created to be.
 

Inspiring Presentations with IMPACT

The Leadership Tinderbox: Seven Legendary Leadership Secrets

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 The Seven Secrets GUARANTEED to Get Your Team to REALLY Perform, Today, Right NOW!  

  • Why today's landscape is such a critical factor in leading successfully and what to do about it.
  • The number one action a leader can take to truly build a productive team.
  • The number one characteristic that separates the great leaders from all others.

Insider Secrets to Building Highly Successful Customer Relationships

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This humorous keynote will open companies eyes to the ridiculousness of organization practices that drive customers away screaming at the top of their lungs and then post it all over social media.

  • Why "best practices" irritate customers.
  • Make sure the AI brain is programmed with people thinking about the customer.
  • "You are kidding me, right?" And other stories that make customers insane and cost companies millions of dollars in lost revenue.

The Noble Agent: Insider Secrets to Highly Successful Real Estate Sales

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If you are in real estate, this one of for you. This is the result of interviewing successful real estate agents, managing brokers, and real estate professionals.

  • It is all about relationships. The pros manage them all successfully.
  • The successful sphere of influence how to keep it flowing.
  • The most  successful real estate agents know that it takes a team to sell a house. Here are the keys to building your team to build your business.

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

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Looking for that person to Liven Up the Crowd? Or Manage the Flow? Look no Further!

Barbara will take the work off of you to manage the meeting!  You focus on the customers and clients. Barbara will focus on the crowd. Take that job off your shoulders and allow yourself to engage with business, people, and well, maybe just enjoying yourself! 

Barbara Wichman Speaker Reel

Barbara's Inspiring Keynotes

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EXECUTIVE COACHING

THREE LEADERSHIP TYPES

Need to develop leaders in your organization?


Barbara focuses on three areas of leadership for development.


1. Those on the succession plan preparing to take on new and strategic roles.

2. Those new to leading new teams.

3. Those high potentials and high performers looking to grow into their success.

Assessments

Barbara uses the Hogan Series of Assessments, The Bartell and Bartell Flying by Instruments, and DiSC. She is versed in many other assessments that organizations use to provided insight for their leaders.

PODCASTS on iTunes. Podbean. Sticher.

FEatured testimonial

  

Workplace Communication Overhaul Reaps Unexpected Rewards

When you work in customer service, and all you do is talk to people, going to a workshop on “The Fundamentals of Communication” might not be met with a whole lot of enthusiasm. Except by the boss, who is desperately hoping to bring peace to a team that is entrenched in a battle no side is going to win.


Many folks would resent being a last-ditch effort, being brought in at the end, when mutiny feels imminent. Barbara Wichman, however, loves a challenge, and she is confident that once the results are in, they won’t wait so long again, and she will be welcome back.


Her bright eyes scanned the room as she lay down the foundation for communication, focusing on science, psychology and real-life experiences. The process and activities used during the workshop help the participants see things from a different viewpoint, to understand their role in the communication process and to see the impact of their actions, or lack thereof.


Sure, on paper the workshop looked good, but no one attending expected much to change in a 90-minute lunch workshop. After all, we communicate every day. What was there to learn? Except Barbara, who simply waited for feedback, and the boss who was still hoping for something, anything to change. They didn’t have to wait long. 


Getting Personal

“Mary* came over the very next morning and what she had to say, shocked her, but not me,” Barbara said. “She told me that the impact had been tremendous, and immediate, but with her husband, not a team member. It was very personal.”


“I had been angry, very angry, every day for a long, long time,” Mary almost whispered. “For years I believed he purposely ignored me. That night, I asked my husband out to dinner, I tried again. This time I listened and responded differently. I used everything I’d learned, as we had discussed in the workshop.”


“For the first time he heard me--we heard each other—and for the first time I had hope. It wasn’t because he was different, but because I was different,” she said, poking a finger at her chest. “I knew right then, without a doubt, that it had saved my marriage. You saved my marriage, even though you had no idea that would happen.”


War in the Workplace

The battle lines had been drawn for more than a year, with two people on either side, firing email volleys that scorched anyone who got in the way. Unfortunately, the manager was constantly in the line of fire as the childish cries of “he did this” or “she did that” demanded she take a side and intervene.


Disruption to the whole team was clear and functionality was a thing of the past.

“Not only did we share the fundamentals of communication in a fresh way,” Barbara said of the workshop, “I also used examples of real life where a sassy remark resulted in so much more than making the person saying it feel better.”


The manager was unaware that the first two in the conflict had set up a lunch right after the workshop. They agreed to talk about what had happened over the past year. The other two quickly did the same thing.


Waving the White Flag

“The result was this--two individuals attending the workshop went to the manager together and told her they had set up a meeting immediately after the workshop to discuss their relationship. They shared what had happened, their realization of how they were negatively affecting those around them, shared what they were working on to repair their relationships and asked for more communication and other training from me because it had been so effective and impactful. They could finally see their roles in the disruption to their relationship and how they were creating a negative team work environment.”


They realized what was happening because of learning they received during the workshop and the powerful examples that had been used, not because fingers were pointed and people made to feel badly, she pointed out, adding that the learning is set up to take people down a path of self-assessment and self-realization.


“They did not like what they had seen in themselves. And they wanted to change and no longer relied on me to be the referee” said the manager. It wasn’t long before two other employees approached the manager and said much the same thing. They, too, had seen the negative impact their behavior was having on the team and took it upon themselves to work out their differences using the tools they learned in the workshop.


The manager remarked that after the workshop she saw immediate change in participants behavior, the team climate and even after 30 days the change held tight, “The tension amongst the staff was no longer present because of the conflict, the team members were helping each other out like never before, the snide remarks had completely stopped and were replaced with positive comments and supportive sharing. 


Above all, the complaining emails due to the conflicts had also stopped and the team asked for more workshop training.”


Contact Barbara for additional information and pricing.

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