About Jim Barber

Jim Barber has a long and varied career as a professional speaker. First as a technical trainer on computer software, and later as a keynoter, voice talent, and Master of Ceremonies, Jim has helped audiences at hundreds of organizations, including the European Space Agency [Germany], the Royal Aircraft Establishment [England], Ontario Hydroelectric [Canada], the Atlantic Underwater Testing and Evaluation Center [Bahamas], Linköpings Universitet [Sweden], and a variety of U.S. organizations including the Miami Parking System, San Diego Gas and Electric, NASA / Goddard, and Texas Instruments.

Jim is also the author of 18 books, including The Complete Professional Speaker's Office Kit (described by Glenna Salsbury, past president of the National Speakers Association, as "the best single investment you can make in your speaking career") and The Professional Speaker's Mastery (described as "packed with the stuff you need to run a professional practice as a speaker or consultant!" by Randy Gage, author of Why You're Dumb, Sick and Broke).

Jim has also lent his voice to a variety of audio projects ranging from product announcer ("But wait! There's more!") to medical voiceovers ("Now review the placement of the nasogastric, naosesophageal, esophagostomy and jejunostomy tubes"). Jim has also done voice work for a number of professional speakers, including Dr. Rebecca Staton-Reinstein, Ellen Bristol, Ruben Perczek, and Randy Gage.

Jim has been an active member of Toastmasters International for over a quarter of a century; has twice served as president of the Florida Speakers Association; has served as the liaison to Florida for the National Speakers Association; and has received multiple honors, including FSA's Sam Edwards Award, the Bill Gove Lifetime Achievement Award, and the FSA Chapter Leadership Award.

Jim has been excited about the awesome potential of the Internet for over a quarter of a century. Jim was developing content for the Internet in the early 90's (before the World Wide Web), he created his first web site in 1995, and in 2000, PC World magazine declared his web site, The Barber Shop, to be a “top ten” site for professional speakers. So Jim is excited to use the enormous power of today's cutting-edge technology to create an interactive, dynamic "career enrichment center" for professional speakers — Pro Speaker U!

Want to hear Jim "on stage"? Listen to this short clip as Jim describes how technology is changing the way we think:

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