Testimonials

General Testimonials

Barb is a professional who is well-versed in all phases of the industry. Great to work with on any project.”
Marc Zumoff, Owner, Zumoff Productions

“Barbara is an expert in communications skills and knows how to teach others how to improve these skills. Barbara also knows how to make the learning process fun and creative.”
Eileen Connolly-Robbins, COO Main Line Chamber of Commerce

“Barbara is an adroit listener, which is how she is able to communicate so effectively in speech and as a writer. She is also a lot of fun to work with!”
Jason Fifield, Owner, Slife Productions

“Barbara is great! She is smart, focused and delivery-focused. She is a pleasure to work with. I recommend Barbara.”
Chandra Allred, President, Allred Consulting

“Barb is a dedicated and creative professional.  She worked to promote the web site that I managed at ISI. Her promotional ideas are clever and she’s a terrific writer. Barb knows how to best communicate to the specific audience for each project. She understands the media and knows where to place the messages for maximum impact.
Elisa Miller, Webmaster, Institute for Scientific Information (now Thomson Scientific)

“I have known Barbara for many years, in Toastmasters, ASTD Greater Philadelphia, and personally. Barbara provides excellence in all projects to which she commits herself. She is bright, funny and offers excellent intellectual contribution to discussions. Her background greatly supports her current endeavor. I recommend Barbara wholeheartedly.”
Cynthia Huber, CTM, CQP, Owner, Exalt Resource Development

“It is difficult to limit the attributes to three, because Barb embodies all of them. The work that she has done for the organizations I have worked for has always been high quality. Working with Barb is a joy. Her attention to detail–especially little details I haven’t considered–is a real plus. I would definitely recommend Barb for any projects that require a creative mind combined with superb writing/editing skills as well as projects that require someone who can work well with a range of people and personalities.”
Rev. Sandra Strauss, PA Council of Churches

“Barbara is one of the most dedicated and energetic people I know. She approaches projects (and life!) with enthusiasm, wisdom, and attention to detail. She is an asset to every team smart enough to have her!”
Carol Basilio, Founder, Well-Spoken Communication Specialists

“Barb is very street smart, just plain smart and gets the job done. She knows a lot of people and knows how to get results. A pleasure to work with, too.”
Pam Rosser Thistle, Owner, Pamela Rosser PR

Capture Life Stories Testimonials

Barbara was able to capture my mother’s life story in DVD and print.  It is a gift that will continue to give to future generations of our family.
Bob Mohr

“I’ve had the pleasure to work with Barbara on many occasions including on the video portion of projects for CaptureLifeStories.com. The passion and time Barbara puts into the research and writing for these projects are second to none.  I highly recommend the service that she provides on CaptureLifeStories.com. It is a wonderful gift for a friend, family, or loved one.”
Robert L. Mickles, Director of Photography/ Cinematographer, 360 Digital Studios, LLC

PR Testimonials

“Recently I hired Barbara to help publicize an award I received. I was very pleased when she contacted me only a day or two later to let me know that she had lined up a radio interview for me! On top of this my press release appeared in over five papers with two substantial interviews including one front-page article. Outstanding work!”
Karen Jett, CMA

“I have known Barbara for a several years and worked with her on multiple occasions. I have found her to be extremely competent, reliable, and professional. Barbara brings a well polished perspective and seasoned insight to each project and you can always count on her to do an excellent job!”
Debra Malinics, Owner, DMA Communications

“Barbara has been a very dedicated supporter and volunteer with Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue. She is always on the lookout for ways to help promote our organization and has had many creative ideas! We are most appreciative of her skills, talents, and generosity.”
Donna Baker, Adoption Manager, Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue

“Barbara has a unique skill that encompasses great listening skills, followed by providing an action plan that produces results. She uses her professional skills in message development and training to help me and others to deliver a clear and concise message. I recommend her highly.”
D. Mike Smith, Past President, Lulu Shriners

“Barb is very street smart, just plain smart and gets the job done. She knows a lot of people and knows how to get results. A pleasure to work with, too.”
 Pam Rosser Thistle, Owner, Pamela Rosser PR

“Barbara is tied into the community – she knows what’s going on!”
Joy Bergey, PennFuture

“Barbara has worked with our retail store, as well as, other retailers on the avenue. She is a great idea person with the ability to help businesses cross promote and get the word out. She is a stickler for details and delivers what she hand her company promises – Results! She also is a pleasure to work with – a real team player. I applaud her efforts and appreciate the results.”
Fran O’Donnell, O’Doodles Toy Store speaking as (past)
President of the Chestnut Hill Business Association

Speech Coaching Testimonials

“Working with Barb was easy and enjoyable. She nurtured my confidence and speaking skills so I could confront a presentation as a rewarding enjoyable experience instead of wasting my energy on feeling fearful! I introduced gestures, props and entertainment to my presentation in addition to using clear, simple yet engaging slides. Barb kindly sat in on a presentation which was a comfort and showed great support. After being congratulated by numerous colleagues on my excellent presentation, I am now excited at the prospect of finding another speaking engagement to put my skills into practice again.”
Kirsty Halliday, Director of Environmental Programs, SCA Americas

“The speech coaching I received gave me the confidence to go before large professional groups and relay my message on tree preservation.  At one time I shied away from public speaking opportunities.  Now I embrace them.”
John Studdy, Arborist Representative, Bartlett Tree Experts

“I wanted to thank you for all the help you have given my colleague and I over the last few months. What we brought to you was basically some photos arranged in PowerPoint. However, when we finished we had a real professional presentation that clearly told a story! Your feedback really made the difference. Not only was it delivered in a professional, non-threatening manner, but it was information we could incorporate immediately to make improvements in our presentation style. There were plenty of pointers throughout the sessions that helped refine the delivery and content of our presentation.  We will definitely be using CommunicationsPro.com to prepare for future speaking engagements.”
Susanne Hanson, Business Development, Wallace Associates

“Thanks for your coaching. Judy’s (Vrendenburgh, President/CEO) nationally broadcast speech was a big success,”
Karen Mudd, (former) Communications Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Philadelphia

“Speech coaching helped me at a critical time in the growth of our (former) company CDNow. In three sessions, I felt more confident and relaxed in front of my employees, shareholders and the general public. I would recommend speech coaching for any entrepreneur. It helps you to get your message across, which is critical to success.”
Jason Olim, former President of CDNow

Your Public Speaking Boot Camp was educational and not intimidating. My staff and I loved your sense of humor and flexibility with our schedules.
Eileen Connolly-Robbins, CEO, Main Line Chamber of Commerce

Your visit was another ray of sunshine in an exceptionally fine class. My students loved your humor, your high spirits, your quirky illustrations of everything one needs to keep the yawns at bay to keep the troops attentive and eager for more. You’re full of surprises, all of them delightful. It’s easy to say kind words about your classroom visit. You helped illuminate key principles of public speaking, reaching my young audience where they can hear you best, and you entertained them (and me!) in the bargain. Thanks again for being such a good friend as well as a thorough Communications Pro.
Frank Quattrone, Public Speaking Professor, Penn State, Abington

“Barb is terrific! I asked her to help me prepare for a Panel Event in Chicago and due to her it worked out great. Barb is thoughtful, creative, professional and very patient.”
Jane Munro, As You Wish Promotions

“Barbara helped me polish a professional presentation that I had been nervous about. After my session with her, I felt confident, and I rocked it!”
Karey Bacon

Workshop Testimonials

Your Public Speaking Boot Camp was not intimidating. My staff and I loved your sense of humor and your flexibility with our schedules.
Eileen Connolly-Robbins, CEO, Main Line Chamber of Commerce

You pulled together an excellent FISH Training program for our stylists. We now work together as a team as a result of the training. We had and continue to have a lot of fun with the playbook.
Renee Parker, Pizzazz Salon Owner

Thank you for your very professional presentation this evening at our Rotary meeting. As an educator, I am very aware that presenting information effectively is the name of the game. Knowing how to engage your audience is the key to success. You do it well. In a very entertaining fashion, you reminded each of us of how to connect with others in virtually any situation. You do what you promote, and you promote what I would call in the educational world “best practice.”
Carol Robinson, Program Chair, Paoli, Malvern, Berwyn Rotary

Thank you so much for your Memories from the Heart presentation at the last PCADV  meeting. It was very, very enjoyable and timely for our group. We so  appreciate your taking the time to join us.
Mimsye Katz, Chair, Professional Care Alliance of the Delaware Valley

Your visit was another ray of sunshine in an exceptionally fine class. My students loved your humor, your high spirits, your quirky illustrations of everything one needs to keep the yawns at bay to keep the troops attentive and eager for more. You helped illuminate key principles of public speaking, reaching my young audience where they can hear you best, and you entertained them (and me!) in the bargain. Thanks again for being such a good friend as well as a thorough Communications Pro.
Frank Quattrone, Public Speaking Professor, Penn State, Abington

Thank you very much for presenting yesterday.  It is extremely difficult to co-facilitate effectively. In my 30-year career I don’t believe that I’ve witnessed a more effective co-facilitated session. Co-facilitation requires a great deal of trust, chemistry and humility. When it “comes together” it’s like a symphony, when it doesn’t – a disaster.
Steve Horner, Founder and President,  Delaware Valley Consulting Group

Barbara really engaged the audience with her Recipes for Love program.  She shared some of her own stories behind family recipes. Then the stories from the audience members came pouring forth. She also used spices and tastes of foods to bring back memories of the people in their family and some of the recipes they developed. Everyone left with warm memories, a full tummy and a binder of recipes. We would love to do the program again.
Lisa Seonia, Marketing Director, Spring Mill Presbyterian Village

I really enjoyed the training session. I have attended so many corporate type sessions in the past but felt this was so much more personal and from the heart.
Jody Davies, President, Whitemarsh Business Association

“Barbara was able to give real life video and print examples of how “Mining Your Stories” can lead to positive PR. In speaking before the National Association of Professional Organizers Greater Philadelphia Chapter, she even used examples from our industry to educate and motivate members to tell their stories in the media.”
Carla Shipman, Program Chair

We were disappointed with the turnout but NOT disappointed with the class!  John and I both felt the class was the best we’ve had in quite some time and felt that so many people could have benefited from it!
Amy M. Carlotto Zuckett, M.Ed, Education Director, Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania

I just wanted to thank you again for letting me know about the NAWBO event this morning. It was extremely informative and it was great meeting so many nice and interesting people. I’m keeping your ‘Get Out of Jail for Free’ card on my desk! As I start to draft these newsletters and press releases, I have a feeling I may be using it sooner than later.
Eric Karlan

“I have attended several of Communications Pro Seminars and Training, including Networking for Success and Public Speaking Boot Camp. The material presented during these courses is invaluable.  Since Public Speaking Boot camp, I have spoken at a variety of conferences nationally and internationally. Each time I prepare a lecture, I actively apply the advice of Communications Pro and the results are always positive. The classes are creative and fun, while providing essential skills for success.”
Molly Crowley

“A lot of people talk but fewer walk the walk. I’ve watched Barb facilitate numerous meetings of ASTD and she always demonstrates the expertise required by her consulting business. She has been consistently enthusiastic and supportive of others. In other words, a pleasure to work with and to get to know.”
Brenda Grove, Director, College Outreach & On-site Programs, Villanova University

“I attended a seminar that Barb presented and was impressed with her knowledge of marketing and communications and with her recommendations for start-up companies as well as those who just need a boost in their visibility.”
Sheila Bello, Researcher, Garvey Resources


Writing Testimonials

“Barbara wrote a wonderful article on me for the Chestnut Hill Local when I was just starting out in the real estate business. It was creative, detailed, and very well written filled with elements from my childhood through the present. She was a joy to work with and captured my personality very accurately in the article. She is an excellent writer and I am grateful for her positive coverage!”
Martha Agate, Realtor, Eichler & Moffly Realtors

“Barbara is reliable, punctual and very open to suggestions or criticism. And she is a caring person.”
Len Lear, Editor Local Life, Chestnut Hill Local

“Barbara wrote and published an article on my fledgling business and did a great job communicating our mission and my persona. As a professional video producer I can strongly recommend her.  I have seen her video biography work and it is first class.”
Jason Fifield, Owner, Slife Productions