years of experience
I’ve been a public speaker for 30 years, giving lively interactive presentations to a variety of groups from small classrooms to large conventions, from social workers to probation officers, from students to administrators. Come on in to my site…look over my background, review the topics I like to present, and check my availability for future engagements. Then bring me in to…. enlighten, entertain and energize your group!
2014 Association of Florida Colleges’ Professor of the Year
I received a B.A. degree from USF and my M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the Vermont College of Norwich University, in 1987. I began my professional career as a caseworker for the Hillsborough County Hospital and Welfare Board in Hillsborough County, Florida. During my eleven-year tenure I worked with offenders and clients with medical issues, and taught pre-release classes at Hillsborough Correctional Institution. I was employed as a Rehabilitation Counselor for four years, assessing injured workers’ medical issues and assisting them in returning to the workplace. I’m also trained in REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy).
Since 1991, I have been a Counselor and Associate Professor of Psychology at Hillsborough Community College. In 2014, I was named Professor of the Year by Association of Florida Colleges. The honor was based on various documents including recommendations from students and fellow teachers. Many thanks to the AFC and all those who supported me!
I am on the Steering Committee of HCC’s Quality Enhancement Plan and am the Courtside/Radio Announcer for HCC’s Men’s Basketball Team. I also serve on the Steering Committee for the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival.
I’ve done over 30 years of acting in more than 50 productions with various Community/Professional theaters. I’m the writer of And a World to Carry On (Laura Nyro Remembered), a fundraiser for the Carrollwood Players, and The Man Who Wrote Danny Boy, an award-winner at the Carrollwood Players One-Act Festival
A long-time supporter of community radio station WMNF, I’ve been a co-host of the Soul Party 15 times since 1990.
Some of the topics I like to talk about, and some groups I’ve addressed in the past:
I presented “The Nature and Importance of Memory” to:
Association of Florida Colleges Conference at Daytona State College
Let’s face it; we all have to work for a living! Although sometimes work can be stressful, boring, and unrewarding, almost any job can be fun if you develop your humorous attitude. Learn how to realize this attitude, be happier and more productive at the workplace, and get the most out of your job and your life!
I’ve addressed Humor in the Workplace with:
Hillsborough County Dept. of Social Services
Florida Association of Community Colleges
State of Florida Federal Parole and Probation Officers Convention (Keynote Speaker)
Hillsborough County Public Defender’s Office
Hillsborough County-Department of Children’s Services
Pinellas County Schools Paraprofessionals
The good news is: you have a job. The not-so-good news is: you are surrounded by negativity in the workplace. You can create your own positive environment, even when your co-workers and supervisors may need an attitude adjustment! Learn about the different personality traits those around you may possess, and how to adjust to these personalities, be more productive and get more enjoyment from your employment.
I’ve addressed Creating a Positive Workplace with:
Florida Association of College Registrars and Admissions Organization
Maximizing Your Potential
Do you ever think that you could be doing more with your life: career-wise, relationship-wise, or otherwise? Are you stopping yourself from getting the most out of life? Learn how you are stopping yourself from achieving your best, and how to unleash your full potential.
I’ve addressed Maximizing Your Potential with:
Florida Association of Community Colleges
USF Department of Lifelong Learning
The world is your oyster and so is your classroom! Research has shown that a variety of teaching methods leads to enhanced learning. This workshop covers the use of student response systems, music, videos, and active learning techniques to facilitate student learning and involvement.
I’ve addressed Creating your Own Captivating Classroom with:
National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development
Hillsborough Community College
“…engaging and memorable. You provided the group with practical tools for building a better memory.”
“… informative and highly entertaining…”
“Barry is very personable and very comfortable in front of an audience, and is excellent at his craft…I would highly recommend him for your next speaking engagement!!”
If you’d like to set up a speaking engagement, arrange a meeting, have a consultation or just kibitz about the workplace, the classroom, or the theater, get in touch!
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