Ah, yes… Work/life balance. Before meeting Barbara, I thought is was a ‘mythical unicorn’. I am a mum of two, have 2 small businesses, help run a networking group, help with P&C, I go to about 10-15 networking events every month and somewhere in there, I’m a wife. As you can imagine, I didn’t have a lot of time, was getting snappy at the ones I love and was starting to burn out. Like a superhero, I summoned Barbara to the rescue (I think she needs a cape). Barbara was able to assess my workload and my workspace. She has helped me put systems and tools in place both physically, digitally, mentally and emotionally. I now have ‘me time’ and ‘kids play time’ scheduled into my calendar. It’s as important as any other appointment. I’m able to prioritise and focus on one job at a time and curb procrastination this increased my efficiency and it even feels like my workload has decreased along with my stress.
My husband and family have seen the positive difference both at work and home and other business people; mums are in ore of what I can achieve in a day and they all want to know how. I always have Barbara’s card on hand to show them that they fit more into their day too. Thank you Barbara.
Mindy Renner – SmartTech
I started having stress and time management coaching sessions with Barbara after I had become unhappy and stressed as a stay-at-home single parent and had spent two years trying to start self-employment opportunities without success. Barbara helped me develop a vision statement, feel more confident about myself and my abilities and provided me with useful goal setting techniques, useful websites for managing time and meditations to find more calm. Thanks to Barbara my decisions are more focused and align with my vision statement, I am meditating regularly and I am confident in my abilities to re-enter the workforce again.
I feel good about making sure I laugh every day from now on, no matter what.
Paul, Alice Springs, NT
It seems so simple but the power of the mind can make a huge difference turning a potential negative situation into a positive.
N, Alice Springs, NT
Thank you for your wise guidance, encouragement, advice and help. I was knocked flat but you enabled me to stand up, work things out and take back control. You gave me courage to step out of my comfort zone, to dare to dream, to do something different, to take the risk and do what I wanted to do, not just what I felt I had to do. I know that if I fall over, you are there to encourage me to pick myself up, work through it and keep going. You have made a huge wonderful difference to my life and because of you I am more confident and in control. Thank you so very, very much.
P, Alice Springs, NT
Barbara Clifford has worked with the Stress Management Institute on special projects to assist us to improve our systems and process. Her ability to fine tune the simple things makes a world of difference, but most importantly, enables us to feel confident that we are operating effectively and efficiently. Barbara’s strong command of communication allows us to quickly understand and embrace new concepts, yet Barbara is also able to clearly understand our complex needs, finding solutions that bring out the best in our organisation. We entrust Barbara with key responsibilities knowing that she is highly proficient at prioritizing and organising. Her versatility and ability to adapt to constant change and interruption that is common place in business today ensure that our team feels well supported and secure as the Institute’s activities continually grow.
Dr John Hinwood, Managing Director, Stress Management Institute
I would like to personally thank you from both Yvonne and myself for allowing us your time to re-find a suitable starting point to build our business.
The tools, tricks and tips you gave us has literally changed our perception and enabled us to re-evaluate, devise and develop a sound business strategy to launch a unique product to the market.
Whilst still in its infancy I firmly believe that our business will be bigger than Ben Hur within the next 6 months due in part to your simple and practical philosophies.
Many thanks again for your genuine assistance and networking opportunities.
John & Yvonne Waters, Safety Training Consultants
Barbara is pioneering the use of social media in the the aged care industry, something many people would have dismissed, but a phenomenon that is proving to be invaluable for both residents and service providers. Her innate ability to recognise the best networks within the industry and be able to link them together is excellent. Barbara has a great understanding of communication and the many mediums used to get a message out to an audience, and her work provides real results. A pleasure to work with and a great person to boot.
Bruce Nelson, Director, Zakazukha
I am often asked for references [or testimonials] and rarely give them. In the case of Barbara Clifford I am more than willing to provide an insight into someone who has worked for me and with me for many years and that I truly respect. Barbara’s passion for productivity is inspiring. Her appetite for innovation meant that Barbara was able to recommend small, simple methods of business activity that made a great difference to our working environment. Her mature approach gave me the freedom to adapt or reject ideas with ease. A skilled negotiator, Barbara was often able to manage important projects, giving me the freedom to spend time in my business, knowing she had the job at hand. Barbara is an adaptable thinker and by no means rigid in her approach. I was able to work with Barbara, often with tight deadlines, on a variety of projects until I felt comfortable with the outcomes. Barbara’s varied experience means she is a great asset to any organisation and a natural educator. I cannot be any clearer than to say, Barb is a great asset to have on any team.
Phil Usher, Director, IQ Business Services & Solutions Pty Ltd
The training I did with Barbara has helped with my professional development as a manager in aged care. This industry has many complexities and challenges, with a fast paced atmosphere. Barb’s training has helped me to identify strategies to implement, which I can now share with my team. I would highly recommend her courses.
Jessica McKenna, Clinical Nurse, Anglicare
I have found Barbara’s time management strategies to be very helpful in my day to day operations. I receive a lot of emails every day and Barbara showed me how to manage my incoming emails which has saved me quite a bit of time and frustration. She has also been very helpful in showing me a fairly simple way of prioritising my work schedule and gaining clarity and a better understanding of my own personal management style and how to interact more effectively with other teams. I would be happy to recommend her services to any organisation or individual who needs to get more organised.
I met Barb, 2 years ago when I started my business Brisbane Woman. Since meeting Barb, she has been an awesome asset to me and my business. Not only has she regularly attended my events and shown her support for my new business, but has actively referred women to me and promoted my business on line and through social media. Barb is a great ‘pay it forward’ person and her enthusiasm is contagious. She is an avid networker and her genuine interest in making meaningful connections means she is a strong alloy to have. if you are seeking a meaningful alliance then I would highly recommend connecting with Barb.
Kylie Welsh, Founder, SHEentrepreneur
I fortunately did a time management workshop recently with Barbara Clifford. Although already quite organised myself with reasonable time management tools, I was pleasantly surprised to walk away with quite a few new and different ideas to help me improve. If these are areas of challenge, then I suspect you would walk away with heaps of great strategies, that you can implement straight away, to get back more time in your day. I can thoroughly recommend this training workshop.
Donna Stone, Stone Consulting, November, 2014
Clear and concise information delivered in a timely manner whilst great info to save time.
Bruce Hutchison, Hutchison Moore – Remax, www.sellingtheredlands.com.au, November, 2014
It was a great introduction to Apps (for example Evernote) to optimise on digital organisation. It was also interesting to reflect on personal styles and how they affect my style of organisation. Barbara has considerable knowledge, passion for organisation and great practical tips.
Vicky Macdonald , November, 2014
I got value from the workshop because I’ve got things to implement – I got shared learning and practical ways to save me time.
Lynne Sturgess, Precision Loans, November, 2014
It was a practical workshop with very useable ideas. It gives me a better understanding for using outlook and sorting emails. 🙂 It challenged my thinking of folders, how many to have and how to sort and organise. I enjoyed the Time Management Style Quiz – nearly perfectly described my work habits. You are a great presenter, Barbara! Very easy to listen to and provided a wealth of information.
Participant, Caboolture Early Years Centre, April, 2015
Very useful information to take away an apply. It was great also to have time to share within the group at the workshop.
Julie Bannister, Key Business Network, November, 2014.