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The Barber Shop is the 20-year-old* cutting-edge site that's home of all things 'Jim Barber'!

If you'd like to explore all the services The Barber Shop has to offer, simply choose "next" (above) to browse through the benefits one-by-one. If you already know which particular benefit you want, you can quickly access it through the Quick-links list on the right.

"My wish for you — as it has been for each day of the past two decades — is that you discover and fulfill your every potential! I'm looking forward to our working together!"

Jim Barbersigned Jim

Jim Barber
The Main Barber, The Barber Shop

Here are your Quick-links to different benefits of The Barber Shop:

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O M G !!!

OMGs — Online Mastery Groups — are webinars conducted by Jim Barber of The Barber Shop. Specific OMG topics vary, but all OMGs focus on meeting the needs of public or professional speakers.

OMGs — Online Mastery Groups — are The Barber Shop's online (so they're incredibly convenient) group (so you can join at a fraction of individual coaching prices) coaching (on all things speaking, whether public or professional) programs.

Want to know more about OMGs? Check out OMG Central for everything about The Barber Shop's Online Mastery Groups.

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Let's
BOOGIE!

(Barber's Official Online Guide to Individual Edification)

What is BOOGIE? BOOGIE is a silly name for a serious opportunity. In short, BOOGIE is affordable, convenient online coaching and consulting with Jim Barber.

Why BOOGIE? Some people get all the help they need through the podcasts — Speaker Gym and Pro Speaker U. Other people prefer the live interaction that comes with Online Mastery Groups (OMGs).

But for some people, you just can't beat the advantages of talking one-on-one. And through the magic of Zoom, you can talk face-to-face with Jim Barber for anywhere from 15 minutes (for a couple of quick questions) to an hour or more, from the convenience of your home or office, all for an incredibly low investment.

BOOGIEing with Jim is convenient and affordable! Let's BOOGIE!

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Finders Speakers

Are you planning an event, and searching for "just the right speaker" to drive interest and boost attendance? Do you need a keynoter, an emcee, a trainer, and a session facilitator... and you're tired of looking everywhere to find the speakers you need?

You need Finders Speakers!

There are lots of speakers directories around, but most of them don't really work for you.

  • Some only promote speakers that belong to their particular organization. That's good for them, but not good for you!
  • Others limit themselves to representing only high-fee keynoters or specialized trainers.
  • Unbelievably, some of them don't even let you contact the speaker directly!

The Finders Speakers Showcase is different. Our speakers are diverse — from all areas of the globe, from all walks of life, they perform a variety of services for you, and at all different fee levels. And best of all, all contact is between you and the speaker you choose! So, looking for a speaker? Look no further than Finders Speakers!

Want to make your next event a special event?
Find the right speaker for you at Finders Speakers!

Speakers!
How Can Anyone Hire You If They Can't Find You?
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The biggest challenge faced by most professional speakers is marketing. When you're a pro speaker, you can actually lose sleep worrying how people are going to find you. And Finders Speakers makes marketing yourself both easy and affordable.

Every serious pro speaker needs to be a member of Finders Speakers! As a member of Finders Speakers, you can have one, three, or even seven full-page listings in the Finders Speakers Showcase to impress your prospective clients with your programs, your products, and your services.

If you're a professional speaker, you owe it to yourself and your career to take advantage of the marketing and positioning opportunities offered by Finders Speakers. Join Finders Speakers and start promoting yourself... today!

Is your career a well-kept secret?
Stop hiding your greatness!

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Speaker Gym!

  • Does the idea of speaking in public fill you with dread?
  • Are your poor speaking skills holding you back (in your career or in your life)?
  • Do you know what you want to say, but you have trouble actually saying it?
  • Are you eager to strengthen your speaking abilities... but you just don't have the time or energy?

Then you need to work out at the gym... but not just any gym. You need Speaker Gym!

Speaker Gym is a free podcast filled with useful tips (and a few warnings), techniques, insights, guidance, and much more.

In today's communication-dependent world, good presentation skills are no longer good enough. Your presentation skills need to be top-notch, the best that they can be. You need Speaker Gym.

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Pro Speaker? You?
You need Pro Speaker U!

Have you ever dreamed of being paid to speak? Would you like to make a difference in people's lives and make a living at it? If you're like many people, the process of going "from free to fee" seems complicated and mysterious. Pro Speaker U can help!

Pro Speaker U is a free podcast packed with useful tips (and a few dire warnings), suggestions, techniques, insights, and much more. You can find Pro Speaker U on most major podcasting platforms, or you can find all the episodes at Pro Speaker U . com!

The Barberian World Reborn

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Years ago, I had a paper-based newsletter (back then, that was the only kind — email newsletters hadn't been invented yet) called The Barberian World. It described what was going on in my company, then called Barberian Enterprises; but it also gave me an opportunity to pair my humorous side with my creative streak. The result was either funny (to some people) or insulting (to the objects of my ridicule).

I haven't published The Barberian World in decades, and I miss it... so I've decided to resurrect it for the 21st century as an online newsletter called The Barber Poll. Like its predecessor, The Barber Poll alerts you when new episodes or new supporting materials are added to Speaker Gym, Pro Speaker U, or elsewhere around The Barber Shop. It also contains little rants against the absurdities of our world.

There's something for everyone. If you're interested in new episodes of the Gym or PSU, just check out the announcements and ignore my humor. Or if you're interested in my humorous, somewhat warped take on current events, enjoy that and just ignore the other stuff. Easy.

To receive The Barber Poll in your inbox, just fill out the information below and you'll receive the next issue, hot off the electronic presses! (You can also view past issues to see what you've missed.)

I appreciate your trust in me, so I'm not going to use this information for any other purpose, nor am I going to let anybody else have your contact information. And you can easily un-subscribe at any time.

I'm looking forward to keeping in touch with you through The Barber Poll. As always, here's wishing you every success!

Jim Barber

"Speaker Jim" Barber
The Barber Shop's Speaker Gym, Pro Speaker U, Speaker Promo, etc.

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I value your privacy, and so I collect only that information that I need to send you The Barber Poll. Furthermore, you can rest assured that I will never give, sell, or otherwise distribute your information to anyone outside The Barber Shop without your consent. Finally, I hate spam (I'm confident I'll write a column or two about it), so I will only use the information you give us to send you my little newsletter, no more often than once a week or so.

Jim Barber — the Man and the Myth
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Jim Barber is the creator of Finders Speakers, Online Mastery Groups (OMGs), BOOGIE (Barber's Official Online Guide to Individual Edification – in other words, online one-on-one coaching), the Speaker Gym and Pro Speaker U podcasts, and of course, The Barber Shop Enrichment Center itself.

Drawing on almost 4 decades as a speaking professional, 3 decades as an active member of Toastmasters, chapter liaison for the National Speakers Association, and two-time president of the Florida Speakers Association, Jim knows the ins-and-outs of effective presentations. And you can benefit from Jim's skills in a wide variety of ways, from speech writing, book editing, voice overs, and presentation coaching, to Jim's own seminars and keynotes.

Want to experience Jim online? Jim presented a TED Talk at the 2016 West Broward High TEDx. There were some technical problems in recording the audio (so it sounds like he's talking in a cave), but it's understandable and you can catch his TEDx Talk right here! And Jim's contest speech at the 2017 D47 Toastmasters Humorous Speech contest shows the less serious — but still very accurate — side of Jim Barber.

Jim has helped thousands of people around the world. How can he help you?

Are You Making the Most of the Web?
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Do you have your own email address? It's so much more professional (and fun!) to use an email address like "jim@thebarbershop.com" instead of "jimb4987@gmail.com". And you can do it for only pennies a day!

Do you have your own domain name, like "thebarbershop.com"? Maybe you think you don't need a domain name because you don't have a website. But are you absolutely sure that you won't ever want it sometime in the future? Here's the bad news — anyone can reserve a domain name using your name, and there's nothing you can do about it! So even if you don't need a domain name now, it's a good idea to protect your name (or your speech title, or the name of the start-up that you're going to launch someday, or the title of your future bestselling book... anything at all) from being "stolen" by someone else.

If you have your own website, is it secure? (That is, do you access it as "https://"?) Insecure websites have a higher risk of being targeted by hackers, and they're already being penalized by the major search engines in page rankings. Since you can secure your website for only a dollar or two a month, it doesn't make sense for your site to be unprotected!

At Jim's Web World, you can set up your own private email accounts, reserve domain names, secure your websites, and much more. For all your Internet needs, Jim's Web World is your source for the best in Internet resources!

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Look at it this way... stopping someone else from grabbing "your" dot-com domain name for less than $10 a year is one of the cheapest insurance policies you can get!

The Barber Shop Reaches Legal Drinking Age!
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That's right! In 2018 (on March 14, to be precise), The Barber Shop turned 21 years old. (That's older than Facebook, YouTube, or even Google!) Check out the fascinating story of this 20+ year, award-winning website.

The festivities are just beginning! In 2019, Jim Barber will celebrate 40 years of being in the business of helping people. Jim's business started as "Barberian Enterprises", but it was another 18 years before "thebarbershop.com" was born. (We had to wait for the World Wide Web to be invented first!) So we'll hold a proper 40th-birthday party for the business itself next year! But first, the big question....

Jim's website, The Barber Shop, is over 20 years old. Jim's business is almost 40. How old, you may ask, is Jim Barber himself? Let's just say that Truman was still president when Jim was born. (In other words, Jim is "older than dirt".)

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The Barber Shop —
Where you'll find nothing about hair,
but everything about the Barber!

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I have a little e-newsletter, The Barber Poll, which alerts you when new episodes or new supporting materials are added to Speaker Gym, Pro Speaker U, or elsewhere in The Barber Shop. To receive The Barber Poll in your inbox, just fill out the information below and you'll receive the next issue, hot off the electronic presses! (You can also view past issues to see what you've missed.)

I appreciate your trust in me, so I'm not going to use this information for any other purpose, nor am I going to let anybody else have your contact information. And you can easily un-subscribe at any time.

I'm looking forward to keeping in touch with you through The Barber Poll. As always, here's wishing you every success!

Jim Barber

"Speaker Jim" Barber
The Barber Shop's Speaker Gym, Pro Speaker U, Speaker Promo, etc.

Send me The Barber Poll!

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We value your privacy, and so we collect only that information that we need to send you The Barber Poll. Furthermore, you can rest assured that we will never give, sell, or otherwise distribute your information to anyone outside The Barber Shop without your consent. Finally, we hate spam, so we will only use the information you give us to send you our little newsletter, usually no more often than once a week or so.

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