We have known Barbara Appelbaum professionally for many years. It wasn’t until we were looking for a team-building activity for our staff that we really got to know how talented she is. She was able to get my team of admin and massage therapists focused on giving back to themselves and shifting some of the negative energy that some of us had been feeling to a more positive one. We created vision boards that were personal to each of them. It triggered much-needed conversations of things that had been bothering some people. While creating, the conversation flowed and became much more light-hearted in the end. Some healing took place that day. Some things came to light on those who needed to move on and those who could make little changes to improve their work environment. Accountability, introspection and clarity were major outcomes from something that I thought would not be well-received.
We allowed our staff to post their vision boards in their rooms so that they could stay “in touch” with what they are working so hard for. It made a huge impact on them and we are forever grateful to Barbara for her guidance, nurturing and talent! We will do this again in the future for sure!
Wow…Tuesday’s webinar was truly outstanding. Our topic was Learning to be Resilient in the World of MS, and we had a great line up featuring Dawn Ehde, a psychologist from the University of Washington, and Barbara Appelbaum of Appelbaum Wellness LLC, a motivational speaker, author and a certified wellness coach. “I have been floundering without all of these tools! This was so totally awesome!! Best presenters and best webinar I have listened too since my diagnosis in Jan. 2003,” said one attendee.
We were blessed to have Barbara take time out of her weekend to speak to our MS Support Group. She is very knowledgeable about wellness and living as healthy as possible with a chronic disease. She provided an excellent interactive presentation for us that exceeded our expectations. Group members described the topics covered as helpful and interesting. Thanks again, Barbara!
Melissa Mills, National Multiple Sclerosis Society Support Group Facilitator Champaign/Urbana
We recently had the pleasure of featuring Barbara as a presenter to our chapter members as part of our monthly webinar series. She’s clearly an expert in wellness coaching as her material was filled with tips, ideas and techniques for both coaches to use personally and for them to use with their clients. Barbara’s style was warm, inviting and easy-going and her personal story an inspiration to all. If you are looking for an informative, upbeat presenter in the area of wellness, you should strongly consider Barbara!
Karen Konrath, ACC/ICF-Wisconsin Chapter
Barbara was excellent, informative, very helpful, relatable and inspiring. Outstanding presentation that was very authentic, meaningful, and clear. Lots of great ideas offered; can’t wait to buy her book; other talks by her would be very welcome.
Synopsis of Canyon Ranch Guest/Lecture Attendee Feedback
It was a great show and I appreciate the tips and tools you shared with our audience for integrated healing. My favorite tidbit is that our relationships are a part of our nutrition. You opened my eyes to a lot of things last night. So, THANK YOU.
I highly recommend Barbara B. Appelbaum as a speaker for any organization, club or group of individuals who are interested in health of body, mind and soul. Barbara gives practical, common-sense hints on healthy living plus her personal journey in life which is very inspiring. I have had many speakers at my support group which I have facilitated for 31 years for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Barbara is one of the top speakers our support group has been privileged to hear. Barbara’s presentation is simply amazing.
Yolanda Treiguts, Leader, National MS Society South Cook Self-Help Group
You rocked it! Thank you for sharing your amazing insights on Gift Biz Unwrapped. I know our listeners will be inspired and enriched with the knowledge you shared. It’s a true gift – in more than one way!
I learned quite a bit of information in addition to what I already knew from my own research. I have never stopped reading about MS since the day of my diagnosis. I was so very grateful to hear the story of the young lady (Barbara B. Appelbaum) who came to speak. Much of what she had gone through prior to her diagnosis was similar to my story. It is such a relief to hear someone’s story because it is confirmation that we are not alone.
You are remarkable in your enthusiasm and dedication to this important work! This Wellness Initiatives Strategy Meeting was challenging, both with a very ambitious agenda and a diverse group in attendance. As co-chair, your skillful facilitation greatly contributed to the meeting’s success. This was an important first step to our wellness initiative and we are delighted with the outcomes.
Kathleen Costello and Debra Frankel, National MS Society – MS Society Project Leads
After listening to Barbara explain the concept of the vision board, I knew this new tool would further congeal my team at work. During a team meeting, I allowed time at the end to explain the vision board idea – that we were making a poster to cover the stock room door that would exemplify our goals. I also used the three premises of J.Jill: 1. Create a great brand, 2. Build a successful business and 3.Make J.Jill a great place to work. Together, we created a visual reminder of these pillars and how we would accomplish them.
In the coming weeks, during a visit from my District Manager, she fell in love with the concept and asked to take a picture. She then shared it at a regional level. Thanks to learning the concepts taught by Barbara to me, J. Jill is now implementing vision board creation regionally.
It was nice to see that one other person has had a positive experience with MS…I really do thank MS for coming into my life. It was just really nice to hear you say that. Because, sometimes I feel like maybe I’m trying to fool myself. What you said about auto-pilot really hit home and I’d just like to thank you for sharing.
Barbara B. Appelbaum was a guest speaker at Congregation Bene Shalom in December 2013. She spoke on her book, Live in Wellness Now, and the ‘Healing Power of Faith’ while adding wonderful anecdotes to bring her book to life. Barbara had us laughing, crying, learning, and spellbound. I have been the Rabbi of this congregation for over 40 years; she is among the finest speakers and most inspiring teachers I’ve ever experienced. Barbara B. Appelbaum is a gift.
Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer PhD
Thanks so much for all of your education and wonderful words. It was such a special treat to share you with our clients and local community partners. The evening was wonderful and all of the details including you, a local author made it even more special.
Kim Austad, Store Leader, Eileen Fisher Highland Park
You are truly an inspiration to all those who are faced with an event that is “governed” by “We plan God laughs.” Thank you for including Canyon Ranch in your ongoing journey. Wishing you continued success.
Jerrold Cohen, Vice Chairman and CEO, Canyon Ranch
We recently had Barbara Appelbaum present an educational workshop, “Find Your Healthy Balance,” to a group of our Chamber members. Barbara’s story was compelling and so inspiring. Our members thoroughly enjoyed having Barbara share her presentation, and we had such positive feedback on the information and tips she shared. We would love to have Barb back for a more in-depth workshop — there was so much great content and we only had time to scratch the surface! We would highly recommend that any organization have Barbara come teach its employees, staff and volunteers how to live a more balanced life.
Alex Demeroutis, Events Director, Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce, Tucson, AZ
When Barbara Appelbaum speaks, she speaks straight from the heart about living your life better. She does it with gentleness, knowledge, and spirituality. Barb is able to make one feel she cares only about you and improving your well-being. Add a dose of reality and good humor; you will have a new friend for life.
Ellen Stirling, Owner, The Lake Forest Shop
Barbara’s presentation to the AMI Group, L.P. was very well done. I was pleasantly surprised at the level of detail provided in her book and she offered clear and concise strategies for obtaining and managing good health. Her question and answer session with an explanation format was the best way for all of us to remember the information. Thank you. I look forward to using Live in Wellness Now.
Renee Landsverk, Executive Assistant to CEO, Alternative Medicine Integration Group, LP
With regard to your recent newsletter, I am sorry for all your physical problems. They certainly haven’t damped your spirit. I thank you, as always, for your inspiration and the wonderful way you have of expressing yourself and helping people to live better lives.
I have worked with Barbara for several months. I find her approach to coaching both refreshing and genuine. Barbara’s ability to listen to what is stated ‘between the lines’ helps her ask thought-provoking questions that help you hone your thoughts and ideas, specifically around your health requirements. She is caring and interested in helping you achieve your wellness goals. I highly recommend Barbara as a coach and mentor.
Linda Morinello, Health Coach at good4me
Barb did a super job yesterday when addressing our employees during the Lunch Program of our Volleyball Tournament. She delivered a moving message about MS and the importance of our contributions.
Rob Russell, Sr. Marketing Representative and Civic Affairs Mgr, Alliant Credit Union; Director, Alliant Credit Union Foundation
All attendees from your lecture rated you and the content a 3 out of 3 which is perfect! The specific comments noted on the How Did We Do forms were “excellent presentation”, “excellent ideas”, and “great”.
Canyon Ranch, Tucson, AZ
When I think of Barb, I think of someone who is calm, centered and present. Barb has a depth of life experience and is very compassionate. She is a great listener and offers clean, insightful feedback. Barb also has a gift for speaking. She presents material in a thoughtful, intuitive way. Each time she gives a presentation, it is more of an experience rather than just an informative talk. I think Barb has a unique background, a varied set of skills and, most importantly, an engaging personality. All of these together make her an ideal life and wellness coach. She is really perfect for her job!
Camille Winer, Vice President, Yodelpop
Barb is a great coach and friend. No matter how busy she is, she will always try to make time for you, and help you move forward with your goals.
Thank you for your time and dedication. You made our annual Volunteer Recognition Awards ceremony special and inspiring.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Greater Illinois Chapter
Barb is a dynamic and thoughtful coach that can get you inspired and moving. Spending time with her throughout a coaching certification program was a joy. Her energy and enthusiasm is infectious!
Harriet Di Cerbo, Former iPEC Trainer
I’ve known and worked with Barb for a few years now. I am consistently impressed with her passion and dedication for helping others. She believes strongly in self-care and practices what she preaches. Her heart and intentions are really towards helping others live their lives to the fullest. If you’re stuck, unsure of who you truly are, or are suffering from an illness that is stopping you from living the life you were meant to live, call Barb NOW!
Kathy Jo Slusher-Haas, Marketing Tao, LLC
Barbara is a true professional. Knowledgeable, hardworking, and will provide a tremendous program for you.
Ernest Wang, MD
Barbara Appelbaum is an organized, caring, and competent professional who delivers the highest quality product at all times.
John Vozenilek, MD, Director, Simulation Technology and Academic Research Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
I had the pleasure of listening to Barbara’s Wellness Summit these last few weeks & I’ve gotta say it was nothing less than mind blowing what I walked away with. If you are looking for a wellness expert, stop now. Barbara is your woman! Having heard Barbara speak a few times I knew herSummitwas a can’t miss. And boy was I right. As expected she knocked one out of the park with her real-world focus on answering everyday wellness questions. Thanks Barbara for your commitment to living & teaching wellness everywhere you are.
During our collaboration on the book, “The Coach’s Journey,” I came to know Barbara as an authentic, passionate wellness coach and author. Her journey to becoming a coach, along with her expertise is what makes her an empathetic, nonjudgmental champion of those seeking wellness, balance and contentment in their lives. She is not just a Coach, she is a FRIEND!
Dr. Joseph Amanfu, PMP, CCP, MBCS, CTM, CPC, ELI-MP, Ph.D., Seed Word Communications
Barbara is a passionate speaker who radiates a sense of being grounded, authentic, and balanced. She draws on her extraordinary strength and experiences to skillfully help clients achieve wellness. I recommend working with her!
Juliet Kosarzycki, Certified Professional Coach, Speaker, Trainer, Yellow Zone International
Meeting Barb was like finding a kindred spirit and an instant best friend! Barb’s enthusiasm for coaching was an inspiration in my own decision to pursue a career as a coach. She is a generous and knowledgeable mentor, and an open, sincere and authentic individual. I am grateful that our paths have crossed. My life is richer for it.
Linda Ballard, Life Coach/Principal, Optimal Life Strategies
Barbara is one of those people that, from the second you meet her, she instills trust, sincerity and a genuine interest in life’s value. It’s no surprise that she has chosen this profession and excels … she’s a natural. I’ve heard her speak on several occasions now and not only does her content prove to have depth, she’s right on target with what her audience feels is relevant and important. Her natural way of presenting is friendly and engaging. I wholeheartedly recommend Barbara for both one on one consultation and group presentations. She’s a true pro!
I had the pleasure of working with Barbara early in my career. In Barbara, I found a mentor who was genuinely invested in helping me grow as a professional. Her patient, motivating style made a real difference in my professional development.
I have come to know Barbara as friend and coaching colleague over the past couple of years. Barbara is a great inspiration to those who need help balancing health challenges with other work and life priorities. She’s passionate about her work and takes her role as coach very seriously. She’s always continuing her own learning while she lives the life she promotes. Barbara is a warm and compassionate person who cherishes her ability to help others. I highly recommend Barbara to anyone who wants to improve their health and wellness.
Tina K. Cooper
Barbara’s coaching was instrumental in helping me make a major career move. I was looking for a coach who could help me put my issues into a proper perspective, develop a series of goals and strategies, and then hold me accountable. Thanks for all your help and support!
Barb is a true gem. She has an incredible talent for identifying precisely what issues are blocking me at any given time and providing me with insight and assignments to help me work through them. Through our time together I have gone from feeling professionally and creatively stifled to ebullient, directed, and confident. I entered the coaching process with some skepticism, but after the first session all of my doubts have dissipated: Barb is a master and the experience has been invaluable.
Thanks so very much for your presentation today. Once again you were able to speak eloquently about a topic not only timely but appropriate for women. Thank you also for sharing so much about yourself and your personal “speed bumps.” You are a wonderful role model and example for women who are challenged by emotional and physical difficulties.
Kim Loprest, Membership Development Highland Park Chamber of Commerce
We would like to thank you for your presentation at the Women’s Networking Group Breakfast. Thank you for sharing your experiences and advice on self-forgiveness. Your presentation and “three easy steps” were poignant and practical, and we received many compliments on the event.
Highland ParkChamber of Commerce
Based on my personal experience I’m confident that anyone who has the good fortune to work with you will be better off and wiser – and more at peace. Thank you for your help!
Your compassionate and caring way will do so much good to the people you serve. All the years I’ve known you and this seems like the absolute perfect culmination for all the goodness in your heart to leap forth and help others in their life search. You’re a beautiful person, inside and out. This is such a needed area of expertise and I couldn’t think of a better person than you, Barb, to carry it forward.
We know what a great coach Barb is! Kind, compassionate and insightful! She is an excellent coach who knows how to listen and help you become the happy, healthy person you want.
Diane and Duane Dub
If you are looking for a wellness and life coach, Barb has great credentials and is one of the most caring and compassionate women I know. She is a great balance of structure and empathy, perfect for coaching!
Darla LeDoux, Align and Profit Coaching
Thank you for the terrific Coaching Session yesterday. It helped me to clarify what I already knew in my heart, but my mind was resisting. I realize how much more productive I will be and how much more I will love my life.
Barbara B. Appelbaum has helped me to unlock the power within myself! I am anxious to make much-needed changes to live a healthier, more productive and more organized life. Barb has helped me to identify and understand that the ability to make change happen already exists in me, and she has given me the tools and skills to move forward. She is such an easy person to talk to – caring, non-judgmental and unbiased. She has my strongest recommendation!
Barbara B. Appelbaum’s coaching impressed me with its comfortable yet thorough style. She helped me understand why I was “stuck” and not going forward with my life. Ms. Appelbaum helped me question my actions and rethink my behavior. This enabled me to see myself and others in a less judgmental manner. I feel my relationships are now more respectful, loving and positive. Barbara is a dedicated and professional life coach that I recommend with all of my heart.
I would recommend Barbara B. Appelbaum to anyone looking for a professional, compassionate, organized coach who holds the client’s agenda, helps them identify their values and set goals to consistently move them forward.
Sandra Swenson Scott
Barbara’s passion for creating wellness in her own life and the lives of her clients is one of her greatest assets. She respects each individual as unique and partners to bring out the absolute best in her clients. Barbara is 100% confidential and can be counted on to help you achieve your vision of wellness.