Barry Thompson


The fast-track to confindence-driven training & coaching

We often think that to be a better trainer or coach, we need better content, better workshops or more relevant examples. While these can add some value, the most significant difference is a little-known factor that costs nothing but changes everything…it’s confidence. Confidence is your hidden diamond that no one talks about. But the truth is, it’s often the difference between success and failure, the delta between a good and a great trainer. Take two trainers with equal content, programs and skills and the more confident one will outperform every time.

In this session, we will use surveys, assessments and workshops so that participants will learn how to become master trainers and coaches by understanding and improving their confidence. Based on over 8 years of research, we will discover what impacts our confidence, what your own Confidence Quotient (CQ) is, how to grow it and how to successfully project this onto our audiences for maximum affect. Our Session

In this fun, interactive and memorable session participants will:

  • Take your “Confidence Quotient” (CQ) survey;
  • Learn why confidence is so important;
  • Take a look at the 8 Successful Habits of Confident Trainers and Coaches;
  • Learn what kills confidence and gain tools for fertilizing your confidence;
  • Learn how to have a confident mindset;
  • Hear the message of Confidence from the Sea;
  • Receive an individual session workbook;

All participants will leave empowered to take training and coaching to a new, dynamic and powerful level.

“ETC is the leading forum for those involved with training and coaching. It provides a flexible and engaging opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with your peers. I have found that few conference offer the breadth and depth of topics that ETC does. The speakers are world-class experts and leaders in the area of training. The conference is a must for anyone involved in training and coaching because it provides insights, strategies, tools and techniques to address the changing role of the trainer and coach in the global marketplace. If I attend only one conference….it will be ETC 2017!”

Who is Barry Thompson

Dr. Barry Thompson is a much sought after expert on the subject of employee and leadership performance optimization. As a successful entrepreneur and senior executive with organizations like IBM, Oracle and SAP, he now advises leaders of growing organizations on how to effectively improve their own performance and that of their employees. For over ten years, Barry has been advising, training and coaching leaders in both the for-profit and non-profit markets. Barry has extensive experience nationally and internationally having spent over 25 years in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) market.

Dr. Thompson was born and raised in Chitina, a small Athabascan village 250 miles east of Anchorage, Alaska. He moved to South Africa in 1974 where he worked for Olivetti and IBM. He returned to work in the USA in 1998, where he now resides with his family in Colorado. He has a BSc in Organizational Leadership, a Masters and Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Barry has studied in the USA, Oxford University and South Africa. He is an adjunct professor and lectures in the areas of leadership and business. As a powerful storyteller and motivational speaker, Barry has received numerous awards for his teaching and speaking. He has spoken to audiences in the US, Canada, Africa and the UK where his knowledge and unique experiences from Alaska to Africa have provided a rich platform for enhancing the personal and corporate performance of individuals. His new book, “Confidence-Driven Living” was released in June 2015.

Thompson has spoken at events for some of the world’s leading organizations, including IBM, Oracle, British Telcom, Vodacom, the British Parliament’s Committee on Learning, Harrah’s and numerous non-profit associations. He has been particularly successful while engaged with emerging, fast-growing companies that wish to increase their global footprint. His style has been described as “fun but powerful”, “life-changing” and “one-of-a-kind” as he uses real-life examples to encourages individuals, leaders and organizations to optimize their performance to meet the challenges of the global marketplace.

Dr. Thompson recently founded an IRS-approved, 501c3, non-profit organization, Mended Wings ( to provide similar services to organizations that can least afford organizational education and training.


“Barry offers an organization a unique perspective. He brings a wealth of personal experiences

from around the globe, from the African bush to the interior of Alaska. When he speaks, his

message is engaging, powerful, personal and targeted……like he is speaking to me.

No one in the audience will be the same after hearing him speak.”

IBM Executive

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