Welcome to The Barber Shop

Your Online Connection to Jim Barber


  • Discover more about Jim Barber and the services he provides!
  • Explore Jim's thoughts and insights in Jim's Gems
  • Strengthen your communication skills with the Speaker Gym

I guess you might say that The Barber Shop started in 1981. Of course, in 1981 most people didn't own a personal computer and no one but die-hard geeks had even heard of the Internet, so I kept in touch with people via a little newsletter called The Barberian World. It was popular, but I felt constrained by the many limitations of paper-based publishing.

Over a decade later, when the Internet began to make its way into the popular consciousness (although most people still had never used it), I created my first web page by using America Online (as AOL was called back then). It wasn't much, but I was captivated by the potential that the Internet offered.

A few years after that, it became possible for ordinary folks to get their own domain names, so on March 14, 1997, I registered "thebarbershop" as a dot-com, and started building my first official web site. I'll admit, it was rather crude at first, but by the year 2000 PC World magazine rated The Barber Shop as a “top ten web site for professional speakers".

The world has undergone a revolution since then, and it's still changing every day. The Barberian World has been replaced with The Barber Shop, and The Barber Shop is ever-changing too. But one thing has stayed the same — my commitment to helping people realize their full potential. The Barber Shop has helped a lot of people over the years; I hope it will help you too!

So c'mon in and check it out! Here at The Barber Shop, you'll find Jim's Gems (my blog), information about the programs and services I provide, the Speaker Gym (where you can strengthen your communication skills), and more!

As I've said since 1981, here's wishing you every success in your endeavors!

Jim Barber

Proprietor, The Barber Shop