Welcome to The Barber Shop!

Until recently, the neighborhood barber shop was more than just an establishment that offered haircuts and shaves — it was the local social center. According to Wikipedia, "Barber shops are also places of social interaction and public discourse. In some instances, barbershops are also public forums. They are the locations of open debates, voicing public concerns, and engaging citizens in discussions about contemporary issues."

I started the dot-com version of The Barber Shop in 1997 as a site to promote professional speakers. It gradually grew in influence and in the year 2000 PC World magazine rated The Barber Shop as a “top ten web site for professional speakers". The Barber Shop continued to grow and today it has expanded to become a place where all speakers — public and professional — can come together to exchange their thoughts and ideas on communication and leadership issues.

There's lots to see and do at The Barber Shop! For example, you can:

  • Access Jim's Gems — Jim's Gems is a collection of hints, tips, secrets, and techniques to improve your speaking skills, your leadership skills, and your writing skills. You can peruse Jim's Gems as much as you want, whenever you want, as many times as you want! But to experience the full benefit of Jim's Gems, you might also want to....

  • The Barber Shop community has grown to 109 members!

    Join The Barber Shop Community — Joining The Barber Shop community gives you a number of benefits, including the ability to both vote on and comment on different Gems, bookmark your favorite Gems, and easily keep track of which Gems you haven't checked out yet. You can also comment on and vote on topics in The Barber Shop's forums, The Speaker's Platform!

    What does membership in The Barber Shop cost you? Nothing! I'm giving away such great information because I hope you'll want to....

  • Learn more about the proprietor of The Barber Shop, Jim Barber In essence, I'm doing "electronic networking", the Internet equivalent of giving you my business card. You're certainly under no obligation, but I'm hoping you might also want to....

  • Check out Jim's other products and services, such as —

    • Pro Speaker U — If you've ever considered getting paid to speak, then you definitely need to check out Pro Speaker U, the most convenient and affordable way to learn how to move "from free to fee"!
    • Jim's Web World — Do you need web services, such as hosting, domain name registration, or even a shopping cart? Jim's Web World is a reseller of the world's most reliable web services (GoDaddy), but we understand speakers' needs like no big, faceless corporation can!

So welcome to The Barber Shop! Whether you're a first-timer or you've visited here many times before, I wish you every success in your journey!

Jim Barber
Director of Creative Development
The Barber Shop