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It can be nerve-wracking to find a program speaker. Let’s talk about how I might ease your mind. My programs lean to the light-hearted along the themes you find on my websites. Presentations are diverse. I’ve done keynotes, in-service trainings, and have entertained farmers’ groups, retirees, teens, and energetic children. Programs are sprinkled with humor and audience interaction. Pricing varies according to travel, accommodations, and program needs.

Here are a few topics:

  • "Barns -- Cathedrals to the Earth's Spirit"
     Images and Stories of Heritage Barns

  • "Saving Barns from Sprawl"
     How to Save a Heritage Barn

  • “Books, Barns, and Be-Attitudes”

  • "Journaling for the Health of It"
     Keeping a Journal: How and Why

  • "Sharing Your Life’s Story"
     Journaling, Writing, Publishing

  • "Barns, Boxes, and Marshmallows"
     Making the decision to save or replace a barn

  • "Holding on While Letting Go"
     Accepting the Loss of a Loved One

  • "When Seldom is Heard An Encouraging Word"
     Persisting in the Face of Opposition

  • "They said, 'You should write a book!'"
     So you want to write a book? Really?

  • A Place Called Heaven
     I found mine. Where is yours?

  • Nonprofits: Team-work or Power-play?
     Traits of successful nonprofit organizations

  • Protecting your Loved One When Additional Care is Required
     Love and Lessons Learned from Experience

Responses to recent programs by The Barn Lady:

"So nice to finally meet you. You are a spell-binding presenter, and I know we all enjoyed your talk so much! Indeed, when you showed the human side of emotion connected to barns, it was very moving."

 Ann G.

“This is the third time we’ve had you speak to our group and the fact that we had 60 attend when we anticipated 30 on a winter day says it all! Thank you for coming!”

Kellogg Retirees

"Jan, I waited a week before sending this e-mail, in that I wanted to make sure that after 7 days I still felt the same way about your presentation. So after 7 day I still feel the same. It was really great!, you are a very talented story teller and should do more of it. The photos were wonderful the opening power point was terrific and the closing was equally as good. The number in attendance at your session are an indication of how well respected you and your stories are. Keep up the great work. "

Jerry Damon

"BRAVO BRAVO. Your program was wonderful. The images, quotes and music came together perfectly. The information was right on target. Wonderful program. We thoroughly enjoyed it."

Russ Mawby, Augusta

"I have attended other presentations at this conference, but this was by far the best!"

Edwin Roth, Lowell

"I highly recommend Jan's program. She is passionate about our barns and offers a unique, highly educational and inspiring program. It is suitable for all audiences. Those who have seen it will never look at a barn the same way again!"

CDR. T.R. Shaw Jr.,
Battle Creek