“Communication isn’t rocket science. Simple shifts in the words you use can create cultures where people feel included and inspired!”

- Erica Mills Barnhart, Communication Expert & Speaker

Erica's Most Popular Keynotes

Communicate I/O

Companies waste millions of dollars every year due to communication mishaps, missteps, and blunders. Yet communicating effectively is quite simple: it comes down to inputs and outcomes. Intentional inputs yield outstanding outcomes. Communicate I/O is a proven, research-backed way to communicate with clarity and confidence. That turns into cost savings for the company and happiness for employees. Let Erica teach you Communicate I/O and you’ll be on your way to creating a culture where people feel included and inspired!

Conquering Communications Chaos

Chaos is costly. It causes confusion. Confusion is ineffective and unproductive and makes people grumpy — and grumpy people aren’t productive or engaged. In this talk, Erica explains how to identify if and why your internal and external communications are causing chaos and how you can overcome it to boost productivity, profit, and positivity.

Communicate Like a Leader

When leaders communicate, they have a choice: create chaos and confusion or clarity and confidence. In this session, Erica explains how, specifically, leaders use language to increase their influence and impact, and create cultures where people feel included and inspired…rather than deflated and down? Drawing on her 20+ years of experience working with leaders from the public, private, and for-profit sectors, Erica gives leaders a way to tap into the power of words to effect change in themselves, their teams, and the world.


Crafting Powerful (Purpose) Pitches

People want to be able to answer the question, “What do you do?” with clarity and confidence. Yet most people can’t. This is costly and depressing. The secret to powerful pitches is purpose: individual and organizational. Through a proven process that has been used by thousands, Erica paves the way for participants to connect with purpose at work and in their lives. Participants walk away feeling energized, connected, and ready to pitch with purpose!

Based on Erica’s popular book, Pitchfalls: Why bad pitches happen to good people.

Erica is a master presenter. In a clear and engaging way, she conveys the power of language to create impact and get results.

- Liahann Bannerman, United Way

Erica commands the stage effortlessly, connects with people instantly, and delivers inspiring and actionable information clearly and concisely.

- Megan McNally, Doyenne Strategy

Erica knows what her speaking clients need, and she delivers. We allowed only 35 minutes, and she left the audience hungry for more. We had to turn the lights out; otherwise they would have stayed all night.

- William Borden, EarthShare Washington

Yours was one of the best workshops I’ve ever participated in – it was truly helpful. I think it’s an absolute must for anybody who wants to be an effective communicator!

- Sherrie Smith, Community Energy Project

Notable Speaking Engagements


Aging Services Development Forum

National Alliance for Choice in Giving

Northwest Enterprising Moms

Pacific Continental Bank

Are you a leader that communicates with clarity and confidence?