Welcome to the website of the NAMI Utah Speakers Bureau!

Welcome to NAMI Utah Speakers Bureau's (NUSB) place on the web. I've created this page to serve the needs of the participants of NUSB, to post and provide information, training documents, event notifications, and access to the calendar of upcoming events and speaking opportunities. This page will certainly evolve and, hopefully, improve over time and your suggestions for improvement are definitely welcome.
This page is tied to the umbrella Google account of NAMIUtahSpeakersBureau@gmail.com. This includes the Google drive, Google docs, Google forms (reimbursement and feedback forms), Google calendar, etc. Because Google is a tool that is accessible anywhere, is very user friendly, and it includes all of the tools that NUSB will require for its communication and information disbursement needs, I've chosen this platform. Please familiarize yourselves with the format and the tools and, most importantly, FOLLOW the blog so that you'll receive emailed updates and notifications.

If you don't currently have a Google (*@gmail.com) account, please go here to create one. It's free and it will make your interaction with this page easier and more seamless.

1. To follow this blog so that you can receive all of the updates and new information, please enter your email address in the box that is shown in this pic:

2. Please feel free to provide feedback to NUSB by sending an email to NAMIUtahSpeakersBureau@gmail.com. I value your ideas and feedback and want to ensure that this site is as user friendly as possible. 

Most importantly, thank you for your willingness to participate in the Speakers Bureau, your willingness to work hard to hone your public speaking skills, to give of your time in training and participation in speaking opportunities, and, especially, for the courage you are demonstrating in sharing your stories. I fully realize how powerful, yet, how personal this effort is and I want you to know how grateful I am for each of you. Please know that, together, we are going to do our part to make a difference in how others understand mental illness and the myriad issues that accompany it. We will work hard and tell our stories as often as others will provide the opportunity to do so and we will make a positive difference - one story at a time.

Welcome and thank you!

Miscellaneous Training Forms and Documents

This section includes the links to the various forms, documents, PowerPoints, etc. that we have used during training. The links that I'm providing to you are to the most updated documents. If I make changes (for example, I'll certainly be updating the manual), I'll send out a new link to each of you and I'll also change these ones.

If you have any issues accessing the documents, please reach out to me and we'll see what we need to do to fix the issue. REMEMBER - accessing and using these forms is going to be easiest and most efficient if you create and use a free Gmail account. You can access the page to create an account here.

Thank you for taking the time to review these document and learn the information in them. It's a work in progress, for all of us, but I'm confident that we are creating and building an incredible force, a very effective tool, that will help to end stigmas surrounding mental illness, teach appropriate information to people in a multitude of formats, and, equally important, to provide a forum for each of us to tell our stories. Our stories will connect us with other people in ways that data driven information simply cannot. However, this data, combined with these stories, will open people's hearts and minds because we can all RELATE to them on a profoundly emotional level.
You are each a vitally important part of this effort and I am looking forward to continuing our combined efforts in this essential work. You each have my respect and my gratitude.
Now, on to the links!

NAMI Utah Speakers Bureau Manual - updated 12-21-18  (click the link and then either download the .doc file to your hard drive or click on the button to open it with Google docs.)

Event Participation Feedback Form - use this form to provide feedback to Dan and to the Speakers Bureau members following your participation in an event as a representative/member of the NAMI Utah Speakers Bureau. Please don't neglect this form as getting real and honest feedback is one of the most important tools that will inform us as we grow and improve.

Reimbursement Form - use this form to submit your hours spent in training, in speaking/presenting, and in travel related expenses (prior approval required from Dan Powell).

7 Steps to Tell Your Story - this is a reference form that we use to help guide us in including important elements in our story.

Practice Form for Writing Your Story - this is a practice form that you can use to write out, in sections, your story.

Fun Activities to Use for Practicing Public Speaking - these are fun activities that you can use to hone your skills at public speaking - especially spontaneous or 'off the cuff' speaking.

Gush About Something You Don't Love - Another fun game to play in a group (or in front of a mirror) that will help to practice your public speaking skills.

PowerPoint How to Create and Tell Your Story - Tips for crafting your story in a way that makes it most effective

PowerPoint Public Speaking Tips and Techniques - Tips for preparing and presenting your story in public, including overcoming anxiety, mistakes, etc.

Speakers Bureau Participant Interest Form - form to be filled out by new members of the Speakers Bureau that includes contact information and provides me information about what types of speaking opportunities you are interested in or that you would prefer to avoid.

Movie Night!

Hello to all of you amazing humans!
I'm posting to remind you that we'll be getting together this Thursday, the 19th, at 6 p.m.
BUT...it's not gonna be like any meeting we've had before. Last time we met, we talked about just getting together for a relaxed, fun time to simply enjoy some time together. We decided that we're going to watch the film "What about Bob". I'll bring food, popcorn, and soda - if you want to bring something else or if you have any requests, please let me know and I'll do what I can.
Information about the film can be found here. It's a really funny film, rated PG, so it should be appropriate for all of our members.
I'm OK with you bringing others to watch the film, if you want, but I ask that you let me know prior so that I can plan for food.
I think it's going to be fun and I'm looking forward to spending some time that is more relaxed with all of you. With that in mind, I hope that everyone will make every effort to attend, if you are able. You've all worked very hard and you're all - each one of you - amazing humans that I'm so proud to be associated with. Thank you for your willingness to be open and, sometimes, vulnerable, and share your stories and experiences. I'm forever grateful.
Take care and I look forward to seeing you on Thursday evening.

Please indulge me....

Hi everyone!
I hope that you'll indulge me a bit. I want to share my wonderful news with you all - all of you that have become my friends over these past months. My daughter gave birth to a beautiful baby girl - Elle Jolie Anderson - my third granddaughter.  Here are some pics of the little angel.
I hope you are all well and I am looking forward to seeing you in a week.

Utah Legislation Event/Opportunity

Hi everyone,
I wanted to let you know about an upcoming event that you might be interested in attending, if possible. This issue is one that NAMI Utah spoke up on and was involved in during the past legislative session. Unfortunately, while the proposed legislation enjoyed bipartisan support and looked like it had a great chance of passing, the NRA sent a representative to Salt Lake City and, not so mysteriously, the legislation was killed.
Now, following the recent mass shootings, these Red Flag laws are seeing new light and Utah's is being brought up again. This event will provide information and allow for some input regarding the legislation. Here is a link to RSVP:

For more information about Red Flag Laws, you can follow this link:
Red Flag Laws

I hope to see you there!

Our next meeting - August 22, 2019 - 6 p.m.

Hi everyone,
I know that I had said that we were going to be meeting on the 15th but someone forgot to tell my granddaughter, Elle Jolie Anderson. She has decided to make this Thursday the day that she arrives in the world and my mind will be far, far away from anything work related. I do hope that you all will understand - this is my daughter's first and I am a bit nervous, to say the least.
That being said, I'm putting the 22nd of August on the calendar for 6 p.m. Let's all get excited to jump back in to the amazing work that is happening and our big parts in it.
I'm proud of each of you and am grateful for your willingness to be a part of our group.  Thank you, from my heart.

Checking in with everyone...

Happy Tuesday to all of you!
I hope that you've all had a great week, so far, I just wanted to check in with a couple of things.
First, I'm scheduling our meeting for...

Please put it on your calendars. I have to say that it was really great to see our last meeting was so well attended. I am grateful for the efforts that each of you is putting into this endeavor. Last week, I shared how the month of May went - that our audience for the month was well over 10,000 individual people. During many of the presentations that we were invited to participate in, many of you stepped up and shared and I want you to know that it has made a difference. You are each taking a very personal thing that has often been tucked away - hidden, inaccessible, painful - and transforming it into something very, very powerful and meaningful. You are sharing these things cogently and compellingly, allowing yourselves to be safely vulnerable, and people are paying attention. Your stories are powerful tools that are serving to personalize mental illness - redefining mental illness by showing them your strength and power and resilience. That group of 10,000 is talking to others about what they've seen and we are laying the foundation of what is quickly becoming a robust and dynamic part of NAMI Utah and our efforts to educate our communities and eliminate the stigmas that surround mental illness. Please know - and feel - how much I appreciate each and every one of you.

This past week, Brooke spoke at the Mental Health Crisis Response Conference of Utah. She bravely stood before about 300 people and shared her story and she did a great job. I was able to record her speech and I am including a link to it here:


Please take a look and then let Brooke know how well she did.

As we discussed last week, we are going to begin the training curriculum again. We have some new people that have joined us and it feels like the right time to start at the beginning. Unless I missed something, everyone was in agreement with this. It will be a great opportunity to learn new things, review things that we are already utilizing, and then to practice the things we've learned. I don't believe in achieving "perfection" because there are ALWAYS ways to learn and grow and improve and we're all about that journey of growth. Please, plan to attend the meeting on June 27. As I said before, it was fantastic to have a full house. It was a lot of power for that one conference room but I'll take it, any day.

I'm grateful for each of you and for this wonderful opportunity that I have to be a part of your journeys in recovery. Thank you, from my heart, for all that you are doing to further our mission of helping the members of our community to better understand mental illness.