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Brian's Online Success Services, LLC dba Black Man Speaks

San Leandro, CA

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About Brian's Online Success Services, LLC dba Black Man Speaks

I am a members of Black Men Speak, Inc

Who are we?

We are African American men who are getting the word out about the needs of black men with mental health and substance abuse issues. We do presentations that address topics such post traumatic stress, family issues, wellness and recovery, community violence, self esteem, spirituality and mental health, and African American history, often through personal stories. Black Men Speak began as a project of the African American Male Issues Committee of the Pool of Consumer Champions, a group of over 400 consumers in Alameda County, and now operates under PEERS, a consumer run organization in Alameda County.

What are we doing?

We, the members of Black Men, speak! We tell the story of what it is like to be an African American man with substance abuse and mental health issues living in an urban community. We do this by talking about our individual roads to recovery. Interwoven in our stories are challenges of trauma, family issues, and community violence, and the importance of faith, as we find our way to wellness and recovery. This is set in the historical context of the legacy of slavery. Our presentation begins with the unified recitation of our mission statement and singing of our anthem, and a description of how Black Men Speak became. It ends with an interactive question and answers a period with the audience, followed by a recitation of the mission statement.

What have we become?

Black Men Speak is a speakers bureau of African American
men who are getting the word out about strong black men with mental health and substance abuse issues. These men tell the story through spoken word, music, and song, of what it is like to be African America men with substance abuse and mental health issues facing multiple stigmas or race and class, and their individual roads to wellness and recovery. Interwoven in their stories are challenges of trauma, family issues, community violence, and the importance of faith.

Black Men Speak was a project of the Africa American Males Issues Committee of the Pool of Consumer Champions, Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services. The African American Male Issue Committee began meeting in March of 2009. They enlisted facilitators to help develop their mission, the project they wanted to do, and then, to plan the project.

That project is Black Men Speak, a speakers bureau of black men who have experienced the stigma and discrimination as black men and people with substance abuse and mental health issues. Black Men Speak now operate under PEERS, a consumer run organization in Alameda County. PEERS is the manager of the stigma and discrimination reduction campaign in Alameda County.

Black Men Speak are 6-10 men who tell their stories in different configurations based on the venue, with a support team of men who share their talents of singing, media and promotion, and provide other support. Since September 2009, they have presented at 19 venues in Alameda County, including community based mental health agencies, county programs, universities, and faith based communities. Black Men Speak have also been the keynote speakers and workshop presenters at conferences outside Alameda County, including Alternatives 2010 and 2011, CASRA Spring and Fall Conferences, and at trainings in Bay Area Counties.

The mission of Black Men Speaks is to inform and enlighten the mental health community and the general public about issues concerning African American males with mental health and substance abuse challenges through a speaker bureau. Our goal is to work to healing the African American community from the stigma, discrimination, and trauma by sharing our stories, thereby promoting and increasing wellness, recovery, and freedom.

In Conclusion:

Black Men Speaks to have been actively working to educate the community and eliminate stigma for the last 4 years. They have done so by creating a new and innovative project in Alameda County, African American men with mental health and substance abuse telling their stories.

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485 Fortuna Avenue
San Leandro, CA 94577

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  • 5/5 stars September 1, 2011

    This Bruce Castro, CEO of AllSolutionsNetwork.com.

    I have had the opportunity to work with Brian and have been immensely impressed with his integrity and breadth of knowledge.

    Brian has quickly become one of our top producing adjunct faculty Instructors within the ASN team. Brian is a former Couneslor / Academic Advisor and is helping to transform ASN and bringing it into the 21 century.

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. Black Men Speak is a speakers’ bureau of African American men who are getting the word out about the needs of black men with mental health and substance abuse issues who face multiple stigmas.

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. These past opportunities allowed us to lift up the spirits of people in the audience.

BMS Presentation Jan 2012 - KPFA Radio – Davey “D” Show (Host)

BMS Presentation Nov 2012 - A Sacred Heart Radio – Cathy Jones (Host)

BMS Presentation Dec 2012 - Recovery Innovations – Choice Program

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Be sure you talk with us personally. Ensure that we have integrity. We can actually help you meet your goals and objectives? Remember, "NOTHING HAPPENS" without a relationahsip (established trust) between us.What does trust mean in our book? ..."We hear what you actually think, say and feel". How can we help you get to where you want to go?

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. We wish we knew what motivates consumers "to quit", when they change there minds to start a business.

When consumers start down the correct path they have all of what they need to take them where in life they want to go.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. Are you using social media as a tool to introduce yourselves to consumers before they as for what they need?

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. Research Black Men Speak on Google find out the impact we have had as a speakers Bureau

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. We tell the story of what it is like to be African American men with substance abuse and mental health issues facing multiple stigmas of race and class, and their individual roads to wellness and recovery.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. What we do as a speakers bureau is not a job! It is our life's work. Reducing Stigma and discrimination in the African American Community will help us help others heal from the trauma we have endured.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. How did you did you come to be a speakers bureau? We came together because each one of has a lived exerience story we want to share. This common purpose brought us together.

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. Our presentations are about pain and suffering, and the road to recovery and rehabilitation. They deal with the bias and discrimination faced by black men with substance abuse and mental health issues.

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. Black Men Speak is a speakers’ bureau of African American men who are getting the word out about the needs of black men with mental health and substance abuse issues who face multiple stigmas. The presentations address topics such Post Traumatic Stress; Family Issues; Wellness and Recovery; Community Violence; Self Esteem; Spirituality and Mental Health; and African American History, through personal stories and music.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. Black men have a positive message and encouraging other people in the community to listen to our experiences can help others learn from old G's.

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. We spent a day in Montery County speaking to an audience of about 500 people. We are proud of the 157 evaluations that were filled out after we spoke.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. Storytelling personalizes systemic problems, and is a proven way of educating and building individual and community power. We are learning how to tell our stories through social media go to http://www.successutraining.com and use the code ...797"... and take our free social media course.

Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?

A. The Mental Health Service Act (MHSA) of 2005 became law. Funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), the primary goal of the WWT is to ensure public..." An Introduction to Mental Health Services Act Prevention Program Evaluation This course provides a detailed introduction to Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) prevention program evaluation design
http://www.cimh.org/Learning/Online-Learning/E-Learning.aspx

Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.

A. May 9th – 10th 2013 - Tulare County HHSA Dept. of Mental Health

5957 S. Mooney Blvd. 5957 S. Mooney Blvd.

Visalia Ca. 93277 Contact:

Angel Galvez: (559) 624-7457

May 9th 2013 - 6:45 PM: BMS Performs at the Enchanted Play House

307 E Main St, Visalia, Ca (559) 739-4600 ‎ · enchantedplayhouse.org

May 10th 2013 – 6PM BMS provides a workshop for …”Men of Color Workshop”…

Angel Galvez: (559) 624-7457

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. BMS fees:

o Special , 0 – 100 miles in travel, $500.00

o Copper, 100 – 300 miles in travel, $1000.00

o Bronze, 300 – 500 miles in travel, $1500.00

o Silver, 500 – 1000 miles in travel,$2000.00

o Gold, 1000 – 2500 miles in travel, $2500.00

( Overnight, food covered separately for over 300 miles in travel.)

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. Find out about the groups mission and goals and see if you could support that. Learn from ours. The mission of Black Men Speak is to inform and enlighten the mental health community and the general public about issues concerning African American males with mental health and substance abuse challenges through a speakers bureau.

Our goal is to work toward healing the African American community from stigma, discrimination and trauma by sharing our stories, thereby promoting and increasing wellness, recovery and freedom.

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. BMS members collaboratively developed an outreach plan for the remainder of this fiscal year and are committed to this plan as the focus is to improve the lives of consumers, the overall Alameda County mental health system and its services.

Q. What are you currently working on improving?

A. Register now for Black Men Speaks 6 day

High Value Social Media Training course. http://www.successutraining.com

When signing up for the free course it will ask for a code. When it does, enter these three numbers: …”797″…

BMS: BEHIND EVERY GOOD STORY THERE IS A PROFILE

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. What are My Reasons I want to implement this mission?

What triggers are activating and driving my motivation and desires?
JAMES M. KOUZES AND BARRY Z. POSNER

They wrote a Book 25 years ago called The Leadership Challenge based in these 5 evidence-based practices

…“The quest for leadership is first an inner quest to discover who you are. Through self-development comes the confidence needed to lead…”

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. What is the reason and what is the purpose of your mission?

Why you want to do what you want to do in the community?

My Purpose = …“MY WHY”… Stands for …”Moving Your Will Helps You”…

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. My Purpose = …“MY WHY”… Stands for …”Moving Your Will Helps You”…

To inform and enlighten the Mental Health community and the general public about Issues concerning African American males with Mental Health and Substance Abuse
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