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Talkward Live

Communications Training and Celebration

Let’s make it easy to talk about depression and anxiety, because human connection is fun and good for businesses.

Bill Bernat

Co-Presenter, Talkward Live, Founder, Stay Awesome

Connecting with coworkers about more than just TPS reports makes life more manageable and enjoyable.

Caroline Garry

Co-Presenter, Talkward Live, Founder, Caroline Garry Branding

This upbeat virtual workshop makes awkward subjects—depression and anxiety—easy to talk about. Attendees will build an effective communication toolkit that will boost connection and collaboration.

After completing the workshop, you will have tools to help you:

  • Listen and respond comfortably to a coworker talking about their depression/anxiety
  • Avoid common pitfalls that may annoy many people with depression/anxiety
  • Know when and how to initiate a conversation about somebody’s depression/anxiety

If you personally experience depression or anxiety, and choose to talk about it at work, you will gain tools to help you:

  • Present your condition(s) in a casual and positive way
  • Make it easy for coworkers to hear you and react with support

About your Hosts
Bill Bernat is a speaker and author (Talkward: The Joy of Connecting With Coworkers About Depression and Anxiety) who is focused on helping create more moments of happiness that occur when people connect.

Bill got his start in IT working for NASA and ended it working 16hr days at a successful dot-com. He had a parallel odyssey through depression, addiction, social anxiety, and other islands of growth.

After becoming a high achiever in the field of self-destruction, he built a new life clean (11yr). He learned how to live well with his bipolar 2 condition. He developed a new career in technology marketing, helping a tiny startup to seven years of consecutive growth.

Bill became a speaker (TED) and comedy storyteller (The Moth Radio Hour). He has spoken at Ignite Seattle and been featured by Goalcast. He performs an award-winning comedy show about depression and anxiety in the US and Canada, and has made numerous radio and television appearances.

Caroline Garry is a Texan who finally found the Pacific Northwest in 2016. She is a business owner of a healthcare consultancy specializing in human-centered design with an emphasis on customer experience, brand strategy, service design and systems thinking.

Caroline is passionate about two things: being a mom to her 4-year-old son Marshall, and advocacy. Caroline has lived with obsessive compulsive disorder and general anxiety disorder for over two decades, and began publicly speaking about her fight with mental health in 2018. She is a seasoned public speaker and has made numerous media appearances in advocacy.

Talkward Live is available for bookings worldwide using our technology (Zoom) or any solution your organization prefers.

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What people are saying

Through a brilliant blend of poignant vulnerability and side-splitting humor, Bill will open your audience’s eyes to some of humanity’s most important challenges – the beautiful mess it means to be human.  He makes sensitive material accessible, opens minds and hearts, and builds bridges in the process.  A no-brainer to have in your speaker line up.

Ron Carucci

#1 Amazon Bestselling Author, Leadership Consultant to the Fortune 100, Keynote Speaker, Co-founder, Navalent

Bill’s stories invite audiences to view stigmatized, hard-to-approach topics like depression and mental health with lightness and hope.

John Capecci

Founder, Living Proof Advocacy

Bill’s TEDx talk was graduated to TED (, and now has over 1 million views.

Bill’s one-man comedy show, Becoming More Less Crazy, won Best of the Seattle Fringe 2017.

Bill has one mission in life. To create more moments of happiness that occur when people connect, particularly around depression and anxiety. Over 50% of Americans will be diagnosed with depression, anxiety, or a similar condition in their lifetime (US Center for Disease Control).

We are all impacted directly or indirectly, yet most of us are afraid to talk about it. We don’t know what to say or how to say it, so we often say nothing or brush it off. Bill helps people connect by bringing joy to the discussion of his journey through depression, addiction, and social anxiety to living well.

Bill worked in IT for many years before forging a new career in tech marketing. So he knows business world’s challenges and its rewards as only an insider can. Bill helps businesses succeed by creating a more open culture that inspires good people and engenders collaboration.

Short Bio:

Bill’s TED Talk on How to Connect with Depressed Friends has almost two million views. He is a recovering addict (12 years clean) living with bipolar II condition who advocates for mental health awareness. A tech industry veteran, Bill knows first-hand what it’s like to succeed in business while living well with depression and anxiety.

Bill is also an accomplished comedy storyteller (The Moth Radio Hour), inspirational speaker (Goalcast), and award-wining playwright (Becoming More Less Crazy).

Connecting Story Design

Teambuliding that’s actually fun

Bill is a trustworthy and empathetic facilitator for both new and seasoned storytellers to workshop with. He knows how to get his students to the heart of a story, and how to leave an impact on their audience.

Kacie Rahm

Producer, The Moth

Bill makes it easy and fun for almost anyone to find a meaningful story from their life and tell it well the first time.

Paul Currington

Host/Founder, Fresh Ground Stories

Remote working is amazing because it gives people everything they need to do their job—except human connection.

This stay-at-home lifestyle creates isolation that can lead to depression and anxiety. Three-quarters of remote workers are feeling left out and over half feel voiceless. This affects the workplace culture, productivity and the bottom line.

For remote teams who crave the camaraderie of in-person connection, Connecting Story Design is an online team-building experience where everyone creates, laughes, and learns together.

We bring your team together with expert story coaches to craft and tell stories from their lives.

Unlike a video tour of your home for your boss and coworkers, another business book club, or a terrifying round of “never have I ever,” Conecting Story Design is fun and engaging. Everyone participates equally, is inspired to create, and has 100% control over what they share or don’t.

Connecting Story Design is natural opoortunity to share problems, solutions, and amusing incidents adjusting to the new normal of working remotely.

Past participants have said:

“Taught me how to build a compelling story from just an idea”

“It polished my skills and worked like therapy”

“It makes me feel connected to the world in these times and that’s really helpful.”

Bill’s story “Oreo Relapse: was featured on The Moth Radio Hour, syndicated on over 200 NPR stations. It was also featured separately on Seattle’s KUOW.

Intro video for Connecting Story Design

Join Bill and Melody Owen for a free storytelling workshop on Mondays at 7pm PDT via Meetup. You can also the mailing list for notice of upcoming public workshops.

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What people are saying

Bill helps people untangle their truth. He helps them gain the clarify and confidence to change lives with their stories.

Katherine Switz

Founder, The Stability Network

Bill was certified as Living Proof Advocacy speaking coach in October 2018.

Give a talk that makes people talk (and act)! Whether your are presenting about mental health or want to tackle another subject altogether, professional guidance can make you shine. TED speaker and certified Living Proof Advocacy™ speaker coach Bill Bernat offers individual coaching and group trainings to help you:

  • Engage people. Get your audience’s attention from the start and keep it.
  • Look and sound great. Display professional polish and confidence even if you feel nervous.
  • Get results. Motivate people to take action.

Coaching and training sessions can be done in person or virtually. Bill can also write and edit your speech for you, or help revise a talk for greater impact. Contact us to learn more.

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Stay Awesome makes well-being entertaining to help create a more open culture around mind health.

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