56 People wrote to us:

The emotional issues that we, and our employees, are going through during this crisis are every bit as relevant as the financial concerns and will probably be even be more long lasting. We need to address emotional well-being now and not just try to sweep them under the rug. James speaks in a personal and empowering way about how to take care of ourselves and be real with our employees.

May 22, 2020

James’ story is inspiring. He is honest and vulnerable. He presents the material very well. Very engaging and positive. We would have him speak again anytime. One thing I took from his What Now? presentation was how important it is to hold meetings with our employees just to check in with our people and connect.

May 22, 2020

I was very impressed with the information BluNovus provided. It really made me think about co-workers in a different light. I am hopeful our HR department will look into providing more help/information for employees.

March 23, 2020

James is inspiring because he is telling a personal story with real experience, and he will make you look at and think about mental health in the workplace in a different way than you have before. I learned to be more aware of co-workers and their mental health needs and to think through what we can do to help in our specific roles at work.

March 20, 2020

Talking about mental health isn’t enough, but it’s a start. I learned we get to humanize what’s going on with the current mental health crisis.

March 18, 2020

James has a good message that connects with the heart and stimulates mental health awareness issues in the workplace. Plus he is easy to listen to and his message is lively, yet brings a sense of urgency to be open and responsive to mental health situations. I gained a deeper understanding of the perception, vulnerability, and closed doors people feel in the workplace. Secondly, I learned that nearly everyone is dealing with something and it is okay to talk about it.

March 18, 2020

I felt like James shared his personal story behind why he does what he does to bring to light that mental wellness is a huge deal and that our workplaces need to talk about it and to make efforts to help our employees. He present on a serious topic in a fun way. He is passionate, insightful, and will help you start conversations on mental wellness that need to happen at our workplaces.

March 17, 2020

The chances are there is someone in your organization now who is on a performance improvement plan because of mental illness or addiction, but they are too nervous to speak up. Pretty much everyone either struggles, or knows someone that does. The way we start to improve is to start having the conversations. The way that we can best help those dealing with such struggles is to listen and let them talk about it. Keeping silent only furthers the stigma in the workplace.

October 18, 2019

James’ talk is entertaining, enlightening, insightful, and applicable. He’s an engaging speaker with an important message about mental health and addiction. He provides the audience with new ways to think about these issues and how to approach and help people who may be suffering.

October 9, 2019

Focus on people first! Mental health and addiction effects all of us. Give people hope and really listen. I hate the old saying that you should leave your problems at home. It is bogus! I try to tell my managers that the reality is that the issues that people are dealing with affect them wherever they are and we have to learn to treat people with respect and dignity as they navigate their journey to being healthy. I think the BluNovus’ message supports that.

October 2, 2019

The importance of creating true connections was huge for me. The one-on-one question/answer time we did with another attendee in the room was very powerful and insightful. When it was over I wanted to share what I had just heard with everyone I knew. I suffer from anxiety and depression; so this really hit home for me.

September 27, 2019

Great content that is more relevant today than almost any other topic. James is more than entertaining, he is inspiring with his truthful, honest story that brings light to a dark issue.

June 21, 2019

The way we have thought about addiction in the past isn’t the way we should think about it now.
We need to provide a way to support and help people, not contribute to their shame. James has a compelling personal story and experience with the topic. He is a dynamic and interesting speaker with a well-prepared presentation.

June 19, 2019

When it comes to addressing addiction and mental health at work, BluNovus helps start/continue the discussion. My top takeaways from the presentation: 1. We need to change the dialogue regarding drug addiction. 2. Current work policies may not invite people to ask for help-especially in a zero-tolerance workplace. 3. A lot of shame surrounds drug addiction and shame can prevent people for asking for help.

June 17, 2019

There is a message here that just about everyone needs to hear. The number of people in the audience touched by addiction in some way is a testament to the need for this kind of information. What a powerful message of hope this short presentation brings! It’s inspirational and personal. Addiction needs to be something we can talk about, so those struggling know they are not alone.

May 26, 2019

My top takeaways from James’ presentation were – 1. Addiction affects lives. Everyone works, so we should address addiction in the workplace. 2. As HR leaders, we are in positions to affect positive change for many people, and we should. 3. BluNovus can help the HR leaders facilitate that positive change.

As far as a speaker, James is a real human being. He can relate to the audience and isn’t afraid to be vulnerable and personal. This increases the impact of his presentations. His message about addiction is important and relevant for everyone.

May 17, 2019

I really enjoyed James’ talk on addiction at work. He is real and true to the heart. He shows us the importance of working with people that have a drug addiction before it is too late, which means finding out more about drug addiction, proper counseling services, and ways to refer and help current employees.

May 15, 2019

The realities of addiction and mental illness greatly affect business in addition to people’s personal lives. Business organizations can play a large role in helping their workforce be successful personally and professionally, and find joy. Not only does the CARE Initiative improve private lives but also, work, and community.

May 13, 2019

James is entertaining and his message is powerful. Everyone needs to hear his message that is emotional, vulnerable, and timely. I could hear it again and again.

May 13, 2019

James’ talk Addicted To Silence is personal, insightful, and enlightening. It will show you things you have no idea about…life saving things. When it comes to work, we don’t know what those around us are going through. We need to create systems to be responsive and care more.

May 10, 2019

You should absolutely have James speak at your event. James has a great story but also finds an authentic way to allow the audience to be the center of the session which leaves a lasting impression on everyone in attendance. People will talk about his presentation long after it has ended.

James offered great reminders about how to connect with people by utilizing basic skills. We often get comfortable and routine and it’s always great to be reminded about the little things that have a huge impact on building rapport with others. This presentation was very organic and allowed us to connect with each other and was very person oriented.

April 29, 2019

If you are looking to deepen your listening skills or understand why listening is the most important part of the admissions process, then this training is for you. Your team will feel connected and in sync with one another inevitably leading to stronger teamwork, empowerment, and increased productivity.

April 8, 2019

Listening to James, you’ll reconnect to the reasons you chose to work in the fields of addiction and mental health. His message is inspirational, practical, and entertaining.

April 1, 2019

The concept of engaging outside of the EAP are powerful in consideration of relieving pressure between the HR professional and afflicted employee. When you hear James speak, you notice he connects with the audience on a variety of levels allowing both the emotional and logical viewer to gain from the presentation.

March 14, 2019

There is help available for everyone. Everyone knows someone who is suffering or was suffering from addiction and due to the nature of the topic, is tough to talk about in the workplace. People don’t feel safe to ask for help at work because they are afraid of loosing their job. The current EAP options do not adequate address the real issues or solve any problems related to addiction in the workplace.

Until now there has not been a good way to address addiction in the workplace or resources to actually do something about it. James and Alicia have the understanding and compassion to make a difference and help those who are impacted. Which is everyone in one way or another.

March 12, 2019

James is inspirational, empowering, and insightful. He’ll get you inspired. He knows his stuff, provides stats and stories, and he engages with his audience.

March 11, 2019

Addiction is a real issue that is often ignored. We need to be more open and transparent about it, particularly in the workforce. Those impacted need to know there is hope. It’s through personal connection, openness and caring we can reach out. If you have the chance to hear James share, he will connect with everyone in the room. You will be inspired and enlightened. He speaks from experience and is genuine.

March 9, 2019

James talks about the serious nature of addiction in the workplace. His talk is insightful, clear, and applicable. He hits a difficult subject head on. It’s personal and he’s passionate about the topic.

March 8, 2019

I was at your talk at the Admissions and Marketing Symposium a few months ago, sat right up front. Valley hope recently brought the admissions call center in-house and I have been tasked with developing and building it out.

I believe you made some critical points that are worth my employees hearing. I throughly enjoyed your presentation. You are incredibly poised and certainly inspired me to continue to do what the substance use field is all about: building connections and saving lives.

December 18, 2018

James is AMAZING and presents new ways to look at different scenarios. He brings a new outlook and solutions to situations that we are currently in and blind to. Talking with James opens another “book” that brings positive assurance to the next steps that seem so far away. Thank you!! 😊

December 11, 2018

This training was worth every penny and more. I think it was truly revolutionary for our organization. The training was applicable to every person in the company. It would be unwise to not take advantage of this.

November 19, 2018

James used his story to illustrate how to enter the market space. Over many years of experience, this is by far the best strategy. When a humane focus remains in a health care business, the financials hold strong. Once the humane focus is removed or over ridden by the financial demands, the qualities which made the business successful will end and the business will enter a downward spiral.

Once that happens the pressure on all the staff from Admin to BHT will increase to a point that staff turnover will be dramatic and the business loses its original attraction. Then the effort to maintain the financial goals becomes impossible.

The health care industry is harsh. Following the approach James is professing is the proper way to do business in this sector. Few do it and even less maintain it. Do it and a company will find years of success with minimal stress.

November 15, 2018

James is amazing. His presentation borders on evangelical in the fight toward creating a more compassionate and empathetic world, which we desperately need.

November 1, 2018

This was the best presentation at the A & M Symposium and I hope to be able to hear James speak again, it was very powerful! He is compassionate and you can see how genuine he is when it comes to people and their needs. His presentation was powerful and entertaining. It made me tear up and made me laugh.

November 1, 2018

James relays a powerful, useful and understandable concept that many people in the industry have forgot to use in the daily tasks of their jobs. He shows his vulnerability of his past and tells the audience that by just showing someone that you care enough to listen and hear what they have to say can save a life.

October 20, 2018

He’ll [James] get to the heart of your team, inspiring them to raise the level of caring and listening.

October 19, 2018

James is insightful, direct, and his message is concise, deliverable and will guarantee a better experience for those seeking treatment.

October 19, 2018

James is able to connect with every single audience member in a way that I rarely see, especially in this industry. I have seen James speak multiple times and every time, I am blown away with how powerful and moving his presentations are, while still providing practical and actionable solutions.

May 8, 2018

Why should you have James speak at your event? No matter who you are or what industry you’re in, communication is everything and that’s at the heart and core of James’ message. Can’t wait to see James speak again!

April 27, 2018

James is an excellent knowledgeable speaker who engages his audience…making the talk memorable. Not only did I enjoy his talk and learn from him, it changed my life and the way I interact with people. He gave me the tools and desire to be a better listener not only at work but in all my interactions. I can’t wait to see him speak again!

April 27, 2018

Great job James! You present new ideas that are game changers in effective communication that I know will result in increased ROI for businesses.

April 25, 2018

You reminded me of the days when I facilitated retreats and it was about listening to the client and directing them toward ah-ha moments. Thank you!

April 23, 2018

I experienced a paradigm shift in the way I think about recovery and substance use disorders.

April 23, 2018

I learned that too often we listen to respond, not listen to understand. I learned valuable lessons about how to be more intentional with my listening.

April 19, 2018

The connection James makes with a room is impactful. His message is clear, direct and very powerful. He really makes you feel like “you matter”. He is one of the best speakers I’ve had the chance to listen to.

April 5, 2018

The ability to implement listening practices and sales techniques that I learned from James & BluNovus has made a huge difference for me in sales. It has also had a great impact on how I lead my team, communicate with peers, and how I show up with my family. It was an invaluable experience and anyone with the opportunity to participate in a course, consultation, or conversation should take complete advantage of their ability to do so.

April 5, 2018

I just wanted to thank you again for coming out last night, I got a lot of great feedback on your presentation from the families, we talked about deep listening tonight in our family group, they loved your stuff, you are a true professional, thanks for all the hard work you’ve put in and willingness to share your story, your experience, your strength, and your hope!

February 10, 2018

I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful presentation! I enjoyed it so much and you did a super job; I love your energy and commitment to help others. Thank you so much for your efforts!

February 6, 2018

Enjoyed the personal perspective provided by the presenter. Will definitely use the information learned in this webinar when working with clients.

February 4, 2018

This was absolutely incredible! I am a business analyst and interact with a lot of people on a daily basis, including a lot of training of others. This will help me make better and stronger connections with others. I believe this will absolutely help me in my professional career to let others know I truly do care about them and have their best interests at heart. This was absolutely phenomenal and I really appreciated the vulnerability of James using his personal story to explain the importance of this subject.

February 2, 2018

I wish this webinar was two hours and we were able to experience the entire presentation with all the videos. This was a powerful presentation, one that should be expanded upon.

January 30, 2018

James you are amazing…a real game changer! You took me from where I was, full of anxiety and confusion, to where I am, energized, clear, and connected. It’s great to be awake and alive. Thank you!!!

January 26, 2018

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making time to give me info and lift the anxiety I was filled with today. You were an answer to all my crying out. Thank you again for everything you did for us!

December 2, 2017

“Ok so wow!! Robbie got so much out of that! Your program was amazing!! Such simple concepts that get great results!! It was worth all the effort! TJ and Robbie hadn’t talked in months, much less hugged. Thank You!”

August 26, 2017

There hasn’t been one program that has made such an impact on my life. One that fully opened my eyes to a better way of conducting business and how to connect with all my relationships. Many things we take for granted in life will be put into a whole new perspective once someone spends time with Alicia and James.

August 26, 2017

My experience in this program truly re-energized my sense of purpose and enriched my life significantly. I learned that my “why” is far more important than my “what” and listening with an open heart leads to meaningful connections and greater outcomes at work.

August 16, 2017