James Stordahl

Motivational Speaker from Des Moines, IA - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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About
Jim is speaker who you will "feel" like you know, in minutes. He is always being asked, "Have we met before?" Speaking at training, workshop and safety meetings, at more than 100 governmental and postal service conferences, he has also served twice as a speech writer for the Postmaster General, in Washington, D.C.

Jim is an energetic and dynamic speaker and his presentations, power point free, quickly gets his audience involved.

Jim is an Officially ordained minister in the Universal Life Church, able to legally perform weddings anywhere.
Actor, public speaker, podcaster--Jim has been a Des Moines Register Storyteller.
Father of five daughters and grandfather of nine (7 boys).
Retired 22-year veteran of armed forces.
Retired Postmaster (28 years) from U.S. Postal Service.
School Bus driver with stories from his six years of driving. Recently self-published book on Amazon -- (BUS BIZ).
US Postal Service Communications Manager
US Navy Photojournalist, Atlantic Fleet Audiovisual Command -- primary talent on news program "Telescope".
US Army Public Affairs Specialist, acting First Sergeant, 135th Public Affairs Detachment.
Mental health advocate and self-published author of four books dealing with Bipolar Disorder (Bipolar Dad; Scatterbrain; Bits & Pieces; and Straggler).
Podcaster with two podcasts running.

Currently seen in regional TV promotion for Wild Rose Casino, as featured 'player', also new face of "50+ Club".
Currently appearing in regional Iowa Public TV (IPTV) promotion for "Rewards Card".
Soon to appear in Public TV in a documentary reenactment of a real-life murder mystery (Unintended).
Recently appeared in regional TV commercial for STEW HANSEN Dodge, "I can't help it, they're that good!".
Recently appeared in new Streaming Video (Go90)--EMBEDS--shot in central Iowa, about reporters embedded in the political process.
Won a Fall storytelling event recalling Spring Break trip to Florida
Have appeared on stage as storyteller for Des Moines Register "Storytelling Project", my story is on YOUTUBE: "James Stordahl: Why this man loves Spring Break".

My on-stage presence has been developed in high school, college, the military, during my career with the Postal Service, and as a background extra in 12 movies and 20 commercials -- My experience as the Iowa Postal Service Communications Manager put me in front of lots of TV cameras and microphones -- My experience as a speechwriter for the Postmaster General took me to that next level, as a writer and a public speaker -- You can find a lot of coverage when you GOOGLE my name.

As my wife and I have been raising a daughter with Bipolar Disorder we have gathered a lot of helpful and useful information to share with others. This accululation of information and experience has also driven me to write four books -- The books, Bipolar Dad; Scatterbrain; Bits&Pieces; and Straggler, are available on Amazon -- I am also currently producing two Podcasts -- you can hear both when you click on my Gigmasters profile.

Our daughter, Betsy, got me started down the right path -- She broke down from Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder -- The biggest shock was the dysfunction we met when trying to get help -- My wife and I struggled, at first, and then learned that we had been thrust into a maze of mental healthcare dead-ends, with lack of direction, lack of caring practitioners. an overwhelmed system, and a general overall disregard for mental health challenges.

I learned from being by Betsy's side from Day One, that journaling was very important for good mental health -- Writing books has led to speaking engagements -- My "talks" have met with good-sized crowds with many questions about mental health -- Sometimes I feel like a therapist, when, in fact, I am just one of 6 million Americans that struggle with bipolar disorder.

Bipolar Disorder makes you sabotage your work habits with making poor decisions and making negative comments -- For me, I have lived a life full of significant episodes of aggression in response to perceived threats -- What I do best is "telling" the bipolar story -- from raising a daughter with BPD -- to my personal journey -- My "talks" are like nothing you have heard before -- they are first-person-personal -- From Army Boot Camp, followed by Navy Boot Camp! A variety of Lone Wolf activities! Thinking I was someone else! Working 58 jobs and never being satisfied -- always chasing the 'racing thoughts'.

Now that the STIGMA hurdle has been jumped, I talk about the awkward times. And I stand as a survivor of a disease that never goes away.
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Please note James Stordahl will also travel to West Des Moines, Norwalk, Berwick, Johnston, Cumming, Ankeny, Altoona, Carlisle, Grimes, Runnells, Waukee, Booneville, Bondurant, Polk City, Hartford, Mitchellville, Prole, Granger, Martensdale, Alleman, Indianola, Van Meter, Bevington, Elkhart, Dallas Center, Ackworth, Sheldahl, Adel, Colfax, De Soto.
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