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April 4, 2014

Inspirational talk to focus on empowerment

PLATTSBURGH — Motivation fades, according to consultant Thomas J. Bull.

“Motivation is like taking a shower. After a while, you have to motivate yourself again.”

In Bull’s eyes, it’s more about empowerment but also about educating people on using their experiences as tools for life management. 

The inspirational speaker will provide an opportunity to learn that message on Saturday, April 5, when he presents “Where Empowerment Meets Entertainment” in Hartman Theater at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Bull has given inspirational talks for more than 10 years, but has been applying his strategy to himself for more than 20. 

He has presented his empowerment message to such audiences as businesses, schools, mental-health and special-needs agencies and at counseling conferences. 

He has a master of science degree in education and counseling and a bachelor’s with honors in psychology. 

In addition to his degree work, he is a nationally certified counselor with the National Board of Certified Counselors and a certified lay speaker.

Bull uses a framework he calls CRUTCHES, with each letter symbolizing an action for self-empowerment, that he shares with those at his presentations.

“These (tools) are things I use every day.”


In April 2010 at Three Steeples Methodist Church in Champlain, Bull did a presentation titled “Transforming Life Challenges into Empowering Principals for Daily Living.” 

Wyeth Pharmaceuticals had announced its pending closure, and this event focused on bringing empowerment to anyone who was unemployed. 

The topic for this Saturday will be life management.

Don’t anticipate a stiff PowerPoint on steps to success. Bull prefers a casual setting where everyone can feel at home and breathe easy with an open mind.

“Sometimes I don’t know what to anticipate,” he said, “but I go in with the expectation to speak like we’re in the living room.”

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