Rise Like A Phoenix, Race Like A Turtle

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Rise Like a Phoenix, Race Like a Turtle

Re-framing Challenge with Resourcefulness & Rediscovery

What it’s about:

Proactively responding to change, adapting to challenge and dealing with adversity. Resourcefulness, mindset, belief in oneself and/or organization.

How it can help:

Imagine, as a business leader, organizational manager or individual, more solutions being brought forth than an endless stream of constant problems. How might life be different if that were the rule rather than the exception?

Resourcefulness is a vastly under-appreciated character trait. It means taking another look at circumstances with an eye for possibilities and opportunities instead of obstacles, challenges, headaches and hassles.

The things that serve us best are often hidden in plain sight. We all have everything we need already within and around us to take that next positive step on our path, in business and in life, but we often miss it because we’re too busy looking for something else.

This presentation will help change that.


Kevin Bulmer Speaking

Reality + resistance = suffering. And there’s no such thing as a completely free ride. It’s not that certain people or companies don’t have challenges. It’s how they respond to them that shapes their experience.

In this passionate, honest and engaging presentation, Kevin Bulmer shares his personal and professional experiences to reveal the secrets of how was able access resourcefulness he didn’t even know he had. Rise Like a Phoenix, Race Like a Turtle will inspire and empower you and your group to begin re-framing each new challenge, be it little (angry customer, difficult co-worker, bad day) or big (foundation shakers like relationships ending, accidents, ill health, job loss and even losing a loved one). Through it all, you may well rediscover what’s been with you the whole way.

In other words, no matter the challenge, you already know what you need to know to take the next step in your journey … even if you don’t know it yet.

What We’ll Cover:

  • Powerful and memorable examples of re-discovering the real strength, solutions and resources that we’ve all had all along – they are right in front of our noses – and why we don’t see them.
  • The difference between resilience and resourcefulness, and why the latter serves you better in the long run
  • The seemingly paradoxical way that looking “into the ashes” actually brings you wings, and how things that might make you feel vulnerable or weak actually take – and create – the most strength
  • How to look at challenge as opportunity when you’re feeling lost – either a lot (major life change or challenge) or a little (bad day, snarky email, difficult customer, friend or relationship) to help you take that next step in your personal or professional journey
  • Why winning at life is not necessarily about winning at all.
  • How Kevin learned to thrive after divorce, business/career and health challenges, kicking alcohol and finally creating the life of he’s dreamed of, and how it’s proof – for him – that we already know what we need to know, even if we can’t see it yet

Kevin’s Been There:

From the time when his world was rocked by divorce, business failure, alcohol, ill health and losing his home all within a few months, to the thriving, happy and passionate life he lives today, Kevin’s story is a clear example of how most people already know what they need to know, but they just don’t know it yet. That’s where Kevin can help.

From a broadcasting career in radio to running a stock-car race track, building a start-up event management company, recording and releasing 3 CDs of original music and 15 years in sales and marketing, you’ve likely never met anyone quite like Kevin Bulmer. Passionate, engaging, funny and cheerful, Kevin leaves a positive impression on everyone he meets, and will be the first to tell you that the changes that caused him the most pain also brought about the greatest growth.

Ideally suited for:

Organizations or individuals looking to become more adaptable to change, more secure in their own skin and more confident in their ability to meet success over the long haul.


  • Adversity
  • Change
  • Divorce
  • Effectiveness
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Happiness
  • Innovation
  • Mental Health
  • Personal Reinvention
  • Relationships
  • Resourcefulness

“There’s a strange sense of pleasure being beat to hell by a storm
when you’re on a ship that is not going to sink.”

– Jimmy Buffett, “Salty Piece of Land”

Contact Kevin Today for Booking Information

Call: 226-884-7129 | Email: mail@kevinbulmer.com

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What People Are Saying About “Rise Like a Phoenix, Race Like a Turtle”

“I think my exact words were, ‘I feel like I could lift a building right now,’ because I was just so empowered by your presentation … It blew me out of the water. It was what I was expecting and then some and more after that. It was really, really impressive. This is how we wanted to end the conference, leaving people feeling good, feeling empowered, walking away with a sense of, ‘Life may have handed me a couple curve balls, but I can make a change and I can make the most out of my situation.’”
– Stephanie McGill, Executive Director, Brain Injury Association of London & Region

“Kevin, I think, is an emerging North American speaking star for a number of reasons, not the least of which, his subject that he covers, this idea of how to rise like a phoenix and race like a turtle, is such an interesting metaphor with so many applications to business and life and what we all go through.

I really admire the way Kevin takes his message, connects it with audiences. I’ve seen him do this and he’s got such a personal and such a profound human style to him where you really feel he’s only talking to you. And his whole message about rising like a phoenix, racing like a turtle centres on timeless universal themes that I think we can all relate to in all parts of our careers, our livelihoods, our communities; this idea of when you got knocked down, how do you get back up? And also racing like a turtle; how do you do things and sustain greatness over the long haul?

So, if you’re looking for a speaker to really connect with your audience in a real personal way for your next event, look no further: Kevin Bulmer.”
– Gair Maxwell, International Speaker & Author, TEC Canada’s “Speaker of the Year” (2012)

“I heard Kevin Bulmer at an Ottawa event and you could hear a pin drop during his opener, laughs from the other room during his stories and throats swallowing at his authenticity. You will love him! I do!”
– Tracy Schmitt, Author, Speaker, Humanitarian

“It was great! There were a lot of really good comments on the evaluation. People really liked it. You (Kevin) got to people today. I would recommend (Kevin) highly.”
– Mary Lynne Stewart – Director of Fund Development & Communications,
March of Dimes Canada ( “Opening Doors for Accessibility” Event)

“The speech was amazing. Kevin did such a great job. He interacted with the crowd and … made it very personal. I was very impressed. It actually almost had me in tears a few times. Really, compared to the rest of the speeches that were going on today, yours (Kevin’s) was the most relatable and the one that people reacted the most to. It was great. Overall, the feedback has been very positive. People came up and talked to me afterward about how good it was, and that’s what I thought too.”
– Mike Mulligan – Owner/Founder of Moving Forward Rehabilitation and Wellness Centre
(“Opening Doors for Accessibility” Event)

“Kevin, your Rise Like a Phoenix, Race Like a Turtle talk touched my heart several times, and even brought tears to my eyes. What you said was delivered so professionally and flawlessly, that my attention was riveted on you the whole time. Your message is a valuable one that everyone needs to hear,  take to heart, and act upon. Thank you!”
–       Sheila Stevenson, Certified Trauma Relief Coach

“I am so impressed with Kevin’s great talent and passion for speaking.  He truly engages and energizes his audience through the genuine telling of his own life experiences.   His authenticity and heartfelt stories give a fresh perspective on living a life of happiness, gratitude, purpose, and a commitment to continual inner growth. Through his powerful yet humble demeanor and real life accounts of his own personal journey, he intrigues us, motivates us, inspires us and engages us in challenging our self-imposed barriers to fulfilling our own potential.”
–       Melissa Whaling, Fund Development Coordinator, Regional HIV/AIDS Connection

“Hi Kevin, Your talk was very inspiring and I’m sure everyone in the room identified with you as they recalled past and present similar challenges of life.

Stuart McLean passed away this week and when I heard that, I immediately thought of your talk the other night. Stuart had the ability to totally captivate everyone with a story and a message at the end.  He left us too soon.  You have that same talent and ability and you should pursue it aggressively.”
– Bill Fellner, The Millhouse / Arva Flour Mill