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Paul Butler is an internationally renowned speaker who has trained and entertained audiences in Europe, Africa, South America, and all across North America. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication with a concentration in Culture and Communication, as well as an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He excels in the areas of motivation, leadership, customer service, and attitude empowerment. During his 27 years of law enforcement, he has been a public servant, training officer, sergeant, crisis negotiator, chief of police, and chief deputy. These opportunities have given him a unique perspective on a vast array of situations and circumstances that many people find themselves in every day. These experiences have helped him to develop the answers to questions and cures to problems most people are facing at work and in life on a continual basis.

Paul became the chief of police of the Aynor Police Department at 22 years of age, making him the youngest police chief in the history of South Carolina. Born and raised on a small farm, his parents served as examples of hard work, common sense, personal responsibility, and respect for self and others.  This has played heavily in his success in life and within each organization in which he has served. 

He believes the power of a positive attitude can take you to the top or help you simply find happiness and pride in the current role you fill. A healthy attitude is often the key to both personal and professional success – this has certainly been the key to Paul’s success. As Chief Deputy of the Horry County Sheriff’s Office, he was selected to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 2005 for the 220th Session. This 10-week, executive level course was host to 250 attendees from all 50 states and 29 countries around the world. Paul was selected by his class to be their graduation day speaker alongside then-FBI Director Robert Mueller. He now serves as the official Master of Ceremonies for the FBI National Academy Associates and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association during their annual training conferences. To increase his outreach, Paul Butler Presentations was formed and he has been traveling the globe speaking, instructing, and entertaining for all types of groups, organizations, and events. He is consistently one of the highest-rated presenters on the market today and comes with strong references and a list of past and future exciting events.


"Leadership for a Lifetime: How the Past Prepares Us for the Future"


This motivational presentation will cover what it takes to be a good professional and highlight the power of being a good person.  He will illustrate how to take individual talents and apply them to the group setting to make an unstoppable and productive team.  It is his belief that the ability to lead is present in everyone, regardless of their rank in an organization or irrespective of their situation in life.  There are common characteristics that respected people and effective leaders share - most of these traits are developed by the individual rather than through the position they hold.  This presentation will cover some of these most important leadership traits, as well as how each individual can use the lessons of yesterday to overcome the challenges of today and capitalize on the opportunities of tomorrow.

 The Paul Butler Team Member Model


I contend that while there may be hundreds of players on your team, there are typically only FOUR easily identifiable positions that each team member is playing:

I. Team Leaders: These leaders are often out front and always moving the mission forward. They are known more for their respect than their rank. Never losing focus - even as the circumstances and challenges continually change around them. They are willing to have the tough conversations and occasionally “step on toes” or hurt the feelings of those they lead; but their dedication to the team mission is undeniable.

II. Team Builders: These leaders exist to motivate others and inspire them to do great things. They often work behind the scenes and quietly help others achieve great things. They see the individual talents of each person around them and they help them find creative ways to use those talents to benefit the team. A major sign of their own happiness and success is found through the happiness and successes of others that they mentor and influence in life.

III. Teammates: These team members support and encourage the decisions and actions of others around them. Taking bad decisions and working hard to turn them into good outcomes. Looking for ways that “we can” instead of reasons “we can’t.” Even if they don’t like or understand the call the “coach” makes, they give their best attitudes and efforts to execute the plan and help make the team a success.

IV. Trouble: The final group on any team is anyone who isn’t playing one of the 3 aforementioned positions. They aren’t leading, they aren’t motivating or inspiring, nor are they supporting or encouraging - they are simply being trouble for themselves and for others around them. They become toxic attitudes and isolated players. They may, however, not even know they are being trouble for the team - it is often not due to a lack of ability, but rather a lack of understanding about their role, their potential, or even how they are viewed by others around them.  I will illustrate how to transition them back into one of the productive positions.

Good employees can play any of the first three positions and do so regularly, depending on the needs of the team - but even good employees can find themselves slipping into being trouble. Great employees are never trouble... their commitment is always to the success of the team over their own personal success. Every successful team is made up of members who know, understand, and accept the role(s) they play. All team members should also be able to easily identify the roles, responsibilities, and positions being performed around them. My Team Member Model will clearly identify each player and position.

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