Comic psychologist to lead Community Health Foundation Reception

Get set to meet your enter-trainer. Yes, that is a trademarked term.

Bruce Christopher is that hybrid of an entertainer – a “closet comedian” is his preferred description – and professionally-trained psychologist who will entertain while informing, which he sees as a perfect combination.

“I like to make people laugh. When people are laughing, they learn best,” said Christopher.

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Christopher will be the keynote speaker at the Community Health Foundation’s Sixth Annual Reception, 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at the Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center.

Tickets cost $25 each through Thursday, March 21. The program will also feature a social time with live music, cocktails and heavy hors d’ oeuvres, followed by the keynote address.

Event organizers at Community Health Foundation decided to go with a holistic approach to wellness this year and went for a speaker who could address social, emotional and behavioral health. And be funny.

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With his theme of “Laugh ‘til you cry. Learn ‘til you change,” Christopher hit all the targets.

For a guy who once thought his career would consist of being confined to therapy rooms, he is just as comfortable on the stage. Christopher was quite surprised when he was first asked to speak and soon found a new voice for his calling.

He has spoken to millionaires clubs, nationally-renowned health organizations and some of the country’s top corporations, then internationally, speaking on five of the seven continents.

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“There’s not a lot of conferences in Antarctica,” Christopher quipped. But humor builds bridges and is something of an international language.

For the reception, he’ll talk about the power of a positive attitude, the difference between optimism and pessimism, which can make a difference in life, health and business, along with the fear of risk.

His humor is in a storytelling style, many of which he takes from his own life and experiences.

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“It’s like a comedy show with practical applications you can use immediately. It will move fast and we’ll have a great time,” he said.

Along with being a sought-after speaker for 20 years, Christopher is also a published author and does audio presentations.

“I’m very lucky, this is what I feel I was born to do,” he said.

To register, go to


What: Community Health Foundation Annual Reception with Bruce Christopher

Where: Hollenbeck Bayley Arts and Conference Center, 275 South Limestone St., Springfield

When: Wednesday, March 27, 5:30-7 p.m.

Admission: $25 by March 21

More info: 937-523-7002 or go to

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