HUGH CULVER

Do you pause in your speech?

Do you pause in your speech?

In a presentation I attended about adding comedy to your speech, my friend, Ron Tite reminded us,  “There’s so much after the punchline.” But, of course given his training from Second City, that’s not how he said it. This is how he actually said it:...

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How to get powerful audience participation every time

How to get powerful audience participation every time

I’m a sucker for audience participation - the more they respond the happier I am. The trick is how to get it. Maybe you lead staff meetings, present to customer prospects, lead seminars or present from the main stage - it doesn’t matter - audience involvement is...

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Should I discount my fees?

Should I discount my fees?

It doesn’t matter if you’ve main staged with the Dalai Lama or speak at your local Chamber of Commerce, there’s certain things you should never say to your event planner. And one is that you will discount your fees. Just to clarify: the ‘event planner’ is the person...

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Why I hate blogging…but do it anyway

Why I hate blogging…but do it anyway

I have a full plate. As I write this, I’m mid-stream in our BOSS annual speakers’ school with almost 90 students, running SOS with a growing team of content creators, and traveling to speak almost every week. My available time outside work is committed for family,...

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Should I memorize my speech?

Should I memorize my speech?

When I got into speaking, people watched DVR’s and listened to CD’s and memorization was the thing. Top speakers memorized a script and then did their thing with slides, video, maybe a little theatre-storytelling. It never worked for me. For one reason, I found it...

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How to calm your nerves just before a speech

How to calm your nerves just before a speech

Welcome to my mid-week blog post. This is where I’ll be sharing quick tips on how to be a better speaker. I’m starting with about 40 topics that I’ll post every week that you can read in 5 minutes, or less. Good? The topics are all based on questions I get asked by...

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