HUGH CULVER

My Million-Dollar Lesson About Public Speaking

My Million-Dollar Lesson About Public Speaking

When I got into the business of speaking I actually didn’t know it was a business. I thought public speaking was something people did once they retired from their “real” job or needed to pay some bills after returning from climbing a mountain or running an ultra. Fast...

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Want to listen better? Stop thinking

Want to listen better? Stop thinking

“We have a lot of new leaders and I’m hoping you can inspire them to speak their minds.” my client said on the zoom call.  I feel my chest tighten, pupils dilate - I’m suddenly alert (my body loves the promise of a paycheck). “This sounds great!” I reply, having...

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How to Stop the BS and Get Started

How to Stop the BS and Get Started

My audience was financial planners. Not any financial planners - these were the gold star, top performers in their region. They walked on water.  I had been invited to speak about goal setting at their upcoming conference. And I had a problem. How do you get a...

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Why You Need to Tell More Stories

Why You Need to Tell More Stories

“People do not buy goods and services. They buy relations, stories and magic.” - Seth Godin Cruising garage sales one weekend, researchers Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn spent the morning collecting dozens of random items including a common office stapler, a box of...

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Death of a Public Speaker

Death of a Public Speaker

The business of public speaking is a strange one. There’s no real “product” - not much to measure – and nothing you can put in a box or weigh in your hands. Just you talking. Your client wants to make the “perfect” decision and will often run you through a gauntlet of...

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How to stop pretending and become an expert in 5 steps

How to stop pretending and become an expert in 5 steps

I have a beef. It started subtly - various phone calls. At first I wasn’t even aware it was happening... I would get questions like “I’ve been speaking for a couple of years. What do I need to do to get more speaking gigs?” Or, “I’m going to write my first book. I...

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