HUGH CULVER

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 hook any audience and capture their attention

How to hook any audience and capture their attention

There’s lots of opinions about how to start a speech. Some say start with a joke. Some with a story. Some with a confession. Some even use video to break the ice. All of those can work, but in this post I’m more talking about what comes next—how do you hook your...

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The one secret about public speaking nobody will tell you

The one secret about public speaking nobody will tell you

It took me 10 years to discover - completely by accident - the one secret to public speaking that not only saved my bacon countless times, but actually made every speech better. Today, I’m going to tell you what that secret is. But I’m getting ahead of myself. When I...

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How to make your first $1,000 as an expert

How to make your first $1,000 as an expert

You have expertise you want to sell. Maybe you’re a retired executive, or athlete, a savvy leadership expert or you’ve published a book. There’s hundreds of variations, but the bottom line is you know people will pay for your expertise and you want to make it happen....

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PowerPoint Primer – the only 3 slides you’ll ever need

PowerPoint Primer – the only 3 slides you’ll ever need

I don’t know if I was more scared or excited. I’d been invited to speak to over 1,000 Rotarians - my biggest speech yet (by an order of 100). I had just under a month to prepare. Every evening I hammered away at a script—adding, deleting, moving notes around until I...

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