HUGH CULVER

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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A Quick Easy Way to get Any Audience to Take Action

A Quick Easy Way to get Any Audience to Take Action

There’s a moment in every speech when the audience can smell the barn. The break is 10 minutes away, the bathroom is calling, and you are about to wrap up. I know it too and for too many years I would wind down the end of my speech, instead of winding it up. Big...

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7 Deadly Mistakes to Avoid When Designing Your Next Seminar

7 Deadly Mistakes to Avoid When Designing Your Next Seminar

My first experience leading a seminar was an unmitigated disaster. I was mid-way into my graduate studies (fancy name for don’t-have-a-job) and I’d been asked to lead a weekend seminar about marketing. I didn’t have a clue where to start. So, I said Yes. The year...

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How to add video to PowerPoint and Keynote like a pro

How to add video to PowerPoint and Keynote like a pro

This post was was updated in 2023 So you want to spruce up your presentation with a little video? Cool. Now you have to figure out how. In this post, I’ll walk you through how to insert the clip and the tricks to creating a seamless transition from slide to video and...

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How to win over any event planner

How to win over any event planner

As a professional speaker you will work with event planners. In this post I’m going to save you some nightmares, disasters, and faux pas. Pay attention, Grasshopper, this will help get you referrals and make you money. First, an “event planner” is anyone in charge of...

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How to negotiate your speaking fees and get hired

How to negotiate your speaking fees and get hired

I’m a terrible negotiator. Either I give away the farm (“Why Yes, I’d love to fly red-eye to North Dakota and speak for free to 80 dairy farmers.”) or stick to my guns and end up with nothing. But other times, and with a bit of creative negotiation, there’s an...

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