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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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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What’s a speaker’s one-sheet and do I need it?

What’s a speaker’s one-sheet and do I need it?

When I got into the speaking business, dinosaurs roamed the earth and speakers had one-sheets. Lot’s changed since then, and the question is, do you still need a one-sheet? When promoting your speaking business, your first line of attack should always be up-to-date...

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10 easy ways to make any PowerPoint presentation awesome

10 easy ways to make any PowerPoint presentation awesome

This post was updated in 2023. It was 20 minutes before lunch, my client was frantically looking at the clock, and the audience was squirming. We had suffered through endless forgettable PowerPoint slides and were all hoping for a merciful end. That's when the...

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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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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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