HUGH CULVER

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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Five mistakes you never ever want to make on stage

Five mistakes you never ever want to make on stage

Speaking on stage is like surgery. You have one chance to get it right and it’s pretty hard to undo a mistake. I’ve seen all manner of ways to bomb on stage (I’ve done most myself, purely for research), from reading an entire speech to rude humour (save if for the...

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9 damn good ways to survive hotels, airports, and taxis

9 damn good ways to survive hotels, airports, and taxis

I try to travel smart. Sometimes, it’s more like survival. This past week, I missed one flight, booked a flight to the wrong city, humped two 40 lb (20kg) boxes of books across the country, and had the pleasure of 5 keynotes, 7 cab rides, 3 hotels, 600 delegates, 120...

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How to land more clients (almost) every time

How to land more clients (almost) every time

When I was a kid, my Dad used to say “the best time to buy a house is when you don’t need it”. At the time, this was just annoying advice that didn't make much sense. Kind of like: the fork goes on the left, eat your broccoli, and don't talk with your mouth full. But,...

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