HUGH CULVER

I co-created the world’s most expensive tours (to the South Pole), have presented to over 1,200 audiences, built and exited 3 businesses, and I’m the author of Give Me a Break – the art of making time work for you. 

This is my blog.

Productivity

How to Achieve any Goal with the Miracle 10 Minute Solution

This re-loved and updated post was originally published in March 2013. Everybody loves their goals: big projects, bold revenues, new products - the stuff Jim Collin's famously tagged as BHAG's. And it makes sense... In the corporate world, goals drive product...

Seriously, You Need to Stop Checking Email in the Morning

At the risk of repeating what I think is becoming increasingly obvious, we have all become idiots. Or at the very least, victims of the urgent. Let me explain. And, by the way, if you do what I am going to recommend in this post you could free up at least one hour of...

Why I am quitting stupid, petty, small thinking

This is the time of year I freak out. And it’s not about last minute Christmas shopping. Or rushing to finish up projects before the holidays. What freaks me out is more of a slow-burning, can’t-escape-it feeling. Here it is: I worry that next year will be more or...

Please stop making To-Do lists that don’t work

There’s something seductive about making a list - especially at year end. Our Disney-like dream is that everything we list will - poof! - magically get done. So, we pull up a chair, grab our favourite pen, and with firm chin (whatever that means), open our journal to...

The greatest time management lesson nobody ever teaches

This time management lesson might seem too simple to be of value. But, once you try it — just like chocolate dip on an ice cream cone — you’ll never go without again. I’ll tell you what that lesson is in just a minute. But first, I ask you to close your eyes (actually...

Life

How to change your life in five minutes or less

We all have wants. We want more time. A better/smaller body, more energy, money in the bank, love…whatever. We are want-machines and as soon as we satisfy one want we find another. Or two. Often we don't know where to start. Like how to start exercising after a...

21 Small Wins that can Lead to Big Wins in Your Life

"If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way." -Napoleon Hill “Our meetings are out of control!” a manager complained to me at a workshop I was leading.  “I have so many in a day,” she added, “sometimes I don’t even have time to go to the...

Small Wins – why little steps are the path to big rewards

It was a cool July morning in the forest of Snoqualmie Valley, Washington. Just me and about 300 other nervous people in shorts - all about to run a marathon.  It had been 15 years since my last marathon distance race. Back then, I was in my 40s, and long-distance...

How To Finally Stop Procrastinating On Exercise

This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated in 2022. Enjoy! You don’t need more books about exercise and fitness. And I doubt you need more advice, tips, gurus, or videos on how to “gain muscle in just 10 minutes a day.” Don’t worry—that’s not what...

Why I no longer make New Year’s Resolutions

There is a statistic commonly thrown around about New Year’s Resolutions.  Over 80% fail. What’s less commonly known is why they fail. I think most fail because of a lack of practice. Just like lifting weights, speaking a language or practicing Origami, if you don’t...

Habits

How to stay positive when your world sucks

"Twixt the optimist and pessimist The difference is droll The optimist sees the doughnut But the pessimist sees the hole." McLandburgh Wilson, 1915 My day was planned. Every hour so clearly designed it would make a pencil-toting engineer proud. Yessir, today was going...

How to (finally) get organized and work smarter with Evernote

This article was originally published in June 2015 and has been re-loved and republished just for you. Every once in a while you come across a solution that is so elegant and seamless to use that you simply love it. That's what it was like 10 years ago when I switched...

How drinking tea earned me $650,000

When I was a young river guide I drank coffee like water. The blacker the better; the more the better. It was how I got jacked up for another morning hauling around obscenely heavy equipment, stayed awake on long drives to the river and fuelled all-nighters around the...

Seriously, You Need to Stop Checking Email in the Morning

At the risk of repeating what I think is becoming increasingly obvious, we have all become idiots. Or at the very least, victims of the urgent. Let me explain. And, by the way, if you do what I am going to recommend in this post you could free up at least one hour of...

Business

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...

All entrepreneurs want to quit. (unless they’re lying)

The first time I was self-employed I couldn’t even spell ‘entrepreneur’ - I just knew I wanted it. I’d worked night-shift, feeding paper rolls from cash registers into temperamental computer readers, washed dishes in a hospital kitchen, built fences and even tried my...

How experts create world-class PowerPoint Slides (and you can too)

We’ve all been there. We were looking forward to the presentation - it could have been a webinar, keynote speech or office meeting. And then there were the slides… …tiny fonts, long lists of indecipherable bullets, fuzzy clipart from the 1990’s and blocks of text...

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....

Speaking

Tools of the trade – what every speaker needs in their bag

I love speaking. And I hate packing for speaking. So, it really helps to have the right gear and a packing list. In this post I’m sharing what gear is in my bag when I hit the road. There’s lots of options out there, but these are what have worked for me - so I’ve put...

9 stupid things speakers do on stage

We’ve all been there - cringing in our seats - thinking “Will this ever end?”. Yes, it’s the speaker from hell. Maybe they’ve got great content - even lessons we haven’t heard before. But their delivery is so finger-nails-on-chalkboard bad we’re missing it all. I had...

How to Keep Your Audience Leaning In

I was speaking to my BOS-Community members this week about the emotional roller coaster your audience goes through. It’s a good thing. Just like a great movie, you don’t want your audience at a peaked state for long. You also don’t want to go deep and serious for too...

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...