HUGH CULVER

How I failed to reach my 2017 goals and lessons learned

How I failed to reach my 2017 goals and lessons learned

I struggle writing goals for the year. Don’t get me wrong - I’m all over project goals and making my Flight Plan for the week. But sitting down to write goals for the year makes my palms sweat and always feels like a blind dart toss. And the only thing worse than...

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So, you want to be a speaker…

So, you want to be a speaker…

There’s an old story of a man walking down a country road. He comes across a farmer, who’s repairing a fence. “Excuse me, sir” says the traveller “I’m curious what the folks are like in the town up ahead?” “Well…” the farmer replies, as he turns to face the stranger....

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How to Keep Your Audience Leaning In

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...

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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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Why the Opening to your Speech Sucks

Why the Opening to your Speech Sucks

You’ve just been introduced, the room is silent—this is your moment. You step on stage. You know the first few minutes of any speech are critical—you need to grab the audience. And then it happens - blank stares. But it gets worse… You notice two people leaning over...

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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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