HUGH CULVER

The one secret about public speaking nobody will tell you

The one secret about public speaking nobody will tell you

It took me 10 years to discover - completely by accident - the one secret to public speaking that not only saved my bacon countless times, but actually made every speech better. Today, I’m going to tell you what that secret is. But I’m getting ahead of myself. When I...

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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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Handouts or no handouts for your speech – what’s best?

Handouts or no handouts for your speech – what’s best?

When I mostly taught seminars, I always had handouts. Pounding away on my laptop, I’d work late into the night fiddling with fonts, images, and graphics to make pretty handouts for my audience the next day. It was a lot of work. And, invariably two things would...

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