Hugh Culver

Inspiring Excellence in the Workplace

With a vision to “change the way work serves people,” Hugh Culver offers extraordinary training programs on leadership, team development, conflict management, time management, and motivation. Combining business savvy with humour and real-world, practical advice, he equips audiences with the tools they need to overcome any challenge they may face—in the workplace or in their personal lives.

Hugh holds a Master’s in Business Administration, is a certified facilitation professional, and is one of only 40 certified professional speakers in Canada.  He launched the largest conference in Canada, “Spirit in the Workplace,” which is designed for business leaders, as well as the Dare2Dream youth leadership sea-kayaking program in British Columbia.

Hugh’s clients have included Royal Bank of Canada, Suncor Energy, BC Lottery Corporation, Imperial Oil, Sun-Rype Products, Food Services America, as well as many provincial ministries, municipal governments and associations, and four universities and colleges.

Hugh is the author of Give Me a Break: The Art of Making Time Work for You, and Work Smarter—Uncommon Strategies for Getting More Stuff Done (Without Working Harder).

Give Me a Break: The art of making time work for you

We are working in a time of distraction–endless emails, back-to-back meetings, interruptions, and growing work demands are taking their toll. People are constantly rushing, multi-tasking, bringing work home, and struggling to find time for themselves and their family.

Based on Hugh Culver’s book, Give Me a Break, this exciting keynote is an essential message for anyone who has a To-Do list that never seems to end and is tired of always being busy. With his unique, high-energy approach, and proven insights, Hugh will show your audience how they can move away from always running late, and move instead towards more productivity, better health, improved relationships, and–yes–even greater happiness.

Learning Points

  • PLAN LIKE A PILOT–interruptions are inevitable, but poor planning shouldn’t be. Like a pilot, we have to invest in planning time–to review, reflect, and refocus on our destination.
  • CLEAN YOUR WINDOW–learn how changing your results actually starts by changing your story. Hugh will share the four steps to creating your new, better story that will help you excel in all areas of your life.
  • GO WITH THE FLOW–discover the little-known secret to maximizing your sales and work results by working with your energy flow. This strategy also includes exorcising your email, putting meetings on a diet, and clearing the clutter.

This is a high-energy and interactive presentation that will have your audience engaged, laughing, and learning.

It's All About the Small Stuff

We can easily blame the world for our unhappiness: our workload, our boss, our clients, or even our lack of sleep! Yet our blame distracts us from the real source of our success–what we think about and what we do.

It’s All About the Small Stuff–Hugh’s most popular keynote–is packed with practical advice, often-hilarious stories, and completely relevant lessons on how small stuff, done well, and done consistently will always lead to huge success.

Hugh will teach you how to shift from thinking like a victim to acting like the master of your results. You will learn the secret of reframing and switching your thinking (and results) in just one minute, and why you need to master the art of asking.

This dynamic keynote experience is the perfect kick-start to your agenda, or thought-proving wrap-up experience. Either way, your delegates will be talking about it for months.

Facing the Tiger

Conflict in relationships is inevitable–broken promises, personality clashes, insensitive comments, and errors in non-verbal communication all can lead to a breakdown. This may actually be a good thing!

Facing the Tiger is a remarkable (even simple) program that empowers people to use a productive feedback model to use conflict to actually strengthen a relationship! Beginning with a better understanding of Pinches (the source of all conflict) you will learn a powerful way to formulate your feedback to gain a win/win solution.

The goal is healthy conversations and helping people to get back to work without the distraction of roaming office ‘tigers’. Facing the Tiger will start you on a new, more confident path with the skills and awareness to success.

This is a pragmatic, proven program–In a Canada-wide study, 92% of all graduates successfully addressed a workplace conflict issue within the first 30 days after their course!

Immediate Benefits

  • Gain the tools and confidence to build stronger relationships – every day.
  • Free yourself to focus on your work – not on the Tiger.
  • Deliver a strong message that “old stories” and conflict will not be tolerated.
  • Get on the right path to having winning relationships at work!

What You Can Expect

  • Learn how unresolved ‘Pinches’ create dis-ease, stress and escalating costs.
  • See how conflict is actually a good thing — if you know what to do with it.
  • Learn the four truths about Pinches you need to know.
  • Find out why you need to come ‘down off the ladder’ and move to curiosity.
  • Get a simple, practical four-step approach to creating healthy conversations.
  • Gain strategies for shifting ‘stuck’ relationships and creating win/win.
  • Discover the M.R.I. – your ultimate tool for shifting out of blame.
  • Practice going down the ‘funnel’ and double clicking to get what you want.

ReClaiming the Clock

It’s easy to get busy-email, interruptions, meetings, and clutter can keep us busy, distracted from what’s really important, and discouraged. Without an intervention, “busy” becomes the excuse for ongoing missed deadlines, procrastination, needless rushing, and mistakes.

ReClaiming the Clock is an exciting new approach to getting beyond survival and excelling at getting the right stuff done. This proven model will show you how to free-up time for planning, improving systems, reconnecting with staff, and creative thinking. And for many graduates they also create exciting improvements in their use of personal time for family, relaxation, exercise, and fun!

ReClaiming the Clock is a proven formula for moving from chaos to clarity and from overload to on target with what matters the most to you.

Immediate Benefits

  • Get more of what is important done.
  • Spend less time on low value distractions.
  • Have more time for creative work.
  • Enjoy less stress and more success.

What You Will Learn

  • Discover the secret of keeping your ‘Boulders’ rolling.
  • See how to avoid the Deadly Interruptis Disease.
  • Learn why you need to move from “To Do” lists to Plan like a Pilot.
  • Get eight ways to Jump Start your Day — in charge and in control.
  • Plan tomorrow today and save time every day.
  • How to adopt the 2 Minute Rule and quickly reduce distractions.
  • Get 12 strategies for putting meetings on a diet.
  • Put procrastination to rest by adopting the day-before-vacation mindset.
  • Experience how clutter robs your attention and what to do about it.

The Leadership Toolbox: engaging others to lead

Great leaders are not born–they have mastered their craft with specific skills and a consistent attitude of collaboration that allows them to accomplish great things with people. Leaders that practice these skills are able to bring the best out of people and achieve massive results by allowing staff to be motivated.

The Leadership Toolbox is an ideal seminar for any leader with direct reports who values results and wants to know how to engage people and get the work done. This content-rich, interactive program is packed full of relevant, street-ready skills and practices that can be applied immediately.

Based on the concepts of Intrinsic Motivation, Leadership Leverage, and the Coaching Leader, The Leadership Toolbox uses a holistic approach to motivate followers to be leaders.

Immediate Benefits

  • Discover the secrets of successful leaders and how to apply them every day.
  • Learn how to deal with difficult people at work and poor staff performance.
  • Learn why staff engagement is about much more that feeling good.
  • Become a master of skilled communications in even the toughest conversations.

What You Will Learn

  • Learn how leverage is the ultimate goal of leadership and how to create it.
  • Sharpen your communication skills with the brain/mouth formula.
  • Discover 10 ways to increase your staff Trust Score.
  • Understand the deception of our judgements and how to come ‘down off the ladder’.
  • Learn how to use the three motivators in great delegation to get results.
  • Increase your skills and comfort with the three follow up strategies: praise, feedback and coaching.
  • Practice going down the ‘funnel’ and double clicking to get what you want.

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Conference Speakers

The Impact of a Speech Can Last Forever

Speakers' Spotlight represents a talented roster of some of the world's most extraordinary conference speakers. Our conference speakers' experience is as broad as it is deep, and they are all leaders in their fields, which include business, politics, sports, the media, academia, science, technology, culture and entertainment. Our conference speakers are thought-provoking and action-oriented and leave their audiences, whether speaking to a group of 10, 100, 1000 or more, enlightened and inspired.

Speakers' Spotlight's conference speakers frequently go the extra mile to be in touch with meeting planners - or even CEOs and presidents of companies and organizations themselves - in advance of their talks in order to tailor the message and hit on key points specific to the client's needs. Our conference speakers arrive on time, and will have conferred with you in advance to ensure they have everything they need in order to deliver an impactful speech. Our conference speakers frequently use well designed visuals, such as photos, slide shows, or video clips to bring other elements of interest into their talks, and our conference speakers frequently build-in time during their talks to allow for an audience Q&A, ensuring your staff has a chance to ask questions of the particular conference speaker they have just heard.

Some of our conference speakers in high demand include David Chilton, Bruce Croxon, General Rick Hillier, Clara Hughes, Ron James, Amanda Lang, Stephen Lewis, Patricia Lovett-Reid, Mark Kielburger, Kevin O'Leary, Jeff Rubin, and Margaret Trudeau.

Speakers' Spotlight is committed to serving the diverse needs of the corporations, organizations, companies, non-profit and government groups that contact us when seeking conference speakers, and we work hard to find the conference speakers that will best meet and exceed your needs. Whatever you require are when it comes to conference speakers, Speakers' Spotlight will work had to ensure that you get the conference speakers that are right for you.

Keynote Speakers

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Speakers' Spotlight represents a vast roster of some of the world's most extraordinary keynote speakers in fields such as business, politics, sports, the media, academia, science, technology, culture and entertainment. Our keynote speakers run the gauntlet from spoken word poet Sarah Kay, to business guru Simon Sinek; from young athlete Olympic athlete Adam van Koeverden to the wrongly incarcerated former boxer Ruben Carter; from Margaret Trudeau to her son Justin Trudeau. Whatever your needs are for your keynote speakers, Speakers' Spotlight the keynote speakers that will fill them.

Our keynote speakers can adjust their talks to suit your needs, whether you're looking for an address by keynote speakers of 15, 30, or 45 minutes or more, our keynote speakers will confer with you before your engagement to ensure that their talks meet your needs. Our keynote speakers frequently adjust their speeches to include important talking points your organization or company needs emphasized, and will also often adjust content so it is individually tailored to your audience. For instance, if your audience is primarily those in the auto industry, our keynote speakers will draw on anecdotes from that industry in order to ensure their speech is relatable. Our keynote speakers are usually available in the days and weeks prior to your event to discuss your needs and go over any details (such as audio visual requirements) that arise.

Speakers' Spotlight is committed to meeting the different needs of the corporations, organizations, companies, non-profit and government groups that contact us when seeking keynote speakers, and we work hard to find the keynote speakers that will provide the best match for your event. Whatever you require are when it comes to keynote speakers, Speakers' Spotlight will work had to ensure that you get the keynote speakers that are right for you.

Motivational Speakers

Motivating the world

Speakers' Spotlight represents a wide variety of motivational speakers who present energetic talks that will inspire leaders and employees to take action, be it in their personal lives, their workplace, or both. Speakers' Spotlight's motivational speakers address everything from encouraging audiences to adapt healthy lifestyles to unifying groups to achieve professional goals. Our motivational speakers work with an astonishing range of companies in sectors such as science, technology, finance, advertising, and manufacturing, as well as professional organizations, cultural institutions, and non-profit entities and government, throughout North American and around the world.

Motivational speakers that work with Speakers' Spotlight frequently go the extra mile to be in touch with meeting planners - or even CEOs and presidents of companies and organizations themselves - in advance of their talks in order to tailor the message and hit on key points specific to the client's needs. Our motivational speakers arrive on time, work with the client in advance to ensure the proper set up of their audio/visual needs so that everything will go smoothly when they hit the stage, and often include Q&A sessions in their talks so that your staff can ask any questions of our motivational speakers that they may wish.

Using Speakers' Spotlight to book your motivational speakers obviously offers many advantages. You reap the benefits of our experience and expertise, as we can help you select the best motivational speakers for your motivational speakers' engagement.

Our motivational speakers include prominent motivational speakers - and many of them household names -- such as Roberta Bondar, Michael "Pinball" Clemons, Terry Evanshen, Scott Harrison, John Izzo, Simon Jackson, Craig Kielburger, Dr. Samantha Nutt, Simon Sinek, Severn Cullis-Suzuki and Brett Wilson.

Whatever your needs are when it comes to motivational speakers, Speakers' Spotlight has the motivational speakers that will both meet -- and exceed -- your expectations.

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