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Level Up Your Professional Speaking Business...

With Karen McCullough's Your Killer Keynote Academy, unlock the secrets to crafting a compelling message while mastering the art of audience engagement.

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Whether you are a seasoned speaker with thousands of events under your belt, a new speaker just starting their speaking journey - or anywhere in between - you know that elevating your keynote programs will build a deeper connection with your audiences, leading to more bookings and higher fees.

If you are looking for powerful insights to turn your speaking program into a Killer Keynote than you are in the right place!

Karen's Killer Keynote Academy is designed to help both new and veteran speakers get the tools they need to consistently deliver phenomenal in-person and virtual paid presentations that will repeatedly get booked. So you can feel confident knowing you have a clear path to "leveling up" your speaking business.

"I credit Karen McCullough with being the mentor who kicked-started my entire speaking career."

Hall of Fame Speaker, Crystal Washington, CSP, CPAE

Did you know...

Today's Audiences Are More Demanding Than Ever Before.

So when it comes to taking your speaking career (and your fee) to the next level not only do you need unique, actionable content - but you need to engage with your audience quickly building trust and rapport.

The truth is, no matter how powerful your message is, if you don't build a strong connection with the audience your program will fall flat.

It's Time To

Level Up Your Speaking Business

Create keynote presentations that you are confident to deliver, audiences are excited to hear so you can take your speaking business to the next level.

Get More Referrals

Whether you are presenting virtually or on the main stage, when you deliver an engaging message that inspires change, the audience spreads the word, and the referrals will follow.

Break into New Markets

Build new revenue streams by tweaking or adjusting the content you already have! Work with Karen to evaluate your existing programs to identify new growth opportunities. 

Effectively Use Humor & Story

Humor and stories make your performance memorable and engaging. Work with Karen to effectively use humor and develop your stories, so you connect with your audience on a deeper level.

Increase Your Booking Fee

When you can clearly articulate your message, people will see the true value you deliver. Work with Karen to get you the tools and the confidence to effectively communicate your value to the buyer.

"I suggest you invest in Karen McCullough because it made a difference in my business, and I know it will make a difference in your business too."

Hall of Fame Speaker, Meridith Elliott Powell, CSP, CPAE

Unlock the Secrets of a Killer Keynote with Our Academy

Master the Art of Writing & Delivering a Killer Keynote

Here's a glimpse of just some of the topics we will cover:

Crafting a Compelling Opener

The beginning of your presentation sets the tone for everything that follows. Recognizing the importance of first impressions, our academy guides you through techniques to capture your audience's attention immediately. You'll explore various strategies to establish rapport from the start, ensuring your audience is engaged and invested.

Choosing a Topic that Sells

In the ever-evolving world of public speaking, staying relevant is key. Navigate the landscape of trending topics and discern what audiences genuinely want to hear. The academy will guide you in positioning yourself as an expert, ensuring your chosen topic not only educates but entices and excites your audience.

Using Humor Effectively

Humor is a powerful tool in the speaker's arsenal, but it's essential to strike the right balance. In the academy, you'll discover the nuances of humor, understanding how to integrate it into your presentations seamlessly. More importantly, you'll learn the do's and don'ts, ensuring your humor resonates with your audience and avoids potential pitfalls.

Engaging Through Storytelling

Stories have the power to connect with audiences on a profound emotional level. Within the academy, you'll dive deep into the art of narrative, understanding its structure and significance. Tailoring your stories to enhance your message, you'll discover how to captivate your audience, making your presentation both memorable and impactful.

Designing a Powerful Closing

A memorable closing can make all the difference. Learn how to craft a conclusion that leaves a lasting impression, ensuring your message continues to resonate long after the applause. The academy will also delve into the art of the call-to-action, teaching you how to inspire your audience to take meaningful steps post-presentation.

Hi. My Name is

Karen McCullough

With so many speaking coaches out there offering advice it can be very difficult to know who you can trust that will actually deliver the results you are looking for. As a professional keynote speaker with over 20 years of experience in the industry, I remember how frustrating it was to feel stuck and not sure where to turn when I was starting out.

But, I was determined to become unstuck! Over the years I read all the top books, studied all the experts, researched how to find organizations that were hiring speakers, and I refined and improved my presentations. I practiced, tried out new content, took note of what worked, and what didn't. And, I noticed I was getting traction!

Today, I am a globally recognized Branding Expert and Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) who has delivered over one thousand keynote presentations to an impressive list of clients which includes the likes of McDonalds, Procter Gamble, Deloitte, Chase, and Honda.

It has been a truly remarkable journey, and now I want to share with you everything I have learned over the years. I want to give you the tools and foundation you need to consistently deliver phenomenal in-person and virtual paid presentations that will repeatedly get booked, drive more referrals, allow you to break in to new markets, and increase your booking fee.

Top Speaking Clients

Karen Has Presented Over 1,000 Keynotes

But Don't Take Our Word for it...

Here's What Speakers Are Saying About Karen


“Karen gave me the structure and confidence to deliver a wonderful keynote. I would not have had that result, if not for the grace, patience, and skill Karen provided.”

Trevor Blondeel, PCC

/ Professional Speaker


“Karen knows more about speaking than I can possibly even fathom. If you don't work with her you're doing yourself a huge disservice.”

Pat Dwyer

/ Professional Speaker & Humorist


“I had such an amazing experience working with Karen. She helped me take my keynote to the next level!”

Kelli Risse

/ Professional Speaker

Stop Wasting Time and Money on Speaker Coaching that Isn't Moving the Needle

In today's market, a single speaker coaching session can easily set you back anywhere from $200 to $500 per hour. If you're looking to craft a standout presentation, you could quickly find yourself shelling out $2,500 or more—and that's assuming the coaching is a success.

Now, factor in the reality that most speakers are juggling multiple programs. Add to that the expectation of today's clients for tailored content to meet their specific needs, and the financial burden of top-tier speaker coaching becomes overwhelming.

The truth is, while personalized speaker coaching can yield impressive results, it's not always the most time-efficient or cost-effective route to achieving your speaking goals.

This is precisely why I founded Your Killer Keynote Academy. My vision is to empower speakers across all levels of expertise, providing them with the tools, insights, and feedback essential to elevate their speaking game.


With our academy, you can craft compelling, bookable presentations without the hefty price tag that can come with traditional coaching models.

So, are you ready to unlock the secrets to delivering powerful presentations that not only resonate with audiences but also increase your bookings—all without draining your resources?

Join Your Killer Keynote Academy today and step into a world where your voice shines, your content captivates, and your speaking career thrives!


Your Killer Keynote Academy

If you want to become a highly sought-after keynote speaker and take your fee to the next level, Your Killer Keynote Academy is for you! You will receive the tools and ideas needed to create a fantastic paid presentation that consistently gets booked. In the end, you will create a keynote that you can confidently deliver, and that audiences are excited to hear!

  • Clarify Your Speaking Message
  • Become a Master Storyteller
  • Get a Repeatable Keynote Writing Framework
  • Grow Your Referrals
  • Increase Your Booking Fee
  • Take Your Speaking Career to the Next Level

What You Will Get...

Creating & Writing Your Killer Keynote Online Course

If you want to become a highly sought-after keynote speaker and take your fee to the next level, this online course is for you! You will receive the tools and ideas needed to create a fantastic paid presentation that consistently gets booked. In the end, you will create a keynote that you can confidently deliver, and that audiences are excited to hear!

Direct Access to Karen McCullough Via Office Hours

Whether you are just starting, or have years of experience and keynotes under your belt, one-on-one access to Karen McCullough through open Office Hours will help you create new speaking programs and level up the ones you already have. Karen can help you develop your titles, stories, humor, videos, marketing copy, branding and more.

A Supportive Community of Professional Speakers

At the heart of Karen's Killer Keynote Academy is a vibrant and supportive community. This isn't just about online modules or scheduled events; it's about forging connections with like-minded individuals. Whether you're seeking feedback or offering a word of encouragement, every interaction is a step towards collective growth.

You'll Also Receive...

  • Access to Karen's Personal Branding Online Course
  • An exclusive monthly newsletter packed full of powerful insights and tips
  • Access to premium content such as workbooks, exercises, and frameworks
  • Exclusive discounts on one-on-one coaching sessions with Karen
  • And so much more...

If you're looking to take your Professional Speaking to the Next Level, you can't afford to speak for less than you're worth!

Let's Do This!

Your Killer Keynote Academy Annual Subscription


Yearly Subscription Includes:

  • Access to Creating & Writing Your Killer Keynote Online Course
  • Direct Access to Karen McCullough via Monthly Office Hours
  • Access to the Killer Keynote Community
  • Exclusive monthly newsletter packed full of powerful insights and tips
  • Discounted rates for one-on-one coaching if required

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Frequently Asked Questions

What sets Your Killer Keynote Academy apart from traditional coaching?

The academy offers a comprehensive platform that provides tools, knowledge, and feedback for speakers at all levels. It does this by using a combination of online courses, exercises, and direct access to ask your specific questions via office hours. The model is designed to help you develop powerful presentations without the high costs associated with traditional coaching.

What is included in my membership?

With your membership to Your Killer Keynote Academy, you gain access to a comprehensive suite of resources designed to elevate your speaking skills. This includes:

  • Online Courses: Dive deep into curated courses that cover essential topics like using humor effectively, crafting compelling openers and closings, engaging through storytelling, effectively marketing your programs and more.

  • Office Hours: Benefit from direct access to Karen during designated "office hours." Here, you can ask any keynote-related questions and receive real-time feedback from an industry expert.

  • Premium Content: Stay updated with exclusive content that delves into advanced speaking techniques, industry trends, and insights that can set you apart on stage.

  • One-on-One Coaching: As a member, you have the unique opportunity to book personalized coaching sessions with Karen at a discounted rate – ensuring that your presentations are tailored, impactful, and resonate with your target audience.

  • Community Access: Join a vibrant community of fellow speakers. Engage in discussions, share experiences, seek feedback, and collaborate on ideas in a supportive and encouraging environment.

What happens after I enroll?

Upon purchasing your membership a user account will be created for you to access the online courses. The user name will be the email you used to make the purchase, and the password will be created at the time of purchase. 

Access online courses from this website. If you are already logged in you will see a My Courses menu item that you can uses to access your online courses. If you are not logged in, simply click the Login menu item where you can enter your user name and password.

You will receive an email outlining instructions for accessing the Community.

And finally, you will receive periodic emails outlining the schedules and access information regarding all Office Hours.

Please direct any questions to our support team

Do I have to Renew my Subscription Every Year?

No - as much as we would love you to retain your membership you are not obligated to renew your membership at the end of your one year term. However, once your subscription has ended you will no longer have access to courses, materials, office hours, and the community. 

What if I want to Cancel – do you offer a refund?

I am 100% committed to helping speakers (at all phases in their careers) take their speaking to the next level.

That said, in order to get the most out of this program you will need to be committed to doing the work - take the course, do the exercises, and participate during office hours. This is not a huge amount of time - but you will need to participate. If you do that you will recoup your investment many times over.

After all that, if you can show me that you’ve participated, did the work, and still don’t feel that you are getting value from the program, then I insist that you reach out within 30 days to get 100% of your investment back.

Is the academy suitable for both new and experienced speakers?

Absolutely! Whether you're just starting your speaking journey or are a seasoned professional, the academy offers valuable insights and tools to elevate your presentations.

Do I need to commit to a set schedule or timeframe with the academy?

No, the academy is designed to be flexible. Engage with the community and access resources at your own pace without any stringent commitments. Office hours schedules will be sent out each month and will vary days/times in order to help accommodate everyone's schedules. While extremely beneficial, Office Hours attendance is not mandatory.

What kind of community is associated with the academy?

The academy boasts a vibrant community of like-minded individuals. It's a space where members learn, share, challenge, and encourage each other, all with the shared goal of changing the world through powerful speaking programs. The community uses a private Facebook group.

Do you still offer private, one-on-one coaching?

Yes. While private coaching is not included in the membership, Karen will offer private coaching to any Academy member at a discounted rate.

Are there any additional costs associated with the academy after enrollment?

The academy offers a transparent pricing model. All costs are upfront, with no hidden fees. Any additional services not included in the membership (such as one-on-one coaching) will be billed separately.

Who do I contact if I have a problem?

Not sure how to login? Notice a worksheet that is missing? Need help resetting your password? Have a billing question? No matter what problem you encounter we are here to help. Contact our killer support team to get to the bottom of any issue you are experiencing.

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