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Curt Steinhorst

Distraction Expert

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There’s a war for our attention right now. That’s because human attention is the most limited, valuable, and misunderstood resource in the modern marketplace. Focus expert Curt Steinhorst helps leaders and teams take control of their attention and focus it on what matters most for their success. By applying the science of how the brain works to the reality of how we function in today’s hyper-connected world, Steinhorst provides actionable insights that help leaders break through the noise, achieve greater innovation and performance, and get the important work done.

Steinhorst is the author of the bestselling book, Can I Have Your Attention?, a global speaker, and a regular Forbes contributor on leadership strategy. Diagnosed with ADD as a child, Steinhorst knows intimately the challenges companies face to keep the attention of today’s distracted workforce and customer. He began his public speaking career as a leading voice at the #1 global research organization on generational trends in the workplace and spent years studying the impact of tech on human behavior. He founded Focuswise to help leaders and organizations create cultures of focus and teams that thrive.

Today, Steinhorst speaks around the globe on mastering focus and attention, combining unforgettable stories, cutting-edge research from attention science, and practical case studies from global client engagements. Sought-after by global sales teams, CEOs of multibillion-dollar brands, NFL Hall of Famers, and anyone looking to become a better, more focused leader, Steinhorst brings his unique viewpoint and entertaining speaking style to audiences worldwide. His many clients include AT&T, Southwest Airlines, Deloitte, JPMorgan Chase, Nike, BMI, the U.S. Naval Academy, and SAP, to name just a few.

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Virtual / Live Keynotes:

As the founder and CEO of Focuswise, Curt Steinhorst has worked with top companies like Deloitte, JPMorgan Chase, Nike, AT&T, and many more. He’s also a regular Forbes contributor and author of the bestselling book, Can I Have Your Attention? Additionally, as the Head of People & Culture at Venus Aerospace, he’s actively building a future-facing workplace based on his time-tested techniques of focus, accountability, and productivity.

Shaping the Future of Work
Transforming Who, Where, How, What, and Why We Work
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The pandemic revealed issues with the pre-pandemic workplace and taught employees valuable lessons about how they best work, and what they expect from their employer, and convinced them not to settle for less.

In Shaping the Future of Work, Curt Steinhorst covers the five essential lenses to understand the rapidly changing landscape of work:

  • Who Works: Employee demographics are changing with multiple generations working together and a more diverse workforce.
  • Where We Work: Remote work, redesigned offices, and hybrid locations have shifted where we work.
  • How We Work: A more varied workforce that includes employees, contingent workers, and gig workers has created new opportunities.
  • What is Work: New technologies and digital transformation have led to the emergence of new job roles, necessitating reskilling.
  • Why We Work: Workers expect companies to provide clear value to them while they, in turn, create value for the company. The importance of belonging and culture in the workplace remains unchanged. However, the way in which they are developed and sustained needs to be updated.

This session will teach leaders how to prioritize the present and guide their company toward the future. --

Growing Your Company Without Shrinking Its Culture
As you grow, how do you preserve what makes your organization special? +

How can you maintain the unique aspects of your culture as your company grows and brings in new colleagues and customers?

In this session, Curt Steinhorst helps you identify ways to protect and sustain your company's culture during growth. He challenges you to rethink assumptions about scalability and addresses how what created cohesion, efficiency, and "magic" in the past can actually create silos and inefficiency in the future.

You will learn how to expand, adapt, and thrive through clarity, communication, and intentional attention. Curt will address common and often misunderstood culture drivers, including:

  • Culture is driven by clarity.
  • Communication driven by convenience creates chaos.
  • A leader's ability to avoid certain decisions is as important as those they make.
  • Meetings are more likely to drain us than connect us.
  • Attention is your most limited and valuable resource.

By learning how to adapt your organization and its actions, you will leave with  practical and sustainable solutions you can implement to preserve what makes your company’s culture unique while giving it room to evolve. --

Signal in the Noise
Communicating to Drive Trust, Alignment, Accountability, and Results +

Leaders need to communicate their strategic vision effectively in today’s noisy and uncertain environment — or face missed milestones, chaos, conflict, and lack of accountability. Unfortunately, employees often don't understand or connect their work to the strategy.

  • 72% report a lack of understanding
  • Only one-third feel like their leaders communicate effectively
  • More than 70% of employees don't read company emails or content

This is compounded by the staggering amount of change and information employees face daily, leading to an insurmountable volume of messages, tasks, and meetings. It is more important than ever for leaders to communicate clearly and compellingly what matters most.

Key Outcomes:

  • Communicate clearly and authentically with employees from all generations, locations, and backgrounds
  • Discover what it takes to build true clarity in your organization
  • Structure and deliver impactful messages
  • Bridge the gap between executive strategy and employee activity to ensure adoption and execution --

Intentional Leadership in a Rapidly Changing Workplace
How to Drive Trust, Collaboration, and Results through Uncertainty +

Today's leaders face many challenges, including the great resignation, hybrid and remote work, shifting employee expectations, and tense social and political landscapes — plus the noise and uncertainty of daily life.

Leaders need to build trust, communicate effectively, and demonstrate empathy to improve recruitment, retention, productivity, engagement, and well-being.

The core challenge is not a leader’s lack of awareness or concern. Many leaders do what they can — but the primary resource necessary is under assault and in critically limited supply: A leader’s intentional attention.

In this presentation, Curt helps leaders identify old assumptions, hidden traps, and new ways to connect effectively.

Key Outcomes:

✔ Navigate varying and conflicting work preferences based on employee generation, experience, tenure, background, and personality
✔ Reconfigure team protocols to remove costly distractions that sabotage productivity
✔ Increase capacity and space to innovate
✔ Maintain trust in times of chaos, volatility, and uncertainty
✔ Achieve clarity of purpose that drives teams further

Leaders will come away with tools to help them relate to and guide employees — and drive their own intentional attention — with higher achievement and greater engagement for all as the reward. --

Healthy Hustle
Doing Your Best Without Burning Out +

Despite wellness programs, unlimited vacation days, and flexible arrangements, high-performing individuals are burning out at epidemic levels.

In 1930, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that technology would allow us to work only 15 hours per week by the end of the century, leading to an increase in leisure time and standard of living.

Technology has enabled us to do more, faster, yet we find ourselves bored, miserable, overwhelmed, exhausted, and burnt out.

What Keynes didn't predict was that technology would open the floodgates to infinite connections, opportunities, ideas, tips, and ultimately, an overwhelming amount of information. And we consume 118 zettabytes of it daily. How we make decisions about what information deserves our attention will determine how we respond to this environment.

In this presentation, Curt Steinhorst emphasizes the power of human attention and focus to overcome stress and burnout. By combining brain science with the realities of working in today's connected world, Curt's "focus wisdom" helps individuals achieve a meaningful career and life.

Key Outcomes:

✔ Use the power of attention & focus to overcome stress & burnout
✔ Know techniques for prioritizing tasks, setting boundaries, & managing time
✔ Understand the impact of organizational culture & policies in preventing turnover & advocating for change
✔ Strategically make decisions about what information deserves attention for a fulfilling career & life --

The New Team Rules
How to Collaborate With Teams in a Way that Achieves Clarity of Purpose and Higher (Not Broken) Productivity +

How do you build a productive team when co-workers are no longer in the same room or even available during the same hours?

And how do you create better rhythms of work and communication that ultimately drive greater engagement and success for your team?

Effective teams foster creativity, accountability, and diverse ideas, but achieving this is complex. Different work styles and priorities can lead to conflicts and slow progress. Communication overload and excessive meetings can reduce focus and productivity. Team dynamics can result in power struggles, lack of accountability, and stress.

In this session, Curt Steinhorst outlines hidden drivers that can harm teams. He provides a playbook for working together in a way that makes room for diverse work styles and communication preferences.

Key Outcomes:

✔ Transform diverse, dispersed, and disconnected individual contributors into a high-performing team
✔ Improve communication while avoiding overload and interruption
✔ Ensure organizational goals link to team priorities
✔ Negotiate successful ground rules for remote/hybrid work/in-office arrangements
✔ Improve collective decision-making within teams.--

Selling in Today’s Noisy World
How to Capture and Keep Attention in the Age of Distraction (for sales professionals) +

Today's buyer is harder to reach than ever, and even harder to keep. The rules have changed. To effectively reach them, sales professionals must radically alter their strategies  to cut through increasing noise, distractions, and uncertainty. The volume of messages coming at all of us requires intentionality in the communication format, channel, length, and timing. It has never been more important to communicate clearly, concisely, and persuasively.

In "Selling in Today’s Noisy World," attention expert Curt Steinhorst will prepare you to excel in today’s complex and challenging communication environment — helping you authentically connect with today’s increasingly diverse, multi-generational, constantly connected, easily distracted audience. He introduces you to the critical lens of focus and attention, which Microsoft CEO Satya Natella calls today's scarcest resources.

A must-hear program for these times, Curt shares insights garnered from years of coaching sales teams, founders, CEOs of multibillion-dollar brands, NFL hall of famers, NBA Owners, Olympic gold medalists, TV personalities, TED Talk presenters, and Shark Tank contestants on how to capture and keep the attention of their internal and external audiences.

Key outcomes::

✔ Adapt to the varying and conflicting preferences based on generation, background, and personality
✔ Communicate effectively in ways that capture attention, sustain engagement, and increase clarity.
✔ Discover counterintuitive communication methods that surprise, delight, and stick
✔ Avoid well-intentioned communication mistakes that decrease engagement
✔ Leverage your customer's distracted state to communicate more effectively with them --

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What Clients are Saying

We want to take a moment to thank you for your help with our COVID-19-inspired work-at-home webinar. The first one went so well that we can’t wait for the follow-up in a few weeks.

We were very impressed with the amount of custom-tailoring you put into the program as well as your willingness to be flexible to incorporate our needs. More than that, our participants felt inspired and energized by you personally. They took away many actionable insights and attitudes that are particularly useful while we are all isolating and juggling responsibilities for our homes, our families, and particularly educating and managing (or trying to manage) our children.

With your webinar oriented specifically for this coronavirus chapter in our history, and the extraordinary changes, challenges, doubts, shifts, and responsibilities that our people face because of it, your message resonated with our culture. Fortifying our focus, managing our attention, and deflecting distraction, could not be more timely or necessary subjects to realize as we address a reshaped future.

The participation was at all-time high, the message was inclusive, and feedback we gathered after the webinar was positive.

–Farm Credit Services of America

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We want to take a moment to thank you for your help with our COVID-19-inspired work-at-home webinar. The first one went so well that we can’t wait for the follow-up in a few weeks.

We were very impressed with the amount of custom-tailoring you put into the program as well as your willingness to be flexible to incorporate our needs. More than that, our participants felt inspired and energized by you personally. They took away many actionable insights and attitudes that are particularly useful while we are all isolating and juggling responsibilities for our homes, our families, and particularly educating and managing (or trying to manage) our children.

With your webinar oriented specifically for this coronavirus chapter in our history, and the extraordinary changes, challenges, doubts, shifts, and responsibilities that our people face because of it, your message resonated with our culture. Fortifying our focus, managing our attention, and deflecting distraction, could not be more timely or necessary subjects to realize as we address a reshaped future.

The participation was at all-time high, the message was inclusive, and feedback we gathered after the webinar was positive.

–Farm Credit Services of America

I want to share my deepest thanks for the presentation you just made to our Summer Learning Academy! You have set the bar very high for our program for the next two weeks, and the participants are extremely excited to tweet and post their responses…Your tips, research, and insights really connected well with this audience, and I can tell you have encouraged a lot of reflection on the topic of focus. Thank you so much for sharing your time and talent with us.

–Corporate Leadership Development Strategy Lead, AT&T

It’s no small feat to keep a room full of top performing wealth managers engaged and off their phones for an entire keynote. Not only did Curt maintain enthusiastic attention, but he gave us plenty of practical advice for finding focus in the ocean of distractions. His session was the highest rated of the conference.

–Ameriprise

The reviews have been unanimously positive, across the board, and we could not have been happier with how everything went. Curt was energetic, entertaining, and engaging—and gave all-in attendance some important things to think about.  In short, Curt absolutely hit it out of the park!

–United States Naval Academy

Thank you for presenting at this year’s ReVive Conference at Texas Health Resources. We appreciate the amount of work you put into making your presentation so captivating and thought provoking. Many thanks for making time in your busy schedule to attend and make a truly great talk.

–Texas Health Resources

It feels like an impossible dream — to be creative and productive…responsive aand efficient…open to others and focused on your own work. In his provocative, pithy style, Curt Steinhorst shows how to make this dream a reality.

–Fast Company

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