Curt Steinhorst

Curt Steinhorst

Distraction Expert

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.


Navigating through the Fog: Leading a High-Performance Team through Uncertain Times

In times of change, how can top leaders communicate clearly, gain trust, and build commitment when even they don’t know the way? The pandemic changed business, the economy, public health, home life, and almost everything else. It was a universal experiment in sudden, massive uncertainty, with no established road map to the immediate future.

Leaders and individuals at every level, in every organization, must navigate through a staggering amount of unrelenting noise — with a surprising lack of information about what comes next. Despite our best efforts, teams remain inundated and overwhelmed. Workplace culture is a question mark. Corporations and their employees seem at odds.

How can leaders provide straightforward, meaningful direction, and confidence in these unprecedented times?

Curt Steinhorst will show how leaders like you can clarify your vision, find certainty, and lead organizations — even when the answers to pressing questions are still “TBD.” Every leader in attendance will leave with new insights, strategies, and specific actions they can apply immediately to drive growth in uncertain times, including:

  • Giving your employees a defined path and the confidence to follow it by clarifying confusing, uncertain, and unprecedented situations.
  • Encouraging collaboration without overwhelming employees with endless meetings and constant interruptions.
  • Creating different rhythms of work that lower stress and allow focused productivity.
  • Driving growth, innovation, and high performance without creating burnout.
  • Keeping people focused, resilient, and motivated during prolonged periods of uncertainty.

Making Hybrid Work: Emerging Trends, Best Practices, Hidden Traps, and Well-Intentioned Mistakes

How do leaders create hybrid organizations that re-engage their people, boost productivity, and enable teams to do their best work?

As workers return to offices, leaders must be careful not to fall into the trap of regressing to “work as usual from 2019.” The pandemic exposed many of the problems of our pre-pandemic workplace — it taught employees valuable lessons about how they best work and convinced them not to settle for less. That’s why recovering from the pandemic by attempting to install the old normal is a reflexive leadership mistake. But if not that, then what?

This is a landmark opportunity to reconsider how to address many of the problems of the pre-pandemic workplace: what truly matters, what we expect workers to accomplish, how we enable or obstruct their capacity, whether the work is valuable, and whether we optimize human potential for greatest productivity and loyalty.

Curt Steinhorst covers the various forces at play in our changing workplaces. Leaders will learn the key emerging trends (generations, technology, office spaces, and culture) that impact employees and leaders. He then explores what works — and what doesn’t — by identifying the best practices and hidden traps as leaders orchestrate the hybrid workplace of the future

  • How to build trust, unity, and buy-in with a dispersed workforce.
  • Which practical tactics will help you set clear expectations and boost productivity throughout the organization.
  • What best practices and out-of-the-box ideas leaders will use to innovate for the next five years.
  • How to identify and lead past the most common and demoralizing threats to retention, productivity, and engagement.
  • What “return to work” policies work best to reduce turnover and attract top talent.
  • How to use and transform office space and technology to support productivity, innovation, and engagement.
  • How to navigate the varying and conflicting hybrid work preferences based on employee generation, experience, tenure, role, background, and personality.

FOCUSFIT: How to Find Clarity, Beat Burnout, Perform at Your Peak — And Lead Others

How do you tackle the rising tide of stress and high expectations without being defeated by it?

By the end of 2019 — before the pandemic — businesses were already reporting record levels of employee discouragement: workers felt undervalued for their skills, numbed by endless hours of meaningless meetings, and paralyzed by noisy workspaces that derailed their productivity. And THEN the pandemic arrived. Is it any wonder that employees at every level have trouble seeing how they could unravel such a tangled mess?

In “FocusFit”, Curt Steinhorst will teach leaders at all levels how to focus on what matters most — driving innovation, efficiency, productivity, and performance.

Everyone in attendance will leave with new insights, strategies, and specific actions they can apply immediately to perform at their peak and lead others to do the same, such as:

  • Helping your brain operate at peak performance.
  • How physical place reflects mental space.
  • Protecting your focus and unlocking your time.
  • Reducing the futile feeling of never getting anything done.
  • Effectively collaborating, unleashing innovation, and increasing productivity.
  • Protecting yourself and the work that matters most.

7 Lessons from the Pandemic That Will Shape the Future of Work

How did the pandemic change your employees’ preferences, purposes, and work-related challenges?

As we return to work, leaders must be careful not to undervalue what the pandemic revealed about the pre-pandemic workplace, and what it taught employees about how they work best. Companies that want high productivity and low turnover must stop believing in a return to “normal” from the past, but rather get comfortable with the normal we have now and prepare to embrace the normal that’s coming next.

One of the greatest post-pandemic mistakes leaders can make is to believe they can expect a successful return to the office without accommodating the tectonic shift in worker expectations.

In this keynote, Curt Steinhorst does a deep dive into the specific ways that work has changed, and what that means for both employees and their leaders. Those in attendance will come away with a post-pandemic blueprint for their workforce, workplace, and workloads, including:

  • How to retain your top employees during the coming “great resignation”.
  • How to eliminate uncertainty (and what to say and do when you can’t).
  • How to increase productivity by reducing distractions.
  • How to foster a company culture that your employees actually care about (hint: it’s not happy hours).
  • How to support and engage remote workers.

Breaking Through: How to Capture and Keep Attention in the Age of Zoom

To effectively reach audiences inside and outside your company, you must radically alter your strategy. The volume of messages coming at workers requires intentionality in the communication format, channel, length, and timing.

In “Breaking Through,” attention expert Curt Steinhorst will prepare you to excel in today’s complex and challenging communication environment — helping you authentically connect with today’s 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.

This talk can help senior leaders devise a better strategy to connect with teams and customers, and can equip sales leaders with answers to questions such as:

  • What counterintuitive communication methods can I use to surprise and delight clients who have had everything thrown at them?
  • What shifts in behaviour and expectations must I conform to before I have any chance of reaching them?
  • How can I leverage your customer’s distracted state to communicate more effectively with them?

A must-hear program for these times, Steinhorst shares insights garnered from years of coaching sales teams, founders, CEOs of multi-billion-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.

Avoiding the Great Resignation: Attracting and Retaining Employees when Everyone’s Looking for an Exit

Employees have redefined what it means to have a “good job.” Are you meeting their expectations?

The pandemic exposed many of the problems of our pre-pandemic workplace, but it also taught employees valuable lessons about how they work best — and convinced them not to settle for less. That’s why recovering from the pandemic by attempting to install “the old normal” is a reflexive leadership mistake.

The “Great Resignation” is real. Tens of millions of employees have or plan to quit their current jobs for more money and more flexibility — for the ultimate goal of more happiness. Does your organization have a plan to stop the bleeding before it starts?

Curt Steinhorst will cover the various forces at play that impact organizational morale like generations, technology, office spaces, and culture. Leaders in attendance will come away with best practices that not only help keep employees from leaving but also unlock their motivation and true potential, including:

  • Building trust, unity, and buy-in with a dispersed workforce.
  • Reducing turnover and attracting top talent with “return to work” best practices.
  • Identifying the most common and demoralizing threats to retention, productivity, and engagement.
  • Navigating the varying and conflicting hybrid work preferences based on employee generation, experience, tenure, role, background, and personality.
  • Using and transforming office space and technology to support productivity, innovation, and engagement.