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.


Building a Focused and Productive Team in Turbulent Times

Leaders at every level are navigating a staggering amount of change with an unrelenting flow of information to process daily. Your attention, which Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella calls today’s scarcest resource, simply can’t be wasted.

How do you make decisions about what deserves attention? How does your team know where to focus?

In “Building a Focused and Productive Team in Turbulent Times,” attention expert Curt Steinhorst introduces leaders to the critical lens of focus and attention by helping you understand the science of how the brain works as well as the practical wisdom and essential tools required to build mastery level teams.

In this one-hour session, Curt will equip leaders to:

  • Eliminate the hidden and costly distractions that destroy productivity
  • Clearly communicate what your team needs to know now
  • Conduct more effective virtual meetings
  • Build a team alliance that prioritizes the important work
  • Create a space to think and unlock innovation

A must-hear talk for these times, Curt shares insights garnered from years of advising some of the world’s top leaders, CEOs, athletes, and entrepreneurs on how to create focused and successful teams. Every leader will leave the session equipped to build resilient teams and to respond to rapid change with the speed and efficiency that only comes from focused attention.

Can I Have Your Attention? Focus Your Team and Get Stuff Done In the Distracted Workplace

For the first time in history, we live in a world without any barriers to connection or communication.  This has fundamentally altered the way people work, engage, communicate, and relate to one another.  The same technology that simplifies processes compromises our focus and makes it ever more difficult to reach increasingly distracted customers.  Attention resources have never been more competed over, or more depleted.   We are asked to process four times the information that Americans dealt with in 1986, but with less space and time to actually think. Advertisements, alerts, emails, constant notifications—no wonder the average American struggles to make it three minutes without being interrupted!

In this intensely practical and informative speech, Curt Steinhorst discusses the great challenges we face in a constantly-connected world.  He pulls back the curtain to reveal: How did we get here?  How deep does this distraction issue go?  And where do we go from here?

Curt’s speeches provide customized solutions for the distinct challenges facing each unique audience.

Can I Have Your Attention? Reach the Distracted Customer

Today’s buyer is harder to reach than ever, and even harder to keep. Their attention drives their decision-making, and that attention is ever more divided.  To effectively reach them, marketers must radically alter their strategies. Your customer’s brain been rewired.  What does that mean for your sales techniques?

In this market-focused speech, Curt Steinhorst answers: What counterintuitive communication methods can you use to surprise and delight clients who have had everything thrown at them? What shifts in behavior and expectations must you conform to before you have any chance of reaching them?  How can you leverage your customer’s distracted state to communicate more effectively with them?

Building a Focused and Productive Team in Turbulent Times

Leaders at every level are navigating a staggering amount of change with an unrelenting flow of information to process daily. Your attention, which Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella calls today’s scarcest resource, simply can’t be wasted.

How do you make decisions about what deserves attention? How does your team know where to focus?

In “Building a Focused and Productive Team in Turbulent Times,” attention expert Curt Steinhorst introduces leaders to the critical lens of focus and attention by helping you understand the science of how the brain works as well as the practical wisdom and essential tools required to build mastery level teams.

In this one-hour session, Curt will equip leaders to:

  • Eliminate the hidden and costly distractions that destroy productivity
  • Clearly communicate what your team needs to know now
  • Conduct more effective virtual meetings
  • Build a team alliance that prioritizes the important work
  • Create a space to think and unlock innovation

A must-hear talk for these times, Curt shares insights garnered from years of advising some of the world’s top leaders, CEOs, athletes, and entrepreneurs on how to create focused and successful teams. Every leader will leave the session equipped to build resilient teams and to respond to rapid change with the speed and efficiency that only comes from focused attention.

Can I Have Your Attention? Focus Your Team and Get Stuff Done In the Distracted Workplace

For the first time in history, we live in a world without any barriers to connection or communication.  This has fundamentally altered the way people work, engage, communicate, and relate to one another.  The same technology that simplifies processes compromises our focus and makes it ever more difficult to reach increasingly distracted customers.  Attention resources have never been more competed over, or more depleted.   We are asked to process four times the information that Americans dealt with in 1986, but with less space and time to actually think. Advertisements, alerts, emails, constant notifications—no wonder the average American struggles to make it three minutes without being interrupted!

In this intensely practical and informative speech, Curt Steinhorst discusses the great challenges we face in a constantly-connected world.  He pulls back the curtain to reveal: How did we get here?  How deep does this distraction issue go?  And where do we go from here?

Curt’s speeches provide customized solutions for the distinct challenges facing each unique audience.

Can I Have Your Attention? Reach the Distracted Customer

Today’s buyer is harder to reach than ever, and even harder to keep. Their attention drives their decision-making, and that attention is ever more divided.  To effectively reach them, marketers must radically alter their strategies. Your customer’s brain been rewired.  What does that mean for your sales techniques?

In this market-focused speech, Curt Steinhorst answers: What counterintuitive communication methods can you use to surprise and delight clients who have had everything thrown at them? What shifts in behavior and expectations must you conform to before you have any chance of reaching them?  How can you leverage your customer’s distracted state to communicate more effectively with them?

FocusFit: How to harness the power of your attention

How do you tackle the rising number of obligations, blurring of boundaries between work and home, and dizzying volume of news and information without being defeated by it?

Humans are navigating a staggering amount of change and an unrelenting flow of noise and information, leaving many leaders and teams feeling overwhelmed, inundated, and disengaged. We worry about how we use our time, but how often do we consider where we put our attention? Are we focusing on what matters most? The crucial differentiator of our time will come from those who ask this question — and master the power of their own attention — because they and their organizations will get much more of what matters from their days, weeks, and years than those who merely wonder where the time went.

By combining the science of how the brain works with how we operate in a data-saturated world, Focus Expert Curt Steinhorst helps individuals at any level take back control of their focus and attention and apply them in ways that lead to greater productivity and success. In his signature speech that resonates with audiences around the world, Steinhorst delivers the essential elements of focus and attention that can empower each of us — and whole teams — to conquer chronic distraction and overload, break through the noise, and get the important work done.

Audience Takeaways:

  • Gain tactics and tools to help your brain operate at peak performance.
  • Learn how physical space reflects (and even defines) our mental space, shaping how we work.
  • Adopt simple but profound ways to protect your focus from distraction and unlock your time.
  • Reduce futility and master new ways to get more done.
  • Adopt high-performance focus techniques that allow you to thrive in any environment.

The FocusFit Leader: How to build teams that thrive through uncertainty, complexity, and change

It is a leader’s responsibility to provide visibility and encourage collaboration without inundating employees with endless meetings and constant interruptions. Despite our best efforts, teams are more overwhelmed than ever before. Leaders have access to a finite amount of the most precious resource: their team’s focus and attention. They must understand how to deploy it to get the job done efficiently and effectively.

Now is the perfect time to re-establish smarter patterns of focus, communication, and collaboration to equip your teams for the future, whether in-office or dispersed.

Sought-after by global sales teams, CEOs of multi-billion dollar brands, NFL Hall of Famers — and any of us looking to master our focus and thrive — Curt Steinhorst brings unique insights and an entertaining speaking style that have captured the attention and admiration of audiences worldwide. By combining the science of how the brain works with the realities of working in today’s constantly connected world, Curt’s “focus wisdom” resonates with anyone wishing to overcome distraction, master their focus, and ultimately, their future.

Audience Takeaways:

  • Utilize tools required to build teams that succeed and thrive.
  • Turn “always available / always responsive” into “always accountable / always responsible.”
  • Reconfigure communication norms to avoid interruption and unreasonable demands.
  • Institute the distinct requirements to manage remote and in-office workforces.
  • Create shared rituals to build team cohesion and unity.
  • Unlock exploration and create teams that are unafraid of change

FocusFit Teams: How to collaborate effectively and thrive in the new era of work

What do you do when your long-established patterns of collaboration are suddenly overridden by external forces? How does a team work together effectively when they can no longer occupy the same room? How can we use adversity and inconvenience to build more resiliency and team agility?

As workplace culture transforms itself at a dizzying pace, it is the perfect time to re-establish smarter, more effective patterns of focus, communication, and collaboration to equip your team to grapple with the present and be ready for the future.

What are the new rhythms of work and communication you can establish today that will drive greater engagement and success for your team now and in the future? How can you create personal bonds and facilitate real productivity remotely so that everyone gets the important work done?

Audience Takeaways:

  • Collaborate in a way that achieves clarity of purpose and higher productivity.
  • Form an Attention Alliance that respects individual team strengths and enhances productivity.
  • Work together to expand capacity and reduce demands on our attention.
  • Learn to cut out non-essential meetings and stop wasting each other’s time.
  • When you do meet, make those meetings more productive, effective, and even enjoyable — virtually or in-person.
  • Create a team culture that embraces constant change, looks for innovation, and is well prepared to meet uncertainty ahead.

Breaking Through: How to capture and keep the attention of your most prized audiences

Just because you said it, doesn’t mean they heard it.

Your audience’s attention has never been more divided or diffused. The window to reach them has never been smaller. And yet, the opportunity to break through the noise and capture their attention has never been greater. In a world where no one can focus on anything, the value of effective communication has never been higher.

To address the distinct needs of today’s audiences effectively, both inside and outside the company, leaders must radically alter their approach. They must be strategic and intentional in choosing the right communication format, length, channel, and timing.

Attention Expert Curt Steinhorst will prepare you to excel in today’s complex and challenging communication environment — helping you connect authentically with today’s multi-generational, constantly connected, easily distracted audience. Breaking Through presentations have helped thousands around the world connect with their most important audiences. These talks can be tailored for specific teams, including:

  • Marketing and Sales Strategy 
    • Gain an “outside the industry” perspective on how the science of attention reveals consistent gaps and huge opportunities.
    • Create a journey that resonates with your customers’ need to explore.
    • Foster a community that your customers trust.
    • Identify what your customers value most and how that informs your value proposition.
  • Virtual Meetings and Webinars
    • Succeed in an environment with an average zone-out rate of 90% after just ten minutes.
    • Understand the hidden factors that drive attention.
    • Learn the best ways to set up and manage the camera, mic, and lighting.
    • Avoid the slide trap and introduce unexpected elements.
    • Compensate for the “flattening effect,” tin voice, and more.
  • Live Presentations
    • Capitalize on the moments that define the impact of your voice and ideas.
    • Build an irresistible speech structure.
    • Overcome the natural biological mechanisms that create anxiety.
    • Eliminate micro-expressions that undermine credibility.
    • Master audio/visual components.
    • Deliver in a professional, confident, and poised manner that makes people want to follow your lead.