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When Curt was a child, he was diagnosed with ADD and he knows the challenges many companies face to keep the attention of today’s distracted workforce and customer. Therefore, speaker Curt Steinhorst is on a mission to help today’s workforce win the battle against digital distractions.
Curt is also the founder and president of FocusWise, a firm dedicated to helping workplaces reduce distractions and improve communication. Keynote speaker Curt Steinhorst has been studying the Age of Distraction as well as impact of tech on human behavior for years and is the go-to speaker for anyone looking to optimize their work, improve culture and become better leaders.
Curt is able to customize keynotes to your event and audience, and he offers all-day workshops.
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Whether through livestream keynote, interactive webinar or virtual workshop, this keynote will help your clients find the answers to today’s most pressing business questions:
Curt and his Focuswise team analyze organizations through the lens of focus and attention and identify the hidden and costly forms of distraction that plague teams and destroy productivity and innovation.
By applying the science of how the brain works to the reality of how we function in today’s data-saturated world, Focuswise equips leaders with the training and tools to create focused teams and organizations that thrive —resulting in greater productivity, engagement and innovation.
In Navigating through the Fog: Leading a High-Performance Team through Uncertain Times, Curt shows 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
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.
Build trust, unity, and buy-in with a dispersed workforce
Know what best practices and out-of-the-box ideas leaders will use to innovate for the next five years
Identify and lead past common and demoralizing threats to retention, productivity, and engagement
Despite our best efforts, teams are more inundated and overwhelmed than ever before. As workplace culture evolves at a dizzying pace, now is the most critical time to re-establish smarter, more effective patterns of focus, communication, and collaboration — individually and as a team — so that we can get the important work done.
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 master their focus and ultimately, their future.
Drive innovation, efficiency, and performance for your team
Reduce the futile feeling of never getting anything done
Use physical space to encourage focused mental space
In 7 Lessons from the Pandemic That Will Shape the Future of Work, Curt 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.
In Breaking Through, Attention Expert Curt Steinhorst will prepare you to you to authentically connect with multi-generational, constantly connected, and often-distracted employees.
Leaders will learn how to effectively communicate with their organization in ways that capture attention, sustain engagement, and increase clarity.
In Avoiding the Great Resignation: Attracting and Retaining Employees when Everyone’s Looking for an Exit, Curt covers 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.
Reduce turnover and attract top talent with “return to work” best practices
Identify the most common and demoralizing threats to retention, productivity, and engagement
Navigate the varying and conflicting hybrid work preferences based on employee generation, experience, role, and personality
What got you interested in human behavior and distraction?
I was always the kid growing up that annoyed everyone else in my family because I constantly asked “why?”. “Why do people behave the way they behave?” is a question I’ve asked my entire life.
And as I got older, I became particularly interested in and did my undergraduate studies around communication — how do you put words and actions together in a way that makes other people change the way they approach the world. And that’s how it really grew.
The distraction piece was the confluence of the personal and professional journey. I grew up with ADD. And yet, when I started my first business (around helping people with a big platform to communicate more clearly to a changing audience), the overwhelming number of emails and all the things coming at me made me feel, for the first time, incredibly ill-equipped to cope with the diagnosis I had when I was a kid.
So I started to study — myself at first, but eventually I was talking with CEOs, team leaders, neuroscientists, psychologists, pastors, anyone that would talk with me about how to thrive in this new age of distraction.
How did you begin your speaking career?
A large generational research firm reached out to me years ago and asked me to participate in their work by helping them communicate it. And so really they launched my speaking career. And while I still contribute to those to that group, what I learned over time was that this issue around connectivity and distraction was larger than any single generation. In fact, it was the biggest driver of challenges around performance.
What do you feel is the biggest challenge you’ve overcome?
You know, being diagnosed with ADD comes with real challenges. And those include a tendency to not want to do work that doesn’t feel good at the time. You tend to get bored by the things that are too easy, and then avoid the things that are perceived as too difficult. So the very thing I speak on is really the source of the biggest challenge I’ve had to overcome.
While there are a lot of successful people that have ADD, statistically having ADD is is a disadvantage in today’s world. And I’m really proud of the fact that I now have a team and systems in place that help to play to my strengths, while limiting my weaknesses.
What do you gain personally from being a public speaker?
I believe that in an increasingly distracted world — where we have more inputs than ever — that there are few better opportunities to create real life change than being in front of a live audience. You have the chance to outline a series of arguments, and plead with them on a human level to consider what’s important. So I don’t think that there’s any more important thing that I could do right now than then the keynotes that I am so lucky to work on.
How do audiences gain from your keynote presentations?
Of course my hope is that there is much to gain. Specifically, I’m aiming for three things:
How do you avoid digital distraction in your personal life?
The real answer here is complex, because it’s a system I’ve built over a long period of time. And my system very much depends on specific answers to a series of challenging questions about what I’m trying to accomplish, what’s standing in my way, and what I need to overcome those obstacles. So my system is very much attuned to myself.
But there are a few practicals that I use: I have my phone on silent virtually all the time and I don’t even use the vibrate feature. Of course, this annoys some people because I don’t see their message for a long time sometimes, but it’s crucial for me. I also use a few apps like for instance Freedom that turns off the internet when I’m trying to get focused worked done.
Distractions are a problem at work, but they can be even worse at home — because work itself becomes one of those distractions. So every day, I make sure I take a few minutes in the driveway to close the chapter of work. And then when I walk in the door and my young kids come screaming yelling “Daddy!” and greeting me, I put my phone on a charger and don’t pick that phone up until we put the kids to bed.
Now, I should admit, I do have an Apple Watch so that I know if something that is an actual emergency comes in. But this is really about simply managing my FOMO, while actually raising the barrier to actually checking random emails and notifications. The extra required effort helps keep me from doing it.
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