Curt Steinhorst

  • Entrepreneur & Founder of FocusWise and Promentum Group
  • Former Speaking Coach and Speech Writer

Curt Steinhorst is on a mission to rescue us from our distracted selves. He is the author of the Amazon bestselling book, Can I Have Your Attention? Inspiring Better Work Habits, Focusing Your Team, and Getting Stuff Done in the Constantly Connected Workplace, published by Wiley in October 2017.

Having spent years studying the impact of tech on human behavior, Curt founded Focuswise, a consultancy that equips organizations to overcome the distinct challenges of the constantly-connected workplace. Curt’s unique insights and entertaining speaking style have captured the attention of audiences worldwide. He speaks more than seventy-five times a year to clients that include JPMorgan, General Motors, Allstate, Nationwide, Honda, Citi, Raytheon, McDonald's, Marriott, the Naval Academy, and even Taylor Swift’s record label.

 

 
  

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Curt’s perspective on Generational Differences and his exceptional communication style was the most highly regarded presentation during our Cadillac University 2013 event. We value our new relationship with Curt to help us continue the education process of our dealers on the importance of Gen Y in their business as both employees and as customers.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Curt Steinhorst
  • Cadillac
  • Raytheon
  • Texas Health Resources
  • Unigroup, Inc.
  • Kansas Realtors Association
  • United States Naval Academy
  • YPO Chapter
  • Cadillac
  • Texas A&M University
  • General Motors (GM)
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Thriving in the Age of Distraction [General]

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 diff ...

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.

Reaching the Distracted Customer [Sales & Marketing]

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 s ...

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?

Becoming a Focus-Wise Leader [Leadership]

Since most organizations today are passively going the way of distraction, the few who wake up to the gravity of the situation and learn how to take control of their attention will see their value in the marketplace multiplied.  You set the example for how to manage your attention in the workplace. ...

Since most organizations today are passively going the way of distraction, the few who wake up to the gravity of the situation and learn how to take control of their attention will see their value in the marketplace multiplied.  You set the example for how to manage your attention in the workplace. You're also in charge of figuring out how to reach your distracted customer. This speech is directed toward leaders who watch as their bottom lines and employee engagement are negatively impacted by the always-distracted workforce.

In this leader-focused speech, Curt Steinhorst answers: How can you communicate with your team to create a focused environment at work? And how can you help your organization truly stand out from the noise?  What can you do to more effectively manage the rising demands on your own attention?

Smarter Communication in the Age of Distraction [Teams]

With communication barriers removed, the demands on today’s employees have never been greater.  Unfortunately, the vast majority of today’s organizations are upholding values, setting expectations, and relying on processes that actually contribute to the noise, stifling the productivity they are try ...

With communication barriers removed, the demands on today’s employees have never been greater.  Unfortunately, the vast majority of today’s organizations are upholding values, setting expectations, and relying on processes that actually contribute to the noise, stifling the productivity they are trying to create. The results are costly: 70% of today's workforce is disengaged from their work. That's dire, but it also means there's a huge opportunity for your team if you fix the problem from the inside out.

In this team-focused speech, Curt Steinhorst answers: How do you create organizational habits for open communication and highly-focused work?  How do you create environments and processes that actually bolster your capacity for focus rather than harm it?  How do you engage with emerging technology without letting it exploit you?

Crossing the Generational Divide: Unlocking the Power of Generations for your Strategic Advantage

For the first time in world history, four distinctly different generations are working side by side. Each of these four generations (Matures, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Gen Y) is guided by a different set of values, beliefs, and expectations. In Crossing the Generational Divide, Curt entertaini ...

For the first time in world history, four distinctly different generations are working side by side. Each of these four generations (Matures, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Gen Y) is guided by a different set of values, beliefs, and expectations. In Crossing the Generational Divide, Curt entertainingly reveals each generation’s preferences and priorities to highlight what they bring to the workforce—and how to build on their common ground. Curt then shares The Center for Generational Kinetics' frontline-tested process which participants can immediately rely on to lead a culture of cross-generation communication, innovation, engagement, teamwork, and performance. Filled with surprising statistics, step-by-step strategies, and laugh-out-loud stories, attendees leave this presentation prepared to make their multigenerational workforce a competitive advantage.

Enemies of Successful Communication [General]

Are you afraid of the stage?  Have you been losing the battle to win your audience? This speech draws on the insights Curt uses to capture and keep the attention of the 50,000+ people to whom he speaks annually. Before his work through FocusWise, Curt was the founder of a public speaking consultancy ...

Are you afraid of the stage?  Have you been losing the battle to win your audience? This speech draws on the insights Curt uses to capture and keep the attention of the 50,000+ people to whom he speaks annually. Before his work through FocusWise, Curt was the founder of a public speaking consultancy called Promentum Group, which is still in existence today.  He’s served as a speaking coach and speech writer for top performers, from executives, TV personalities, and TED Talk presenters, to NFL hall of famers, Olympic gold medalists, and the Heisman Trophy winner.  

You might not plan to speak in front of thousands, but your ability to communicate will profoundly shape your success. In this illustrational speech, Curt confronts the mindsets, wrong beliefs, and fallacies that increase your anxiety, hold back your potential, and lose your listeners.  Curt has learned—no one is a natural born speaker.  All speakers face anxiety before taking the stage.  And everyone can benefit from learning how to conquer the enemies of successful communication.

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Biography

Curt Steinhorst is on a mission to help today’s workforce win the battle against digital distractions. Having spent years studying the impact of tech on human behavior, he now equips professionals across the world to work smarter and stronger in this constantly-connected age. As a leading voice on strategic communications in the age of distraction and a certified speaker at the Center for Generational Kinetics, Curt speaks on average more than 90 times a year.

Curt has spoken to prestigious audiences across the globe that include JP Morgan, Nationwide, McDonalds, Honda, United States Naval Academy, and even Taylor Swift’s record label.

As a business owner, entrepreneur, and founder of FocusWise, Curt sees how lack of focus impacts today’s workplace and its leaders. Curt’s fascination with distraction is not simply professional. Diagnosed with ADD as a child, he’s worked tirelessly to overcome the unique distractions that today’s technology creates. As a father, Curt understands how profoundly digital connectivity is transforming people of every age.

Discovering a rare gift for capturing the attention of large audiences at an early age, Curt was elected President of his 10,000 member class at Texas A&M University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. His personal experiences serving as a speaking coach and speech writer for top performers, from executives, TV personalities, and TED Talk presenters, to NFL hall of famers, Olympic gold medalists, and the Heisman Trophy winner, make him a powerful and entertaining communicator.  Curt is the founder of a communications consultancy called Promentum Group, which is still in existence today. He is the author of the book Can I Have Your Attention? Inspiring Better Work Habits, Focusing Your Team, and Getting Stuff Done in the Constantly Connected Workplace.

Curt's speeches on the topics of generations and Millennials occur on behalf of the Center for Generational Kinetics. The Center studies generational trends to convert them into breakthrough business opportunities. The organization and its founder, Jason Dorsey, has been featured on 20/20, the Today Show, 60 Minutes, and the View. Curt’s personal experiences leading Gen Y and his direct work with business leaders and top performers make him a powerful voice for and to the emerging workforce.