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Work-life balance pays for these employees

Our presentations bring your audience research-based tools to work smarter and build a better work-life. Top speaker and trainer Joe Robinson has appeared on the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and All Things Considered and has conducted programs for organizations from IBM to Kellogg'sPfizer, and McDonald's.   

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Make your conference, meeting, or retreat a resounding success with a presentation from work-life and productivity leader Joe Robinson. Choose from the five topics below—work-life balance, employee engagement, productivity, stress management, and email overload.

Work Smarter, Live Better

In an always-on world, it's very easy to get caught up in a work style that keeps us acting before we think, reacting to devices and others all day. It's an unsustainable pattern that leads to doing more than we can do well, stress, burnout, and reduced productivity.

There's a more productive way to work: managing demands, instead of having them manage us. This inspirational  training shows your team how to do that, by using the latest research and best practices to make key adjustments to how they perform tasks and respond to stress, time frenzy, and other demands.

They also get strategies to activate a fulfilling life outside the office, shown by the research to increase attention and success on the job.

The research shows that work-life balance is an essential engagement tool, building proactive, committed employees. Gallup found that people who have good work-life balance are 21% more productive. 

Give your team the best tools science has to offer, and the performance—and employee survey results—will make you glad you did. See Work-Life Balance page...

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Managing Crazy-Busy Work

This program gives your team tools to get the flood of information and interruptions under control and restore the chief productivity weapon: attention. From interruption management, to time management, to information management, your staff gets strategies proven by the science to produce smarter work and savvier self-management.

Productivity is not a function of rote racing or sheer endurance. It's about mobility, moving in the right direction for the outcome we want. That doesn't happen when we act before we think.

The program builds attention and prioritization skills and sets the terms of engagement with devices run amok. Your team learns how to get more done in less time by managing technology, qualifying urgency, setting boundaries, resisting distractions, and making adjustments to counterproductive time sinks. 

In addition, participants learn invaluable refueling skills to keep minds and bodies at optimal performance levels. See Productivity page...

Manage Any Challenge

Stress causes 40% of worker turnover, and health costs for people with high stress are 46% more expensive. Stress is also contagious, spreading through the organization, undermining attention and decision-making ability and driving conflicts.

There's no reason to put up with the huge downside of stress and the hair-trigger emotions it brings. This program arms your team with the most powerful practices to stop stress in its tracks.

They learn to contest the false alarms of fight-or-flight and turn off the danger signal. When that happens, the stress response stops in four minutes.

This program gives your team the best stress reduction tools, from reframing techniques, to belief challenge, progressive relaxation, and mindfulness. Controlling stress is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve performance and cut health costs. See StressBurnout pages.

Supercharging Engagement

Hidden in every organization is a vast untapped potential that can boost profits, teamwork, and performance. Engaged workers are 28% more productive (Conference Board). 

This program gives your organization the tools to unlock that enormous engagement potential by giving employees the proper incentives and structures shown to produce the trust, competence, and self-initiative that leads to fully engaged workers.

This program is not business as usual. We use the latest motivation research to change the way leaders and employees interact. We follow the science to new relationships based on two-way communication, more shared decisions, and internally oriented goals.

If your organization would prefer to not leave effort and dollars on the table, and would like to create a cohesive, enthused, and involved workforce, this program can help you utilize your company's biggest asset to the fullest. See Employee Engagement page...

Control Email Overload

Information overload and constant interruptions are decimating attention and driving burnout and costly mistakes. The average knowledge worker is interrupted every three minutes. More than a third of the day is now eaten up by email for most employees. It's not sustainable.

Every email results in six emails. They're like rabbits. They proliferate. It's time to spay and neuter email with tools proven by the science to rein in the chaos.

This program shows how to rein in email abuse with a system that restores order to the chaos and time sink of unbounded messaging.

Your group will be able to dramatically cut the volume of messaging and interruptions with the strategies in this program. There is light at the end of the in-box. See Email Overload page...


Now just about any organization can afford to present a world-class work-life or stress management workshop. We deliver live trainings via Skype video or Webex to any conference room or retreat venue. It's easy to set up and organize a program quickly to add value to your meeting.

We can do breakout discussions, question-and-answer sessions. It's the next best thing to being there. Trainings via video make it easy for smaller events and budgets to get the expertise needed. 
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 “The most popular talk we've had in years.” — Shari Morwood, VP, IBM


Get Your Team Engaged, Inspired, and on Its Feet

"You changed my life!"

That was the reaction of Meena Dayak, VP of Marketing for the National Council for Behavioral Health, to a presentation from Joe Robinson that she booked for the group's annual conference.

It's one of the most frequent reactions we get at Optimal Performance Strategies, from management to employees. Why? Because our programs make work and life function the way they are supposed to, by using the science of what's really productive to build a more effective, less hair-pulling path.  

Robinson, a productivity and stress management leader whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and many others, guides your audience through the adjustments that solve tough challenges—email overload, unbounded distractions, chronic stress, doing more with less, change, and work-family issues. 

Tools to Work Smarter, Live Better

Our productivity, work-life, employee engagement, and stress management programs help your staff work smarter and live better. They get practical tools they can put to work right away, along with inspiration, humor and interactive experiences that make sure everyone has a great time along the way. 

Your group gets tools to:

 Control email overload
 Manage stress and prevent burnout
 Reduce interruptions and distractions
 Increase focus
 Reduce false urgency
 Build engagement and effort
 Develop sustainable work-life skills
 Boost vitality and wellness

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The Heart of Employee Engagement 

Work-life audience does the samba

Joe Robinson helps your group discover the hidden culprit behind most of the challenges in the workday—reflex behavior, the retaliatory mode of acting before we think that drives stress, overwhelm, and work-life strain. He arms your audience with the most effective practices—from email and interruption management, to stress management, prioritization, and resilience skills. He also provides critical recharging strategies to keep brains and bodies fueled. 

The focus is on optimizing the chief productivity tool, attention, and providing a road map to the heart of engagement—self-management, achievement, feeling valued, and the art of recharging and renewal. 

Since our presentations are rooted in the science, they get great buy-in. Audiences come away inspired and equipped with takeaways. Choose topics from Managing Crazy-Busy Workoad, to Work-Life Balance, Stress Management, Employee Engagement, and Information Overload. Give your audience the best tools from the latest science.

Sustain the New Skills

In addition to our workshops and training programs, we offer ongoing support, including eight-week and annual sustainment programs to build in new skills through hands-on practice. 

A Work-Life Balance, Productivity, Stress Management, or Employee Engagement training makes a great certificate course for managers and staff. Unleash the power of full engagement. 


Work-life balance training services from Joe Robinson
  • Trainings, Courses — Work-Life Balance, Productivity, Employee Engagement, Stress Management
  • Keynotes — Company Conferences, Meetings, Off-Sites
  • Keynotes — Associations, Trade Organizations
  • Consulting Services


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"Joe Robinson is a true inspiration."
—Brian Grazer
Producer ("A Beautiful Mind," "Da Vinci Code")
Co-Chair, Imagine Entertainment

"I'm getting such positive feedback from your talk, and from people who were skeptics. They loved your presentation. One of our top performers called me to say, 'I felt like he knew me and was just speaking to me about my life.' Wow! You were fantastic."
—Shari Morwood
Vice-President, IBM 

"I met Joe through a highly effective personal coaching session. I have also read his two books, which I found very motivating and adaptable to my own situation. As a result, I invited him to present a session to our top 50 managers and executives during our company's national meeting. Given the challenges we were facing in the business, his focus and training were ideal--and perfectly timed for our needs and our workforce. The feedback from the managers was universally positive!"
—Craig Willardson 
President and CEO, Moark LLC, $700 million division of Land O' Lakes 

"Was the workshop useful? 100% of employees said 'yes.' I am very pleased with the result. You offered tools and techniques that are easily implemented to make a significant difference in the workday."
—Rachael Seupersad
City of Calgary 

"Joe was an inspiration! His live sessions were fun and interactive. He gave us some valuable tools to carry forward." 
—Charla Eversole 
Truman Medical Center 

"The insights you provided on work-life balance and the personal tools we discussed during your presentation will enable us to build more balance into our professional and personal endeavors."
—Roger McGinnis
Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency

"Your message resonated with each person in the room. My team spends most of their waking hours focused so intently on work, the students, the teachers, and the parents, that many have lost touch with even the needs of their own families and most importantly, themselves. I am hopeful that if they take what you have so artfully presented to heart and put it into practice, that not only will they be more productive at work, but more importantly will get some of their personal lives back. Thank you for making a difference in my life and the lives of my team."
—Cheryl Meeker
Senior Director, Manteca Unified School District

"Joe was dynamite at our conference, motivating and energizing our audience. He managed to get every single person in the room, more than 400 people, on their feet doing a Brazilian samba. The hallways were buzzing afterwards with people determined to bring more balance into their lives. It was one of the highlights of the conference."
—Shannon Stowell
President, Adventure Travel Trade Assoc.

"Your material was very well-received by the managers. Thank you for providing this strategy that all overworked employees in large organizations should be aware of."
—Bob Nelson
IT Manager, Internal Revenue Service

"Excellent presentation! To be able to able to capture the interest and attention of educational professionals is impressive. More importantly, I think you really made an impact and changed some minds yesterday."
—Avante Simmons
College of the Desert

"Your talk was very refreshing and inspiring to all who attended. We got a great response. Especially memorable was your view on how technology has increased stress in the workplace and in our personal lives. Your techniques for dealing with this were practical and fun, especially the samba."
—Emily Mancini
Marketing Director, Employee Network Inc.