Joe Robinson


Inspiring Smarter Work

"Joe Robinson was the best choice we could have made." —Linda Sellan, Nestle Global

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Tools for Overloaded Minds, Schedules, and Teams

COVID UPDATE: We hope you are well in these challenging times. We can help navigate the new normal, with science-based tools that build stress management, resilience, and smarter work skills. Our programs are available by virtual sessions as well as in-person keynotes and trainings. 

BIO: Work-life balance and stress management leader, speaker, trainer, and author Joe Robinson is one of the country’s most quoted experts on work-life, stress in the workplace, and the art and science of effective work. He has appeared on Today, CNN, NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, CNN Business and in the Wall Street Journal, Time, Fortune, the Los Angeles Times, and dozens of newspapers and radio stations to discuss how to work smarter and break out of the burnout cycle.

His commentaries on the workplace have been featured on the public radio program, Marketplace. His articles on the world of productivity and stress management appear in Entrepreneur Magazine, where he is a contributing editor, and include pieces such as:

The Truth About Multitasking: How Your Brain Processes Information 

How to Deal with Deadline Panic: The Saboteur of Hurry-Worry

Joe has written for Business InsiderFast Company, and on the life side of work-life for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN.com, and many others. He also writes a host of articles for the Working Smarter blog on this site on a range of issues, from working more effectively, to the engine of resilience, switching off stress, and activating life skills. They include:

How to Turn Off Stress Instantly and Be as Smart as Your Dog

How Optimism Boosts Productivity and Work-Life Balance



“They loved your presentation. Wow! You were fantastic."

Shari Norwood - VP, IBM

“We searched long and hard to find the right trainer. We didn't want airy-fairy but something practical to help us with the uncertainties ahead. Joe Robinson was the best choice we could have made."

Linda Sellan - Marketing & Sales Manager, Nestle Global

“Joe Robinson's work-life balance training was extremely valuable to our supervisory staff. I'd recommend the training for any organization trying to find the right balance between high performance and employee engagement."

Terry Field - Program Manager, Florida Department of Children and Families

“Joe presented to our top sales group and our executive team on a recent awards trip. The work-life balance presentation provided takeaways that the group put right to work. We had great feedback from the the team. They thoroughly enjoyed his presentation. Do yourself a favor and check Joe out. It is well worth it!"

Steve Newell - Servicing Manager, Hallmark Home Mortgage

“Joe's productivity and work-life balance training for our leadership team was fun, interactive, and relevant. Joe shared many strategies for managing work-life balance that will not only reduce stress on and off the job, but also will help increase satisfaction in both arenas."

Martha Vanderheyden - Internal Coach, Indiana University Health LaPorte Hospital

“Joe's training was ideal—and perfectly timed for our needs and workforce. The feedback from managers was universally positive!"

Craig Willardson - President & CEO, Moark LLC, $700 million division of Land O' Lakes

“Joe was an inspiration! The sessions with Joe were fun and interactive. He gave us valuable tools to carry forward."

Charla Eversole - Truman Medical Center
U Texas program

“Your talk included useful and important information presented clearly and cleverly, along with a nice touch of audience engagement. The audience learned something and enjoyed the experience. After almost 40 years of teaching and speaking at professional conferences I know very few people can do this effectively. You can and did!"

Kenneth Ottenbacher - Distinguished Chair, Rehabilitation Sciences, Univ. Texas Medical Branch
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“Joe Robinson is a true inspiration."

Brian Grazer - Producer ("A Beautiful Mind," "Da Vinci Code"), Co-Chair Imagine Entertainment
New York City Health

"Our staff really enjoyed Joe's presentation—lots of positive feedback.You have a great message and tips that can benefit all of us. I thought multitasking was a good thing. Not anymore!"

Joseph Slade - Assistant Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
GACSB program

“Joe presented at our annual conference, speaking to board members, senior leadership, and clinicians. Members are still talking about his presentation on work-life balance. Talk about speaking the truth. It was like being in church with all the 'Amen's' and 'YESes.' Joe is an inspiration, and we have all committed to making personal changes after his show!"

Robyn Garrett - Executive Director, Georgia Assoc. of Community Service Boards
HH Hunt Homes

“Thank you for spending the week with us and making an impact for our people and our company. I've heard nothing but very positive comments and feel that your message will make a difference in all our lives."

Dan Schmitt - President & CEO, HH Hunt Homes
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As we are almost a year into the pandemic, we felt a seminar on work-life balance was the perfect fit for our Ocean Spray Innovation virtual offsite event. Joe did a great job engaging the audience, even in the virtual world, through different exercises and breakout groups. It was a great session, and our group learned a lot of useful tactics to bring to the company! Thank you Joe!"

Adena Barber - Associate Innovation Manager, Ocean Spray

Switching Off a World of Stress

Joe Robinson has helped thousands of people in a crazy-busy world manage demands, pressure, and time, and carve out a better work-life. He trained the staff at the UCLA Counseling Center in techniques for resolving workplace stress and coaches individuals around the country and the world, from IT professionals to accountants to real estate agents, from Los Angeles to Paris, Dubai, and Australia, to work more effectively, cut stress, and end the cycle of burnout.

Joe Robinson gives work life balance training

Author and Thought Leader

Joe is author of the acclaimed book, Work to Live, which shows through the science how to avoid the burnout track. He also created the audio program, the Email Overload Survival Kit, the complete guide to controlling messaging.

On the other side of the work-life hyphen, Joe is author of Don't Miss Your Life, a book chronicling the hidden skills of life outside the job. It details through the research how engaged experiences and avocations allow us to activate core needs that lead to the most gratified life and fuel performance on the job. 

Based in Los Angeles, California, Joe is an avid photographer, hiker, salsa and samba aficionado, adventure traveler and music fan.

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