Creative Focus Online Summit

December 5 – 9, 2016
No travel required.

5 Jam-Packed Days

An online summit featuring candid and powerful video conversations with some of the world's best creative entrepreneurs.

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Get a double-shot of inspiration, advice, and fun just in time for the new year.

Doing your best creative work is already enough of a challenge. If you want to take ownership of your time and start getting traction for your side projects, then this online summit is for you.

Here's Just a Taste of What You'll Walk Away With...

+ How to improve your morning routine, and why it matters.

+ How simplifying in areas of your life can lead to increased creative output.

+ The importance of and difference between vision, values, and mission.

+ How to use focus as a competitive advantage.

+ What to do with new ideas and how to weigh their impact and timing.

+ How to balance focusing your time between the “shoulds” and the “wants”.

+ How to grow your audience and develop a thriving relationship with them.

+ And so, so, so much more...

Showing up every day requires sacrifice and tradeoffs. Are you passionate? Spending your nights and weekends working on your side project? Feeling a bit lost and unsure of the next step to take? If you want to build something that matters, something with a strong foundation, then you need to keep that passion and drive.

Join thousands of others, right here, for The Creative Focus Online Summit. We'll see you December 5-9, 2016.

The summit is completely free. And no travel is required.

Please register with your email address so we can send you direct links to the video talks as soon as they are posted.

Shawn Blanc

Your Host, Shawn Blanc

Hello! I'm Shawn Blanc. I'm a writer, small-business owner, productivity coach, and creative entrepreneur living in Kansas City with my wife and our three sons.

For more than a decade I've been teaching and learning about creativity, diligence, and focus. My online courses have helped thousands of people do their best creative work while learning to thrive in the midst of life's tensions.

Summit Sessions

Jocelyn K. Glei

How to Stay Distraction Free

with Jocelyn K. Glei

Jocelyn and Shawn will be discussing how distraction is the enemy of creativity. Jocelyn will share her own day-to-day structure for doing creative work, give advice for how to overcome distractions, and what to do when you feel like you’re not making meaningful progress.

Jocelyn is a writer who’s obsessed with how we can find more creativity and meaning in our daily work. Her latest book, Unsubscribe, is a modern guide to getting rid of email anxiety, avoiding distraction, and spending more time on the work that matters. ~

Josh Kaufman

How to Focus on the Essentials

with Josh Kaufman

For this session, Josh and Shawn will discuss the importance of a healthy lifestyle, the 5 essential components of any business, how to make decisions in the midst of overwhelm, the importance of systemization and automation, and why action brings clarity. Also, Josh will share his advice for creating a personal masterplan, as well as reveal his single most-important productivity practice.

Josh is the author of two international bestsellers, The Personal MBA and The First 20 Hours. He lives in Colorado where he conducts research in business, entrepreneurship, skill acquisition, productivity, behavioral psychology, systems design, and optimization. His focus is on helping people make more money, get more done, and have more fun in daily life. ~

Todd Henry

Staying Creative Day After Day

with Todd Henry

In this session, Shawn and Todd will discuss the need to thrive under creative pressure, how to stay creatively focused, the importance of relationships, staying inspired, keeping up your creative energy, building a body of work, and the “myth” of work-life balance.

Todd writes books, speaks internationally on creativity, productivity, and passion for work, and helps people and teams generate brilliant ideas. He is the author of The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, and Louder Than Words. ~

Jeff Sheldon

Building a Business That Matters

with Jeff Sheldon

In their talk, Shawn and Jeff will be discussing the challenges of building your own small business, how to cure perfectionism, balancing your time and focus as a creative entrepreneur, how to build an audience, and how to stay productive.

Jeff lives in Downingtown, PA, with his wife, son, and their Boston Terrier, Pixel. Jeff is the designer and founder of Ugmonk, a popular lifestyle brand and store. ~

Havilah Cunnington

Navigating Life and Work

with Havilah Cunnington

For this session, Shawn and Havilah will be discussing how to navigating life and work, how (and why) to say “no”, understanding how and when you do your best work, and how to protect what matters most.

Havilah is a wife, mom, pastor, teacher, daughter, author, and friend. She travels all over the world, speaking for groups large and small. She is also the founder of Truth to Table, a subscription website that creates high-quality video Bible studies. ~

Mike Vardy

The Challenges of Scaling

with Mike Vardy

In their conversation, Mike and Shawn will talk about the challenges of scaling your business and the transition of working in your company to working on your company. We’ll also discuss the feeling of overwhelm and how to manage it, the importance of relationships, and how to create a daily/weekly/annual focus.

Mike is a writer, speaker, and productivity strategist. He's also the founder of Productivityist — a company that helps people stop “doing” productive and start “being” productive through developing practical and tactical approaches to their work and lives. ~

Paul Jarvis

Building An Audience-Based Business

with Paul Jarvis

In their session, Shawn and Paul will be talking about how to balance the many hats of a creative professional, how to be focused and present on the task at hand, and how to build an audience.

Paul is a designer, writer, teacher, software creator, and podcaster. He’s written four books, and builds beautiful-yet-practical digital courses including a class on freelancing and training for MailChimp. ~

Chris Bowler

Intentional Living

with Chris Bowler

For their talk, Shawn and Chris will be discussing how to keep a synergy between all the different areas of your life, the importance of morning routines, and how simplicity leads to greater creative output.

Chris is a digital professional pursuing a life of meaning and depth in all the noise. He’s a husband, father, and writer. He spends his days helping customers at Wildbit and his evenings on The Weekly Review, a newsletter focused on sharing the journey towards a deeper life in Christ. ~

Claire Lew

Using Focus as a Competitive Advantage

with Claire Lew

In their session, Shawn and Claire will discuss the difference between vision, values, and mission; what to do with new ideas; and Clair will also be giving advice to young entrepreneurs as well as seasoned-yet-overwhelmed entrepreneurs.

Claire is the CEO of Know Your Company, a software tool that helps CEOs and founders uncover insights into their company that they didn't know before. ~

Aaron Mahnke

Keep Moving Forward

with Aaron Mahnke

For their conversation, Aaron and Shawn will discuss how to make progress on your creative and business goals, how to keep moving forward with your creative work even when there are many demands on your time and attention, the importance of capturing ideas, and why it’s important to show up every day.

Aaron is the creator, writer, and producer of the hit podcast, Lore, where he explores the darker side of history from around the world. Aaron is also the author of a number of supernatural thrillers. ~

Myke Hurley Stephen Hackett

Passion and Personality

with Myke Hurley & Stephen Hackett

In their session, Shawn, Myke, and Stephen will be talking about how to show up every day to work on your passion projects. They’ll also discuss how to build an audience, how to push through negativity and cynicism, and how to build something with a strong foundation.

Myke is the (other) co-founder of — a super-awesome independent podcast network for people who are creative, curious and maybe even a little obsessive. He's also bearded. And British. ~

Stephen writes and makes podcasts for a living. He's the co-founder of, author of 512 Pixels, and the editor-in-chief of The Sweet Setup. ~

Sean McCabe

The Path to Quality

with Sean McCabe

In their session, Shawn and Sean (ahem) will discuss the importance of morning routines, the connection between quantity and quality, and why it’s critical to focus on the things that only you can do.

Sean is a writer, podcaster, and creative entrepreneur. He runs a brand called seanwes, that helps people build their sustainable, profitable, audience-driven business. His new book, Overlap, is about getting from the life you have to the life you want. ~

Inspiration, Advice, & Fun

Just in time for the New Year.

Over the course of 5 days, you'll learn about time ownership, working on your passion, balancing your work life and your personal life, showing up every day, doing your best creative work, and more.

Primarily, the themes of the Creative Focus Summit are hand-picked in order to address some of the biggest challenges related to focus:

How The Summit Will Work

Starting Monday, December 5, we will begin posting a set of new interviews each day during the summit.

No travel is required. The whole event takes place online. And since all the video interviews will be available on-demand, you can watch them on your own schedule from your computer, tablet, or mobile.

In order to get access to the video interviews, you'll need to register for free.

Register For Free

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The Focus Course: Winter Camp 2017

A Proven System for Getting Clarity and Traction

After the summit, you're invited to join us for The Focus Course.

Registration for the Focus Course opens up on December 12. Once you sign up, you can go through the course on your own, or join the many hundreds of others who will be going through the course together during our Winter Camp (that also happens entirely online).

The Focus Course is a powerful-yet-simple tool that teaches values-based productivity and goal setting.

There is an action-centric approach that sets The Focus Course apart from anything else out there. By taking the course this New Year, you'll get real clarity about what actually works best for you. Through each day's actions, you'll take the wisdom from the course and apply in your everyday life. This is critical because, as you know...

Knowledge alone is not enough to create lasting change.

The Focus Course is the perfect next step after the summit. Because The Focus Course is like a Couch to 5k program, but for your whole life: it's fun, simple (but not easy), straightforward, and will help you get on track.

I can't wait share more with you about the Focus Course.

But first, I'll see you at the Summit...

— Shawn


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