Jocelyn Glei

Jocelyn Glei







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A 30, 45, or 60 minute live keynote presentation delivered via zoom. 

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A 30, 45, or 60 minute live keynote presentation delivered in-person and livestreamed to virtual audiences. 


Stop Wasting Your Time with Fake Productivity

You can't stop hearing about “fake news” these days, but Jocelyn Glei believes there’s an even more insidious workplace distraction that's draining away valuable time, energy, and attention: Fake productivity. This talk will walk you through the psychology behind our addiction to fake productivity and outline practical ways to shift your focus away from unproductive busywork—like incessantly checking your email, social media feeds, and stats—and back to the meaningful work that drives true innovation and business impact.

The Key to Creativity? Learning How to Hurry Slowly.

Most of us see busy-ness as a badge of honor, but true creativity can’t be rushed. Drawing on 30+ interviews with designers, researchers, and entrepreneurs for her new podcast Hurry Slowly, Jocelyn Glei will break down how creative teams can make better decisions, brainstorm more effectively, and be more productive… all by simply understanding how to pace themselves and work more deliberately. Audiences will leave with pragmatic takeaways on setting goals, tracking ideas, and building a daily work workflow that sparks creativity.

How to Accelerate Ideas + Engagement (And Avoid Burnout!)

Strangely, the secret to motivating employees is simple: Just let them get real work done. But the bureaucracy and busy-ness of the modern workplace makes this harder to accomplish than you might think. In this talk, Jocelyn Glei will show creative leaders how to inspire their teams, walking them through the four keys to keeping employees engaged and motivated: progress, rhythms, agency, and appreciation. Leaders will walk away with a shortlist of simple actions they can take to get their teams fired up and give them a deeper sense of connection to their work.


Jocelyn Glei is obsessed with how we can find more meaning and creativity in our daily work. In her talks, she offers an unconventional and highly actionable take on productivity advice, focused on how we can avoid time-wasting distractions and spend more time on the work that will truly make an impact.

Jocelyn Glei has interviewed hundreds of designers, researchers, and entrepreneurs about how they stay productive and inspired. Along the way, she’s published four books, which have been read by more than a quarter million creative professionals.

Her latest book is Unsubscribe, a modern guide to avoiding distraction and reclaiming your focus. Jocelyn’s previous works include the Amazon bestsellers Manage Your Day-to-DayMaximize Your Potential, and Make Your Mark, which offer pragmatic advice for creatives on managing their time, their careers, and their businesses.

Previously, Jocelyn was the Founding Editor and Director of the 99U, where she led the brand in its mission to empower creatives to make their ideas happen. She spearheaded editorial for the award-winning website and led the curation of the popular 99U Conference at Lincoln Center.

Jocelyn has been recruited to give talks at leading creative companies and conferences all over the world, including Google, The Guardian, How To Academy, The Next Web, the AIGA Design Conference, and CreativeMornings.

Her books and ideas have been featured in outlets including NPR, New York MagazineFast CompanyBuzzFeedSELF, Harvard Business Review, and Brain Pickings.

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Productivity Expert