"A productivity mastermind."

Fast Company

"The most productive man you’d ever hope to meet."

TED Talks

"Chris Bailey is a quirky and energetic guide through the productivity thicket."

Harvard Business Review

Book Chris

A few places Chris has spoken at:

Chris Bailey has written hundreds of articles on the subject of productivity, and is the author of The Productivity Project, which has been published by Penguin Random House in 10 languages. His much-anticipated second book, Hyperfocus, comes out September, 2018. Chris’s work has garnered coverage in media as diverse as the New York Times, Fortune, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, The Sunday Times, the BBC, and New York Magazine.

Speaking Topics

Depending on who your audience is, Chris has three keynote topics to help you out:

For Everyone:

A Fresh New
Approach to Productivity

Drawing from over a decade’s worth of research, as well as Chris Bailey’s yearlong deep dive experiment into the world of productivity, this counter-intuitive and wildly entertaining talk will transform how you think about productivity. Productivity doesn’t have to be boring—and it’s possible to get more done every day without hating the process. In addition to showing how productivity is about managing your time as well as your attention and energy, this talk will give you several practical, tactical ways to get more done every day at work and at home—like Single-tasking and the Rule of 3—so you’ll walk away with some solid productivity techniques in your back pocket.

For Leaders:

Taking Care of Business

Ironically, the more your time is in demand, the less time you have to think about your productivity—but the more you need to. This is especially true for the leaders in any organization—who have teams to manage, deadlines to juggle, and an insane amount of work to get done by the end of the day. In addition to showing you how productivity is about managing your time as well as your attention and energy, this counter-intuitive, entertaining talk will provide you with several practical, tactical ways to get more done every day, and lead your teams to do the same. This talk is designed especially for busy leaders who have almost no time to think about their productivity —and covers productivity tactics like eliminating unimportant tasks from your work, as well as guiding your team to work on what’s actually important.

For Students:

Becoming a More
Productive Student

When you’re in college or university, “being productive” seems like more of a necessary evil than something integral to your success as a student. While keeping things exciting, this talk guides you through becoming a more productive, organized, and successful student. You’ll see exactly how you can work smarter, instead of just harder, while learning about the fascinating, counter-intuitive science behind topics like procrastination (which, the research shows, everybody does), self-talk, and how you should best invest your time. The takeaway from this talk is a simple one with profound implications: that the most productive people don’t work faster or more frantically—they work deliberately and with intention throughout the day. Productivity is all about how much you accomplish at the end of the day—and busyness is no different from laziness when it doesn’t lead you to accomplish anything.

Workshop for teams

Half-Day Productivity Intensive

Learn to Manage Your Time, Attention, and Energy

The four-hour session has three components, all of which weave powerful personal productivity tactics with helpful exercises on how you can get more done. It also includes the occasional fun anecdote from Chris’s productivity project. This workshop is designed especially for busy teams who have limited time to think about productivity. Read more >


Here are a few testimonials from folks who have invited Chris to come speak in the past!

The return on investment from Chris’ workshop just two short months ago is unquestionably massive, and continues to grow. After the event, I received appreciative feedback from everyone in attendance, from new engineers, to industry-renowned experts with 40+ years of experience. One executive vice-president at my company even went so far as to say that the workshop “changed his life.” Chris’ ideas on how to work with deliberateness and intention have grown to become a part of our everyday conversations. Simply put, we’re accomplishing more and are happier doing it.

VP Services

3esi and Enersight

With the always increasing demands placed on us at work, being productive is hugely important in order to succeed in the workplace and have enough time for our personal interests. Chris presents an elegant framework on managing time, attention and energy in order to increase output and create more personal time. Presenting his research and personal experiments with humor, Chris brings life to a sometimes stuffy topic. Friends and family have noticed my increase in productivity, labeling me, “Mr. Efficiency”. Mr E. thanks you, Chris!



We chose Chris as he operates in that unique space between productivity and wellness which was very important to us as we wanted to engage those that may be traditionally put off by pure wellness initiatives. Chris’ presentation was engaging, professionally delivered and most importantly, incredibly practical. If you are looking for a speaker who will have a real impact on the way you work, I highly recommend Chris for your company as well.

RBC Wealth Management

We invited Chris to give a 40-minute presentation on productivity for our university’s general assembly with 1,500-2,000 students, faculty, and staff. Chris immediately engaged our audience and held their attention throughout his impeccably-crafted and memorable presentation. Chris speaks confidently about his experience and expertise, while remaining friendly and approachable. Any organization would be hard-pressed to invite a more practical, relevant speaker. I would welcome Chris back any time.

Walla Walla University

Chris Bailey’s keynote on productivity was perfect for our annual customer conference. Chris is an easy going, funny and relatable speaker that can engage any crowd. He kindly did book signings and attended our receptions to give our attendees more time to connect with him on questions and his ideas. I’d recommend Chris to any organization that is looking for effective connect delivered by a young and engaging speaker.


Chris’ enthusiasm and dedication to understanding and dissecting productivity principles provided incredibly valuable insights for our teams here at Zipcar. Chris was not only a joy to watch, but he was a pleasure to work with!

Senior Manager


Chris’ passion and humor combined with his practical advice and know-how resonated strongly with our audience — especially in how relevant and timely his talk was. Chris’ personal experience living a productive life gave great learnings that are easy to remember and put to use — both professionally and personally.

Senior Manager


Chris was a great fit for our project management team. Personal productivity is a challenge for most these days, and Chris has done the heavy lifting to sift through the various methods and hacks out there to distill productivity into simple concepts. Chris is entertaining, informative and engaging and was a great choice to help motivate our team to improve their performance through their personal productivity!



With his easy going humor and practical wisdom, Chris had our audience hanging on his every word. His message is applicable to all stages of life and career, and I had positive comments from students, alumni and faculty for weeks following his talk. His take home notes hang in my office, reminding me every day that I have the tools for a productive, manageable workflow at my disposal. I would welcome the opportunity to hear Chris speak again!

King’s University

What Makes Chris Different

  1. He keeps things practical.

1. He keeps things practical.

A talk about productivity is kind of pointless when it doesn’t lead to real, lasting change afterward. Chris designs his talks and workshops, from the ground up, to be both practical and tactical, so you’ll get tools you can implement straight after.

  1. He cuts through the B.S.

2. He cuts through the B.S.

There’s a lot of B.S. in the productivity space—advice that sounds good on the surface, but doesn’t work in practice. Chris has filtered through pretty much every productivity tactic under the sun, to separate what works from what doesn’t.

  1. He brings a fresh perspective.

3. He brings a fresh perspective.

The most helpful productivity advice doesn’t turn you into some mindless robot—it helps you work on what’s important, with intention. Chris’s talks are structured around this new, more human approach to productivity.

  1. He’s kind of a weirdo

4. He’s kind of a weirdo

On top of digging into the research and interviewing experts, Chris has conducted countless weird experiments on himself, where he used himself as a guinea pig to become as productive as possible.


Coming September, 2018

Our attention is the most valuable resource we have to get stuff done, become more creative, and live a meaningful life. The most recent neuroscientific research on attention reveals that our brain has two powerful modes that can be unlocked when we use our attention well: a focused mode (hyperfocus), which is the foundation for being highly productive, and a creative mode (scatterfocus), which enables us to connect ideas in novel ways. Hyperfocus helps you unlock both.

The Productivity Project
Available in bookstores everywhere

This book shares the 25 most powerful productivity tactics out there—boiled down from the hundreds Chris has experimented with over the last decade—and weaves these together with stories from his (admittedly pretty weird) productivity experiments, as well as interviews with the most renowned productivity experts from around the world.

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