Entrepreneur, Speaker, Writer, Life and Business Strategist

For more than 15 years, Shawn Ellis has worked with some of the world’s leading authorities in personal and professional development—people like Dr. Wayne Dyer,Marcus Buckingham, Marci Shimoff, Patrick Lencioni, Jon Gordon, and others. What’s the #1 lesson he’s learned? The best advice in the world is meaningless unless acted upon. And the #2 lesson? The only place action occurs is right now, in this moment. As the pace of life and work accelerates, though, this moment can be quite elusive—something Shawn knows all too well.

Faced with the overwhelming demands of life as an entrepreneur, business owner, caregiver and new father, Shawn realized that trying to “do more, faster” was not a sustainable solution. To the contrary, he found that the only way to keep up is by slowing down and taking things one moment at a time—in other words, taking a mindful approach to life and work.

Focusing on “this moment” not only helps to reduce stress and alleviate overwhelm, but it also leads to increased happiness, higher productivity, improved customer service, more effective leadership, and other benefits. No wonder companies like Google, Procter & Gamble, Aetna, Bose and other leading organizations are implementing mindfulness training programs for their employees. There’s a “mindful revolution” going on, according to TIME magazine.

Today, Shawn writes and speaks about lessons from his own journey combined with lessons learned from over 30 years of research in the field of mindfulness. Shawn’s programs have been attended by professionals from companies such as Panera Bread, ING Americas, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Unisys Corp, and others. His presentations have been called “a breath of fresh air,” leaving attendees feeling “refreshed” and “super focused.”


Attending this program at the recent convention was one of the most meaningful… being able to truly connect with others and fully enjoy each moment is a gift we’ve all been given but need to be reminded to embrace in our daily lives.
— Beverly, First National Bank of Fredonia
This presentation was a breath of fresh air in my otherwise busy and stressful day. Thank you!
— Valari, Crowe Horwath LLP
Great presentation! I will focus on slowing down and enjoying the moments. Thank you!
— Debbie, ISA

Offered Programs

This Moment Matters: How to Keep Up by Slowing Down

Life is an accumulation of moments. More importantly, life is lived in this moment. But here’s the thing: In an age when we’re always in and always on, we’re often racing so fast to the next moment that we miss this one. (Ever forget the name of the person you were just introduced to?!) Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way. In this session, you’ll learn simple strategies to help you be more present for more of the moments—at home and at work—so you can enjoy a happier, more productive, and more fulfilling life.

If Not Now, When? - How to Live Your Best Life, NOW

Do you dream of a better life... a better business... someday? "Someday Isle" ("Someday I'll...") is a much-talked-about destination, but the truth is, there is no someday. There is only today. There is only this moment. In this presentation, you'll learn proven strategies to overcome distraction, calm a cluttered mind, and re-energize—at any given moment. With this clarity, you'll then learn how to align with your highest priorities and do the "right thing, right now" as you take simple steps toward bringing your goals to fruition.

How to Have a Good Day, Every Day

Have you ever had a day that didn't quite go according to plan? (Perhaps a better question would be: Have you ever had a day that DID go according to plan?!) The truth of the matter is that the only certainty in life is uncertainty... yet we still get "rocked" when reality doesn't align with our expectations. While we can't control what happens to us, we CAN choose how we respond. In this presentation, you'll learn how to face the adversity, obstacles, speed bumps, and detours of life in a proactive manner. You'll learn how to express gratitude in the midst of it all--starting with the simple truth that you're breathing--so you can truly say at the end of each day, "this was a good day."

Mastering the Moments in Customer Service

Customer service is defined by moments. We know it, yet in the busy-ness of the day, moments slip away unintentionally. In this presentation, you'll learn five steps to help you and your team create more amazing moments with your customers. This includes: Being present, focusing on what matters most, aligning with the key goals, values and principles of your organization, doing the "right thing, right now," and taking responsibility. Don't leave the moments to chance!