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Manage the mundane, create the extraordinary

A practical workshop with Mark McGuinness

Time management training may not sound the most inspiring activity — but it could make or break your creativity, not to mention your career.

Video interview with Mark McGuinness at the Royal College of Art, London, courtesy FuelRCA

Many creative people would like nothing better than to shut themselves in a room and get on with their creative work. This isn’t just self-indulgence — creativity requires focus and dedication, which is hard to achieve when the phone doesn’t stop ringing and the email keeps pinging.

As a creative professional, you’re constantly having to balance focus on your work with responding to the demands of colleagues, customers and clients.

My workshop Time Management for Creative People will show you how to resolve this tension, by finding the time and mental space for focused creative work — and still meeting all of your professional commitments.

This time management training workshop will help you:

  • Spark your creativity
  • Boost your productivity
  • Meet your professional commitments — without compromising your creative work
  • Stop worrying about forgetting important tasks
  • Tame your email inbox

The workshop is based on my ebook Time Management for Creative People which has been downloaded over 100,000 times. The material has been tested and refined by working with hundreds of creative professionals.

“Mark delivered a hugely useful time management seminar for our staff away day. He gave careful thought to our organisation’s needs and did a lot of specific preparation on the types of people in our staff team, the context in which we work and how we might improve our internal communications and business processes.”

Michael Garvey, General Manager
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Specialist time management training
for creative people

Pencil clockThis workshop has been designed for creative people of all kinds — artists, creatives, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and anyone else who takes their creativity seriously.

It is perfectly suited to the specific needs of creative teams and creative industries workers, in fields such as television, design, advertising, marketing, publishing, architecture, computer games, music, fashion, film, theatre, dance or technology.

The workshop is also applicable to professionals working in any industry, if their success depends on tackling complex creative challenges and delivering focused work in a busy environment.

“Clear, intelligent and genuinely useful material.”

Thomas Heath,

What you will learn

In the workshop I’ll walk you through the whole process of reviewing your work, prioritising your most important creative challenges, and designing a daily workflow that ensures you make the best use of your time and energy.

Topics covered include:

  • Finding the method in your creative madness
  • Identifying and prioritising your most important work
  • Getting in the right state of mind for focused creative work
  • How to minimise interruptions and distractions
  • Managing email effectively
  • How to remember — and fulfil — all your important commitments

This workshop is based on my ebook Time Management for Creative People. The workshop includes new material I’ve developed since writing the ebook, and will help you apply the principles to your own work.

“The content was clear and can be easily applied.”

Jacob Sam-La Rose,

A practical and enjoyable learning experience

The workshop is highly interactive and helps you achieve focused creativity – creating outstanding work amid all the demands and distractions of 21st-century working life.

The workshop is delivered in person by me, and features:

  • Inspiring stories and relevant examples
  • How-to instruction
  • Lively group discussions
  • Practical activities and helpful feedback

When you attend the workshop you will receive a copy of my popular ebook Time Management for Creative People, which relieves you of the need to make detailed notes – so you can focus 100% on your experience of the training – listening, asking questions, sharing ideas and practising new skills.

I make sure everyone has plenty of fun during our time together – and that you leave with useful ideas and practical skills you can start applying the very next day at work.

“I liked the way the ideas for managing time were uncomplicated and realistic enough to start fitting them into your everyday life.”

Candida Bradley,

Mark McGuinness – Creative Business Trainer

Mark McGuinness speaking at the Royal College of Art

Mark McGuinness speaking at the Royal College of Art for FuelRCA

I’ve been coaching and training creative professionals since 1996.

Organisations I have worked with include the BBC, Channel 4, Transport for London, The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, TBWA Media Arts Lab, Dare Digital, ASOS, Magnum, Econsultancy, Gist, Vodafone, BT, Servier Laboratories, The Orchestra of the Age of Englightenment, The British Library Business and IP Centre, The Cultural Industries Development Agency (CIDA), The Arts Council, The Cultural Leadership Programme, Arts & Business, Spread the Word, The University of Warwick, King’s College London, the University of the Arts, London, and the Royal College of Art.

As well as facilitating others’ creativity, I know the creative process from the inside-out, as a poet and author of a string of successful ebooks and two of the most popular creativity blogs in the world, at and

I originally qualified as a psychotherapist and hold an MA in Creative & Media Enterprises (with distinction) from the University of Warwick.

“I can’t recommend Mark enough. His seminars are always engaging, useful and relevant. By the end of every session the seminar room is full of motivated and inspired faces. I can’t wait to work with him again!”

Sian James, Project Manager – Create KX

“Mark’s presentation and workshop was illuminating, entertaining and, most importantly, beneficial to my development team.”

Sean Kirkegaard, Development Executive – BBC Children’s Television

“Mark gave some excellent food for thought to the wide range of creative freelancers we work with. The seminar ended with the room buzzing even at 8pm at night after a long day’s work.”

Clare Hudson, Creative Industries Manager – Creative Leicestershire

Book this workshop for your organisation

To enquire about booking this workshop for your organisation, please contact me using the form below or by telephone at +44 (0)1707 644 665.

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“Mark was an engaging and likeable speaker, keeping a demanding audience of postgraduate art and design students rapt for nearly two hours. He tailored his material perfectly for our audience, and his advice was useful, relevant and pitched at exactly the right level. He also responded with sensitivity and warmth to the audience’s questions after his talk.”

Sarah Douglas, FuelRCA, Royal College of Art


If you’re considering booking this workshop for your team but you’re not sure whether it will address the specific challenges you’re facing, feel free to contact me using the form above.

I’ll be happy to discuss your requirements on a no-obligation basis – and of course I will treat anything you tell me as strictly confidential.