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The Focus workshop presents an engaging and inspirational learning experience and will change your life in ways you never thought possible.

With this audiobook, you will begin a process and journey to a new way of thinking about personal and professional focus and accomplishment. You'll learn how to identify and focus on the tasks and priorities that matter most so that you can deliver maximum results every day.

You'll learn to turn the things you have to do into the things you want to do. Dr. Covey and master facilitator Steve Jones introduce you to the FranklinCovey workshop that has already helped 10 million people become more productive.

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  • Richard
  • HuntingdonUnited Kingdom
  • 05-18-04

Very disappointing.


Having been a fan of Dr. Covey's work for many years, I regret to say that this audio program is just a total waste of time. As other reviews have stated, there is absolutely nothing new here.

Maybe I was expecting too much - I really felt that this beautifully assembled package could perhaps offer new insights on Covey's 7 principles, but, no that was not to be. Yes, the production values are reasonable, but it's the content that disappoints.

The whole presentation consists of a Focus seminar presented in a very dry monotone, with occasional 'consulting' type overviews by Covey, only mildly raising the boredom level. I think with this one, 'you had to be there'.

For the very first time I have had to force myself to listen to a Covey product all the way through, repeatedly shaking my head in despair. There is nothing in the least inspiring about the content or delivery. It certainly would not make me wish to sign up for Covey's 'Focus' seminars.

I think the only way to make this a value for money product would be to bundle it with a Franklin planner at the same price. Avoid at all costs.

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  • Greg
  • West Chester, PA, USA
  • 03-23-04

Blatant advertisement for a Workshop

There is nothing at all new here. Just a rehash. Don't waste your money, in my opinion.

In addition this is merely a teaser for a Workshop, as is stressed many times during the presentation. My first real disappointment from Audible.

81 of 86 people found this review helpful

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Great for those familiar with Covey

I do sympathise with those who complained about a lack of forms etc for this. As someone who uses the FranklinCovey software I found this an excellent resource and it has changed the way I do stuff completely. If you're not familiar with the seminars/books/organisers then this will be a problem - if you are this is a must listen product.


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  • Annette
  • Lindenhurst, IL, USA
  • 11-21-08

The Focus Workshop condensed

I had just attended the Focus workshop a couple weeks ago and decided to get the audio as a refresher for the workshop and see if there were any additional it might offer.

This audio is a condensed version of the one-day workshop. In fact most of it is audio from an actual workshop that was held and that portion is not read by Steven Covey but a workshop facilator.

The principals and practices are very helpful, but the material may be hard to follow if you don't have prior experience with a FranklinCovey planning system and/or with the Seven Habits book.

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What did you love best about Focus?

There are certain books that I come back to time and time again. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People being the one I most often return to, but certain productivity books are also on that list. This is a favourite that I listen to typically at least once a year. An excellent reminder about what is important and how to plan your day. Yes, things come up in the course of the day, but as I am known for saying.... "The only thing that we know with certainty is that something WILL go wrong - what, when how critical and time consuming remains to be seen. When everything is well planned and organised we will be able to handle the curve balls thrown our way." Listen to this audio book, apply the principals and let it change your life!

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  • Charles
  • Cape Coral, FL, USA
  • 12-21-09

Great primer on the "Franklin" system

very are basically at a seminar teaching the concepts of the Covey/Franklin system of planning.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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FC Planning knowledge helpful but not required

I have used the Franklin Covey planning methods for years and I found this book to be an excellent resource for refreshing my drive to implement the system daily.

The book focuses on the Time Management Matrix and the Productivity Pyramid. Both of these concepts can be applied to any planning method that you may use. The last fourth of the book is about the Franklin Covey paper planning system, however there are comments mixed in about how to do various functions with other systems or software.

My knowledge and use of Franklin Covey allowed me to enjoy and benefit from the last fourth of the book. People without this knowledge and/or experience may find that part hard to follow, however the real benefit of this book comes from the first three fourths of the book.

I recommend this book to everyone. If you haven't used a planning system or find it hard to follow the last fourth of the book, I would recommend not listening to it. Don't lose sight of the knowledge gained from the first part of the book by being frustrated by the last part.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Great pointers to refine priorities

Excellent refresher for those who read the 7 habits book. And it showed how to refine on what to do first by priority, not by ease, and to plan priorities by weekly not daily. Good refresher.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Sleep material

While Steven Covey has much to offer the world, and has written great books that do help many people live richer and more fulfilling lives, he should not read his own material. I've seen him speak before and he really is not very charasmatic with the result the I find listening to his read extremely difficult and boring.

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Covey sounds like a chastising preacher in this one!

The presenter for the seminar is excellent, the comments by Covey during the seminar could be left out because he sounds like a chastising preacher and it's not necessary for him to speak in the condescending tone he does during the session. I would recommend taking that part out and just leaving the seminar.

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  • R. Robinson
  • 04-21-08

Dissapointing regurgitation poorly delivered.

This is a disappointing regurgitation of other Covey materials which are best covered in the 7 Habits and First Things First. The format of this audio is a workshop which is presented by Steve Jones who, although billed as a master facilitator, sounds pretty prescriptive and judgemental in places. The promotion and importance of being values driven is great but the solicitation of personal values requires skilful facilitation and was not covered to sufficient depth. Stephen Covey only features in sound bite clips, this was disappointing, my recommendation is don?t bother with this audio. The 7 Habits are worthy of the iconic status they enjoy and even the 8th Habit is worthy but the planning issues covered here are best delivered in a real workshop or in the Book First things First.

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  • Ms. K. D. Chadha
  • 01-03-17


This audio book was a let down. A few points:

1. It is not an audiobook but rather a recording of a lecture, so I felt hard done by having to pay for something which isn't even a book.

2. Because it is a recording of a workshop at times it is hard to follow what they are saying as you can tell they are referring to things you can see.

3. The narration is extremely monotone and at times when the audience speaks you can't hear them.

4. I am an avid planner already with my week, month, day and two month planners but I feel like they take it to the extreme a bit.

Overall not my cup of teah and quite unhappy with my experience.

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  • Tatiana
  • 12-13-16

Useful tool

This book promotes prioritising your goals, planning and getting rid of things to do that don't have any value for you. Which makes a good practical tool if you are disciplined enough to put what they advised into practice.
Performance sometimes is poor as they cut audio from a real workshop where they use visual so sometimes you just seat and wait when student will get ready to say something about a table you cannot see (well, it's easy to guess what is quadrant 1,2,3,4 or remember from what was said 10 minutes ago, but in my opinion they should have more respect towards listeners and make a proper content for us).
I found few useful tools about planning and prioritising though I don't find this book also inspiring and deep enough. They talk about prioritising your goals, but Examples given are about emails and stuff like that. Percentage of really useful information for me personally... I would say 3%. Not breathtaking, but I still don't regret and in fact these 3% could probably change many things if knowledge will be applied by listener.