Erik Wahl

Your presentation was an outstanding contribution to our conference. Your rating in both subject matter and presentation style were some of our highest ratings ever.

– Healthcare Financial Management Assn

About Keynote Speaker Erik Wahl

Erik Wahl is an internationally recognized graffiti artist, best selling author and entrepreneur, He redefines the term “keynote speaker.” Pulling from his history as both a businessman and an artist, he has grown to become one of the most sought-after corporate speakers available today. Erik’s on-stage painting seamlessly becomes a visual metaphor to the core of his message, encouraging organizations toward profitability through innovations and superior levels of performance. 

His list of clients includes AT&T, Disney, London School of Business, Microsoft, FedEx, Exxon Mobil, Ernst & Young, and XPrize; Erik has even been featured as a TED presenter. The responses received have been nothing short of incredible, with standing ovations to prove it.

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Somehow we’ve come to believe that creativity is reserved for the chosen few- the poets, the painters, the writers. The truth is bigger and better than that. Creativity is in all of us. We simply need to rediscover the keys that will unlock our potential. UNthink is the keynote experience that will push members of your organization beyond their traditional thought patterns and habitual levels of performance. UNthink will inspire audiences to realize they are capable of so much more than they have been led to believe.

The UNthink program helps re-frame your organizations thinking so that new creative actions become possible. Learning how to UNthink will inject your daily grind with new passion, allowing employees to see how the organization wants and needs all of their talents and energies, not just the ones they’ve been using so far. You’ll begin the process of rethinking your life as a blank canvas of limitless opportunity on which to create your masterpiece.

This program will allow your organization to:
– Step outside convention to discover new and unexpected solutions to business challenges
– Challenge preconceived notions about what’s possible
– UNthink your way to increased creativity, productivity and passion

THE SPARK AND THE GRIND: Ignite the Power of Disciplined Creativity

We’re conditioned to think in terms of dichotomies, especially when we talk about creative genius. Right brain versus left brain. Creativity versus discipline. And consequently, we believe that no one person can have both or be both: you’re either a suit or a creative.

In this keynote professional artist Wahl, who has learned to generate constant creative work, argues that success now depends on being able to harness creativity and discipline. Wahl believes that creativity has two faces: the spark of inspiration and the grind of following through to make that idea a reality.

Sparks of insight originate from passion–these are the moments that make your heart race in excitement, the moments in which you’re enthralled by possibility. The grind is the necessary work to bring your spark from pie-in-the sky idea to fruition. Too often, we consider these elements separately, without thinking about how they interact. But the two are symbiotic; ongoing, original creativity requires both.

Wahl offers practical advice about how to fan the sparks and make the grind more productive, including:
– Defamiliarize the ordinary: Consciously put yourself into uncomfortable situations to produce new and better ideas.
– Develop a routine: You need to commit to a steady practice of creativity, in “a lifestyle of iteration.”
– Stay foolish: Embrace the beginner’s mindset and be willing to learn from anything.

The Art Of Vision

The best sustainable edge in business is the ability to differentiate yourself from your competition. Through this entertaining and highly practical program, we will uncover new ways to make your organization more creative, innovative and profitable, but more so, help your employees see the need to become better storytellers within and for your company and industry.

By embracing innovative strategies, professionals at all levels can achieve superior levels of performance, by creatively and visibly differentiating themselves from the competition. No matter what kind of organization you have – from a small company to a large corporation – employees at all levels will better able to embrace the future by becoming more innovative, more productive and ultimately more profitable.

Organizational Excellence
– Differentiation, Differentiation, Differentiation
– Telling a Better Story
– Outthinking the Competition

Embracing Change
– Working Smarter, Not Harder
– Sustaining Excellence in a Changing Economy
– Leveraging Chaos to Capitalize on Opportunities

The Art of Leadership

As the business landscape continues to change, Leaders need to stay ahead of the game by fostering a steady stream of disruptive strategies and unexpected solutions to revive stagnant markets or completely reinvent the competitive dynamics of an industry. Disruptive thinking requires a culture of innovative leadership which can provide the framework and motivation to generate those strategies and execute those solutions. It is an essential skill for any business leader, from a small start-up to a global corporation, with the desire to transform organizational processes and behaviors.

To thrive in this new era, organizations and institutions, executives and entrepreneurs need to rethink the habits that have made them successful in the past, and challenge the conventional wisdom and industry models that have defined their world. Through The Art of Leadership, Erik Wahl will make business leaders wonder, “Why haven’t we ever thought about our business and culture this way before?”

– Creates Emotional Connections to drive future discretionary effort
– Creates a Culture of Commitment
– Creates innovative process and productivity

Discovering Your Untapped Potential

This fast paced and highly interactive 90-minute workshop is designed to provide specific strategies to unleash personal and professional achievement through creativity. By exploring techniques to stretch our minds, audiences will uncover new methods to solve old problems, discover new opportunities, and ultimately differentiate themselves from their competition. This program is ideally suited as a follow up for audiences who have already experienced Wahl’s “The Art of Vision” keynote.

I Am Artist

For many of us, our creative potential got buried long ago, through self-doubt, criticism and lack of use. Using a short film by the same name, the I Am Artist program is an innovative training experience designed to help audiences rediscover their inner artists by tapping into their child-like (not childish) ‘beginner’s mind.’ I Am Artist will give members of your organization the tools they need to dig deep to uncover their unique talents, leading to breakthrough levels of success.

Businesses are most successful when they are pushing the boundaries of their industry, creating new solutions and exceeding customer expectations. None of those expectations are possible if members at all levels are not working at their creative best. Experiencing the I Am Artist program will form a tribe of Artists within your organization who want to create a corporate masterpiece and refuse to settle for anything less than originality, creativity and excellence.

This program requires:
– A willingness to try new things
– A desire to dig deep to find your Inner Artist
– An ability to silence your Inner Art Critic
– A shovel, metaphorically-speaking, of course

This program produces:
– A renewed connection to your child-like ability to play and create, leading to increased productivity and innovation
– The ability to uncover your latent talents and abilities that can skyrocket your performance, no matter what your role in the organization
– New conversations about the unifying vision of your organizations masterpiece

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