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Erik Wahl

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Sizzle Reel 2017

A revolutionary keynote experience that will set your twitter feed on fire.

Summary of Erik Wahl

As an internationally recognized graffiti artist, and a #1 bestselling business author, Erik Wahl redefines the term “keynote speaker.” Pulling from his history as both a business strategist and an artist, he has grown to become one of the most sought-after 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. In the past ten years, Erik has shared his high-energy onstage performance and incredible message with the largest and most influential companies in the world, leaving behind his prized artwork as a reminder of his passion for breakthrough thinking. Organizations proclaim his presentation to be the single moment when their team finally “got it”. The responses received have been nothing short of incredible, with standing ovations to prove it.

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Erik Wahl is an internationally recognized graffiti artist, # 1 bestselling author and entrepreneur. Erik 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.

Erik’s bestselling business book UNTHINK was hailed by Forbes Magazine as THE blueprint to actionable creativity and by Fast Company Magazine as Provocative with a Purpose.

Erik’s understanding of vision was originally born in the school of disappointment. After an eight-year career as a partner in a corporate firm, he became frustrated by the lack of innovative thought and corresponding profits he saw in business. So he set out to challenge companies to change their way of thinking, while simultaneously pursuing his own individual passions. He rediscovered his love for art, and now plays in the business world by working through his art.

In the past 10 years, he has shared his incredible message with the largest and most influential companies in the world, leaving behind his prized artwork as a reminder of his passion for breakthrough thinking. He’s the Warhol of Wall Street, the Renoir of ROI, the Picasso of Productivity, the Jobs of… well, having a Job.

He is Erik Wahl: graffiti artist, author, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

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The Spark and the Grind
Ignite the Power of Disciplined Creativity

Only the dreamers who do and doers who dream will survive and thrive in the new world
If you are not thinking about disruption, complexity and continual innovation in your industry, then we’ve got news for you: You are ignoring a perilous gaping void, and if you don’t fill it, someone else will.

Technology and culture are in a state of continual flux, and today’s business demands an environment where innovation is not only welcomed, but required. So how can you keep up and instill a disciplined approach to innovation?

Erik Wahl, bestselling author, artist and one of the nation’s most in-demand keynote speakers. His new book and presentation, The Spark and the Grind: Ignite the Power of Disciplined Creativity presents the yin and the yang of the creative process: How to create and maintain the flow of ideas, and how to execute them. The world is filled with dreamers and doers—but the only way things happen are when dreamers muster the mental tenacity and hard work, and when doers harness their innate creativity and flexibility.

Erik’s dynamic presentation explores the process of creativity and creation. Audiences are inspired to laughter, tears and always leave with a desire to unearth more meaning in their work and their lives, and the tools to find it.

In The Spark and the Grind keynote, Erik:

  • Deconstructs the process and discipline necessary to realize the visions of master creators such as Isaac Newton, Thomas Edison and Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Delves into the science of innovation, and how to tap it for your own purposes
  • Drives home the importance of creative culture, regardless of industry, and how to harness it for individual and collective success.

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 that 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?”

    Leadership

    • Creates emotional connections to drive future discretionary effort
    • Creates a culture of commitment
    • Creates innovative process and productivity

    Unthink™

    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 reframe your organization’s 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 pre-conceived notions about what’s possible
    • UNthink your way to increased creativity, productivity and passion

    The Discipline of Creativity

    For many of us, our creative potential got buried long ago, through self-doubt, criticism and lack of use.The discipline of creativity is an innovative training experience designed to help audiences rediscover their beginner’s mind, and approach problem solving with a sense of passion and curiosity. This keynote 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. This is only possible if members at all levels are working at their creative best. Experiencing the Discipline of Creativity 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

    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 organization’s masterpiece

    The Art of Performance

    Erik Wahl speaking about the Psychology of Success and Mastering the Art of Performance.

    The Art of Vision

    How do you reawaken that childlike imagination and reignite your own artistry as an entrepreneur? Do not be afraid to fail.

    The Spark and the Grind by Erik Wahl

    The Spark and the Grind

    Ignite the Power of Disciplined Creativity
    Unchain the Elephant by Erik Wahl

    Unchain the Elephant

    Reframe Your Thinking to Unleash Your Potential
    UNTHINK™ by Erik Wahl

    UNTHINK™

    Rediscover Your Creative Genius

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