Erik Wahl is an internationally recognized artist, TED speaker, and Number 1 bestselling author. His breakthrough experience as an artist and entrepreneur has translated into making him into one of the most sought-after corporate speakers on the circuit today.
On stage, Erik's keynote experience creates a dynamic multidimensional metaphor for how to systematically embrace innovation and risk. His message: disruption is the new normal and businesses must embrace creativity in a wholesale fashion, or risk being left behind. Erik's presentation inspires organizations to be increasingly agile and outlines how to use disruption as a competitive advantage. Some companies will be disrupted others will choose to be the disruptor. Choose wisely.
His new book, The Spark and the Grind activates the essential components of translating ideas into action. His breakthrough thinking has earned praise from the likes of top influencers in both art and business. Erik's previous book, a bestseller called Unthink was hailed by Forbes Magazine as The blueprint to actionable creativity, and by Fast Company Magazine as "provocative with a purpose."
The Warhol of Wall Street, the Renoir of ROI, The Picasso of Productivity, the Jobs of...Well, Jobs. Erik discovered an alarming truth early in his career as a partner in a corporate firm: organizations that encouraged the mental discipline of creativity did better than those that did not put innovation as a priority mission. So he set out to challenge companies to change their way of thinking.
In the meantime, inspired by street art, he became an acclaimed graffiti artist-though he has since stopped selling his works for personal gain and instead uses his art to raise money for charities. His keynote is where his passion for business growth and art converge into a fascinating performance.
Erik's list of clients includes AT&T, Disney, London School of Business, Microsoft, FedEx, Exxon Mobil, Ernst & Young, and XPrize.
*VIRTUAL Erik Wahl Online Offerings
Keynote Speeches, Live-Streams, Broadcasts
Author/artist Erik Wahl, an expert on creativity, reinventing business, and rethinking education has delivered keynote speeches around the world. A pioneer in championing disruption, he is uniquely positioned to talk about turning the tragedy of the pandemic into new opportunities that will benefit the individuals, businesses, and the whole of humanity.
His inspiring message of hope, innovation, and discipline are more relevant today than ever.
He can custom-craft a speech for your organization, or use the following outlines:
Shift Happens: Constant Creativity Through Chaos
Erik helps audiences to reframe change, embrace the positive, and leverage their creativity. This pandemic will be remembered as a seminal moment in history, the major disruption of our lifetime.
Erik’s messages will use examples of how successful entrepreneurs and inventors built something from nothing, and give audiences the tools to do the same.
• Embracing disruption and resiliency
• Chaos creates opportunities for innovation
• Differentiating from the competition
• Amplifying your unique value proposition
• Shifting to habits to fortify our mindset
Disruption = Innovation
Our greatest growth happens on the border between chaos and order. In this presentation, Erik provides a history of innovation through disruption (Instagram, AirBnB, iPhone, Uber, AIDS, 9/11, and himself) and shows audiences how to spot and create opportunities to benefit their communities and their organizations.
• Adopting a growth mindset
• Beginner’s mind leads to discovery
• Overcoming fear and achieving peak performance
• Dynamic intelligence
• Navigating ambiguity
• Divergent thinking
Building a Better Brand in the Time of Adversity
When the global economy has gone off the rails, it’s time to rethink who you are and what you can offer to a new world. In this presentation, Erik discusses how to leverage your digital and human capital to emerge stronger and more authentically than ever before.
• Purpose, passion and performance
• Humanizing your brand in a digital future
• Amplifying trust to build authenticity
• Driving a new competitive narrative
Bonus materials to be made available to each member of the online audience
I Am Artist: This digital bundle offers a short film and workbook as an innovative way to dig deeper into your unique talents. By offering you key frameworks to unshackle yourself from the status quo and begin doing business as “unusual,” you can start solving existing challenges and possibly re-discover old passions you previously thought were impractical. After using these tools, past participants have seen improvements in their R&D, discovered new keys to profitability, and have seen more engagement from their workers.
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.
THE ART OF LEADERSHIP
Today’s leaders face pressure to innovate—or else perish—unlike any other time in history. Advances in social, mobile, and cloud technology, coupled with fierce global competition has made the business landscape nearly unrecognizable from what it was a mere 10 years ago. Erik Wahl’s entertaining and invigorating Art of Leadership presentation paints a compelling new portrait for what the successful leaders of tomorrow will look like. He inspires audiences to shed old ways of thinking and “business as usual” processes that are outdated, inefficient, and detrimental to productivity. Audience members learn new ways to build an emotional connection to drive future employee engagement. Erik’s presentation stretches traditional assumptions on leadership. The results include:
Growth and comfort cannot co-exist. When leaders come from a place of authenticity, curiosity, exploration, and purpose, this leads to more meaningful connections among team members and with clients and customers—and ultimately, a more profitable organization. An engaged employee equals an engaged customer.
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.
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.
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