Artist & Motivator
Artist & Motivator
Erik Wahl is an internationally recognized artist, TED speaker, and No. 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.
The Future of Virtual
Virtual Demo Video
Master Complexity, Creativity, and Innovation
The Discipline of Creativity
The Spark and The Grind
The Art of Breakthrough Thinking
Knowledge vs. Creativity
The Spark & 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 & 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.
Unthink: Rediscover Your Creative Genius
Somehow we’ve come to believe that creativity is reserved for the chosen few: the poets, the painters, the writers. But the truth is that creativity is in all of us. It’s about rediscovering the keys to unlock your fullest potential.
With “Unthink,” speaker Erik Wahl will push members of your organization beyond their traditional thought patterns and habitual levels of performance and inspire them to realize they are capable of so much more than they have been led to believe.
“Unthink” 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.
Erik Wahl 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
What happens when the world is upside down? When business is anything but usual? When we aren’t sure what the future looks like or how the next few weeks will unfold? Innovation, creativity, and disruption happen.
Thought leader, Author, Artist and Speaker Erik Wahl is here to help harness the chaos and unlock your organization’s creativity — all to allow for once-in-a-lifetime breakthroughs during this unprecedented time. Our country is currently experiencing Dis-ease. Dis-ease politically, economically and socially. We don’t know what will happen, but we can be prepared for how to handle what ever does happen.
What your company will learn: All of Erik’s virtual topics are fully customized to your group’s specific needs, topics include:
- Shift Happens: Constant Creativity Through Chaos
- Disruption = Innovation
- Building a Better Brand in the Time of Adversity
- Unlocking Zoom
I Am Artist
For many of us, our creative potential got buried long ago because of 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 childlike (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 things are possible if members at all levels are not working at their creative best. Experiencing speaker Erik Wahl’s “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 childlike 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 your role in the organization
- New conversations about the unifying vision of your organization’s masterpiece
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. They must 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. From small startups to global corporations, all business leaders who wish to transform organizational processes and behaviors must master these skills.
To thrive in this new era, organizations, 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,” speaker Erik Wahl will make business leaders wonder, “Why haven’t we ever thought about our business and culture this way before?
Wahl will teach your audience how leadership:
- Creates emotional connections to drive future discretionary effort
- Creates a culture of commitment
- Creates innovative processes and productivity
The Art of Vision in Business
Your best sustainable edge in business is your ability to visibly differentiate yourself from your competition. “The Art of Vision” is an entertaining and highly practical program that uncovers new ways to make your organization more creative and ultimately more profitable. It is no longer enough to have good customer service and a good product. The truly great companies have altered the landscape to create a unique experience for the customer. Whether in sales, service, or leadership principles, professionals at all levels can achieve superior performance by creatively differentiating themselves from the competition.
In this informative, interactive, and motivating keynote presentation, speaker Erik Wahl covers:
Sales & Service Excellence
- Working smarter, not harder
- Creating a unique customer experience
- Sustaining excellence in a changing economy
- Leveraging chaos to create opportunity
- Discovering untapped potential
- Creating a culture of commitment
- Transcending mediocrity
- Freeing the mind to out-think the competition
The Art of Vision for Educators
Through this highly interactive and motivational keynote, speaker Erik Wahl uses his skills as an artist as a metaphor and a vehicle to inspire the educational community to build a vision in the best interests of our children. He draws his audience in through humorous and heartwarming stories as well as audience participation. His goal is to help educators at every level explore new levels of achievement and success.
Whether you are a teacher, an administrator, or a bus driver, you have the ability to profoundly and positively impact the lives of your children. “The Art of Vision for Educators” is specifically designed to be a unique and entertaining multimedia experience as much as it an educational tool.
Wahl challenges and empowers the education community to recreate their vision for their students. The principals in this uplifting and highly practical message will redefine the role of a teacher as an artist as well as an architect.
His program will touch on the following points:
Creativity in Education
- What creativity is as it relates to vision
- How creativity is “learned” out of us
- What we can do to recapture our natural creativity
- How we can use creativity to transcend mediocrity
Teamwork Through Vision
- Why a unified vision is important to lasting success
- We are all individual agents of change working together
- Finding the heroism in our work as educators
- Igniting the spark of passion to bring creativity back to the classroom
- Thinking outside the box for greater levels of success
Profoundly impacting kids’ lives through communication
The Art of Vision in Healthcare
You must see it before you achieve it. As the landscape for healthcare continues to change, a clear vision is the key to successfully navigating tomorrow’s unchartered water. “The Art of Vision in Healthcare” is an entertaining and highly practical program that uncovers new ways to make your healthcare organization more productive and ultimately more profitable. Healthcare professionals who embrace innovation are better equipped to succeed in the future.
Whether it’s patient services, administrative issues, or leadership principles, healthcare organizations at all levels can achieve superior clinical excellence and patient safety by defining a vision of purpose and commitment.
In this presentation, speaker Erik Wahl will touch on the following:
- Transcending mediocrity
- Building a lasting vision
- Sustaining Excellence in a changing economy
- Using change to leverage performance
- Creating a culture of commitment
- Finding the heroism in your work
"Within the first thirty seconds of Erik's presentation, I knew something magical was happening in the ballroom.
After the presentation, Erik made himself available to the many members who were crowding around him and the hallways were a buzz until the next session began.
I have heard from many members that Erik Wahl was the best speaker we have ever had! I also heard from a few executives after the session that they wanted to book Erik as well for their own corporate training sessions."
"Erik is an incredibly inspiring guy with a rare ability to engage any audience. For our event, he had a massive ballroom full of IT and business execs engrossed by his words, amazed by his creativity, and moved by his lessons. I cannot recommend working with Erik enough. This guy is the real deal. In fact, I keep getting congratulations and kudos for booking him!”
"Thank you for an absolutely spectacular closing program at our national convention. I have had more comments about your presentation than any other speaker. Thank you for the passion and commitment with which you made your presentation. Your presence was an inspiration and real morale booster to the over 2,000 people in the room that day, most of whom have had a very tough year."
"You kept our group of CEO’s spellbound by your presentation. The most often repeated comment was, “He was the best speaker I’ve ever heard. We also had fun auctioning off your painting at the end of the session – for $1,600!!"
"Erik Wahl brings the difficult topic of unlocking creativity in the business setting alive in a way that entertains, stimulates and inspires the audience like no other presenter we have ever had."
"The Art of Vision is unlike anything I have ever seen before. This program is invaluable for any organization that is interested in the process of creative thinking! I thoroughly enjoyed this very unique presentation."
"Erik Wahl just presented last week at my Australia & New Zealand annual Travel Service Network. In a word, He was tremendous. I truly do recommend him 110%....!!"
"Over the past ten years, the Executive Officers Club has hired over 100 of the most respected speakers throughout corporate America. In all those years, I don’t recall any speaker ever receiving the incredible accolades that you did. Your message was right on target."
"Erik Wahl was the highlight of our entire conference. He captured everyone’s imagination with his creativity and added a whole new dimension to the usual motivational message……Not to mention his artistic finale was a complete knockout!"
"Erik Wahl was FANTASTIC and my boss, President and the whole crowd loved it. It was extra special b/c we honored a Sylvan student and his family first which brought everyone to tears. Erik then brought the child, Gabriel George, on stage impromptu as part of his normal routine of picking someone from the audience. They got a standing ovation! Erik said he couldn't have scripted it any better himself. That was the first standing ovation. He got a second one at the end."