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Erik Wahl has redefined the idea of a ‘keynote speaker’ using stories from his life as both a businessman and an artist

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Keynote speaker Erik Wahl is a recognized artist and business strategist making big waves on the international lecture circuit. He challenges organizations to break free from the chains of business as usual.

The keynote speaker Erik Wahl is not only an internationally renowned graffiti artist, but also author, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is a recognized artist and speaker who can inspire professionals to achieve greater levels of performance by using art as a vehicle.

Erik Wahl is able to redefine the idea of a ‘keynote speaker’. He uses stories from his life as both a businessman and an artist, and has grown to become one of the most demanded corporate speakers available today.

Keynote speaker Erik Wahl is a visionary and delivers unique presentations leveraging his creative talent to become a visual metaphor the core of his message: that creativity, innovation and the power to inspire as leaders lies within all of us. His unique understanding of this vision traces back to his experience as an artist.

Endowed with ambitious beliefs, the idealist speaker Erik Wahl encourages organizations toward profitability through innovations and superior levels of performance. His time as a partner in a corporate firm, made him frustrated by the lack of avant-garde thought and corresponding profits he saw in business. Erik set out to challenge companies to change the way they think, while at the same time pursuing his own individual passion of art. He now plays in the business world by working through his art.

Our speaker Erik Wahl has shared his message with some of the largest and most influential companies in the world. His list of clients include AT&T, London School of Business, Disney, Microsoft and many more, and the response he received has been nothing short of incredible, with standing ovations. He leaves behind his prized artwork as a reminder of his passion for breakthrough thinking, and they can be found hanging in executive offices around the world.

His upcoming business book on the creative process The Art of Vision is being published by Random House and will be released in 2013.

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    Organizational Excellence

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    • Telling a Better Story
    • Out-thinking the Competition

    Through this entertaining and highly practical program, our keynote speaker Erik Wahl helps you uncover new ways to make your organization more creative, innovative and profitable, but more-so, help your employees to see the need to become better storytellers within your company and towards your industry.


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    Embracing Change

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    • Sustaining Excellence in a Changing Economy
    • Leveraging Chaos to Capitalize on Opportunities
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What is the message you hope people take away from your presentations?

My audience will take away an alarmingly refreshing perspective on unlocking their own talents to achieve greater levels of performance. Whether it is sales, service or leadership, professionals at all levels are better equipped to succeed by becoming more creative.

As the landscape for business continues to change, Leaders need to foster a steady stream of disruptive strategies and unexpected solutions to stay ahead of the game. This requires solutions that revive stagnant markets or completely reinvent the competitive dynamics of an industry. Disruptive thinking is about fostering a culture of innovation leadership that provides 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

How are your keynotes unique?

My keynote is unique because it blows audiences away. They have never seen or experienced anything like it before. It is a dynamic multi-media theatrical experience resulting in a deep new understanding of vision. It includes music, emotionally compelling videos and live painting all interwoven into thought provoking value added message. They will experience an ‘AHA’ moment where we rip the cover off of business as usual.

Who or what is your biggest source of inspiration?

I have a multi-faceted input for inspiration. I derive much inspiration from provocative thought leaders like Sir Ken Robinson, Daniel Pink and Seth Godin. But I simultaneously generate inspiration from Bob Dylan, Bono, Banksy and many other artistic geniuses.

How do you manage to blend aspects from both the art and the business world?

They become one. Art for me is not a separate finished product but rather a catalyst, a vehicle to channel breakthrough ideas. In my presentation I am able to show the audience how to spark their own innovative new solutions in business.

What are some of the most important aspects of a creative organization?

Far and away it is the culture. What is the company and its leaders doing to encourage and build a culture that rewards the innovation process. Not only the finished product, but the process by which the employees are empowered to think creatively and take strategic risks. Are they emotionally invested in the outcome?

How does humor play a part in your keynote presentations?

Humor plays a major role in my presentations but I am not a humorist. I have just found that audiences are more engaged when they are being entertained. It is part of my natural persona to be cheeky, not controversial but to laugh. Laugh at myself, laugh at old paradigms, laugh and embrace new ideas.

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