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Innovate for Success: A Graffiti Artist's Vision

Erik Wahl

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Erik Wahl: Internationally renowned graffiti artist and best-selling author, redefining keynotes. Unlock creativity and innovation for your organization.

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Discover Erik Wahl, the visionary bridging art and business. As a sought-after keynote speaker, he catalyzes innovation, profitability, and disruptive thinking. His dynamic on-stage art is a metaphor for systematic creativity, urging you to choose wisely in a world of disruption. With best-selling books and accolades from top influencers, Erik activates your path from ideas to action. Embrace creativity and transform your organization with the Warhol of Wall Street.

Why you should book Erik Wahl for your next event

  • He 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.
  • Erik’s journey as an acclaimed graffiti artist adds a unique perspective to his keynotes, leaving a lasting impact on your audience.
  • His on-stage painting serves as a dynamic visual metaphor, making complex concepts easy to grasp. Your audience will leave with a clear path to innovation.

Erik Wahl, a renowned motivational speaker, disrupts the status quo by bridging the worlds of art and business. As a keynote speaker, he redefines the boundaries of creativity and innovation, challenging your organization to embrace change wholeheartedly.

His dynamic on-stage painting is not just an artistic spectacle; it’s a powerful visual metaphor that unravels the core of his message. Organizations that tap into the mental discipline of creativity excel in today’s competitive landscape, and Wahl’s presentations provide a clear roadmap for achieving just that.

Erik Wahl’s thought-provoking keynotes are designed to catalyze innovation and drive superior performance. His disruptive insights make a compelling case for creativity being the cornerstone of your organization’s success. Disruption, he asserts, is the new normal, and he guides you on how to use it as a competitive advantage.

Wahl’s accolades, including being a #1 bestselling business author and earning praise from influential figures in art and business, testify to his expertise. When you book Erik Wahl, you’re gaining access to a proven blueprint for actionable creativity.

So, if you’re seeking a keynote speaker who can ignite innovation, boost profitability, and inspire your organization to be agile and competitive, Erik Wahl is the answer. Elevate your event, challenge the status quo, and choose Wahl to transform your audience’s perception of what’s possible. Book Erik for your event today.

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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.
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The Art of Leadership

Today’s leaders face a pressure to innovate—or else perish—unlike any other time in history.  Advances in social, mobil 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 end results include:

  • Innovative solutions to further your organization
  • Attracting and engaging quality employees
  • New efficiencies and the end of detrimental redundancies

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.

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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 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.
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The Discipline of Creativity

It’s one thing to understand the importance of creativity to the success of your business, but what most people don’t understand is to how to put a structure in place so that innovation can find its way. The paradox of creativity is that structure creates freedom. Even the wildest minds require extreme orderliness and attention to detail so that they have the space and discipline to create.


  • Beethoven sat down everyday at daybreak, regardless of season, and composed until 3:00pm.
  • Kafka started writing at 11:30pm each night.
  • Mozart taught lessons by day and composed only in the evenings.
  • Picasso ate lunch each day with his family in silence and only allowed visitors one day per week.
  • Mark Twain awoke at 5:30 am, ate a hearty breakfast, and wrote until 5:00 pm.

This program will allow your organization to:

  • Deconstructs the discipline of the creative process to ignite ideas to action.
  • Explores The Psychology of Success and the Science of Innovation to achieve superior levels of performance.
  • Harness The mental toughness required to navigate ambiguity and master complexity in a rapidly changing business environment.
  • Disruption is the new normal. Are you creating or reacting?
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Erik’s keynote set our twitter feed on fire. His revolutionary show gave our attendees an experience they won’t soon forget.

Association for Talent Development

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!


He was the best keynote we have ever had!

Executive Officer Club

Erik’s presentation was one of the highlights of our three day conference for financial institutions! People were not just inspired, they were challenged to look at things differently, which I believe will make a positive impact on the financial service’s industry. Erik and his entire team were wonderful to work with and I would definitely hire him again and highly recommend him to others!

Gwen Peters

Senior Event Manager, Digital Insight, an NCR company

Game Changer!


Erik transforms the stage and created an epic audience experience.

Grand Canyon University

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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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