Erik Wahl

The key to unlocking our inner genius is "unthinking" our mental routines.

Innovation Speaker and Author of Unthink and Unchain the Elephant

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Erik Wahl | Innovation Speaker and Author of Unthink and Unchain the Elephant

“I’m in the business of creating disruptive strategies—of creating breakthrough pockets of innovation,” says speaker Erik Wahl. An internationally recognized graffiti artist and bestselling author of The Spark and the Grind, Wahl’s focus is on unlocking the creative genius within us all. His dynamic multimedia presentations are motivational, instructive, and flat-out fun to watch.

Erik Wahl is an artist, author, and entrepreneur who has become one of the most sought-after speakers on the corporate lecture circuit. He is the author of new book  The Spark and the Grind: Ignite the Power of Disciplined Creativity as well as Unchain the Elephant: Reframe Your Thinking to Unleash Your Potential, a guide to rediscovering our inner creativity and passion. His previous book, Unthink: Rediscover Your Creative Genius, was selected by CEO Reads as the #1 Business Book of the Year. “Unthink will catapult you forward to unlock and unleash your creative genius,” says Ken Blanchard, bestselling co-author of The One Minute Manager. “This thought-provoking book is an extension of Erik Wahl’s electrifying keynote performance that will inspire you grow your dreams and challenge your traditional thought patterns to achieve excellence in both business and in life.”


Wahl has been a keynote speaker for AT&T, Disney, London School of Business, Microsoft, FedEx, Exxon Mobil, Ernst & Young, and XPrize, among many others. His artwork has raised millions of dollars for charities. 


“Over the past 10 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.”

Executive Officers Club

“Your presentation was an outstanding contribution to our conference. Your rating in both subject matter and presentation style were some of our highest ratings ever.”


“The standing ovation you received was heartfelt and well warranted.”

State Farm

Speech Topics

UNthink™ Unlocking Our Untapped Potential

UNthink is the signature keynote experience from Erik’s bestselling book. It is dynamic multimedia keynote experience specifically designed to challenge audiences to achieve superior levels of performance. It will inspire them to let go of their traditional thought patterns and better understand how to create disruptive strategies of innovation. Creativity is in all of us. We simply need to rediscover the keys that will unlock our untapped potential. UNthink will unleash organizational excellence and help your audience better understand that they are all capable of so much more than they have been conditioned to believe. 

Innovation & Creativity
The Art of Vision® Seeing Beyond the Competition

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.

Beyond Business as Usual Learning the Art of Leadership
Today’s leaders face a pressure to innovate—or else perish—unlike any other time in history. Advances in social, mobile, and cloud technology, coupled with fierce global competition, have 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. Wahl’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. 
Innovation & Creativity
I Am Artist™ Unleashing Your Creativity

This program is an innovative training experience featuring a short-film that challenges you to discover that no matter what you do, you are an artist. By digging deeper into your own unique talents, you will be inspired to take the next steps to achieve breakthrough levels of success. Join Erik Wahl as he helps you redefine your art, equips you with the tools to become more productive, and unleashes your creativity.