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2019 Toastmasters International Convention Speakers


Typography Reading Summit with Phil

Phil Hansen

Keynote speaker
author, artist

Referred to by his fans as “the artist for the people,” Phil Hansen is an internationally recognized multimedia artist, speaker, author, and innovator—at the forefront of bringing art to a wider audience. Crashing irreverently through conventional boundaries, Phil works at the intersection of traditional art, offbeat materials, and interactive experiences. He is most widely known for his meta-art videos that document the creation process showing millions that art is action, not just result. His work is sought-after by many influential clients, including the Grammy Awards, Disney and Skype.

For the tens of millions who have seen Phil’s art on TV and online, it’s hard to imagine that his artistic journey nearly came to an end when a tremor developed in his drawing hand. Through exploring new ways to create art, Phil discovered that by embracing his shake, limitations could become the passageway to creativity.

“We need to first be limited in order to become limitless.” - Phil Hansen

2019 Toastmasters International Convention Speaker

Education Session

Embrace the Shake: Transforming Limitation into Opportunities

Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 8 —9 p.m.

Leaders want to know how their teams can rise above any challenge and succeed, no matter what comes their way. Whether it’s to embrace change, overcome obstacles, sustain growth, or take success to the next level, they want to “Embrace the Shake.”

The term, “Embrace the Shake,” is coined from Phil Hansen’s personal story of transformation. After developing a career-ending tremor in his drawing hand, Phil embraced his “shake,” both physically and metaphorically, by redefining his limitation as an impetus for creativity. Phil not only restored his artistic abilities, he became a much more creative and innovative artist than ever before. Upon sharing his message on the TED stage and with millions subsequently after, “Embrace the Shake” has become a motto for many businesses to approach their limitations in a new way.

Phil’s powerful message of finding creativity within limitations will inspire you to stop looking on the outside and start looking inside yourself for resources that can transform your challenges into opportunities for success. Like Phil’s art, “Embrace the Shake” isn’t just a talk, it’s an experience! Through jaw-dropping visuals and LIVE interactive art, get ready to break preconceived assumptions, activate your creative capacity, and bring fresh ways of viewing the task at hand that will culminate with success.