Successful Sales Meeting Speaker Leaves Meaningful Impression on Attendees


For this sales meeting, Bishop-McCann faced the challenge of finding a speaker who would tie to the theme of their corporate event in a meaningful way.

The theme for this meeting was “In Our Hands.” This messaging was created to challenge preconceived assumptions around continuous improvement by embracing change to reach new levels of success.


The speaker for the event was Phil Hansen, and his presentation’s title was “Embrace the Shake: Transforming Limitations into Opportunities.” Success, especially in today’s fast-changing business environment, depends on our ability to make “creativity and innovation” a continuous process. 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 your success to the next level, they want to “Embrace the Shake.”

The term “Embrace the Shake” is coined from artist 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 but also became a much more creative and innovative artist than ever before. Upon sharing his message on the TED stage and 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 inspired the attendees to stop looking on the outside, and start looking inside themselves for resources that would transform challenges into opportunities for success. “Embrace the Shake” isn’t just a talk—it’s an experience! Through jaw-dropping visuals and live interactive art, Phil broke preconceived assumptions and activated attendees’ creative capacity.


In addition to his inspiring talk, artist Phil Hansen designed a hands-on interactive art experience that brought the audience together to create a stunning and unexpected work of art. This fun, engaging, and collaborative project furthers the experience of embracing challenges through teamwork and demonstrates the power of coming together to create something new.

The collaborative art project resulted in a stunning painting of two hands coming together, which supported the meeting theme, “In Our Hands,”  in a beautiful way. The artwork now resides at the host sales company’s office, a reminder of a powerful and successful event.

“He was by far one of the most engaging speakers I’ve had at a national sales meeting. I’ve never heard more unsolicited positive feedback from my team! Phil also conducted a fingerprinting art workshop, which resulted in an impressive piece of art with the fingerprints of 50 people in the meeting. This was a great tie in to our theme.”

Dalia Rayes, Business Unit Lead, VALCHLOR & ZAVESCA

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Embracing Personal and Universal Limitations was last modified: July 27th, 2020 by Brenna Adkins

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