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Richard Hight performing before keynote speaking at a SHRM event in Washington D.C.

Richard Hight performing before keynote speaking at a SHRM (Society For Human Resource Management)) event in Washington D.C.

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A Wonderful Walk on the Wildside

A Wonderful Walk on the Wildside
As an artist, motivational and keynote speaker, I have been fortunate to meet incredible people across America and around the world. Each person I meet touches me, and in turn, I hope that I am able to touch them. I am always learning new things especially from people involved in professions with which I am not very familiar.
I recently met, and got to know a person who greatly inspired me with his knowledge, enthusiasm and warmth. It was Jack Hanna who earned his fame by first his long association with the prestigious Columbus Zoo, and then his numerous appearances in movies and on television and radio. He brought the world of animals and the fascinating things about each animal into our homes. By getting to meet and understanding each new species, we were better able to understand just how beautiful this world could be and how important a role each one of us plays in protecting the animals of our earth.
In getting to know Jack and his philosophies, I was once again put back in touch with important principles I love to teach to my audiences as we all create together. I will call these principles: “Walk on the Wildside” and “Go Wild.”
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Walk on the Wildside
Walk on the Wildside does not mean we need to burst into a Karaoke song at the next staff meeting (although it might be fun!). If we think of the Columbus Zoo, for example, although we know we’re in a zoo, many of the settings and exhibits have been created to take us out of our normal zones, and transport us to something completely new and different. In those wonderful minutes we are able to spend in unusual habitats, many of us begin to think differently and to look at the world through different eyes. Don’t ever be afraid to get off that couch and go for a hike, try a new kind of food, learn a new language or meet someone from a very different background. You may be surprised where all of it can lead.
When I speak to my audiences, and we begin to create together and transport ourselves from our usual roles into a creative and more free-flowing world, we are lifted out of our comfort zones. Sometimes the shyest of people come up with amazingly bold and brilliant ideas. Sometimes those who have absolutely convinced themselves they lack one, single shred of creativity, are able to produce a thought, an idea or a concept that is so out-of-the box, everyone looks at them and says, “Brilliant!”
When we allow ourselves to get out of our comfort zones amazing things can happen to us. They happen in our friendships, our workplaces, our communities and even when we travel and meet new people.
Go Wild
Sometimes ignoring the rules (in a positive way) can be the best thing that has ever happened to us. Just today I was reading about the sport of wheelchair basketball. There was a time when physicians, all with the best of intentions, told men and women confined to wheelchairs that they shouldn’t play sports. Much to everyone’s surprise, the sport not only blossomed but greatly improved many lives. I have a friend in the pizza industry who remembers the first time someone suggested pineapple topping for pizza. People laughed at first, and now millions of people get pineapple toppings and the pineapple industry sells millions of pounds. Then there was the car designer who had the audacity to suggest the SUV! Or how about the person who came up with the idea for a computer to computer means of communication called “email” instead of mailing letters by using stamps! In each case, there was a leap of faith and ignoring the rules.  Never be afraid to think big. Never be afraid to go a little wild.
When I speak to a group, I encourage my audiences to walk just a little on the wild side and to not be afraid to go wild from time to time. From allowing and empowering ourselves – and each other, to be innovative, creative and bold, great things can happen!

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Visualmpact: The Canvas of Your Imagination

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Just the other day, I heard an interesting quote I wanted to share with all of you. It was made even more interesting by the fact that the person who said it was the manager of a sports team.

“Everyone talks about going outside of the box,” he said, “when they don’t even know what is inside of the box!”

I had to think about that for a minute or two before I fully understood what he was trying to say. We have a tendency to feel that the solutions to all of our problems is to become someone else. We wish for, and even dream that if we could only be more like “so and so,” that we could become richer or more admired; respected and even more famous!”

Have you ever considered that maybe they (whoever they are) want to be more like you?

What you may be lacking is not talent, job skills, “likability” or even intelligence. What you may be lacking is something far more basic and fundamental; it is “belief.”

Believing in Yourself

In my Visualmpact keynote presentations I often talk about the “Canvas of Your Imagination.” I present on the fact that all the tools we need are within us. The tools are well within your box, or cubicle or world or however you want to imagine it, to be more creative, successful, happy and effective. The rut or valley you might imagine you are in, may not be a valley or rut at all. You might be stuck not in a place, but in a state.

When I talk to audiences about their imaginations, and the absolute ability of each person to be more creative, effective and successful I am sometimes challenged!

“Oh no Richard, not me. You have me confused with Mary over there in engineering, or Joe, our Chief Creative Officer, or Susan from marketing!”

I smile, and gently tell them that I have not confused them with anyone. I might then pose this question: “How much do you believe in yourself? Really believe?” I am often met with uncertain smiles or little shrugs. When we have no trust in ourselves, in our creative canvas, we stop believing that there is a special greatness within each one of us.

I am absolutely convinced that your own unique canvas, and your own unique imagination is something that is special and beautiful. Your abilities, skills and possibilities are limitless if you only believe in what you can do. Whatever it is you do for a living, no matter how humble your start in life, no matter the pain you have encountered – or may be encountering right this moment, you have abilities far beyond what you may believe. And there’s that word again: belief.

Throughout the world, great inventions, structures, nonprofits, retail stores, medicines, works of art, pieces of music, apparel companies, universities, charities, computer software programs, and even winning baseball teams were created by people who simply said: “I believe in myself.”

They started with a blank canvas and instead of worrying about what others thought, or what difficulties were in their lives, they pushed ahead with their own vision and created something that had never been created before? What was in their box, what was in the canvas of their minds, was brought to life through the belief they had in themselves.

Whatever you do today, find just a moment to affirm that within you lies greatness. It only needs to be drawn on your unique canvas. Let me help you paint the canvas of your imagination.

About Richard Hight

Richard Hight is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a recognition awarded through the prestigious National Speakers Association. Only 12 percent of the more than 5,000 professional speakers worldwide currently hold this respected professional designation.

Residing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Richard travels the world and shares his messages with millions of people. He has appeared on CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX networks. His artwork has been placed in museums and in more than 50 universities around the country. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, the theater, reading, and music.

Richard is a dedicated husband to his wife, Marty, and a loving father to his two children, Averie and Coleman. As a family, they have actively supported Averie, who has Down Syndrome, in the Special Olympics.

To book Richard Hight for a Visualmpact presentation contact Richard by telephone or through this website.

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Visualmpact: Inspiring through and Motivation

Richard Hight is one of America’s most exciting, award-winning keynote artists. Richard discovered a very important philosophy of life many years ago: every one of us is creative in our own beautiful way. From that philosophy and singular point of focus, Visualmpact was born.
What makes each customized Visualmpact motivational keynote speech so memorable, is how Richard Hight inspires his audiences to unlock their creativity. Whether he is addressing Fortune 500 corporations, smaller companies or nonprofits, Richard’s presentations never fail to be unique and inspirational. He reaches his audiences like no other keynote speaker.
Richard is a visual artist who motivates through words at the same time he is creating larger-than-life, full-color, one of a kind works of art. In addition, he also uses music to bring forth emotions and to reinforce his compelling messages. Visualmpact’s multi-media, creative approach can literally transform an audience.
In fact, it has been shown that when Richard presents to a group, the messaging retention rate is longer lasting and cuts across all audiences regardless of their profession, age, race, religious belief or organizational mission.
What “Creativity” Means
Visualmpact presentations emphasize that “Creativity” doesn’t mean writing a 600 page novel or designing your vacation dream cottage! Creativity can transform and inspire a difficult work task into a breakthrough solution; creativity can take a humdrum industry meeting and turn it into a memorable event; creativity can elevate a group of separate individuals and mold them into a motivated team.
In making his highly customized keynote presentations, Richard often asks his audiences what it would take for each one of them to turn their lives into artistic masterpieces. They might initially look around and shrug at one another, as if turning their jobs into something creative and memorable out of it is far beyond their reach.
Visualmpact presentations soon turn audiences into creative believers. Visualmpact helps each employee or member understand that it is precisely their hidden talents that are essential to the life of their organizations. When we each understand our unique importance to our organizations, magic can happen.
Who is Richard Hight?
Richard Hight is a creative dynamo! In addition to being a motivational speaker, he is a recognized artist and sculptor, as well as a writer. He has most recently written the book, Chasing Light: Turning Possibilities Into Masterpieces. The book explores Richard’s fascinating philosophy and creative passion.
In a Visualmpact presentation, as Richard speaks, he also begins to create incredible art. He produces pieces of art in real-time, in front of his audience, while using the creative impact from the audience. Meeting attendees frequently say: “There are events you attend but this is one you experience!”
Visualmpact assists attendees in seeing that they are not cogs in a wheel or replaceable puzzle parts, but brilliantly special individuals. Creativity gives each one of them a unique place in the world. Whether they are school administrators, factory foremen, emergency room nurses or accountants, Richard Hight’s motivational messages make each person in the audience feel special.
Richard Hight is Certified Speaking Professional (CSP); it a recognition awarded through the prestigious National Speakers Association. Only 12 percent of the more than 5,000 professional speakers worldwide currently hold this respected professional designation.
Residing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Richard travels the world and shares his messages with millions of people. He has appeared on CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX networks. His artwork has been placed in museums and in more than 50 universities around the country. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, the theater, reading, and music.
Richard is a dedicated husband to his wife, Marty, and a loving father to his two children, Averie and Coleman. As a family, they have actively supported Averie, who has Down Syndrome, in Special Olympics.
To book Richard Hight for a Visualmpact presentation contact Richard by telephone or through this website.

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Tulsa Public Schools – Indian Studies

Richard enjoyed presenting to Tulsa Public Schools Indian Studies assembly.

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South Central Texas

Richard had a great time doing an event in the middle of south central Texas. Met some wonderful people and had fun sharing art & stories with them.

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Creative Tension

Richard speaking at a recent event, regarding creative tension.

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Master Storyteller – Where’s your focus? YouTube Clip

To check Richard’s availability for your next event visit the contact page.
Appearing for corporate associations, educational & non-profit events.

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Richard receives National Speakers Association CSP Certification

Richard received the prestigious CSP Certification from the National Speakers Association at the 2013 NSA conference in Philadelphia.

Why should you hire Richard to speak to your group?

I hold the designation of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) from the National Speakers Association.  The Certified Speaking Professional designation, established in 1980, is the speaking industry’s international measure of professional platform skill.   CSP is conferred only on those accomplished speakers who have earned it by meeting strict criteria through a rigorous 5 year certification process. Furthermore, I have a long track record of presenting outstanding programs that deliver solid content in an entertaining and memorable way.

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Richard at a recent education event

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