That resolve lasted only a few months, as the first time he saw an improv comedy show he fell in love (his parents were slightly less proud) . One week later he auditioned for the campus improv group, got in, and the rest is history. After graduating, he started Polywumpus Improv Comedy, which did regular performances in and around Philadelphia for 7 years. Avish closed up Polywumpus to focus on the speaking and training side of the business – using improv comedy as a tool to teach valuable business skills such as creativity, innovation, and adaptability.
Weaving together humorous stories, jokes, audience interaction, and improv comedy games, Avish keeps the audience engaged while imparting a key lesson: Planning is Important, but Improvising is Essential! No matter how well you plan, things will go wrong, surprises will arise, and the Universe will throw you a curveball. Your success and sanity are directly related to how you respond these challenges. By the end of one of Avish's presentations you will have key tools to flow with all that life throws at you. Avish has spoken to the very creative (actors and directors), the very un-creative (accountants), the very casual (college students), and the very business-like (sales professionals). The end result is always the same - smiles, laughs, and a new way of looking at life and business.
Avish is the author of Improvise to Success! and the Amazon best-selling, Say 'Yes, And!’
- Improvised Innovation! How to Unleash Creativity and Leap Ahead of the Competition!
In a world that is getting smaller and smaller and changing faster and faster, innovation and creativity become keys to staying competitive. Organizations and individuals who apply innovation move ahead. Those who don’t, struggle and fall behind. In this high-energy, hilarious, and interactive keynote, Avish uses ideas and exercises from improv comedy to show you how to tap into your creativity and use it to unleash innovation to be a “game changer” in your organization and industry. Avish weaves together improv games, audience interaction, humorous stories, and relevant business examples to create a unique and relevant experience for every group. By the end of the program, Avish will have taken your attendees through the I.C.E. system, which will show attendees how to:
•IDENTIFY true goals to ensure they are not wasting their creative energy, as well as the constraints they face in achieving those goals.
•CREATE a large list of ideas, potential solutions, implementable actions, etc. by accessing and developing the untapped creative power they might not even be aware they have.
•EXPERIMENT with their ideas to see what works, what doesn’t and what adjustments they need to make to keep moving forward and innovating.
•Your people will be engaged, laughing, and even interacting from start to finish as they learn skills they can use immediately to access their creativity and turn it into meaningful innovation!
- “Yes, And!” Two Words That Will Transform Good Managers Into Outstanding Leaders
In this high-energy, hilarious, and content packed keynote, Avish Parashar inspires your attendees to think differently and stop saying “yes, but” and start saying, “yes, and,” to navigating change, improving engagement, and unlocking the potential of themselves and their teams.
By the end of this unique, hilarious, and content packed keynote, attendees will be able to:
•Stop saying “yes, but” and destroying employee morale and use “yes, and” to inspire, engage, and elevate
•Lead their team and organization past “change-based” overwhelm and stress by focusing on opportunity, progress, and innovation
•Make strong, fast, focused decisions in the face of uncertainty and risk
•Isolate “core success elements” to avoid wasting time, energy, and resources by focusing on things that don’t matter
•Stop making “emotion-based” decisions that prioritize short terms comfort over long term gain
- Ding Happens! How to Improvise, Adapt, and Innovate in an Ever-Changing World!
Business today should be more like improv than standup… Your people are called upon to constantly respond to changes in the industry, economy, market, organization, and technology.
This hilarious and energetic change management program will show your people how to stop fearing and hating change and how to use the power of improv comedy to improvise, adapt, and innovate – no matter what happens! They will discover simple but effective tools they can use to automatically make smarter choices that let them not only react to the unexpected, but to find opportunities within the setbacks. They will even learn how to create their own unexpected moments so they can lead change instead of being a victim of it.