Nancy Vogl Speakers Bureau

Avish Parashar

February 11, 2014
Avish Parashar

Avish Parashar

Expertise:   Change, Improvisation, Creativity, Motivation, Innovation, Humor

Speaking Style:  Energetic. Hilarious. Motivational.

Travels From:  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Nancy Says:  “Avish is completely likeable with an infectious sense of humor. Because people remember more when laughing, an Avish Parashar experience will last way beyond the meeting’s agenda.”


An Unforgettable Approach to Change and Quick Thinking. Ding!

DING! Expect the unexpected when Avish Parashar is on stage! Using Improv Comedy, hilarious stories and insightful content, your audience will be laughing, thinking and buzzing with ideas to improve their personal and professional lives. In his signature, interactive presentation, Ding Happens!, Avish plays Ding!, an improv comedy game where he makes up a story on the spot and switches it up every time a volunteer “dings” a bell. Audience members learn the value of improvising when the unexpected occurs – resulting in less stress, more satisfaction and an improvement in business. Another popular program is Change is Not a 4 Letter Word!

Avish brings over 20 years of improvisational skills, stand-up comedy and sketch comedy to the platform. He has extensive event management experience, has held leadership roles in a number of associations, owned a business, and has worked in companies, big and small. The experiences lend to his sharp wit and ability to relate to a wide variety of groups. Avish has a Bachelors of Science and Engineering degree.

Learn more about Avish Parashar...

Avish Parashar is an experienced, innovative, energetic, and humorous speaker who uses his 15+ years of experience performing, directing and teaching improv comedy to deliver unique and refreshing presentations to a variety of audiences.

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 graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995, created, managed, and directed Polywumpus Improv Comedy from 1996-2002, and currently performs, teaches, and directs improv with Full Circle Theater. Avish is an active member of the National Speakers Association, Toastmasters, and the Network of Indian Professionals. When not speaking, Avish reads, writes, plays basketball, and has been known to make a short film or two…


Presentation Topics

Ding Happens! How to Improvise, Adapt, and Innovate in an Ever-Changing World

Signature Keynote

Business today should be more like improv than standup…

Your people are called upon to constantly deal with changes in the industry, economy, market, organization, and technology.

This hilarious and energetic 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.

Within the first three minutes of the keynote your people will be rolling in the aisles watching Avish play Ding! – an improv comedy game where he makes up a hilarious story on the spot and switches it up every time a volunteer “Dings” a bell. The game not only introduces them to improv comedy, but also makes the main point of the presentation: no matter how well you plan, the universe will throw you a curveball and force you to improvise.

Throughout the program, your group will laugh their heads off watching Avish play a variety of challenging and highly-entertaining improv comedy games – sometimes with volunteer help! Each game not only gets your audience laughing, but also teaches them critical lessons and skills about how to improvise with the unexpected:

  • The critical mentalities that great improvisers use to flow with the unexpected.
  • The approaches great improvisers take to finding opportunities in setbacks.
  • The techniques great improvisers use to create new opportunities that let them jump ahead into new territory.

Your people will be captivated as Avish seamlessly combines humorous stories, improvisation, and solid business advice to achieve one goal: show your people how they can improvise, adapt, and innovate in an ever-changing world.


Ding Happens! Create a Flexible, Agile, Innovative Leadership Team and Workforce

Training/Workshop Program

Change is inevitable. Organizations that ignore or resist that principle fall behind and fail. Organizations that deal with change improve their position and thrive.

This interactive half-day program (2-3 hours) is for people who want to dive deeper on the ideas of “Ding Happens.”

This program is ideal for organizations and teams who want to:

  • Break the cycle of “Same-o lame-o ideas” that neither work nor inspire
  • Stop letting challenges and obstacles completely derail progress
  • Start pacing and leading the market, rather then falling behind every time something changes in the industry, economy, organization, or technology
  • Seize opportunities for growth and progress that are constantly in front of them
  • Create an environment that challenges and rewards to boost the motivation of your best and brightest
  • End the negative mentality of “whining about change”
  • Stop feeling like everyone else is getting ahead while you fall behind

By the end of this program, attendees will be able to:

  • Think on their feet to quickly solve problems, improve sales, and service customers

  • Increase business with less effort by leveraging opportunities that are already around them

  • Innovate in a way that lets them lead, instead of follow, the competition.

  • Communicate more effectively with others for better service, sales, leadership, and teamwork.

  • Align quick thinking with organizational and personal goals to reduce stress and improve efficiency and productivity

  • Create more time to spend on high value activities by reducing headaches caused by doing and saying stupid things in the “heat of the moment.”

Attendees will leave with:

  • A deep understanding of how to be more open-minded, adaptable and innovative

  • A toolbox of tactics they can use to implement ideas from the session immediately

  • A 30-day action plan to introduce adaptability and innovation to their team and their own work.


Say "Yes, And!" Transform Your Culture, Sales, Service, and Leadership with a Simple Two-Word Phrase

Training/Workshop Program

Though the idea sounds simple, tremendous change, progress, and success can come when you and your team leave behind “yes, but” and start thinking and speaking in terms of “yes, and.”

This interactive half-day program is for people who want to dive deeper on the simple but powerful idea of saying, “yes, and.”

This program is ideal for organizations and teams who want to:

  • Break the limited mindset of “this is how we’ve always done it,” and force people to think in new, innovative ways.
  • Increase sales by improving relationships and exploring objections
  • Improve repeat and referral business through better customer service

  • Take advantage of the talents and strengths of everyone on your team

  • Avoid being blocked and depressed by tough relationships and interactions

  • Retain and grow your best people by creating an environment that rewards and motivates them.

By the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Say “yes, and” to customers to improve service and customer retention
  • Be more effective team members and leaders by keeping a “yes, and” mindset in internal interactions.
  • Use “yes, and” to dig deeper, overcome objections, and increase sales

  • Take charge of their own development and motivation by saying “yes, and” to opportunities.

  • Improve efficiency by quickly deciding when to say, “yes, and” (vs. saying “no,” “yes, but,” “yes,” “no, and,” or “no, but”).
  • Implement the idea of thinking and saying, “yes, and” in the “real world,” even when faced with “yes, butters”
  • Maintain forward progress towards goals by maneuvering around obstacles
  • Improve productivity and relationships by pivoting from problems to solutions
  • Access their creativity and generate a large list of “yes, and” options
  • Use “yes, and” to get out of their comfort zone and innovate.

Attendees will leave with:

  • A deep understanding of the power of “yes, and” over “yes, but”
  • Practical guidelines for how and when they should use “yes, and”
  • A 30 day action plan to start using “yes, and” in their work and lives



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