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Avish Parashar Improv speaker

Motivational Improviser


Avish Parashar

Min - Max

$8500 -


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Avish empowers leaders to lead change and inspire employees to say “Yes, And!” to change. HIs unique, interactive, and unforgettable programs entertain and energize while driving home key lessons on change, leadership, and communication.

Say, “Yes, And!”

A Powerful Way to Embrace Change, Transform Relationships, Break Down Barriers, and Unlock Greatness…

Imagine an experience where the audience is laughing, clapping, participating, and even volunteering to come on stage, all while learning a profound mindset shift: switching your default response from “yes, but” to “Yes, And!” is the simple key to embracing change, transforming relationships, breaking down barriers, and unlocking greatness.

“Yes, And!” is an idea from the world of improv comedy, but it is so much more than just a tool for humor:

  • Saying “Yes, And!” to other people improves teamwork, leadership, and morale.
  • Saying “Yes, And!” to change allows people to let go of the past and innovate into the future.
  • Saying “Yes, And!” to themselves inspires people to set bigger goals, take bolder action, and get re-engaged, re-energized, and re-motivated

In this hilarious, high-energy, interactive keynote, Avish combines improv comedy performance, audience participation, engaging storytelling, and impactful content into an experience that will have your attendees walking out the door inspired to say “Yes, And!” to others, to change, and to themselves!


“Yes, And!” Leadership

Use the Power of “Yes, And” to Engage and Empower Others

You have probably heard the expression, “people don’t leave bad jobs, they leave bad managers.” There is truth to that, but there is another way of looking at it: “people don’t leave bad jobs, they leave “yes, but” managers and environments.”

When an employee hears “yes, but” over and over, it crushes their morale, stamps out their creativity, and builds tension, resentment, and conflict. Not only does “yes, but” increase the likelihood that person will leave for other opportunities; it also greatly diminishes the potential value they could bring to their work and to your team and organization!

When leaders shift from a default mindset of “yes, but” to an empowering approach of “Yes, And!” they can instantly improve morale, loyalty, creativity, and engagement. In this high-energy, hilarious, and interactive keynote, Avish will demonstrate the power of “Yes, And!” Leadership and give your attendees valuable tools they can use to transform their teams, departments, and organizations into “Yes, And!” workforces!


“Yes, And!” 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 shows audiences how to use the power of “Yes, And!” to tap into their creativity, unleash innovation, and become “game changers” and leaders in their organization and industry.

Avish will take your attendees through the I.C.E. system, which will show them 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 interacting from start to finish as they learn skills they can use immediately to access their creativity and turn it into meaningful innovation!


Avish grew up in “exotic” Poughkeepsie, NY and now makes his home in Philadelphia, PA. Though he performed all through high-school, he decided to stop performing when he went to college to “focus on his studies.” (his parents were very proud of this decision) 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 “Say ‘Yes, And!'”

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Beth Armstrong
CEO, International Association of Emergency Management
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Avish Parashar is a repeat speaker for us, and we give him our highest accolades. He is highly entertaining, his ability to connect with the audience is impressive and his content is impactful. I learned how to frame communications positively for maximum receptivity/impact, how to channel humor into practical business skills and how to make the most of human connections in a professional setting.
Meghan Keller
CGI Federal, Arlington, VA
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On behalf of the CGI Federal Momentum Day team, I want to express my sincerest thanks to Avish for his keynote address on Thursday. We have heard from many (many!) folks that he was “the best keynote we’ve ever had” for Momentum Day. Avish was energetic, interesting, and funny, and he clearly engaged the room of 300+ people in person, and the other 300 people viewing online. His topic was extremely relevant to our event, with many speakers referring to “Yes, and” throughout the day. I am extremely grateful to Avish for getting the day off to such a great start. We were able to keep the momentum (pun intended) going once he got us started.
Beth Justice
Conference Chair, COSIPA, Denver Colorado
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Avish is an energetic and gifted speaker who completely engaged and greatly impacted our government attendees with his message, "Yes, and". The presentation provided experiences to learn from and apply in both personal and professional settings. Our attendees lined up to meet Avish after just to say how effective the message was and how entertaining he made a government conference lunch session. Avish was easy to work with, a great communicator, funny and professional.

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