Expert Spotlight: Avish Parashar

Did you know that unleashing your creative side helps bring about a new way of looking at life and business? As a speaker, improv teacher, and stand-up comedian, it’s Avish Parashar’s objective to show audiences how they can learn a lot about themselves and their potential for professional excellence – while having fun in a creative format. For Avish, teaching improv is all about helping participants learn how to respond to unplanned challenges, for with all things in life – no matter how well things are planned out – things tend to go wrong or the unexpected usually happens, and it’s good to know how to maintain your sanity and achieve success during those moments the Universe throws you a curve ball.

What’s your favorite topic(s) to present on? Why?

“Ding Happens! How to Deliver Great Leadership, Service, and Teamwork – Even When Things Goes Wrong”

This topic lets me combine everything creative I love – improv comedy, stand-up comedy, and storytelling – with content and a message that resonates with audiences. I get to be funny and creative while helping people do better both professionally and personally. It’s awesome!

Three words that describe your presentation style:

Energetic. Interactive. Hilarious.

What are some things that surprise you or inspire you about your interactions with clients/participants?

In all of my presentations, I have the audience play improv comedy games. Even though I have done it for years, I still think it’s so cool how almost every audience – regardless of age, gender, industry, or position – are willing to play along and have fun. They also come out of each exercise with some great examples of creativity. There are exceptions, but most audiences, even if they don’t know it, are fun, playful, and creative, and that inspires me.

Do you have a favorite quote? What/why?

My favorite quote changes from time to time. Right now it’s Steve Martin’s answer when people ask him how to make it in show business:

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”

Everyone knows the value of being “good.” I’ve recently realized the critical difference between “being good” and “being so good they can’t ignore you.” The former is a way to keep happy clients. The second is a way to get people beating down your door to hire you. I keep this quote present as a constant reminder to myself to keep getting better.

What’s one thing on your “bucket list” you hope to do in the next year?

I have wanted to write a novel since I was eight years old (I’m little older than that now). I started one last year and am halfway through it. I fully intend to finish not just a first draft, but a completed manuscript by the end of the year. Whether it gets published, well, that’s another story…

Why did you become a speaker/trainer?

I have always loved doing two things: performing and teaching. I have been on stage since before high school, and devoted a lot of my life to it. I have also always loved to teach, but not in a traditional “classroom” setting. I remember training in karate and being excited to get my black belt, not because of the achievement (though that was cool) but because in my school getting a black belt meant you could teach! I love it. One day I went to a big motivational seminar and as I watched the speaker, I had a revelation: the speaker was doing a great job teaching and performing. The two things I most love combined in one. From that point, I knew I would be a speaker someday.