Session #903: Ding Happens! How You Can Improvise, Adapt and Innovate in an Ever-Changing World!

SHRM 2015 Annual Conference
Workplace Application: This session will provide you with the tools to be able to react quickly to change so you stay on track instead of getting derailed.
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This hilarious and energetic program will show you 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! You will learn the fundamentals of great improvisation, and leave with specific techniques to use those fundamentals to maintain great customer service, sales skills, and leadership, even when things are falling down all around you. You will learn techniques you can use to find opportunities within unexpected setbacks to get ahead, rather than behind, when things go wrong. Parashar will share strategies to become a better leader by shaking things up and questioning assumptions to create your own unexpected events.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Avish Parashar


Avish Parashar is the world's only “Motivational Improviser.” He works with groups that want their people to be more flexible and with organizations who want to increase innovation. Avish uses his 20+ years of experience performing, teaching, and studying improv comedy to show organizations and individuals how to improvise, adapt and innovate in an ever-changing world. He specializes in helping professionals access and develop their creativity and apply those skills to think quickly and deal with change.

Avish grew up in 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.” That resolve lasted only a few months, as the first time he saw an improv comedy show he fell in love. 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. Avish is the author of “Improvise to Success!” and the Amazon best-selling, “Say 'Yes, And!'”

Westgate Pavilion 10
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Sunday Session
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