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 to 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!'”
Ding Happens! How to Improvise, Adapt, and Innovate in an Ever-Changing World!
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 | 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Anyone can perform well when everything goes right. The real test of you and your organization is how you react when things go wrong – and they will! These make-or-break moments are the “Dings!” of life. Handle them well and you come out looking like a rock star. Handle them poorly and you can end up adding unnecessary stress, difficulty, and complication to your life.
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!
If things go 100% as planned for you every time, then you can skip this session; otherwise, attend and learn how to reflexively respond to the unexpected in a way that reduces stress, improves productivity, and gives you the skills to manage change.
By the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
- Reduce stress and increase productivity by focusing on what they can control and letting go of the rest
- Find opportunities within unexpected setbacks to get ahead, rather than behind, when things change or go wrong.
- Become leaders and innovators by creating meaningful change instead of just responding to it.
- Understand how to remove paralysis and unlock creativity by adopting the improviser’s mindset.
- Apply the power of saying “Yes, And” instead of “yes, but” to improve communication, adaptability, and personal growth.