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Neil Pasricha

Neil Pasricha

    • Author of Five #1 International Best Sellers including The Happiness Equation and The Book of Awesome
    • TED Talk “The 3 A’s of Awesome” has been ranked one of the 10 Most Inspirational TED Talks of all time
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Neil Pasricha: The 3 A's of awesome - Ted Talk

Neil Pasricha: The 3 A's of awesome - Ted Talk

Neil Pasricha Speaker Biography


Neil Pasricha helps people live happy lives.

He is a top-rated leadership keynote speaker, New York Times bestselling author, and positive psychology researcher focused on the relationship between happiness and leadership in business.

Neil is one of the most popular TED speakers with his first TED Talk “The 3 A’s of Awesome” (2010) ranked as one of the ten most inspiring of all time and his second “How will you maximize your tiny, short life?” (2016) the world’s first ever TED Listen, composed entirely of questions. As a leadership keynote speaker Neil has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people around the world including Fortune 100 companies, Ivy League schools, and Royal Families in the Middle East.

Neil has written five New York Times and #1 International Bestsellers including: The Book of Awesome, a catalog of simple pleasures based on his 50-million hit, award-winning blog, Awesome is Everywhere, an interactive introduction to meditation, and The Happiness Equation, a nine step guidebook to happiness based on new research. His books have been on bestseller lists for over 200 weeks and sold millions of copies.

Before leading The Institute for Global Happiness and keynote speaking, Neil spent a decade running Leadership Development and working directly for two CEOs at Walmart, the world’s largest company. He was responsible for CEO onboarding, executive development, and talent management across all levels of the organization.

His work has been featured in hundreds of outlets including CNN, BBC, The Today Show, The Early Show, The Oprah Winfrey Network, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Fortune, and Forbes.

Neil has degrees from Queen’s University and Harvard Business School.

He lives in Canada with his wife and sons.

* VIRTUAL Cultivating Calm During Coronavirus Chaos

In an all-new virtual keynote, Neil Pasricha responds to the spiking anxiety, stress, and mental health challenges we’re all facing today in our new “normal”

The bestselling author of You Are Awesome: How to Navigate Change, Wrestle with Failure, and Live an Intentional Life, Pasricha will share three research-based practices to ground and center yourself on a daily basis, as well as key phrases to use when speaking to yourself and loved ones during the pandemic. This session can include an optional Q&A to help participants connect with their peers while learning Pasricha’s empathetic tools, grounded in research and case studies.
Pasricha’s virtual event comes with a tailored “care package” available to each participant post-session. It includes:
• A tailored video from Pasricha.
• A nine-part video series on resilience.
• A resilience self-growth workbook.
• Two new articles from Pasricha: “49 things to Do if You’re Home Due to the Coronavirus” and “25 of the Best Books to Read if You’re Home Due to the Coronavirus”.
• A “Nine Steps to Resilience” poster.
• A list of additional free online resources.
This virtual presentation is 60-minutes long, including a Q&A. Length is flexible depending on a client’s needs.

 

The Science of Positive Growth Mindset

Does great work lead to happiness? Or…does happiness lead to great work? Neil Pasricha shares counterintuitive research-based answers in this fun, fast-paced, research-grounded tour of the emerging neuroscience and positive psychology landscape. He challenges your audience by asking: “Would you press a button and have 31% higher productivity, 37% higher sales, and 300% greater creativity on Monday morning?” When heads start nodding, he shows how to get there. Based on fresh research Pasricha published in Harvard Business Review together with the latest in neuroscience and positive psychology, this speech is not true motivation – it’s application. Perfect for left-brained, analytical, or even skeptical audiences. Past clients include: Google (engineers), Kaiser Permanente (physicians), Citigroup (investment bankers).

 

The Subtle Art of Happiness

Why can so few people at work genuinely say, “I love my job”? Gallup reports 87% of the global workforce is disengaged. But what if there were subtle, secret weapons that could turn employees into their most powerful, engaged, and productive selves? It’s not crazy talk. It’s actually happening. Using his unique blend of counterintuitive research and sidesplitting stories, Neil illuminates a clear path forward into workplaces where people show up inspired, do great work, and leave with full minds and full hearts. Raw, hilarious, and heartwarming, this is the perfect keynote to kick off or close your conference with the ultimate high. Past clients include Audi (national dealer teams), AstraZeneca (sales agents), and TD Bank (top global leaders).

 

Lead Yourself First, Before You Lead Others

Which company is #1 on the Fortune 500 today and has been for more than a decade? Walmart. The retail behemoth’s rise to half a trillion dollars in sales with over two million employees spread across the globe has been well-documented. But what hasn’t been documented is how they develop, nurture, and grow leaders up through those ranks. Neil Pasricha served as Director of Leadership Development inside Walmart for the past ten years – working directly for two CEOs and partnering with Harvard Business School to develop the first global executive program inside the retail giant. Join him as he shares a window into what his research and work reveal about what truly makes leaders tick and walk away with clear takeaways on how they can drive you and your teams. How do you lead a team of two, two hundred thousand, or even two million people? It starts with yourself. Let Neil show you how.

 

Be Happy First: Resilience and Breakthrough Performance In Times Of Change

After Neil Pasricha’s wife left him and his best friend suddenly took his own life, he crash-landed in an empty downtown bachelor apartment. Just twelve months later, he was working directly for the CEO at Walmart, running the International Academy of Digital Arts and Science’s “Best Blog in the world”, and had just published The Book of Awesome which stormed the New York Times bestseller list and sold over a million copies. The lesson was clear: resilience, change, and growth can come from times of challenge. This inspiring talk is for anybody looking for simple practical ways to lift performance to new heights. In Neil’s case, he realized before life could change, he had to change. Leadership ultimately comes from within. When company execs would ask him “How did you get so happy?” he’d share the secret is to “Be happy first” and let the mindset you cultivate ultimately enable your success. Neil’s presentation leaves audiences with five clear tools they can use to achieve their biggest goals. (Past clients include: Uber (marketing), Momenta (bioscience execs), University of Texas (students and faculty).

 

Building Trust in Distrustful Times: 3 Ways to Increase Trust With Customers


According to the Edelman Trust Barometer trust in media, business, and government are at an all-time low. We have never believed less, agreed less, or trusted less. Yet, building trust, and developing the community that surrounds it remains imperative for any organization, influencer, startup or brand. So what are the new ways to build trust and community in an era of mistrust? Highlighting current business examples, learn about what works, what doesn’t, and how to figure out who to really believe and rally behind. With his signature humor, New York Times bestselling author Neil Pasricha, shares three modern ways organizations can build more trust:

  • Finite Over Infinite: In an era of infinite choice, the value of curation skyrockets
  • Human Over Algorithm: In an era of bots, we trust brains
  • Go All In, Show All In: The more chips you push into the middle, the more we buy your hand

 

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