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Neil Pasricha

Happiness Expert & Bestselling Author of The Book of Awesome

Bio

A Harvard MBA, New York Times bestselling author, award-winning blogger, regular columnist for the Toronto Star and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world, Speaker Neil Pasricha is “a pied piper of happiness”* who dazzles audiences with ideas and frameworks that skyrocket happiness into the stratosphere. With infectious enthusiasm, heartfelt authenticity, and a “what works” authority, Pasricha draws on the latest research in happiness to increase individual performance and create a more positive and productive workplace. +

Pasricha spent a decade with Walmart, the world’s largest company, directly working for two CEOs and as the organization’s director of leadership development. He now travels all over the globe sharing messages on happiness to Fortune 500 companies, schools, and non-profits. In the past few years, he has spoken to over 200,000 people at hundreds of events, making him one of the world’s most sought-after speakers. He has spoken to Royal Families in the Middle East, Ivy League Deans, and to CEOs at organizations such as Audi, Abbot, and GE.

His first book, The Book of Awesome, was a runaway #1 international bestseller with millions of copies sold. His second book, The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything (also an international bestseller), provides step-by-step guidelines to illustrate how to apply a unique set of principles to improving and managing everything—your time, your career, your bottom line, your relationships and ultimately, of course, your happiness. His intentionally acclaimed blog, 1000 Awesome Things, has scored over 50 million hits and twice won the Webby Award for “Best Blog in the World.”

Pasricha partnered with Harvard University to design one of the first global leadership development programs inside a Fortune 10 company. And, as a management consultant, he advised Fortune 50 companies on top level leadership strategies. He earned his Master’s degree from the Harvard Business School, focusing on Leadership and Organizational Behaviour.

Pasricha’s writing and work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, CNN, BBC, The Guardian, The New Yorker, The Sunday Times, China Daily, The Jakarta Post, The Sydney Herald and Wired. --

Topics

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). --

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).  --

Be Happy First: 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” which was on its way to garnering over 50 million hits, and had just published The Book of Awesome which stormed the New York Times bestseller list and has now sold over a million copies. The lesson was clear: resilience, change, and growth can came 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 say the secret is to “Be happy first” and let the mindset you cultivate ultimately enable your success. Neil’s presentation leaves audiences with the tools they need to achieve their biggest goals. (Past clients include: Uber (marketing), Momenta (bioscience execs), University of Texas (students and faculty). --

The 3 A's of Awesome - Classic or Case-Study versions +

Based on Neil’s endlessly popular TED Talk, this is the 3 A’s of Awesome customized to a workplace, government, or school setting and enriched with interactive exercises, explanatory videos, and a detailed Q&A. The talk is available in the Classic version which inspires audiences through Neil’s personal narrative and his universal “attitude, awareness, and authenticity” model which guarantees your group will laugh, cry, and take a big step back to reevaluate and reenergize themselves to move forward. The talk is also available in the Case-Study version as the 3 S’s of Awesome (Social, Stimulation, Story), a customized case-study format for workplaces where business case studies and real-life corporate examples leave your group with key takeaways that can be applied in the workplace at no cost to drive employee engagement and happiness. With heartfelt storytelling, breakthrough research, and lots of laughs, it’s no wonder The 3 A’s of Awesome is Neil’s most popular talk. --

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. --

Neil Pasricha is represented by K&M Productions. For more information, Neil Pasricha's speaking schedule, fees & booking Neil Pasricha contact us.

What Clients are Saying

Thank you for an outstanding key note at our Marketing Excellence event and it was such a pleasure to meet you in person. The buzz after you left was how & when we could get you back to share your message with an even broader group. You clearly struck a chord with our audience; it is rare to find a speaker that can ignite such passion and unify the audience on a common theme that transcends generation and function. Please keep writing books. Yours changed my life.

–3M

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Thank you for an outstanding key note at our Marketing Excellence event and it was such a pleasure to meet you in person. The buzz after you left was how & when we could get you back to share your message with an even broader group. You clearly struck a chord with our audience; it is rare to find a speaker that can ignite such passion and unify the audience on a common theme that transcends generation and function. Please keep writing books. Yours changed my life.

–3M

Neil is a rock star! He visited the Googleplex and you could hear a pin drop while he was speaking. Everybody loved his models for living happier lives. Many people commented that he was the best speaker we have had in some time!

–Google

Neil has such great energy and his positivity is incredible and infectious. We’ve held our event for years and thanks to Neil we had the best one so far. We have nothing but great things to say!

–WestJet

Success was defined yesterday by my engaged team and 200 smiling faces around the room. Neil captured us and inspired each of us to exit the room better people then when we walked in. Grateful.

–Morgan Stanley

Very engaging, spoke from the heart, and really connected with everyone!

–American Express Global Travel

Neil Pasricha was a 10/5. He knocked it out of the park! Neil was so humble and easy to work with. He is super engaging and had the audience glued to his discussion. I would recommend him to anyone. He is very gracious and stayed behind to sign books and connect with people.

–Greater Toronto Area Contact Centre Association

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