Joze Piranian

Joze Piranian

Award Winning Inspirational Tedx Speaker, Stand Up Comedian

Joze Piranian

After spending most of his life avoiding speaking due to a debilitating stutter, Joze Piranian is now a TEDx speaker, the recipient of the Inspirational Speaker of the year award in 2017 and a stand-up comedian who has performed in the US, Canada and the UK in English, French and Spanish. Two of his talks went viral online this year; they were viewed by more than three million people worldwide.
When delivering his transformational keynotes at conferences and organizations, Joze shares his tale of overcoming adversity to motivate others to face their fears, overcome their obstacles and skyrocket their true potential in both their professional and personal lives. Joze holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Psychology from McGill University and a Master of International Business from Queen’s University.
He is passionate about travelling and foreign languages – he stutters in six of them!

The take away from all of Joze’s keynotes is an increased sensitivity and empathy towards people who face challenges different to their own leading to improved communication, relationships and performance at work, school and in their personal life. A more nuanced understanding to build more effective Diversity & Inclusion workplace and school initiatives that focus equally on improving the environment while also empowering the individual to act in spite of fear and empowering individuals to face their own obstacles, fears, and insecurities and unlock their true potential

Joze is also a stand-up comedian who has performed in Edinburgh, NYC, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal and Beirut!

  1. Overcoming Adversity through the Lens of Diversity and Inclusion

    Imagine struggling to say your own first name. Dealing with a debilitating stutter, Joze Piranian avoided speaking almost entirely. He was afraid of being judged for being different. The mere act of having to introduce himself to others was terrifying. In business school, Joze asked his professors to exempt him from all of his presentations.

    In this inspiring and humorous keynote, Joze will share his journey of overcoming the adversity of being different by discussing empowerment through self-acceptance, facing fears through repeated exposure to discomfort and the necessity of organizations and HR professionals to develop a more nuanced understanding of the diverse challenges that an employee or prospective hire might be facing. Beyond merely labelling, D&I is a complex tango, it takes two: the empowerment of the individual and the inclusive acceptance from the other members of the organization

  2. Conquering Fears, Building Resilience and Skyrocketing your Potential

    Imagine struggling to say your own first name. Dealing with a debilitating stutter, Joze Piranian avoided speaking almost entirely out of the fear of being judged for being different. The mere act of having to introduce himself to others was terrifying. In business school, Joze asked his professors to exempt him from all of his presentations.

    In this inspiring and entertaining keynote, Joze shares his personal journey of transformation, from holding back immensely to performing on stages worldwide. He discusses how to confront adversity by taking full ownership of what makes us unique, repeatedly exposing ourselves to discomfort and leveraging fear as an impetus to action. The insights from this presentation enable the audience members to gain resilience, courage and perseverance to skyrocket their potential at work and beyond.

Joze was the closing keynote speaker at the Advocis National Symposium in Saskatoon, SK. He was inspiring, authentic engaging and vulnerable. He had the perfect blend of humour and seriousness and was able to relate and connect to each person in the audience as we learned that each of us has a fear holding us back. His personal story of going through his fear and overcoming what would once seemed impossible was inspiring and shifted my perspective. His story and message is one that every person should hear as when we face our fears our potential grows exponentially and we are not the only ones that benefit when we face our fear. I highly recommend him as a keynote speaker for conferences, corporate events and for schools. You’ll never look at your fears the same again.
Andrea Hansen
Partner at Sutton Financial Group, Saskatoon, Canada
In February 2018 as the speakers director of TEDxQueensU, I had the honour of watching Joze Piranian perform in front of 500 students and community members at the Isabel Bader Centre in Kingston, Ontario. We gave Joze the tough task of leading of our day long conference and to put it simply, he blew us all away. I cannot imagine anyone to have better captivated, motivated and energized our audience on a weekend morning. Joze does an incredible job at injecting humour into a very real topic and crafts a message that can apply to people of all walks of life. Additionally, not only is Joze phenomenal on stage but he was extremely enjoyable to work with in the 6 months leading up to the conference. Whether you are searching for someone to entertain, inspire or to make people laugh, I would highly recommend booking Joze Piranian at your even
Paul Vollmershausen
Director at TEDxQueensU 2018
“I am delighted to recommend Joze Piranian as an inspiring mentor to youth. In my various capacities as Founder of Brain Power Enrichment Programs, an active contributor to the Greater Toronto Area community, I am well positioned to comment on Joze's ability to share his knowledge and story in a way that makes students want to improve their own public speaking abilities and to face their own fears. Joze's participation as a guest speaker at Brain Power this fall ('18) was a memorable and inspiring experience for our students. His consistently warm and welcoming attitude makes him easy to relate to. Some of my students are still quoting some of the inspiring tidbits Joze shared with them!”
Dr Karine Rashkovsky
Founder and Director at Brain Power
I think the most sincere way to write a testimonial for Joze, is to share the note I wrote to him after hearing him speak in Los Angeles, where he addressed a group of senior executives in the Media & Entertainment industry, and has all of us utterly captivated. This is what I wrote to him”: “Dear Joze: What an absolute pleasure to meet you this evening at the Skirball Center ...and a fellow Torontonian to boot! So enjoyed and appreciated you sharing your journey and your message with our conference. To say we were inspired and moved by your keynote address, would be an understatement. You’re truly someone who walks the walk in the most sincere and real way - amazing how you’ve faced down your fears and embraced your obstacles - turning them into your greatest asset. The world needs more people like you! Thank you so much for sharing yourself with us today. Please let me know if I can ever help you in any way - it would be a pleasure to be called upon. Kindest regards Timothy” I meant every word of what I wrote. Joze is indeed an amazing and inspiring young man and anyone who hears him can’t help but be moved by his courage and fearlessness. It is a privilege to refer him.
Timothy Sheehee
VP Media & Entertainment at Birlasoft

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