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!
- Overcoming Adversity through the Lens of Diversity and Inclusion
Recent years have proven that change is needed in terms of how we tackle Diversity and Inclusion as a society & organizations. In this signature talk, Joze shares 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’ leadership & HR professionals to develop a more nuanced understanding of the diverse challenges that an employee, prospective hire, supplier or client 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. Actionable takeaways for building a culture of belonging will be shared, interspersed with lighthearted moments of comedy.
Your audience will feel better informed, more empathetic and motivated to launch (or contribute) to D&I initiatives at the organization, within ERGs/Affinity Groups and in the community.
- Deepen a genuine understanding of why it’s necessary to create inclusive workplace cultures where individuals can show up authentically as their whole/best selves at work
Actionable takeaways for fostering psychological safety, inclusion, belonging and engagement
Enhancing the capacity to display courage, self-acceptance, persistence and resilience
- Conquering Fears, Building Resilience and Skyrocketing your Potential
Recent societal and personal changes in our lives have made one thing clear: every single human being needs to grow their resilience and capacity for overcoming discomfort and fears.
Drawing from his personal journey of overcoming adversity, from holding back immensely due to a debilitating stutter to performing on stages worldwide, Joze Piranian will deliver his concrete blueprint for confronting challenges, building unshakeable resilience, defeating the discomfort of learning new skills to thrive, and reframing our relationship with fears in order to thrive amidst uncertainty. The transformational insights of his award winning keynote will be infused with hilarious comedic moments (as performed at the Laugh Factory).
Your audience will feel invigorated, moved, entertained and transformed to start taking the steps to overcome their “inner stutter” and unlock their fullest potential at work and in life!
Roadmap for identifying current fears and obstacles that are currently reducing potential
Actionable takeaways for building confidence to overcome professional & personal challenges
Enhancing the capacity of courage, self-acceptance, persistence and resilience
- Skyrocketing student potential through inclusion and resilience
How can your students become the absolute best versions of themselves? How can they own what makes them unique instead of worrying about fitting in? How can they be the most empathetic, understanding & empowering allies to those who have been marginalized in one way or another?
Joze shares his journey of overcoming the adversity of being different by discussing empowerment by cultivating self-acceptance, facing fears through repeated exposure to discomfort and the necessity of students to develop a more nuanced understanding of the diverse challenges that a peer might be experiencing.
Beyond merely labelling, Diversity & Inclusion is a complex tango, it takes two: the empowerment of the individual on the one hand and the inclusive acceptance from their peers on the other. Actionable takeaways for building a culture of inclusion and belonging will be shared, in addition to a blueprint for how to face obstacles, fears and insecurities on order to fulfill one’s potential. The keynote will also include some moments of lightheartedness and humour.
Students will enhance their capacity of courage, persistence and resilience
Students will enhance their understanding of inclusivity and empathy
Students will gain confidence through humour, self-acceptance and coping skills