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
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
- 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.