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Neil Pasricha

A top-rated leadership keynote speaker, bestselling author, and positive psychology researcher, Neil Pasricha helps people to be happy by focusing on the relationship between happiness and leadership.

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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.

Neil Pasricha's Programs

Happiness Keynote

Does success lead to happiness? Or … does happiness lead to success? In this thought-provoking and side-splitting keynote, Neil unpacks the science behind the simple sayings using the latest positive psychology and neuroscience research.

Motivation Keynote

Crowds buzz with the combination of sidesplitting personal stories that hook audiences from the get-go together with a beautifully accessible and disseminated look at the world of happiness and positive psychology research. Audiences walk away thinking “I decide where I’m going” and, more importantly, “I know exactly how to get there.”

Leadership Keynote

What company has been sitting on top of the Fortune 500 for more than a decade?  Walmart. The retail giant from Arkansas. No other company boasts half a trillion dollars in sales with more two million employees circling the globe. What the company doesn’t share is how they got to that level of success — particularly regarding how they invest, groom, and motivate great leaders from within all the way to the C-suite.

Employee Engagement Keynote

We think it goes like this: Engaged Work → Big Success → Be Happy. Study really hard, get straight A’s, then become a doctor! Or work really hard, score a promotion, and then be happy. If we’re engaged at the beginning, everything will turn out okay, right? Yes, we grow up with that model. We tell our kids that model. But that model is scientifically backwards. We need to instead choose happiness first, and then we’ll do engaged work, and then big success follows. The model actually goes like this: Be Happy → Engaged Work → Big Success. Why? Happier people have 31% greater productivity, 37% higher sales, and three times the creativity of their peers. Not to mention they live an average of ten years longer. But how do we get there?

Change Management Keynote

New structures, new leaders, new systems, new tools. Sound like a typical week in your office? We are all working on unstable ground so it’s no wonder Gallup reports only 13% of the global workforce is showing up ready to face the changing landscape. But… what if there were simple, research-based tools grounded in the emerging science that we could all use to be more productive, engaged, and agile individuals? It’s not a dream. It’s happening right now.

Resilience Keynote

After Neil’s wife left him and his best friend committed suicide, he found himself living alone and struggling to find happiness. Fast-forward only one year later and he was working directly for the CEO of Walmart, writing the International Academy of Digital Arts and Science’s “Best Blog in the world” every night which had over 50 million hits, and had just published The Book of Awesome which stormed to #1 on the International bestseller lists and sold well over a million copies. If there’s one thing Neil’s learned, it’s that we don’t succeed in spite of our losses, but because of them. And he learned before your life can change, you need to change, because happiness and leadership only stem from within. Neil illustrates five clear takeaways which help you take challenges and transform them into growth opportunities to lift performance and results to new heights.

Neil Pasricha's Books