Andrew Tarvin | Humor Engineer, Best Selling Author and Former Project Manager at Procter & Gamble

Andrew Tarvin

Humor Engineer, Best Selling Author and Former Project Manager at Procter & Gamble

Andrew Tarvin
Biography

Andrew Tarvin is the world’s first Humor Engineer, teaching professionals how to get better results while having more fun through the intersection of technology, leadership, and humor. 

He earned his degree in Computer Science & Engineering from The Ohio State University and began his corporate career at Procter & Gamble, where he managed million-dollar sales & IT projects for a $350 million business. In parallel, he launched his comedy career, where he has performed 1,000+ shows on topics ranging from the quantification of love to leveraging corporate buzzwords to sound smart.

Since 2012, Andrew has partnered with more than 500 top organizations–including Microsoft, IBM, NASA, the United Nations, and the FBI–on human-centered leadership in an increasingly technological world. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Inc, and FastCompany, and was named a ‘Visionary Under 40’ by the P&G Alumni Network. His TEDx talk on the skill of humor has been viewed more than twelve million times, only half of which were by his mother. He loves chocolate and prompting ChatGPT to write puns.

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LEADING ON YOUR FEET

The Art and Science of Leadership Through Improvisation

We live in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous world. Strategies change frequently, businesses rise and fall overnight, and the only adept at thinking on their feet, leveraging their
change.

This engaging and interactive program will teach you the principles of what it means to lead in techniques from improvisation, attendees not only learn what it means to lead on their feet, they develop the skills to do it.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
• Leadership as a Mindset
• The Perils of Unleadership
• Success in a VUCA World
• Improv Principles for Embracing Change
• The 5 Actions of an AGILE Leader

HUMOR THAT WORKS

The Secret to Being More Productive, Less Stressed, and Happier

83% of Americans are stressed out at work and 55% are unsatisfied with their jobs. The impact? Close to a trillion dollars in lost productivity and increased costs. Luckily humor is here to help. People who use humor are more productive, less stressed, and happier. This interactive and experiential program will teach you what humor at work means, why it is desperately needed, and how to use humor to create a positive work culture, increase team productivity, manage stress, and have more fun.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
• Efficiency vs Effectiveness
• The $500 Billion Problem at Work
• 30 Research-backed Benefits of Humor
• Developing a Humor Mindset
• How to Start Using Humor Today

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATOR

How to Communicate Any Message to Anyone

The average person spends 80% of their time in some form of communication: emails, meetings, presentations, small talk, phone calls, text messages, snapchats, knowing looks, and more. But just because we communicate frequently it doesn't mean we do it well.

Effective communication begins with understanding why we are communicating and understanding all of the messages we are sending. This hands-on program will teach you how to clearly communicate your message to any audience.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
• The Exchange of Ideas
• W+E = M Listening
• The 2 Rs of Effective Communication
• Superhero Body Language
• Actionable Tips for Email, Conversation, Meetings, and Presentations

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION

Virtual Keynotes - 45- to 60-minute programs focusing on engaging, inspiring content. Using event-level production, including multiple camera angles, picture-in-picture, and live-editing, these programs are more akin to TV than webinars.

Virtual Workshops - 60- to 120-minute programs with an emphasis on actionable takeaways attendees can implement immediately. Rather than try to manage around a virtual audience, these programs take advantage of the fact everyone is sitting in front of their own computers where they can take in-the-moment action on building the skills needed. By leveraging chat, polling, whiteboards, and breakout rooms, virtual workshops use interaction to avoid distraction.

Virtual Emcee - A live, virtual host to setup, frame, and debrief the virtual experience for the attendees. Just because some of the content is pre-recorded, it doesn’t mean the experience has to be. With a Virtual Emcee, attendees can learn more about what’s coming up, engage in Q&A, and be part of a live community going through the same experience.

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Featured Books

The Skill of Humor Playbook: How to Unlock Your Humor Persona to Create Stronger Connections, Increase Productivity, and Relieve Stressby Andrew Tarvin

The Skill of Humor Playbook: How to Unlock Your Humor Persona to Create Stronger Connections, Increase Productivity, and Relieve Stress

by Andrew Tarvin
Pain Nation: Sick, Stressed, and All F*cked Up - Is Cbd the Cure?by Andrew Tarvin

Pain Nation: Sick, Stressed, and All F*cked Up - Is Cbd the Cure?

by Andrew Tarvin
A brilliant, original exploration of how the CBD revolution is going to transform Americans’ lives.

We are an anxious and uptight nation on the brink, divided by a broken political system and a president who is pushing us over the edge. Many of us are agitated about terrorism, guns, religious fundamentalism, and refugees. With only 5% of the global population, we consume 80% of the world’s prescription opioids, antidepressants, and amphetamines―addictive drugs prescribed by medical doctors and known to cause paranoia, homicidal tendencies, and psychosis. Even those who aren’t prescribed these medicines are accessing them―think kids using their parents’ medication―with disastrous results. Those who can’t access opiates through legal means are finding them on the street, resulting in an opioid crisis with overdoses on the rise. The United States has the highest level of suicide in the world. We’re stressed, both mentally and physically. We’re a nation in pain.

How do we deal with this pervasive sickness? CBD (cannabidiol), perhaps the most profound plant medicine ever discovered. Extensive research over the last decade shows that this miracle molecule of the cannabis plant helps with countless medical conditions like nothing we’ve seen before (and no, it can’t get you high). CBD has a proven effect on everything from chronic pain and epilepsy to anxiety and depression. In this provocative book, Klee Irwin makes a compelling case that we should stop being afraid to try this plant medicine. CBD could be the answer so many Americans are seeking.
The United States of Laughter: One Comedian's Journey Through All 50 Statesby Andrew Tarvin

The United States of Laughter: One Comedian's Journey Through All 50 States

by Andrew Tarvin

At the age of 31, Andrew Tarvin made the very practical decision to rid himself of most of his belongings, leave his Midtown apartment in NYC, and travel the country out of two carry-on bags. In 12 months, he traveled 92,358 miles, did 215 events, and spoke or performed in all 50 states (yes, even Wyoming).

Along the way, he collected 50 stories from 50 states. Stories of adventure, like fending off a bear in Alaska, stories of deliciousness, like eating a Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo Burrito in Montana, and stories of people, like meeting his newest fan in Pringle, South Dakota, population: 112.

Through his journey, he discovered that, despite what we may see on the news or read on the internet, there is one thing that unites all Americans: laughter. As he traveled around the country, he found connection through comedy and realized we are all more alike than we are different, no matter what state we call home.

PRAISE FOR THE UNITED STATES OF LAUGHTER

"In this amazing, amusing book, Andrew Tarvin goes looking for laughs in all the right places, specifically every one of these now not so United States. But through his journey, he shares how we are still a country bound together by people who can take a joke as well as make one, including, of course, our comedic, peripatetic author who does so from sea to shining sea and also in New Jersey."
 -Bob Mankoff, Cartoon & Humor Editor at Esquire

"The world beyond your hometown doorstep is often a hilarious and amazing place. This book will take you there. Read it, laugh out load, be inspired and get to know your hilarious guide, Andrew Tarvin (now known in some states as Drupac), as he takes you on a journey to unite America in copious amounts of comedy and laughter. You'll be glad you did."
-David Nihill, Author of Do You Talk Funny

"These side-splitting stories capture the life of a traveler perfectly. From the moments that go so right to the experiences that go so very wrong, The United States of Laughter is both ridiculous and insightful. And, if you're like me, it will have you laughing in your middle seat while on your flight from Prague to JFK."
-Whitney Tressel, fellow nomad and National Geographic Photography Trip Leader

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Featured Reviews

Andrew Tarvin - Humor Strategy

Transcript Brian Lord: Hi, I'm Brian Lord, your host of the Beyond Speaking podcast, and today we have on Andrew Tarvin, who's the author of several books, including...
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Topics:   Humor ,   Comedy ,   Business ,   Comedians ,   Entertainment

Andrew Tarvin - Humor Strategy

Transcript Brian Lord: Hi, I'm Brian Lord, your host of the Beyond Speaking podcast, and today we have on Andrew Tarvin, who's the author of several books, including...
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Topics:   Humor ,   Humorous ,   Business ,   Leadership ,   Meeting

A Hierarchy of Virtual Events

With each week that passes under COVID-19, more and more groups are looking towards virtual programs as a way to provide content, value, and connection to their employees,...
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Virtual Event Checklist

By Andrew Tarvin and The Team at Premiere Speakers There is no way to capture the magic of an in-person event, but that doesn’t mean that a virtual experience can’t be...
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Tips for Hosting a Virtual Event

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the events industry, more and more organizations are having to make the tough decision between postponing an event, making it virtual, or...
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