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

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Andrew Tarvin

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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Featured Keynote Programs

Collaborating with Machines
A Blueprint for Leveraging AI to Increase Productivity, Enhance Creativity, and Create a More Human Workplace

If you believe the movies, the future of AI will lead to a dystopian world where machines rule over humans through war (Terminator 2) or love (Her). But the reality is that the use of AI is an opportunity to thrive, advance, and bring intentional humanity to the next stage of innovation.

While collaborating with machines is absolutely vital to being successful in this new era of work, it’s also not enough. Now, every person in an organization, from top to bottom, must develop and excel in the leadership skills of empathy, delegation, and seeing the big picture.

In this energizing and thought-provoking session, we will challenge the conventional understanding of AI, explain the future of tech that is already here, and teach you the skills you need to be successful, today. You'll experience hands-on, interactive demonstrations that provide a tangible sense of how these partnerships can play out in real-world settings and see examples of how AI is already being used in human-centered ways.

Whether you’ve already become best friends with ChatGPT or are wishing you could go back to the days of rotary phones, join us on a journey to see how AI will transform your work--as a collaborator, teammate, and non-dystopian coworker.

In this talk, you’ll:

  • Experience the future of AI in a talk co-created with machines.
  • Create a strategy for leveraging AI in your work.
  • Learn 20+ tools you can start using today.
  • Practice the prompt engineering you need to get effective results.
  • Reinforce the human-skills needed in an increasingly tech-focused workplace.


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

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.

• 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


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.

• 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


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.

• 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

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Featured Book

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.


"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

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Featured Articles & Resources

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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