The Skill of Humor | Andrew Tarvin | TEDxTAMU
Humor is something that transcends most barriers. It is a common unification; a concept understood by all. Despite this, there exists a large portion of the population that does not think they can utilize humor. Andrew Tarvin will show you that everyone can use humor.
Andrew Tarvin is the world’s first Humor Engineer teaching people how to get better results while having more fun. He has worked with thousands of people at 200+ organizations, including P&G, GE, and Microsoft. Combining his background as a project manager at Procter & Gamble with his experience as an international comedian, Andrew’s program are engaging, entertaining, and most important, effective. He is a best-selling author, has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and TEDx, and has delivered programs in 50 states, 18 countries, and 3 continents. He loves the color orange and is obsessed with chocolate.
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Humor at work | Andrew Tarvin | TEDxOhioStateUniversity
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In this talk Andrew Tarvin talks about how he brought humor to the workplace while he worked at Procter & Gamble. After being complimented by co-workers on how humor helped them enjoy their work, Andrew decided to start becoming a humor engineer--using humor to help people become more efficient and effective in the workplace.
For a final project presentation while working at Procter & Gamble, Andrew Tarvin made presentation slides using Microsoft Paint to bring humor to his PowerPoint presentations. Since then, he has used the skills he learned as an engineer (and his funny personality) to show people how to use humor in the workplace.
Andrew Tarvin is an award-winning speaker, best-selling author, and international comedian. He's worked with more than 100 organizations including Procter & Gamble, GE, and Western & Southern Life Insurance on topics including humor in the workplace, communicating confidently, leadership through change, and strategic disengagement. He is also the author of the best-selling book 501 Ways to Use Humor at Work.
Andrew graduated with a degree in Computer Science & Engineering from The Ohio State University, where he was also a co-founder of the 8th Floor Improv Comedy Group.
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Funny to Money: The Science of Selling with Humor | Andrew Tarvin | INBOUND 2018 Breakout Session
Sales is about skill, timing, and practice. So is humor. The combination of the two is game-changing. When a salesperson learns to infuse their presentations, meetings, and communication with a blend of fun and facts, inbound inquiries increase, sales go through the roof, and referrals skyrocket. Learn the value of humor in sales and how to go from funny to money.
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The Skill of Humor | Andrew Tarvin | Talking Ted Talks - AfterBuzz TV
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Each week hosts Jesse and Yasmine break down a TED talk of choice. This week Jesse & Yasmine discuss 'The Skill of Humor' with special guests Tim Stoltenberg and Rob Belushi. Join the conversation by leaving us a comment!
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Humor at work by Andrew Tarvin
Andrew Tarvin is an international project manager turned humor engineer. Through his company, Humor That Works, Andrew teaches people how to be more productive, less stressed, and happier using humor. He has worked with hundreds of organizations including Procter & Gamble, ESPN, and General Assembly on topics including humor in the workplace, effective communication, and agile leadership.
Andrew has been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal and FastCompany, is the author of the best-selling book 501 Ways to Use Humor at Work, and has written more than 400 articles receiving more than 2.1 million pageviews from 180 different countries.
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What makes things funny | Peter McGraw | TEDxBoulder
Pete McGraw is a leading researcher at the Humor Research Lab at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In this talk he not only discusses what is funny, but what makes something funny as well.
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Laughter is Medicine | Anjelah Johnson | TEDxUniversityofNevada
Anjelah Johnson shares with us some of her stories and jokes from her one hour special, Mahalo & Goodnight. From getting an awkward massage to her struggles walking in high heels, Anjelah brought the funny and reminded us that laughter is medicine.
Anjelah Johnson was born and raised in San Jose, California and is of Mexican and Native American descent. She became an internet sensation with her viral video, “Nail Salon” which led to many stand up, television and film opportunities. That same year she joined the cast of, “MADtv” as a series regular, which spawned another internet sensation, “Bon Qui Qui.” This original character, a disgruntled fast food employee with no filter, has been enjoyed, viewed and replicated by over 65 million people worldwide. After recording and releasing 3 songs and 2 music videos as Bon Qui Qui, Anjelah signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records to release a full album titled, “Gold Plated Dreams”. Anjelah resides in Los Angeles with her husband and continues to act and tour the country with her sold out comedy shows.
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Humor in Business | Andrew Tarvin | Humor Engineer | UBX18
Andrew Tarvin is the world’s first Humor Engineer teaching people how to get better results while having more fun.
In his speech he will show you that everyone can use humor even in our work spaces.
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The short answer is: Useful Brand Experience. Which brand messages are received is no longer a decision of the sender but a choice by the recipient. Annoying messages are ignored and turned off. Marketers are faced with the question of how they can still reach their target groups in the future. The answer is palpably close: as people turn away from the annoying, they turn to the useful. With today’s technologies, including AI, Internet of Things, Chatbots or Apps, marketers have unimagined possibilities to create useful advertising.
That is why Virtual Identity invites 200 marketers and communication experts as well as speakers from all around the world to the yearly UBX Conference in Munich to explore the possibilities of Useful Brand Experience.
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Want More Impact... Add Humor | Andrew Tarvin | Episode #641
ANDREW TARVIN is the world's first humor engineer, teaching people how to get better results while having more fun. Combining his background as a project manager at Procter & Gamble with his experience as a stand-up comedian, he reverse-engineers the skill of humor in a way that is practical, actionable, and gets results in the workplace.
Through his company, Humor That Works, Drew has worked with more than 35,000 people at over 250 organizations, including Microsoft, the FBI, and the International Association of Canine Professionals. He is a bestselling author; has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Fast Company; and his TEDx talk has been viewed more than four million times. He loves the color orange, is obsessed with chocolate, and can solve a Rubiks Cube (but it takes like 7 minutes).
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Andrew Tarvin: Humor: The Missing Skill For Success And Happiness At Work | Fifteen Seconds Festival
The world has become obsessed with efficiency. Businesses are looking to do more with less, employees are scrambling just to keep up, and every human on the planet is “busy.” The problem is that you can’t be efficient with humans, because they have “emotions” and “feelings.” And in a knowledge economy, those emotions impact our ability to do work. But it turns out there’s a missing skill they don’t teach in business school that can leverage those emotions to increase effectiveness: humor. When employees proactively find ways to enjoy what they do, their productivity increases, engagement soars, and turnover drops. In this talk, Andrew Tarvin, the world’s first Humor Engineer, reverse-engineers the process of using humor to get better results while having more fun.
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The Art of Humor: 7 Tips to Become Funnier
You want to know how to be funny? Do you want to charm someone, and be funny with girls, guys, or whoever you might be interested in? Does your sense of humor get really boring and stale? We have some advice for you!
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Does Trauma Make Us Funny? The Link Between Humor and Mental Health
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The sad clown is a well-established cultural trope, but it’s also a psychologically verified part of the human condition. Humor is a coping skill rooted in resilience. When people have something to overcome it makes sense that they might become more adept at laughing through the pain. A large body of research suggests that resilience acts as a buffer for pain and this quality is strongly associated with creativity. In this video I attempt to answer the question: Does Trauma Make Us Funny?
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238: Andrew Tarvin: Embrace a culture of humor at work
Andrew Tarvin tries to look at any situation differently. From being the teacher’s pet to becoming the corporate humorist at Proctor & Gamble, Drew has worked to continually hone his skill of bringing humor to work and helping others to make the workplace more engaging, one smile at a time.
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AINx Talks 2017: Why Leaders Need Improv - Andrew Tarvin
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Andrew Tarvin is an Humor Engineer and Entrepreneur. He teaches people how to enjoy their jobs more while doing them better. Andrew has worked with thousands of people from 100+ organizations, including P&G, PMI, and General Assembly on topics ranging from mastering office communication to humor in the workplace. He is a best-selling author, has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, TEDx, and FastCompany, and has delivered talks in 22 states, 10 countries, and 3 continents. He loves the color orange and is obsessed with milkshakes.
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Humor in the Classroom - David Tarvin
Professor David Tarvin shares three tips on how to add humor in the classroom.
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