Episode #336: Humor at Work with Andrew Tarvin

May 6, 2019

Andrew Tarvin is obsessed with efficiency. In fact, that's why he goes by Drew Tarvin, it's more efficient. As the world's first humor engineer, he teaches 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, Dew 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 the bestselling author of three books, including Humor That Works: The Missing Skill for Success and Happiness at Work. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and FastCompany and his TEDx talk has been viewed more than four million times.

Having recently ventured down the standup comedy open mic circuit in Melbourne, this was a timely conversation, and one I really enjoyed.

Andrew dropped a lot of value bombs in this conversation, including:

  1. How to make work more fun
  2. The power of constraints in humor and innovation
  3. How to reframe your relationship with failure

With that, enjoy my conversation with the one and only, Andrew Tarvin.

Topics Discussed:

  • Andrew’s start in comedy
  • Why humanity needs humor
  • Why everybody can be funny
  • Why people find standup scary
  • Practice and repetition
  • Why funny is everywhere
  • Improve tenets: Yes and… and Don’t Block
  • Humor strategies
  • How humor helps organisations perform better
  • How humor can make us more successful
  • How humor can help us sell better and get deals across the line
  • How to promote fun in the office
  • Andrew’s ‘one smile per hour’ philosophy
  • Why failure is just data
  • Introversion and how it can make you a better comic and innovat
  • Why standup is a great tool to help you build a relationship with adversity
  • The Reticular Activating System (RAS)

Show Notes:

Andrew’s business: www.HumorThatWorks.com  

Andrew’s personal site: www.AndrewTarvin.com

Get the Book: https://amzn.to/2XY3sh4

Twitter: @andrewtarvin

TEDx talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdZAMSyn_As


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Your host and occasional cybernetic organism, Steve Glaveski, is committed to helping people better navigate the growing uncertainty that technology change brings, in order to survive, thrive, create more value for the world and lead more fulfilling lives.

Steve is the CEO and co-founder of innovation accelerator Collective Campus, founder of children's entrepreneurship program Lemonade Stand, author of Amazon best-seller The Innovation Manager's Handbook and the Wiley book, Employee to Entrepreneur, investor in blockchain based fractional property investment platform Konkrete and is a keynote speaker and startup advisor.

When not fighting T-1000s Steve can be found in the gym, hiking, skating at the beach, attempting standup comedy, at a heavy metal show or socially lubricating at a whisky bar.

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