SIO Pre-Conference

SIO Pre-Conference Event at the National Storytelling Conference
Kansas City, MO

Join us in Kansas City for an incredible pre-conference session with humor engineer Andrew Tarvin.

June 29, 2017, from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Humor that Works with Andrew Tarvin
Fee is $35 for SIO members and $55 for guests
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“Humor that Works” explores the question of how to use humor to get better results and have more fun.

Andrew Tarvin is a former project manager at Procter and Gamble, and he has worked as a comedian internationally.

He teaches that the current way of working in corporate America isn’t working. More than ever, employees are stressed out, disengaged, and unsatisfied with their jobs.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Humor can help employees and leaders become more productive, less stressed, and happier at work. This session will help participants to learn how to leverage stories, jokes, visuals, and observations to live and work happier.

Andrew Tarvin calls himself the world’s first “Humor Engineer.” He teaches people how to get better results while having more fun.

Andrew graduated from The Ohio State University, Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Computer Science and Engineering and a minor in playing videogames. While at Ohio State, Andrew also started an improv group, despite never having done any theater and being very much an introvert (if you know Meyers Briggs, he’s INTJ; if you know Star Wars, he’s R2D2).

After graduating, Andrew worked as global project manager at Procter & Gamble where he managed million dollar projects for a $350 million business, earning multiple internal awards for his leadership, communication style, and jokes he included at the ends of emails (true story). He also continued performing improv and stand-up comedy until he decided to combine his two lives and proclaimed himself the Corporate Humorist of P&G.

In 2008, Andrew moved to New York City to continue to grow in his role as P&G’s corporate humorist, where he led an award-winning effort to bring more humor to the workplace. In 2009, he started Humor That Works, a consultancy on how to use humor to get better results, and in 2012, he left P&G to lead his company full-time.

Since then, Andrew has helped more than 200 organizations increase productivity through humor – including P&G, GE, ESPN, Microsoft, the U.S. Navy, PepsiCo, and the International Association of Canine Professional (also a true story) – and has performed in over 1,000 shows all around the world.

Andrew is the best-selling author of Humor That Works: 501 Ways to Beat Stress, Increase Productivity, and Have Fun at Work and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes, and frequent Facebook posts by his mother. He has spoken or performed in all 50 states, 18 countries, and 3 continents and his TEDx talked has been viewed more than 75,000 times.

He loves the color orange and is obsessed with chocolate.

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