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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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  1. Last year on the night before the long trip back from track state I told a terrible absolutely terrible joke and it was so bad I almost died of laughter after and during the telling of it. Then because of the stupidity of the joke and my hard laughing all my team mates who heard it also started laughing and then a few of them threatened me (I’ve forgotten what the threat was(I think it had something to do with bodily harm but I did go to state for my sprinting ability), but I felt like a nerd being forced to do a bully’s homework and I found the absolute absurdity of the whole thing to be hilarious so I found some more jokes( the worst and stupidest I could find then I made my entire team including the coaches laugh and then got bored of making jokes and so I only found like ten jokes for the long ride home The End.

  2. Interesting!

    I’ve worked as a substitute teacher with kids aged 7 to 18 on different occasions at two different schools.

    In my opinion, when I managed to inspire a class the most was when I started being observant of every single student in the class, displaying myself having fun and pulling off healthy but improvised jokes made them happy, relaxed and inspired. Also being open and allowing them to have fun too but at the same time making sure no one interrupted or cut the flow and so on…

    I really think that the courses in school of which most kids had a hard time following, finding an interest in or understanding – were those with dull and generally “unimpressed” teachers. And of course most people know the importance of ‘teachers not being bad or boring’, but while we all know that – isn’t it ironic how so many teachers – no matter the list of diplomas they have in a subject – won’t have their position questioned and are allowed to carry on educating, and then I mean those who are not even trying to inspire.

    I think, that (out of many ways) some of the most important “mentor personalities” you should express to kids are the ones like *I see every single one of you, I want you to have fun and I want you all to be yourself, we are a team, we want to have fun learning, I want you to trust me and to be comfortable telling me if something’s wrong – no matter what, I want to understand how you think*, and so on.
    Could sound like too much, but I think it kind of sounds like the ways an entertainer keeps its audience attached to what’s going on on stage, like a stand-up comedian. If you feel good about making people laugh and inspired while watching them grow then that mindset should be totally achievable for anyone with that passion.

    Wish there weren’t so many “back-in-my-day gazers” blaming a generation :/ Instead, understand how important it is to really want to go to class, at least to have experienced that want sometime in life – instead of getting angry with kids who are forcing themselves to class or not attending at all.

    Teachers ought to have a background in stand-up comedy or stage entertainment, imagine that, all that joy and excitement while learning 😎

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