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about andrew tarvin
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Engineer

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Nerd

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Humorist

Hi, I’m Drew Tarvin.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with efficiency. Even my name is efficient. My full name is Andrew, but I go by Drew because it’s only one syllable. Efficient.

As an IT Project Manager at Procter & Gamble, I led multi-million dollar projects for a $350 million brand. As a super-nerd (computer, math, engineer, sci-fi and video game) I was all about getting results. On my first day, my manager told me: It’s better to beg forgiveness than ask for permission.

I decided to test this. I didn’t give away company secrets or steal pens from the supply closet (okay, one); rather I added jokes to the ends of my emails, volunteered to MC meetings I wasn’t invited to, and taught improv to my team. I even declared myself the Corporate Humorist, complete with business cards, a blog, and nameplate for my cubicle wall.

I made two discoveries.

  • Using humor at work helped me be more effective with the hardest thing I had to manage: fellow human beings. The research shows that people who use humor well get promoted, make more money, are more productive, and enjoy their work more. That’s exactly what happened to me.
  • Making conscious choices and decisions about what I wanted helped me get there. I planned my career moves, made connections and took action to get there.

I decided to help others learn how to make decisions and take actions that lead to the life they really want. After six years with P&G, I went out on my own with a mission to inspire humans to be more productive, less stressed, and happier. My Computer Science and Engineering education at The Ohio State University, background in improv and stand up comedy, and experience at one of the world’s top companies all combine to help me. Because…

Success at work isn’t just about what you do, but how you think.

Yes, you have to be good at what you do. But you also have to be good at how you do it. That’s what I help people with. I help people learn how to use humor at work, make better decisions, and be more effective leaders.

As the CEO of Humor That Works, a training company that delivers workshops on using humor to be more effective, I’ve presented to over 35,000 people from more than 250 different organizations in all 50 states, 20-plus countries, 6 continents and 1 planet. I’ve written the best-seller Humor That Works: The Missing Skill for Success and Happiness at Work and have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and FastCompany. My TEDx talk has been viewed more than 4 million times. And I’ve had the privilege of working with such clients as Microsoft, the FBI, the U.S. Navy, ESPN, PepsiCo, GE, and the International Association of Canine Professionals (yes there were dogs in the audience).

Humor, decision-making and leadership all support each other to win people over, build trust, improve productivity, and increase morale. The real benefits come when this becomes part of how you get things done, win friends and influence people, and are habitually effective seven ways. (Eight! With humor.)

Want something fresh and a little different?

Want a speaker who is funny, who entertains and educates? Someone who helps your audience be more effective at work, and inspired to get to the next level? Let’s chat.