Andrew Tarvin is the creator of Humor That Works. Humor That Works has helped over 25,000 people, from all around the world and within more than 250 different organizations, use humor to achieve success and happiness in the workplace.
As an entrepreneur, and as a marketer, I like to use humor to capture attention, get people entertained, and to have more fun with the content I am producing. In today’s conversation, Andrew and I dive into the engineering of humor. We spent some time discussing whether or not there is a scientific or mathematical model that we can follow and what constitutes as good humor or bad humor in the workplace.
My big takeaway from this episode is that humor is something that can actually be engineered. There are some good techniques and tactics, and some pragmatic approaches to thinking about how to be humorous in a productive capacity, both in the workplace and on your own.
In this broadcast,Andrewand I talk about:
How did Andrew venture into his current career
Why did Andrew start performing stand-up comedy
How did Andrew mitigate the risk of leaving his corporate position to start his own business
What is the importance of communicating in a language that potential consumers will understand
What does it mean to be a Humor Engineer
How is humor the 6th missing skill of work
In what ways can humor be used strategically to re-energize those that are suffering burnout
How can we adjust humor to fit in with today’s standards
How to engineer humor in a positive, inclusive way
What is the impact of improvisation on starting a conversation with your audience
What is the importance of integrating humor into the workplace
How you can incorporate the use of memes and gifs in the workplace
Why you should aim to make people laugh on occasion
What is the value behind creating a framework for humor
How to deal with people that bring political humor or offensive humor into the workplace
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