I was recently interviewed in the Business Info Guide, which shares “Inspired resources for entrepreneurs.” In the interview I talk about my book on humor in the workplace, how I became a humor speaker, and a typical day in the life.
I’ve copied my responses to my two favorite questions below:
Are there any people and/or books that have inspired you along your journey?
I’m an avid researcher / reader because I only want to do what works so there are a ton that have inspired me along the way. If I had to narrow it down, I’d say:
1) My first manager at P&G–He taught me “it’s better to beg forgiveness than ask for permission,” which gave me the courage to proclaim myself a Corporate Humorist.
2) Dr. Joel Goodman–He’s been talking about the value of humor for ages and was one of the first people to tout it’s benefits in a professional setting. He’s also one of only 2 speakers to have presented on all 7 continents.
3) My mom–Without her I wouldn’t have my sense of humor.
Can you share something that people might be surprised to learn about you?
After seeing a speaking engagement, people are surprised to learn I’m introverted. It’s true, my Myers-Briggs is INTJ.
Also I was a child model. For a local newspaper ad. For a day.
Check out the entire interview: Interview with Andrew Tarvin, Author of Humor That Works.