Toastmasters International-2021 Virtual Convention
Toastmasters International-Education Sessions

Laugh & Learn: The Magic Power of Humor

Join a panel that will examine the value of humor with a real-life, practical, and engaging approach. Hear why humor is so important to each of us!

Session objectives:

  • Understand humor as an effective communication tool
  • Learn tips on applying humor professionally
  • Laugh more easily, confidently


Stephan Dyer

Stephan Dyer
Comedian, Corporate Trainer, Keynote Speaker

Originally from Costa Rica, Stephan Dyer is a bilingual comedian, keynote speaker and corporate leadership and communication trainer. Leaving his executive position in the banking world in 2017 to pursue his professional career in stand-up comedy, he successfully co-founded MalPensando, a bilingual comedy school in Canada, and the reTHINK Group, its corporate training arm, which has grown to include clients in 16 countries including Canada, Switzerland, England, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, and the United States.

The company mission is simple: entertaining, teaching, and inspiring personal and professional growth through the lens of comedy. Some of their most notable clients include Coca Cola, Comedy Central, Ernst & Young, Uber, Scotiabank, and TELUS.

In February 2021, Stephan was featured on the cover of Toastmaster magazine.


Mark Brown

Mark Brown
Professional speaker, 1995 World Champion of Public Speaking

Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Mark Brown immigrated to the United States at 18 years old with only 40 dollars in his pocket and a dream for a better life. Today, he has become one of the most popular inspirational speakers in the world. In 1995, he defeated more than 20,000 contestants from 14 countries to win the illustrious Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking®. Since then, he has delivered more than 3,500 presentations to more than 1.7 million people on five different continents.

Mark has earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association (NSA). As an expert in helping people to reach their maximum potential, Mark has been featured in The New York Times, Men’s Health, on CNN Headline News, and even had his own PBS Special, which was nominated for an Emmy Award. He is the co-host of the weekly Unforgettable Presentations Podcast, ranked in the top 1.5% of 2.5 million podcasts globally.

Veronica Dangerfield

Veronica Dangerfield
Comedienne, Financial Educator, International Speaker, Published Poet

Veronica Dangerfield is a financial educator for Patelco Credit Union, an award-winning international speaker, a published poet, and a professional comedienne. She believes that to achieve financial prosperity, people need to understand the emotional impact of money. Her financial talks aim to grab your mind, ignite your soul, and tickle your funny bone.

Her early childhood was spent in Tokyo, Japan, where the worldwide wanderlust explorer in her was born. Her work as a philanthropist, producing and performing comedy shows for 7 years, raised money to support nonprofits that help families.

Veronica has won numerous awards, including the Credit Union Rock Star Award and the National Desjardins award. A mother of three, she is committed to life-long learning, and is fluent in dancing in all cultures. The reason she is on this planet is to teach prosperity, to preach love and self-compassion, and to connect through the magic of comedy and laughter.

Andrew “Drew” Tarvin

Andrew “Drew” Tarvin
Engineer, Author, Comedian

A former engineer by profession, Drew calls himself “a humor engineer,” in that he is teaching people how to get better results while having more fun. He is a corporate trainer, comedian, and keynote speaker based in New York. As a speaker, he has delivered more than 500 talks in front of 35,000-plus people with organizations like P&G, GE, ESPN, Microsoft, the U.S. Navy, and PepsiCo. His TEDx Talk, “The Skill of Humor,” has nearly nine million views.

As an author, he has written three best-selling books, including Humor That Works: The Missing Skill for Success and Happiness at Work. He is also the primary contributor to the “Humor That Works” blog and has written more than 400 posts on business topics such as humor, leadership, and decision making, garnering over one million pageviews every year.

As a thought leader, he has been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and FastCompany.

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