Welcome to LAF Tech
LAF TECH is COVID-19 AWARE. While as of 05/2021, we able to offer some of our services in person: overall we’re still offering our full-range of Engagement Session trainings, weekly LAF Tech Lounge Workshops, and Corporate Sessions via video conferencing. Please contact us below for more information & to connect!
We’re glad you’re here!
Have you ever had one of those experiences where you watch your favorite speaker, event presenter or entertainer and think to yourself, “I wish I could do that?” Well guess what, you can! LAF Tech, which stands for “Learn About Funny Techniques,” exists to show you how.
If you aren’t leveraging humor in a powerful and effective way during any form of speaking opportunity you’re faced with each day, you need us. Engagement training is our specialty!
LAF Tech isn’t just for business owners or entrepreneurs, it’s applicable to any person who wants to become a better communicator by being heard, and most important – remembered.
Our Mission is a simple one: Funny is hard, but we’ve cracked the code to help make our Six Methods of Humor™ accessible to everyone who wants to become a better, funnier and more engaged speaker or presenter.
What is this LAF Tech thing, anyway?
Why Waste Time!? Set up an appointment to talk or meet right now! We wouldn't blame you one bit!
We completely understand that you may not need to read through our extremely effective website. (*sarcasm tone noted) If you would like to setup a time to chat face-2-face, on Zoom, or at our shared co-working space in Lynnwood, please click the Calendly logo and we’ll be seeing you soon!
What We Do.
Why We Do It.
Why You Should Do It
In just under 5 years, we’ve helped over 400+ people learn all or portions of our Six Methods of Humor™ that we train from. All of our programs are engaging, challenging, educational, fun, spirited and the support from one another is unmatched. You’ll experience a wide-range of tailored improvisational exercises, method-specific education, direct coaching, and multiple speaking opportunities in front of your supporting group. In some cases, there are project assignments that carry over week-to-week.
Meet the Founders of LAF Tech
Marcelle Allen, Co-Founder
Marcelle’s journey when developing LAF Tech included her need to find and embrace humor and comedy amidst grief and tragedy. When she found Brian on a Toastmaster stage, he became an immediate source of much-needed laughter and comedic relief. Once they joined in a work-environment partnership, LAF Tech was the inevitable result. Plus, she’s sorta’ bossy and he‘s afraid of her.
Famous for leading with quotes like, “Humor heals,” she knows the truth behind those words and chooses to laugh and find the joy in others, versus the alternatives. She’s curious, supportive, encouraging, and a techie by nature. Marcelle believes that every individual could benefit from learning and leveraging ‘yes and’ techniques in their journey.
She’s committed to showcasing the remarkable benefits and strategies of how humor can help all of us, and while she’s incredibly modest about this – she’s a dynamic and engaging speaker and trainer as well!
Brian Trendler, Founder
There’s no PHD or degree for being a Laughter Coach, but if there was, Brian’s earned it. Brian learned early on that people react more positively to humor-based situations than the alternative. This realization is especially applicable with today’s youth due to physical or cyber-bullying, and the glaringly obvious lack of confidence-building workshops in our school systems.
With grown ups: “adulting” is hard enough! Brian found most corporate job experiences to be unsupportive, depressing, demanding and stressful. With a previous jobs ranging from Tech sales, Microsoft, Boeing, AT&T and others, Brian realized that he’d become “un-hirable” and realized he’d have to create his own career.
He currently owns a modestly successful graphic design company in the local Bothell area; but LAF Tech allows him to train and inspire speakers of all levels to uncover their paralyzing fears, find their own mix of funny, and achieve truly remarkable results!
With the creation of LAF Tech, he and co-founder, Marcelle Allen, have created a much-needed bridge between the “lack of access” of humor-based methods to applying them in real life situations. Both Brian and Marcelle are the primary facilitators and trainers at both LAF Tech Mini Workshops, as well as the larger-scale Corporate Trainings. His quick-wit, charm, and command of any stage makes him an experience to watch, and a fantastic person to learn from.
Commonly Asked Questions
About Our Programs
Do I have to attend all Workshops, all the time?
What sort of environment can I expect at events?
Great question. While currently virtual – normally our LAF Tech Mini Workshops held at a venue in Mill Creek and is limited to 10-15 attendees. Our Corporate-level offerings are tailored specifically for between 10-25, depending on the needs of the client. During all of our workshops or trainings, we’re proud to create fun, supportive and safe atmospheres to make mistakes, laugh, grow and really get out of one’s comfort zone! Corporate Mini Workshops tend to reflect the business industry, of course, but we do our best to create the same atmosphere or we’ll suggest a different location so attendees feel safe to explore their humor mix!
What if I'm a beginning-level speaker? Can I be part of LAF Tech Workshops or events?
I don't consider myself a speaker. Why should I care about LAF Tech?
This is one of our favorite questions. Are you a entrepreneur? Are you a business owner, an employee, or someone who just wants to find their voice? We’re all “speakers” every day, whether on the phone conversing, face to face, or one to many in presentation environments. We can help any person develop a better 45-second verbal business card, a huge presentation, or even help with basic conversational skills through exercises like “Curve Ball” and more! Better communication equals more success in whatever you do!
What Our Customers Have to Say
What we’re up to…
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LAF Tech Lounge
**PAID WEEKLY EVENT**
• 1.5 hours / 5-10 people
Click through the title to pay in order to receive link, or reach out via our CONTACT page! $30 weekly session, with discounts available/just ask!
Join our weekly “Virtual Lounge” where participants will be able to interact with one another, have some fun with improvisational edu-tainment opportunities, & work together with Engagement Specialists, Marcelle Allen and Brian Trendler on the following things:
• Learn about the Humor Protocol
• Refine your upcoming presentations with direct feedback
• Business Best Practices – all with a humorous twist!
• Business Asks – have a need, problem or just need to be heard!? We’ve got you!
• Improvisational exercises
• Celebrate each other’s wins
• CONNECT with all present on these calls and subsequently network!!!
Guess what? We really, really want to hear from you.
However, we also super love our weekends. So, if you reach out on a Friday or the weekend, please allow us our quality and/or family time. We’ll respond the following Monday! Thank you again for connecting with LAF Tech. We look forward to LAF’ing with you!