There is time for improv comedy with Tyler Mayer, Indianapolis

June 24, 2021

Tyler Mayer considered taking the cloth before he became an educator, a path that led him to his current role as the President and CEO of Providence Cristo Rey, a faith-based college and career prep high school. 

There he helps kids become the best version of themselves. “If you don’t show up every day striving to make that connection with those students and give it your all and run down the hill they’re going to see right through you.”

Tyler coaches “running down the hill” a rule of improv comedy that calls for you to fully commit to whatever you’re doing. Tyler applies that philosophy to all aspects of his life.

How does he go all in, all the time? He makes Zero Excuses, and you can, too, if you’re willing to run down the hill.

Key Takeaways:

  • If you give it your all, people will buy in and jump on board
  • Change starts with investing in one person at a time
  • Building relationships requires you to be an active listener and value others ideas

Things to Listen For:

  • [02:29] Tyler’s path to becoming an educator
  • [04:43] How comedy improv rules inspire Tyler
  • [06:45] “Running down the hill” explained
  • [09:00] Tyler’s move to Providence Cristo Rey High School
  • [11:37] Disparate starting lines
  • [14:23] What Providence Cristo Rey offers students
  • [15:27] Getting students to see their capable of more
  • [17:12] What Providence Cristo Rey demands of the businesses they work with
  • [20:43] Making a difference starts with one person

After You Listen:

More from the Zero Excuses Podcast:

Episode 001: There is time to travel

Episode 002: There is time to not work

Episode 003: There is time to improve yourself

Episode 004: There is time to build the life you want

Episode 005: There is time for laughter

Episode 006: There is time for relationships

Episode 007: There is time for community

Episode 008: There is time for renewal

Episode 009: There is time for loving others

Episode 010: There is time for giving

Episode 011: There is time for the three B’s

Episode 012: There is time for learning

Episode 013: There is time for others

Episode 014: There is time for listening

Episode 015: There is time for action

Episode 016: There is time for reflection

Episode 017: There is time for Zero Excuses

Episode 018: There is time for change

Episode 019: There is time to plan

Episode 020: There is time to start difficult things

Episode 021: There is time to unplug

Episode 022: There is time to choose your perspective

Episode 023: There is time to reinvent yourself

Episode 024: There is time for everything important

Episode 025: There is time to excel

Episode 026: There is time to do the work

Episode 027: There is time for self-reflection

Episode 028: There is time for healthy living

Episode 029: There is time for whatever you want to do with it

Episode 030: There is time to create a listening culture

Episode 031: There is time to say yes

Episode 032: There is time to confront uncertainty

Episode 033: There is time for empathy

Episode 034: There is time to be bold