If there's one thing T. Marni Vos believes in, it's laughter.
"Laughter is one of the graces granted to us all," said Vos. "It is a powerful tool that we were given the moment we took our first breath — because we would need it all our days."
The award winning speaker, former stand-up comedian and educator will speak at North Platte Community College on Nov. 9. Her program is free and open to the public.
Vos has been voted as Nebraska's "Artist of the Year," but that doesn't mean her talent is confined in-state. Designated as a Master Speaker, Vos has given her inspiring, motivating and hilarious presentations to over 10,000 people, in 46 states and Canada.
She has performed on the Lifetime network's "Girls Night Out" as well as on Norwegian Cruise Lines. Additionally, Vos was one of only seven women in two decades to become one of the Top Five finalists in the prestigious San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy Competition, where over 400 comics compete each year.
Vos will combine two of her talks when she speaks at NPCC. The first is, "The Business of Life and The Life of Business," which addresses leadership skills.
Through it, Vos will help people rethink their values, attitudes, ethics and sense of humor. Attendees will learn how to improve workplace culture while having the time of their lives.
As part of that discussion, Vos will sprinkle in excerpts from "The Healing Power of Humor," which focuses on humor's connection to overall health.
She believes there are four attributes to health: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual and that all of them are affected by attitudes, perceptions and chosen responses.
Vos will show how attitudes are contagious and will encourage people to spread the healthy ones. As far as she's concerned, laughter is the best medicine.
Vos' presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the McDonald-Belton Theater on NPCC's South Campus, 601 W. State Farm Road.