Tyler lives in Southern California, with his wife Kristen and their family. He’s best known for his ability to offer wisdom through laughter and storytelling. He’s a former teacher and his live presentations reach more than 200,000 people each year on a large number of topics.
In his book Counterintuitive, What 4 Million Teenagers Wish We Knew, (for parents and teachers) he’s found a way to offer profound wisdom and tools while being intensely funny at the same time.
He’s spoken at more than 2,800 schools, conferences, and events and to more than 4,000,000 teenagers. He was born in Africa, grew up in the shadow of New York City and lived most of his adult life in Kauai, Hawaii.
He loves to surf and is so entertaining he’s been featured at Universal Studios in Hollywood. He is booked annually for school assemblies, parenting conferences, staff development, district-wide teacher conferences, student leadership, corporate events and keynotes.
"Powerful. Refreshing. Hilarious. I literally couldn't put it down! The scope and candor of this book cut to the realities of parenting and teaching while offering hope through practical solutions... a pure joy to read." Dr. Paul Lewanski, Ed.D., California Teacher of the Year, Father of Two.
Tyler Durman has spoken live to over 4 million teenagers.
Following each presentation, where he offers guidance through comedic storytelling, students approach him to confide and confess things they’ve never told their parents, teachers, or even best friends.
Thousands of these one on one conversations have given Tyler a rare window into their lives, allowing him to gain wisdom about the surprising and counterintuitive things they need and long for from the adults in their lives.
If you want to experience joy and intimacy in your relationship with your child or students, the observations and tools in these pages will give you a way forward. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or at a loss, they’ll provide hope.
As a former teacher and father of five, Tyler writes with a voice that’s fresh, raw, and just pure fun. He’s found a way to relay profound wisdom while being intensely funny at the same time.
I’ve never seen 2,500 racially diverse students and adults laugh harder or be more entranced. His comedic timing is perfect.
It was a tremendous honor to have Tyler speak at my school. To watch him work in front of my 2000, mainly Hispanic, students was a privilege. They were mesmerized. Monica (my wife) and I have been married for 27 years, and parents for 24. His insight for parents was profound. Olivia (our daughter, 14) was ‘caught’ reading his book past her bedtime last night. We had just read some of it with her. Talk about doing amazing thing!
Tyler was awesome! Our students and adults LOVED him, and are all still talking about him. He was hilarious, yet had a fabulous message. He is hands down the best speaker I have seen in the 20 years as an educator, I only wish my own son could have heard him.
I have had nothing but positive feedback from students and faculty since Tyler’s visit. He not only did a great job with the student body, but with my Student Government kids as well. His message was very well received from students and teachers and the delivery was outstanding. His abilities are very rare!
I want to sincerely thank Tyler for the amazing message he brought to our students and staff. As one parent said to me: “My son never has anything but negative things to say about guest speakers but he told me this guy was awesome." Only someone like Tyler, who has been a teacher, parent, and speaker, would know what a complement that is from a 16 year-old boy. The time he took to make special connections with our students and each of our staff members was what stood out for me the most. Staff were touched that he was willing to stay with them after school, and truly connect on a personal and professional level. The work he does and the generosity of spirit he does it with is very rare!
I find Tyler’s stories to be truly mesmerizing, deeply insightful and extremely humorous. He was so impactful that I shared numerous copies of his book with colleagues, parents and friends. He’s onto something powerful here.
I’ve had the chance sit with 5,000 other adults and be swept up by his storytelling, and I’m so grateful he’s put it all into this book. His writing makes me laugh out loud, and gives me a lot to think about. His wisdom hits home and his stories show me a lot about myself and how I need to grow.
I was drawn in by the humor of Tyler’s writing, and the quality of the imagery kept me there. My wife was so moved she teared up, and when I gave the book to my 21-year-old son, I heard him laughing from the next room. This is a book everyone will love.
Tyler has had a greater impact on our community than any other speaker. Students, teachers and parents hang on every word. Each year many parents call to say ‘thank you’ for the impact he’s had on their relationships at home.
Recently I had the pleasure of hearing Tyler speak to the advisors of my state. It was the best I’ve heard in 30 years as an advisor.
He’s compelling, poignant, just wonderful! He will profoundly impact any group!
Adults and students were in total awe at his keynote. He has the ability to bring tears and laughter together in the most solid speaking experience I’ve ever seen.
Tyler has the unique ability to speak so powerfully that people’s lives are changed forever. Students respect him, and know he understands them as few adults can. Adults hang on every word!
I’ve never seen 2,500 racially diverse students & teachers laugh harder or be more entranced with pin-drop silence. His comedic timing is perfect. You’ll laugh ‘till you cry. He’s simply the best speaker I’ve ever heard.
Tyler hits a home run every time he holds a mike. He moves students, staff and parents in such a profound and lasting way that I’ve made him a tradition in every leadership position I’ve ever held - middle school, high school, district, & conferences. Hire him! You’ll be grateful you did!
Every student & adult in America needs to hear Tyler. I’ve never seen people respond so deeply to anyone else. I’ve heard him some 25 times and he never misses.
I’ve watched Tyler take a crowd of 3,200 distracted teenagers who didn’t want to be in the room, and have them eating out of his hand within two minutes. This would be a daunting task for even the most seasoned stand-up comedian. His abilities are extraordinary. Now that he’s put all of this into a poignant and entertaining book, it will be fun to see how his career takes off. The entertainment industry is about to become aware of, and fall in love with Tyler Durman.