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Rohit Bhargava    

Innovation & Marketing Expert

Rohit Bhargava is an innovation and marketing expert, skilled facilitator, and keynote speaker. After a successful 15-year career as a brand and marketing strategist at two of the largest agencies in the world (Ogilvy and Leo Burnett), Rohit became an entrepreneur and has since started two companies with annual revenues well over $1M.

He is the Wall Street Journal best-selling author of six books on topics as wide ranging as the future of business and building a brand with personality and has delivered sold out keynote presentations and workshops to business leaders in 32 countries. His signature book Non-Obvious is updated annually with 15 new trend predictions, has been read and shared by more than 1 million readers and is translated in ten languages.

Rohit has been invited to share his insights at some of the most forward-looking organizations in the world including Intel, NASA, Disney, JP Morgan Chase, LinkedIn, Microsoft, American Express, BP, the World Bank, Coca-Cola and hundreds of others.

Outside of his consulting work, Rohit also teaches his popular signature course on storytelling and marketing at Georgetown University in Washington DC and has been invited to deliver guest lectures at many other prestigious schools including Stanford and Wharton.

For the past 15 years Rohit has also been writing his personal “Influential Marketing Blog” which has been featured in global media and named one of the top 25 marketing blogs in the world by AdAge magazine. He is regularly interviewed and featured as an expert commentator in global media including Harvard Business Review, The Guardian, and NPR. Rohit also writes a monthly column for GQ magazine in Brazil on technology and trends.

Thanks to his many years of sharing insights, Rohit has been recognized alongside visionary business leaders like Sir Richard Branson and Tom Peters as a “Top 100 Thought Leader In Trustworthy Business Behavior” and was named by global recruiting firm Korn Ferry as one of the “Most Influential South Asians In Media and Entertainment.”

On a personal level, Rohit is married and lives with his wife and two young boys in the Washington DC area. He is a lifelong fan of anything having to do with the Olympics (he’s been to five so far!), actively avoids anything having to do with cauliflower (yuck!), and believes that the most entertaining and impactful job he will ever have is being a great dad and teaching his sons to be kind when no one expects it, curious about the things others take for granted, and confident enough to change the world.

Speech Topics

Digital Disruption

One of the things that separates Rohit from other keynote speakers on digital disruption is his real-life expertise thanks to his 15+ years of consulting experience leading work for some of the largest brands in the world. Here are three specific things you should know about Rohit’s experience working in and speaking about digital disruption:

  • 20+ Years Experience – Rohit built his first website in 1997 (hand-coded!) and has consistently worked since then at the cutting edge of digital to help organizations adapt and disrupt themselves.
  • Trend Curator + Pioneer – Rohit has been writing a popular blog since 2004, where he first coined the term “Social Media Optimization” (SMO) and was the first to describe the wave of “Content Curation” as the job of the future. In 2015 he published the Wall Street Journal bestseller, Non-Obvious, to help innovators see disruption, predict trends and win the future.
  • Corporate Disruption Advisor – For most of his career, Rohit has been the strategic consultant that big brands turn to for advice on how to manage disruption. He currently works selectively with a handful of top CEOs and CMOs and is a sought after executive advisor and startup board member due to his ability to put disruption into understandable terms and help to craft actionable strategy for how to embrace and lead it.

Leadership & Marketing How To Be Trusted In A Skeptical World

We are living in a time when it is harder to earn trust than ever before. People skip ads, mistrust brands and have access to information and insight at their fingertips. What does it take for any organization to succeed in the world of empowered consumers where every brand and every leader faces a new sort of modern believability crisis? This entertaining and highly actionable talk will reveal the five secrets of building trust and what it really takes to stand out as real, human and trustworthy in an untrusting world.

Innovation & Culture Non-Obvious Megatrends 2020 How To Be An Innovator and Predict The Future

We live in a culture that celebrates innovators and prizes creativity. We are told that the best kind of leaders are the ones who are able to silence their critics, find their why, go from good to great and focus on their strengths. Hidden behind this facade of leadership cliches we often see is a somewhat more messy and "non-obvious" truth. The best leaders fail, reinvent, sometimes panic and know how to give up strategically. What if the key to winning the future was being able to harness the ability to see what no one else sees? This talk will help you do it. Inspired by more than ten years of groundbreaking research into our shifting culture, technology and humanity - this talk will offer an entertaining and unusual look at the future by sharing the five secret habits of real innovators. Using these habits, bestselling author Rohit Bhargava will share five megatrends that are changing our world, and how to use them to win in the future. The key to winning in 2020 (and beyond!) is non-obvious thinking and this talk is your path to getting there.

Non-Obvious Storytelling Virtual Workshop: How To Use Storytelling For Marketing, Sales & Innovation

We are living in a time when it is harder to earn trust than ever before. People filter out marketing messages, mistrust brands and have access to information and insight at their fingertips. What does it take for communications professionals to succeed in this world of empowered customers? How can we become trusted advisors and build the kinds of relationships that lead to deep customer loyalty and recurring sales? This original and highly actionable workshop will focus on teaching participants how to use storytelling to transform communications and what it really takes to get any message to stick in an increasingly skeptical world.

Participants will learn the core principles of powerful storytelling inspired by methods used at top Hollywood studios and combine these with digital networking techniques updated for the social media era. We will cover everything from the useful apps and tools to the forgotten power of notetaking in an actual notebook.

In a professional environment, we routinely struggle with the right way to communicate effectively, make connections and be more believable. This game changing virtual workshop will teach you the forward-looking skills to succeed today and well into the future as well.

What Participants Will Learn:

  • Why is it harder to be trusted today and how to use storytelling to conquer this “believability crisis”
  • How to really create customer relationships, build on loyalty and become a trusted advisor
  • 4 storytelling models and how to craft a better story and persuasive message
  • Core principles of storytelling inspired by Hollywood and how to use them every day
  • Storytelling lessons for presenting, pitching, having a stage presence and commanding a room
  • Building a personal brand story to be a credible authority and earn a reputation that precedes you
  • How to infuse existing marketing and communications with more storytelling principles

Non-Obvious Trend Curation Virtual Workshop: How to see What Others Miss and Predict the Future

The future seems impossible to predict, but the signs of what will matter in the coming years are already here. The problem is that it’s hard to separate the meaning from the noise. In this immersive virtual session, participants will get an up close and personal look at Rohit’s signature “HaystackMethod”of trend curation known to more than a million followers of his trend research. Live from his home office, Rohit will offer a personal hands-on experience of how to curate trends paired with engaging exercises to allow every participant to practice and test out the method for themselves.

We will also review five to seven megatrends from the award-winning research of the Non- Obvious team and consider how these trends might offer insights for participants to use when considering how to plan for the future normal. The aim of this session is for participants to leave with a new understanding of what trends are (and what they aren’t!), how to use them as part of their strategy and how to become idea curators who are able to pay attention to what’s important and teach themselves to have more innovative and original ideas every day, as well as how to act on them.

What participants will learn:

  • 3 reasons trend predictions are wrong and how doing the opposite can save lots of time & money
  • The real secret to preparing for disruption in your industry instead of getting blindsided
  • 5 habits of non-obvious thinkers and how using them can help you actually predict the future
  • How to assess if your efforts are “on trend” now and into the future, and what to do if they aren’t
  • The five steps of the Haystack Method and how to use it to observe bigger and better ideas
  • 5-7 original megatrends from our research and how to leverage them in your own work
  • How to plan for an uncertain future and embrace the right mindset to think innovatively every day

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