Rohit Bhargava is a trend curator and storyteller who has dedicated his career to helping brands and leaders be more influential and believable by embracing their humanity and personality. He is the author of five best-selling business books on wide ranging topics including business trends (Non-Obvious – Wall Street Journal bestseller) and trust and believability (Likeonomics – shortlisted for Best Sales/Marketing Book of the Year by 1800CEORead).
His first book, Personality Not Included (published by McGraw-Hill in 2008), won the prestigious Gold Atticus award and is still widely cited as a favorite of executive leaders and CEOs around the world for its groundbreaking ideas on leadership, branding and personality.
Due to his reputation as an entertaining, humble and non-boring keynote speaker, Rohit has been invited to headline events in 31 countries around the world where his popular talks have inspired audiences from 10 to 10,000 people. He is a two time TEDx speaker and routinely rated among the top speakers in the world on marketing, branding and actionable business trends.
Beyond his presence on stage, Rohit is a dedicated writer (and proud English major in college!) and written thinking on business trends and signature annual trend research report called the Non-Obvious Trend Report has been read and shared over a million times online. For the past 12 years he 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 also regularly interviewed and featured as an expert commentator in global media including Harvard Business Review, The Guardian, and NPR.
Rohit is a graduate of the Goizueta Business School at Emory University with concentrations in Global Marketing and English and completed a Masters Degree in English at the George Mason University. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor of marketing and storytelling at Georgetown University in Washington DC.
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.
What if you could predict the future? It may not be as impossible as it seems. In this exclusive talk, participants will learn five “non-obvious” habits to curate ideas and see what others miss. Based on his #1 best-selling annual trend series read by more than half a million people online, Rohit Bhargava will also share some specific trends from his 7+ years of research that matter for your industry … along with highly actionable ideas for how to use them.
Predicting the future is a learnable skill – and this keynote will reveal exactly how to do it. (Note – the selected trends in this talk are typically customized by industry and specifically chosen based on relevance for the audience).
We are living in a time when it is harder to earn trust than ever before. People skip ads, mistrust brands and believe government and institutions are manipulating them. People disagree on what “facts” actually are.
Why do employees follow some leaders and not others? What separates brands that have true loyalty and even love from their customers and those that desperately cling to promotions to entice unwilling buyers?
People respond to stories, and they love human brands with personality. Authenticity is certainly a buzz word in marketing today, but the power of being more human and approachable is critical today for brands and leaders alike.
“I was fortunate enough to hear Rohit Bhargava speak at the Amazing.com Summit in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. Rohit knocked the ball out of the park! He is an extraordinarily engaging, knowledgeable, and personable storyteller. His message was insightful, easy-to-follow, and professionally delivered. The Amazing.com audience learned a lot from his talk, and absolutely fell in love with him!”
“Rohit was really wonderful to work with. As the planner, I appreciated how organized, responsive, and committed he was to creating a custom presentation for the client's audience. He was definitely a crowd favorite which was clear when all 1500 people stood up at the conclusion of his presentation to show their appreciation for his awesomeness!”
“After a long day for our attendees, I was originally reluctant to have a post dinner address to our marketing executives. However, Rohit’s content and delivery had all of us hanging on his every word. He somehow feels the mood of the audience and tailors his message accordingly. This is not the first time we’ve used him, nor will it be the last."
“The knowledge he holds in his head is like gold dust for any one trying to create a credible digital marketing strategy. In 30 minutes, he taught us more about how information is disseminated on the Internet than most people learn in a decade of being a web consumer.”
"Rohit Bhargava is a master at weaving stories together on stage, taking the audience on a journey, all the while, teaching them about real marketing and business tactics. We've worked with Rohit many times and love having him speak at our events."
“This was my favorite session! Best presenter. Great energy and presence. Clear and concise. Relevant and interesting. Phenomenal! I could listen to him for hours. Would love more time with him. Best presentation of the conference.”
“Rohit is a dynamic speaker, bursting with knowledge and examples about content creation/curation and the business value of likeability. He was one of the Vocus Conference favorites.”
"Rohit took the time to understand his audience and this was KEY! He also invested time AFTER the session later in the day to thank those who tweeted about his session. And went several steps further by engaging people in conversation who raised points or questions via twitter. Class act!"
"I've enjoyed hearing Rohit speak many times over the years. His perspective is refreshing in a world of many well-meaning but generic speakers. Rohit though is the opposite of generic! I am regularly impressed at just how different and customized every one of his talks are. He brings distinct clarity of mind, warmth, and humor to audiences, all anchored in his deep expertise for marketing and business."
"His talk reminded us that we're not just in the business to sell tickets to our product, but to tell our story and engage us as people."
"Rohit was a great keynote and added an element of needed business strategy to the Demand Success line-up. His session was lively, and forgive the double entendre, likeable. Most importantly, our attendees walked away thinking about new ways to invigorate their businesses."
“Rohit’s ability to simplify and portray marketing tactics that any marketer can implement resonated with our audience, as shown by the number of live social posts during his session. Not only is he credible, but he’s also practical and authentic.”
"Rohit Bhargava has clearly embraced his own principles because the audience at Brand ManageCamp didn’t just like his session on “Likeonomics” – they loved it (and him). From providing the audience with free copies of his latest work to delivering ‘steal-able ideas’ that they could use right away to apply his concepts to their brands, Rohit went above and beyond in making sure his topic to close Brand ManageCamp was valuable and memorable. He is that rare mix of scary-smart and super engaging and he is a pleasure to work with. We look forward to our next opportunity to do so.”
"The best general session I have ever attended. Enjoyed the specific examples he gave. Far too often speakers pontificate or entertain, which is fun at the time, but then you really don't use it afterward. I feel like I'll actually use things I learned from this session."
“Rohit’s presentation was one of the most successful in our chapter’s history … his presentation drew rave reviews for delivering real content in an entertaining and easily accessible style.”
"When we asked Rohit to create a custom keynote and training video to teach our team about digital, we expected it to be educational. What Rohit managed to deliver blew us away! His content and style makes digital and social media approachable. His non-obvious trends were perfectly customized for the insurance industry and his content and delivery received rave reviews from our entire team. After the live event, his segment also received the most number of on-demand views from our global team."
“When we looked for a voice of inspiration on the power of innovation for our annual, global team meeting, Rohit was the natural choice. There are few speakers that deliver not only a vision for the future that are as clear as his, but the method to develop your own version of the same.”
KEYWORDS: Trend Curator, Trends, Digital Marketing, Innovation, Brand Strategist, Digital Disruption, How to predict the future, Bestselling author, Trust, Customer engagement, Building Trust, International speaker, Trend research, Brand loyalty, Storytelling, Authentic, Influence, TEDx Speaker