Sally Hogshead knows how to keep people fascinated and drawn to a brand. She developed The Fascination Advantage® that measures how others perceive you and uses that to create changes that captivate and fascinate.
Sally has an algorithm that can spotlight our most unique and valuable traits. Her research goes past a decade with many small businesses, Fortune 500 teams and more than 1,000 C-level executives.
She authored two books, Fascinate: How to Make Your Brand Impossible to Resist, and How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination. Both were New York Times bestsellers. She also writes a weekly online column for Inc. on branding.
Sally is a Speaker Hall of Fame and Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) member. She was also named a Top Brand Guru for her marketing system that is used by companies like IBM, the YMCA, and Twitter.
Her background includes being the most awarded junior copywriter in the U.S. by age 24 and her campaigns include clients like Mini Cooper, Godiva, Nike, and Coca-Cola. She opened her first ad agency at 27 and her work is exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Sally appears in national media regularly including NBC’s Today and in the New York Times.
What High Performers Do Differently: How to Fascinate from First Impressions to Lasting Value
What separates certain professionals from the rest of the pack? Is it skill or knowledge? Expertise or seniority? Or is it simply charisma? Turns out, it’s none of the above. In her decade of research inside hundreds of companies, Sally Hogshead discovered a new trend. High-performers communicate differently and the most valued professionals consciously decide to over-deliver in select ways. As a result, they become difficult to replace, because they emphasize their natural traits. They earn advocates in the workplace and customer base, and become irreplaceable. In the case of entrepreneurs, they remain in demand even after raising fees and prices. Just as the most successful brands differentiate themselves, so do the most successful people. According to the Carnegie Institute of Technology, 85% of financial success is due to your personality, ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead. Shockingly, only 15% is due to technical knowledge. Increased competition and decreased attention spans make it harder than ever to stand out and win. It’s not enough to be the best, if nobody knows you’re there. But when you apply your most authentic and naturally fascinating traits, the world sees you at your best and you’re recognized for your accomplishments.
• Discover the top four traits of high-performing personal brands and pitfalls to avoid
• Recognize the signs you are (or are not) perceived as a high performer
• Identify your top two unique personality advantages
• Describe, measure, and improve how you add value
• Understand the situations in which you’re most likely to over-deliver and outperform (and the areas in
which you will not)
• Discover the words you need to authentically describe yourself in introductions, meetings, and other
• Surround yourself with team members who boost your own performance
Sales, Entrepreneurs, Financial Services, Customer Service, Direct Sales
Impossible to Resist: Outshine the Competition, Attract Raving Fans & Earn Attention in a Distracted World
Fascination is the single most powerful means of persuading and influencing behavior. You can make any brand or message impossible to resist…once you unlock the formula. Sally’s extensive market research reveals just how much fascination drives emotions and behavior. For example, when fascinated by a product, 80% of consumers experience a faster heart rate and other physical responses; 46% talk about it to others; and more than 1/3 do in-depth research on the product. Once you fascinate customers, they’ll become intensely focused on you ⎯ your products, your services, and your marketing. They’re more likely to believe, care about, and retell your message – as well as buy your products. Today, it’s not enough to just interest customers. You need to fascinate them, so that they’re intensely focused on your message.
When the MINI Cooper first launched in the United States, the poor car seemed doomed. It was ridiculously tiny, with bulging headlights and squat little body. It had very low awareness, outside of a few cult films from the UK. Yet this tiny unknown car from the UK would have to battle head-to-head against the re-launch of the VW Beetle, one of the most famous and beloved cars of all time. It didn’t help that VW had a seemingly infinite advertising budget behind its well-established brand, while MINI only had a few million to launch a virtually unknown product halfway around the globe.
How could MINI fascinate, and win, with a marketing budget as tiny as the car itself? The answer lies in the science of fascination. We need to understand why people become fascinated by certain brands but not others. Women will buy products targeted to men. However, men are unlikely to buy products targeted to women. As part of the MINI launch team, Sally helped turn this little insight into a big win. VW made a critical error in positioning the Beetle. By trying to sell to both men and women, the brand unintentionally became the car for middle-aged women (an unpromising demographic in the automotive category). MINI, on the other hand, only targeted men. As a result, both men and women identified with it. Today the MINI Cooper launch is cited as one of the most successful launches in marketing history.
We don’t always understand the choices we make — from the cars we drive, to the people we hire. Yet in fact, there’s a science behind it. Once you understand the deeply-rooted forces that drive your customer’s decision-making process, you can out-think the competition and stand out in a crowded commoditized market.
* Identify your brand’s number one advantage
* Capture immediate attention and attract raving fans
* Stand out in a crowded competitive market in less time and under budget
* Understand your customers’ 7 triggers to perceived value to stop competing on price
Marketers, Brand Managers, Agencies, Customer Experience Teams, Multi-Level Marketing Organizations
Your Fascinating Culture: Building Engaged Teams that Outperform
What if you had a tangible way to show every single member of your team how they can perform at a higher level? It comes down to helping your employees tap into their natural communication style. According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “50% of the difference between low-performing and high-performing teams is the quality of communication.” In Sally’s decade of research, she found the best way to build a culture of involved and energized employees is to help them understand how they are seen at their best. Think of your team members. What is each person’s most valuable quality? How could they communicate most effectively? How can you and your co-workers bring out the best of everyone’s natural abilities?
The research shows engaged employees:
– Deliver a better customer experience
– Generate profits for the organization
– Have higher morale and are more motivated
– Are more loyal and committed to their company
– Have less conflicts with co-workers
Each of us already has built-in differentiators. They don’t have to be brash and flamboyant. In fact, subtle personalities can often have the most distinguishing features. No matter what your natural approach, you must learn how it’s being perceived by others. Great teams are built on differences, rather than similarities. Differences create diversity and make a company stronger as a whole. Diversity strengthens a team and makes it more multifaceted, as long as each person understands and develops his or her communication style. In her decade of research, Sally found that the best way to build a culture of involved and energized employees is to inspire them with a vibrant culture of optimism. Measure what people are already doing right, and they’ll do more of it. Sally measures communication advantages within teams to uncover gems of potential. When team members are fascinated by their work– in other words, when they are deeply engaged with their work, they feel differently and perform differently. They lit rally earn more, for themselves and their company.
* Identify the top two unique personality advantages and archetype for all team members
* Measure the communication advantages within teams to raise performance
* Build a team of differences that make the company stronger as a whole
* Amplify what your team is already doing right and capitalize on your natural strengths
* Correctly identify the right person or team for important projects
Executive Leadership, VPs, Managers, Business Owners, Human Resources
Different is Better than Better: Captivate Your Customer to Win in a Crowded Market
You have a choice: either have the biggest budget, or be the most fascinating. If you have a bigger budget than any of your competitors, must be nice…but few of us do. What if you’re a small business with a frugal budget or competing in an intensely crowded space? Then you must fascinate. Until now, branding required years of study or a team of experts, but in her decade of working inside world renowned brands, Sally Hogshead discovered the algorithm behind it all. By combining science with branding principles, she unlocked the formula for fascination and, once you can identify the patterns, you can make any message more memorable. In this keynote, based on her 2016 New York Times bestseller Fascinate: How to Make Your Brand Impossible to Resist, Sally reveals the formula for fascinating anyone.
* Understand why others perceive you and your brand a certain way
* Develop a clear understanding of why people want to work with you
* Identify the perfect words to introduce and promote yourself authentically
* Cultivate confidence in your natural competitive advantages
* Increase your value to a prospect by communicating your greatest professional assets
* Prove how you are different than others competing for the job
Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Franchisees, Multi-Level Marketing Organizations, Advertising, Marketing, Branding Professionals
The Fascination Factor: Authentically Communicate Who You Are at Your Best
Most personal branding techniques give generic tips about how to make a good first impression. Yet, the whole point is to stand out and rise above the competition with your authentic traits. Avoid following onesize-fits-all techniques or else you just blend in with everyone else. David Ogilvy, one of the smartest branding minds in history, said this: “Tell the truth, but make the truth fascinating.” When you know the truth of who you are at your best, you can be both authentic and fascinating. Your customers and coworkers don’t want the plastic version of you. Nobody wants to talk with a fake cardboard cut-out. Your personal brand is NOT the same thing as your marketing or resume. It’s not your business card, or your blog, or the color of your website. Are you focusing so much on the other person (your customer, your client, your manager) that you’re losing your you-ness? Don’t focus so much on what you think someone else wants, that you lose who you actually are. Identify who you are at your best and the advantages that highlight your greatest value. Build your brand around those core qualities and you’ll never feel like a manufactured persona. Everything falls into place when you have a clear focal point for your communication. You can stop struggling and start doing more of what you’re already doing right.
* Identify your top two unique personality advantages and archetype
* Distinguish how you’re most likely to add value
* Develop a clear focal point for all of your communication
* Introduce yourself authentically with confidence
* Craft the perfect words to prepare for crucial interactions
* Influence people to listen and take action
Sales, Entrepreneurs, Associations, General Public
You Are Fascinating: Empower & Leverage the Women Leadership in Your Organization
The greatest way to empower a woman is to help her see her own highest value. With engaging research, touching anecdotes, and a defined plan of attack, Sally’s program ensures every participant leaves energized and focused, knowing how to stand out and make a difference in the world by empowering the women in their community.
SALLY’S RESEARCH FINDINGS:
• Men often prefer to work solo and “think things through,” women tend to feel alienated or discounted if they are not engaging with and understood by their peers.
• Women want to have a voice that matters within an organization.
• Women lead by building relationships, whereas men typically lead by leveraging their authority.
FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THIS TOPIC:
• Instead of trying to repair some part of yourself that’s broken, focus on the way in which you’re likely to make the most difference, for the most people in the most meaningful way.
• You have a message that matters and you have a responsibility to get that message out there.
• The highest form of empowerment is to show someone what they are already doing right.
• Identify how the women and girls in your life are most likely to add value
• Recognize how to use your competitive advantages to become an empowered leader
• Develop your unique message and implement a plan to share it with the world
“Sally was tremendous. Her presentation was well received and I believe will help us make a difference in our efforts. Everyone, including those who came in with doubts, was very impressed. We hope that sales coaches and marketing program managers can continue to build on it and drive the message home with our team.”
Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation
“The Fascination Advantage is remarkably accurate, and has immediate applicability in terms of providing an actionable roadmap for team interactions! There are so many personality assessments out there, and this is the first and only one to give a clear road map of how others see you, to instantly know your blind spots, and work more effectively with others. I used this as an icebreaker at a recent all-hands meeting, and the energy was immediately moving around the room as everyone interacted on a whole new level.”
“Sally is an energetic speaker and educator, with a powerful angle on what motivates people to take action. Her style is engaging, entertaining, and sure to make any audience fill a notebook with ideas when she’s done.”
Human Business Works
“I had well over 100 people come up to me and thanked me for bringing in Sally as the opening keynote for Content Marketing World. She set the bar high indeed. She is a true inspiration to me, as well as my team.”
Content Marketing World
“Outstanding… Sally’s insights into how to be fascinating and represent a fascinating product will pay dividends for many months and years to come. Our sales force walked out excited and with new ideas on how to do their jobs better.”
Wall Street Journal