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As a growing list of organizations ban all non-essential travel, meetings and conferences are being disrupted across the world. This page shares information about how to work with Rohit Bhargava to deliver a virtual keynote or remote training session for your team on the topics of trends, disruption, innovation or marketing.

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Since the pandemic announcement, Rohit has been delivering virtual sessions almost every day. He talks about trends, resilience, marketing, storytelling, how to pivot your business, disruption, virtual leadership, remote work and more. He is evolving his talks constantly and every new session is different from the last. With updated stories (sometimes pulled from that morning’s news!), a charismatic delivery style, unique elements like a “choose your own adventure” format, multiple camera angles, hyperlapse video and audience polling – Rohit’s virtual keynote sessions are highly engaging and guaranteed to be MUCH more than just a traditional keynote talk delivered to video.

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VIRTUAL KEYNOTE TOPICS AND ALL-NEW TALKS

Talk #1 – Afterward: How Non-Obvious Thinking Can Make You More Resilient and Ready For What Comes Next

When every day seems to bring more disruption, it’s hard to know where to focus. The more things change, the less likely it seems that we’ll ever get back to business as usual. Is there a reason for optimism right now? No one really knows. But we do know that the people and companies who will be more resilient and emerge from this chaos to be stronger than before will be the ones who can keep a strategic eye focused on tomorrow instead of just reacting for today. In this candid session, bestselling author and storyteller Rohit Bhargava will share how you can use the principles of non-obvious thinking to see opportunities others don’t, be more resilient and prepare for an uncertain future, no matter what comes next.

Talk #2 – 4 Non-Obvious Megatrends That Matter Since the Pandemic (And How To Use Them)

One of the biggest effects of the disruption we are facing today is the acceleration of ideas. Distance learning, ghost restaurants, esports, telemedicine, streaming entertainment, videoconferencing and more than a dozen other futuristic ideas are now becoming daily realities and going mainstream. In this candid talk, bestselling author and trend curator Rohit Bhargava will share how anyone can become more resilient by being an observer of the non-obvious and why the people who build this skill will be the ones who emerge from this time of change better prepared for whatever comes next. The future will belong to non-obvious thinkers and this talk will help you become one of them.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT VIRTUAL KEYNOTES

Q: What makes Rohit’s virtual keynote sessions different?

Since the pandemic announcement, Rohit has been delivering virtual sessions almost every day. He talks about trends, resilience, marketing, storytelling, how to pivot your business, disruption, virtual leadership, remote work and more. He is evolving his talks constantly and every new session is different from the last. With updated stories (sometimes pulled from that morning’s news!), a charismatic delivery style, unique elements like a “choose your own adventure” format, multiple camera angles, hyperlapse video and audience polling – Rohit’s virtual keynote sessions are highly engaging and guaranteed to be MUCH more than just a traditional keynote talk delivered to video.

Q: What if I’m not sure if my 2021 event will be virtual or live?

Don’t worry, none of us do right now! But when you work with Rohit, you’ll know that he is willing to adapt his session for either the virtual audience or the live audience, or both! He knows how to get this done and has a long-standing reputation for being easy to work with, flexible and willing to change things last minute if required. 

Q: Where is Rohit based and can he pre-record a session?

Yes! Rohit can deliver a finished talk either by recording in a professional studio (with social distancing!) or in his home studio. In addition, he is based the Washington DC  area and can cost effectively travel to your location – usually with a direct flight once travel restrictions are eased. 

Q: Is the pen really mightier than the sword?

While scholars have debated this question for many years – as an English major in college I have always believed in the power of stories to change culture. Swords don’t inspire people. Unless of course they are written into stories where they are pulled out of stones by kings.

Q: Can Rohit make a virtual session that is interactive?

The short answer is yes. Rohit started his speaking career as a workshop facilitator and still runs more than a dozen day long corporate workshops/offsites a year. Often these sessions include virtual participants and Rohit is adept at encouraging interaction even from those who are listening in from home and reluctant to engage.

Q: Isn’t the energy level way less in a virtual talk? Won’t it be boring?

It is definitely harder to bring the energy without an audience there in person, but Rohit has done this many times in the past and has even spent days in studio recording virtual training content for private corporate workshops. So yes, the energy is hard to maintain … but Rohit knows how to do it!

Q: How customized will Rohit’s talk really be?

Rohit’s aim is always to pair stories which have been tested to resonate with a virtual audience together with new original content. How much exactly is customized? Rohit sometimes shares that most of his presentations have about 20% new and original content tailored specifically for an audience. Of course, we all know that 36% of all statistics are completely made up anyway … 🙂

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To learn more, check schedules or discuss topics, please contact Renee Strom at 612-281-4517 or renee@reneestrom.com.

RECENT VIRTUAL KEYNOTE SESSIONS

Here are some of the virtual sessions Rohit has delivered recently:

       

 

 

VIRTUAL KEYNOTE EXAMPLE: FORBES DIGITAL SUMMIT 2020

This was a recorded presentation produced for the Forbes8 ESummit on Business Resilience that aired March 20, 2020.

WEBINAR EXAMPLE: NON-OBVIOUS MEGATRENDS SXSW 2020 WEBINAR

This recorded webinar was live streamed to several hundred attendees who were planning to watch Rohit’s Featured Session at SXSW 2020 before it was cancelled.

ONLINE TRAINING EXAMPLE: CUSTOM COURSE PRODUCED FOR MICROSOFT

This custom training session was developed exclusively for a Microsoft program and shared with hundreds of thousands of team members within the organization.

WHAT MAKES ROHIT SO NON-OBVIOUS?

 

When seeking advice on leading disruption, trends, marketing and innovative thinking the largest brands in the world typically turn to their most trusted consulting partners. For the past 15 years, the Rohit has been the one delivering that advice. One of the things that separates Rohit from other keynote speakers is his non-obvious perspective thanks to his award winning research process and the past 15+ years of real life consulting experience providing counsel to some of the largest brands in the world. Here are three specific things you should know about Rohit’s experience:

  1. Proven methods, tested insights. Unlike other experts, Rohit has spent his career over the past 15 years at the intersection of digital and traditional communications. As a result, he understands what it takes to lead disruption in the world as it is TODAY and his insights go far beyond the tired cliche leadership advice you often hear from leadership speakers. Whether it’s embracing reverse mentorship or instituting a digital buffet for your team, his guidance is unique, original and proven to work.
  2. Innovator’s Story – One of the reasons Rohit is so effective at teaching (particularly virtually) is because he has walked the walk himself. While spending 15 years at two of the largest marketing agencies in the world (Leo Burnett and Ogilvy), he was instrumental in starting pioneering digital practices and virtual learning programs at both. During that same time, he published three books on disruption, testified in front of the FDA on social media and launched ideas on his personal blog that were so far ahead of their time, they later became entire marketing disciplines. After leaving the agencies, he has similarly started two disruptive million dollar companies that are upending the world of publishing and communications.
  3. Focus On Actionable Insights – A key element of Rohit’s process and talks is his ability to share lessons and a process for how anyone in the audience can use his approach to curate disruptive ideas for themselves. This signature Haystack Method (click to watch video) is a highly visual, engaging and useful process that has allowed thousands of professionals to better seek out new ideas, be more open minded and even see connections between industries.

ROHIT BHARGAVA SPEAKING REEL


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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING…

“When we asked Rohit to create a virtual keynote and training video, what he managed to deliver blew us away! His non-obvious trends were perfectly customized for our industry and his content and delivery received rave reviews from our entire remote team spread across the country.”

– Kaushal Shroff, Prudential

“Over and above being a fantastic speaker, booking Rohit also means you get a partner. Most speakers sign the contract and then perform. Rohit went over and above to help customize his virtual talk, connect with attendees remotely and generate opportunities to build off his speaking engagement.”

– Paul Treanor, Event Planner

“Rohit’s virtual presentation was beautiful, validating, uplifting and contained so much truth. It was one of the best keynote presentations I have ever heard.”

– Remote Talk Attendee Feedback

“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.”

– Matt Ross, American Marketing Association

“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 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 have used him, nor will it be the last.”

– Bob Houston, Richmond Events

“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 don’t really use it afterward. I feel like I’ll actually use the things I learned from this session.”

– Attendee survey feedback, Association Marketing Conference

“”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). 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.”

– Len Herstein, Founder at Brand Manage Camp

“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.”

– Jen Consalvo, Tech Cocktail

“Rohit’s talk was beautiful, validating, uplifting and contained so much truth. It was one of the best keynote presentations I have ever seen.”

– Attendee Feedback, SSATB Annual Conference

“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 he went several steps further by engaging people in conversation who raised points or questions. Class act!”

– Attendee survey feedback, ASAE Marketing Conference

“#curiosity marketing panel is the best SXSW one yet. Like a kickass college class you can’t wait to go to. Rohit is like a Social Media Robin Williams.”

– @laurencook

NEED TO INTRODUCE ROHIT BEFORE AN EVENT?

Here’s his bio for virtual events:

Rohit (ROW-HIT) Bhargava (BAR-GA-VA) is on a mission to inspire more non-obvious thinking in the world. He is the #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of seven books and is widely considered one of the most entertaining and original speakers on disruption, trends and marketing in the world. Rohit has been invited to keynote events in 32 countries around the world … including more than 20 over the past few weeks from his home studio. Outside of his writing and consulting, Rohit also teaches marketing and storytelling as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.

RESOURCES FOR EVENT PLANNERS & SPEAKER BUREAUS

Headshots [Link]
A page with multiple headshots for Rohit in several
useful formats for use in promotional materials.

Testimonials + Past Speaking Clients [PDF]
Full testimonials featured on this site plus several others
recently added from Rohit’s latest appearances.

Quick Fact Bullet Points About Rohit [PDF]
Some interesting bullet points and quick
facts about Rohit’s background.

The Brutally Honest FAQs [Link]
A collection of unexpectedly honest answers to the most
common questions Rohit often gets from event planners.

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