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Rohit Bhargava - Keynote Speaker

Rohit Bhargava
Non-Obvious Futurist, Trends and Marketing Keynote Speaker

Rohit Bhargava is the #1 Wall Street Journal best selling author of seven books and has delivered sold out keynote presentations and workshops for audiences in 32 countries. Event planners and audiences have described Rohit as “a rare mix of scary-smart and super engaging,” and “a master at weaving stories together.” Once he was even described on Twitter by an attendee as “hilarious, like a social media savvy Robin Williams.” He is the perfect choice when you want to bring a diverse outside perspective from an engaging speaker who has real practical experience with relevance to your industry, a unique point of view, and a delivery style that blends inspiration with action – whether he’s presenting in person or virtually.


The newly launched speaking reel featuring NEW content from Rohit’s latest talks and his new bestselling book Beyond Diversity. This reel shows Rohit speaking from variety of stages and covering topics including trends, disruption, diversity and inclusion, marketing, branding, creativity and the future of work.


The original 3 minute reel with some highlights from live and virtual speaking events over the past year for Rohit Bhargava – covering topics including trends, marketing, branding, innovation, creativity and digital disruption.


This was a unique 12-minute virtual keynote developed as part of a signature event from Terminus that brought together a group of top speakers to imagine how to reimagine the way that marketing works for the future.


Over the past several years, Rohit has become a fixture at SXSW. This was his packed keynote session from the event in 2019 where he took the stage directly after Elon Musk. He was scheduled for another Featured Session for the canceled 2020 SXSW event, which was trending as the highest-rated session at the entire show before COVID caused the organizers to cancel that year.

Topics Rohit speaks about: Innovation, Trends, Marketing, Trust and Storytelling

Want to watch Rohit presenting virtually AND live on stage? Watch the videos here >>

Interested in booking Rohit? Contact Renee Strom to check availability or to set up a FREE strategy call with Rohit at 612-281-4517 or >

What Makes Rohit Different?

Rohit speaks at virtual and live events 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 packed with recent stories and insights. 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, dual interview style talks, 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.

He has also launched his own popular weekly Non-Obvious Insights Show that live streams to YouTube and other social media platforms, and to date has interviewed visionary business leaders, authors and thinkers including Daniel Pink, Guy Kawasaki and Beth Comstock.

Want to hear how Rohit approaches virtual talks? Listen to Rohit share his thoughts on virtual keynotes on the Wealthy Speaker Podcast >>

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Talk #1 – Afterward: How Non-Obvious Thinking Can Make You More Resilient

This talk is best for events seeking a speaker on: Disruption, Innovation or Resilience

When every day brings constant disruption, it’s hard to know where to focus. With the right mindset, we can look to the future with informed optimism. In this candid session, bestselling author Rohit Bhargava will share how the five habits of non-obvious thinkers can help you see opportunities others don’t, be more resilient and prepare for an uncertain future.

Talk #2 – The Future Normal: How To Anticipate What Comes Next & Trends That Matter

This talk is best for events seeking a speaker on: Strategy, Trends or Futurism

Futuristic ideas are now becoming daily realities and going mainstream. What are the biggest trends shaping our future? In this engaging session inspired by the upcoming book (March 2022), you’ll get an exclusive advanced look at some of the biggest trends that matter in a world shaped by the pandemic and you’ll leave with new ideas for how to win in a disrupted future. Note – this keynote can also be delivered in a unique interview format with Rohit’s co-author, Henry Coutinho-Mason.

Talk #3 – Beyond Diversity: How To Build A More Inclusive Team, Business and World

This talk is best for events seeking a speaker on: Diversity & Inclusion

What does it take to support, include and build a more diverse team? The benefits of hiring and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace are widely discussed, but it’s not always easy to know what to do or how to start. In this unique tag-team format keynote, longtime Diversity & Inclusion expert Jennifer Brown and award-winning trend curator and futurist Rohit Bhargava will deliver an engaging conversation-style keynote that is sure to inspire your team and offer a practical roadmap for how to bring real diversity and inclusion to your team and business.

Talk #4 – Believable: How To Be More Trusted In A Skeptical World Using Storytelling

This talk is best for events seeking a speaker on: Marketing, Sales, Trust, Communications or Storytelling

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 build trust? 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.

Can virtual events really work? Read Rohit’s brutally honest Frequently Asked Questions >>


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


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 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 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. During his time 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. While there, 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.



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“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


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.


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.