The race to the top of whatever field you’re in is not won by skill, knowledge or talent alone. You also need to find something that makes you unforgettable and helps you stand out from the crowd. You need to find your “shtickiness,” in a world where the competition for our attention increases every day.
The first time I heard Tony Robbins’ name was watching the movie “Shallow Hal.” In it, Robbins, playing himself, hypnotizes the main character Hal so that he sees an unattractive woman as beautiful, allowing him to get to know her and see that her true beauty is inside.
An article in the most recent Harvard Business Review got me hopping angry because it undercuts the value of PR and communications. Some background: The piece was about TED, that marvelous convener of great minds and ideas, and how it had appeared to lose control of its brand through its TEDx gatherings.