February 22, 2019
What’s Your Cauliflower? and Why It Matters To Your Brand
Over the past week, I’ve had several encounters with cauliflower. I spotted a poster for cauliflower crust pizza on the door to the Italian eatery, I ate breaded cauliflower tacos, and I leafed through a cauliflower cookbook on display at the market.
Every time I come across a cauliflower reference, I think of Rohit Bhargava. This is one example of why Rohit, author, speaker, and non-obvious trend curator, is a marketing genius.
Rohit used to keep his distaste for cauliflower to himself. But one day, probably as an act of defiance against the vegetable’s growing popularity, he decided to embrace it. As he wrote in his pithy and practical career guide, Always Eat Left-Handed, ever since he openly declared his cauliflower disdain it’s become an interesting marketing lesson.
Rohit writes and speaks with memorable humor about his “cauliphobia.” It has become a topic of bonding with perfect strangers and potential clients. Being open and sharing this quirk has made readers of his books and listeners to his speeches feel like they know something intimate and personal about him.
The current trendiness of cauliflower provides plenty of opportunities for Rohit reminders in daily life. If people remember him, they might buy one of his books or hire him to give a speech on the year’s non-obvious trends. In short, Rohit’s natural aversion to cauliflower helps him build his brand.
So my question to you is, What’s your cauliflower?
What’s an obscure fact about you that you might share with the world to help us remember you and your brand?
Answering this question is sort of like responding to the interview question, What’s your weakness? The response shouldn’t cast you in a negative light or be too obscure, but just funny or different enough to capture people’s attention.
Rohit’s cauliflower contempt is funny, but that’s also his character. Humor is one of his top creative strengths. My friend Mike always tells his audiences that he loves dark beer, and he’d be happy for someone to buy him one after the session. Dark beer isn’t inherently a funny response, but Mike makes this request lightly and it lands him a whole lot of free drinks.
So I ask again, What’s your cauliflower?
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Kathryn Haydon helps you maximize your creative strengths so you can do your best work. Through keynotes, workshops, and consulting, she trains individuals, leaders, and teams to find the unique spark that leads to deep engagement and productivity.