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Would You Dress Up As The Gorilla To Be Memorable?

gorillaIf we assume the majority of people we meet will not remember our name, or much at all about us after meeting us, what may we do to help ourselves to be memorable? In fact, when people attend an event where there are speakers and breakout sessions, for one, two or even three days in a row, the majority of people do not recall the names or even the topics of the speakers and their sessions.  It has been shown, for the majority, even the note takers at these events do not look back at their notes. They do not act on new information and even when their own notes reflect they want to change something or do something new – they don’t.

This article is about how do we create a favorable and memorable image in the mind of our ideal clients. This last part is the key – in the mind of our ideal clients. It is really our ideal clients who we want to have remember us and our message.  If you are trying to reach everyone and stick into the minds of everyone, this is a huge mountain to climb. Why make things so difficult for yourself?

Would you dress up as The Gorilla, the NBA Phoenix Suns mascot, to be memorable?

If you did, would this be effective for the work that you do? The service you provide? Meaning – would your ideal clients remember you as The Gorilla and then immediately think, “why yes of course that is exactly who I need to represent me at the closing for the sale of my home?” Probably not.

When we think of memorable it is an image, a tag-line, a quote, a book or something to be utilized often and everywhere. A word of caution is necessary here. Similar to other areas of branding testing and testing and testing should be done before shouting from the mountain tops.

What words or images are utilized have to fit in with who you are and what you do.

Think about the word ‘organic’.  One would assume anyone shopping and seeking ‘organic’ items is someone who is serious about what they eat and eating a healthy diet.  Not so fast.  The word ‘organic’ is showing up all over the place. There are some new regulations to contain the use of the what, where, when and how the word ‘organic’ may be utilized on food and other eatable products. There are a good number of people who shop and purchase items if they have the word ‘organic’ on the label, and order items from the menu if it has the word ‘organic’ next to the item on the menu. They do this because they think purchasing items in the store which say ‘organic’ or off the menu which are stated to be ‘organic’ will magically make them healthier.  A perfect example is the woman with the cart full of groceries and the husband behind her with the stroller and two children, she was frantically asking the store clerk at the Whole Foods Market, “Where is the Organic Soda, what aisle?”  Seriously, ‘organic soda’?

In summary, make yourself memorable in a smart and strategic way so your ideal clients will remember who you are and what you do for them.

Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive and personal coach who resides in Stamford, CT.


  1. You’re talking blue ocean strategy here – how to make yourself stand out from the big blue ocean of the many people who do what you do. Quality and unique languaging are key.

  2. Good points Mitch. You’re got me laughing here about organic soda too. Sounds like a follow what’s popular strategy there.

  3. I once walked into a conference event in a light blue beaded floor-length gown… it was memorable and appropriate for my “Celebrity Status” brand. I sold the 2nd most products.. 1st place went to an 11-year-old boy in a chef hat selling cupcakes. That’s why in Hollywood, we joke, never work with kids or animals… they always upstage you.

  4. Mitch,
    Great topic. I recently blogged about creating marketing message that matter and disruptive marketing. I’m interested to hear your thoughts on the topic.
    Write on!~
    Lisa Manyon

  5. Great points, Mitch! You want to stand out for the right reasons, not just any reason.

  6. This made me laugh. I consider myself to be a pretty memorable person (I’m high energy and outgoing) and while I certainly work to stand out from the crowd I’m not sure a holistic health professional in a gorilla suit is going to get the reaction I’m looking for 🙂

  7. Brand, Brand, Brand. If you don’t build your own brand, others will craft it for you. Making conscious decisions about how you want to be remembered, known, thought of, referred to as … and acting in alignment with those desires is critical.