I’m So Fascinating!

…Did I make you look??? Not to worry this entire blog will not be about me, actually none of it will. But if you saw the title and thought to yourself “that’s a little appalling” but you still had to look then it worked. And as Charlie Sheen would say I’m “Winning” also I’m foreshadowing (thank you 10th grade English). But really what I am doing is using alarm (surprise) to fascinate you or interest you in what this could possibly all be about.

So this blog is more like a working book review. I recently read a book that was all about the ways that we fascinate others. It’s called…drum roll… Fascinate by Sally Hogshead. What Sally proposes is that there are 7 “triggers” people/products use to interest others. I am going to briefly describe each one here. And since there is nothing more fascinating to ourselves then ourselves here is a link to a survey that will allow you to find out what “triggers” you personally employ to get others more engaged in you. Fscore-Question Page 1.

The first trigger is LUST although this means more desire for something; it is not necessarily carnal in this sense more like the way I desire an IPAD or chocolate… Next comes MYSTIQUE which is all about mystery, when someone or something keeps us guessing we often have to figure it out before we can let it go. ALARM is all about surprise and shock, it instantly gets our attention. PRESTIGE is about the human desire to climb to the top of the social ladder and we all know that can be just as much about acquiring something as being admired for our values and integrity. POWER probably needs little explanation. VICE is a bit more interesting, it involves convincing someone to go against the grain, do something that is considered “bad” humans find this quite exciting! Finally TRUST is the hardest to gain and it is about staying power and building a relationship so much that we believe in that product or person and where it is leading us.

You can use these triggers to describe just about any product or company…. For example; I believe geoSCOUT uses Lust and Mystique to interest our users at first and then as they get to know us we build Trust. The Lust of doing something new and the Mystique of maybe not knowing what that is yet can be very compelling. The Trust comes as users see how we respond to their support needs and development requests, that we continue to be there for them and move technology forward in a way that helps them do their jobs better.

So here’s the challenge: I will (assuming you are all at least a little bit fascinated with me) offer to share with you my F-Score (see the link in the second paragraph). If you either share with me yours (and identify yourself please) or tell me what you find fascinating about geoSCOUT… I think I just employed Mystique J

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About Natalie St. Hilaire

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8 Responses to I’m So Fascinating!

  1. Stephen Werny says:

    I love these things… ok, here’s my F-Score:

    Your primary fascination is VICE. (Nicely done, you.) Even without realizing it, you’re already instinctively applying this trigger when trying to persuade others.

    Your secondary trigger is MYSTIQUE, and your dormant trigger (the one you’re least likely to apply in your personality and behavior) is PRESTIGE.

    Vice, eh? That would explain all the degenerate gambling 🙂

    • I’m fascinating … you’re fascinating … he/she is fascinating — in different ways. Here are my triggers (taking my profile with a huge lump of salt):

      Your primary fascination is MYSTIQUE. (Nicely done, you.) Even without realizing it, you’re already instinctively applying this trigger when trying to persuade others. Your secondary trigger is POWER, and your dormant trigger (the one you’re least likely to apply in your personality and behavior) is TRUST.

      Once you understand your own unique combination of personality strengths, you can start to create more influential ideas and messages.

  2. Christine Bell-Carr says:

    Here is My F-Score

    Your primary fascination is MYSTIQUE. (Nicely done, you.) Even without realizing it, you are already instinctively applying this trigger when trying to persuade others.

    Your secondary trigger is TRUST, and your dormant trigger (the one you are least likely to apply in your personality and behavior) is LUST.

  3. Natalie St. Hilaire says:

    Thanks Steve and Christina!

    OK so I think I want 5 F-Score/ fascinating geoSCOUT comments and then I will tell you my Triggers… 🙂 Sorry to change the rules, but let’s all share a little more….

  4. kristigartner says:

    My F Score

    Primary: LUST and Secondary: POWER

    My dormant trigger is TRUST

  5. Cheryl says:

    I am somewhat ‘alarmed’ at how the F Score has summed up my personality in three words. Primary: LUST, Secondary: VICE, Dormant: ALARM.

  6. Natalie St. Hilaire says:

    OK- here it goes (Don’t feel so bad Cheryl). I am also Lust with a secondary of Vice. But my dormant is trust… Pretty sure that’s the worst (or best) combination ever!

    To all my other dormant trust people out there no worries. Really you communicate trust by behaving consistently…. So all this means is that when you try to influence you use consistency the least, not that you aren’t trustworthy!

  7. Eunice says:

    So my F-Score…

    Primary: Lust
    Secondary: Vice
    Dormant: Trust

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