What makes you fascinating?

One of my top 5 Strengthsfinder themes is “Individualization,” which basically is interest in the unique characteristics of individuals. I am always curious as to what makes people who they are.

This week I read the book Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivationby Sally Hogshead, and it has an assessment that asks, “How Are You Fascinating?”

The book talks about 7 fascination triggers and there’s even an assessment you can take. Click here to take it. Do that first before reading the rest of this blog, as there are spoilers.

Hint: click on “advanced results.”

Here are my results.

  • My primary trigger is Mystique, which is you ask a lot of questions but don’t give a lot of information. I thought that was interesting. I’m not trying to hide anything… it’s just hard for me to think of anything to talk about myself unless someone asks me questions! I wonder if it’s cultural as well…
  • Secondary is Alarm. This one was a bit of a puzzler for me until I read the explanation that I’m sensitive to conflicts and deadlines. That’s the truth!
  • Dormant trigger is Trust. It means I use this the least. Because I am creative type that is always trying new things, I don’t do things the same way time after time and kind of like unpredictability and change.

The book is really a business book that talks about how to implement these triggers into promoting your product, but I think it’s so facinating how people are so interesting in so many different ways.

My combination of Mystique and Alarm is 2.4% of the people who took the assessment. I wonder what the more common ones are?

Post a comment with what your results are!

A Yee

Angela Yee is a professional designer (graphic design, stage design, interior design — angelayeedesign.com) and teaches leadership skills at strategysketchnotes.com.

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  1. Glen Nielsen - April 29, 2011

    LOVE these tests! They are so … well … er … FASCINATING!

    My primary is POWER, and my secondary trigger is PRESTIGE … according to Sally, only 7.1% of the population fit this profile.

    My dormant trigger is TRUST.

    Here are just a few of my attributes:

    POWER — You, my friend, are an alpha dog: an authority of the group, and in control of your actions. You’re a natural leader, and comfortable with authority, making you well-suited to creating messages that inspire large
    groups. Next step? None your power trigger for greater respect, bigger audiences, and more loyal advocates.

    PRESTIGE — You know the expression “keeping up the Joneses”? If prestige is your secondary trigger, the Jonses probably want to keep you with you. Discerning and ambitious, your plans might seem impossible to others, but you think big. You’re highly aspirational, and unafraid of goals. Even if you don’t care for overt displays of wealth or status, you appreciate the meaning behind symbols of achievement. You value the respect of others, and work to maintain a certain standing.

    BT-Dub … the mystique/alarm combo is dead on, in my experience … aka “ENIGMA” … just sayin’ …

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