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Unlock the Secrets of Memorable Ideas: Made to Stick by Chip & Dan Heath

In “Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive, and Others Die” by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, the authors delve deep into the psychology behind the longevity and impact of ideas. What sets this book apart is its use of numerous real-world examples, which bring the concepts to life and help us understand why some ideas stick in our minds while others fade into obscurity. Drawing from diverse fields, including advertising, education, and urban legends, the authors identify six fundamental principles contributing to ideas’ stickiness: simplicity, unexpectedness, concreteness, credibility, emotions, and stories.

One of the central themes of “Made to Stick” is the power of simplicity in crafting memorable and impactful messages. The authors argue that by stripping away unnecessary complexity and distilling ideas to their essence, communicators can significantly increase the likelihood that their message will resonate with their audience. They illustrate this principle with examples such as Southwest Airlines’ “Bags Fly Free” campaign, which effectively communicates the airline’s commitment to customer-friendly policies in just three words.

Another critical concept explored in the book is the importance of unexpectedness in capturing and holding the audience’s attention. The authors demonstrate how surprise and novelty can break through the noise of everyday life and make ideas more memorable. They cite examples such as the urban legend of the kidney heist, which spreads rapidly due to its shocking and unexpected nature.

In addition to simplicity and unexpectedness, “Made to Stick” emphasises the importance of concreteness in making ideas more tangible and understandable to audiences. The authors argue that abstract concepts are often difficult to grasp and remember. In contrast, concrete details and vivid imagery can bring ideas to life. They provide examples such as the “Velcro theory of memory,” which suggests that people are more likely to remember information that sticks to their minds like Velcro.

According to the authors, credibility is another critical factor in the stickiness of ideas. They assert that audiences are more likely to believe and internalise messages that come from trustworthy and authoritative sources. To illustrate this principle, they discuss the success of the American Legacy Foundation’s “Truth” anti-smoking campaign, which leveraged the credibility of former smokers to convey its message.

Emotions also play a significant role in the stickiness of ideas, as the authors argue that people are more likely to remember and act upon messages that evoke strong emotional responses. They provide examples such as the ASPCA’s “Sarah McLachlan” commercials, which use heart-wrenching imagery and music to elicit empathy and support for animal welfare.

Finally, “Made to Stick” highlights the power of storytelling in making ideas more relatable and compelling to audiences. The authors argue that narratives uniquely engage people intellectually and emotionally, making them more likely to remember and share the underlying message. They provide examples such as the “Jared” commercials from Subway, which tell the story of a man who lost weight by eating Subway sandwiches, thus transforming the brand into a symbol of health and weight loss success.


“Made to Stick” offers valuable insights into the principles that make ideas more memorable, impactful, and enduring. These principles are theoretical and practical strategies that can be applied in your daily work as a marketer, educator, or storyteller. By understanding and applying these principles, you can increase the likelihood that your messages will stick in the minds of your audience and drive meaningful change. Whether crafting a marketing campaign, delivering a lecture, or telling a story, this book provides practical strategies for crafting messages that resonate and inspire action.

And now, if you’re intrigued by the concepts discussed in “Made to Stick,” why not experience the book in a whole new way? Click here to listen to the audiobook version and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of sticky ideas.


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