Guinness Record Holder Wins Attention

In the style of a true PR professional, Dave Farrow uses his Guinness World Record as an opportunity for relationship building.

According to an interview with Forbes, Farrow developed a memory technique in order to help him cope with his attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and then set two Guinness World Records to promote it.

Farrow has achieved Guinness World Records by memorizing 59 decks of cards in one sighting, and for a PR campaign in which he read 4,4097 pages — or 102 books — in 30 days.

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Dave Farrow courtesy of via Creative Commons

“What my Guinness Record did do was connect my name to something much larger than me,” said Farrow.

As remarkable as these feats are, it’s Farrow’s ability to convert his weaknesses into strengths and to see possibilities for business growth and relationship building in new ways.

PRSA highlights the importance of relationship building in their definition of public relations.

“Public relations is a strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics,” according to the PRSA website.

Like Farrow’s Guinness Records, many skills, traits, weaknesses and strengths can be used to relate to and form connections between clients and the public.

What unusual or distinctive traits do your clients possess that are currently unleveraged? How could a PR professional put those traits to use to help that client connect and grow?

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4 Responses to Guinness Record Holder Wins Attention

  1. Riannon Maki says:

    I really like this blog post, this is a great and inspirational topic. I was diagnosed with ADHD in second grade, my father and uncle were also diagnosed at early ages. My mom decided not to medicate me, she took a proactive, unique approach to combating my issues. She did not want me to feel like a victim or to use ADHD as a crutch through life. Not to say that there is anything wrong with using medication to tackle the symptoms. I also had great teachers that molded and encouraged me. I think it is a great way of looking at a client and a innovative tool to use a weakness as strength. Some weaknesses are strictly weaknesses and need to be changed or improved. But digging into what first seems like a weakness is so inventive.

  2. Connor Johnson says:

    Wow this was an incredible story that I had no idea was happening. It is really creative of him to take the struggles that he is facing in his everyday life and turn it into something that could be beneficial to many. Do you think that Farrow will attempt to partner with a charity or organization dedicated to improving the lives and minimizing the struggles of those struggling with ADHD?

  3. Margaret Staniforth says:

    Connor, Farrow actually developed a product to help people improve their memories. He sells them on his website,, and he speaks at seminars about his experience.

  4. Margaret Staniforth says:

    Riannon, thank you so much for sharing your story. It sounds like you’ve had a similar experience to Farrow in discovering your strength in something that is often thought of as a weakness.

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