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How to build a positive personal brand

In Branding, Communication, Inspire, Leadership, Personal Branding, Positive Thinking on October 24, 2016 at 2:03 am

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If someone was to ask you to use three words to describe yourself, what would those words be? And if someone was to use three words to describe you, what do you think those three words would be?

What message do those words convey about who you are?

We’re all communicators. At any point of the day, we are sending out messages to the world. Even when we don’t say a word, we are communicating. In the way we dress, the way we carry ourselves, the way we conduct our lives, even the food we eat, the places we hang out, the people we associate with. They’re all sending out a message.

Every message you send out is an extension of your personal branding. Everything is a communication that sends out the data: ‘This is who I am. This is me.’

This is so important, it bears repeating. Everything that you say, do, and think feeds into your personal brand. Think about it.

Therefore, consistency is important. Just like an organization, there needs to be an alignment of your personal branding to your personal goals.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Seven networking strategies even a wallflower can master

In Branding, Collaboration, Communication, Inspire, Marketing, Networking, Personal Branding on December 8, 2015 at 5:02 am

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For anyone who’s done the DiSC® personal assessment tool, I’ve been diagnosed as a high I for Influencer. This means that I am a person who places emphasis on influencing or persuading others, on openness, and on relationships. It also means that I never shy away from a good party, social, or networking event.

But socializing and partying aside, it’s important also to know how to make the most of such events. We’re coming to the end of another year and as we approach the last quarter, it’s about this time that we send out and receive the invitations to Christmas and other end-of-year social parties and events. So as we start to wind down and celebrate the year gone, and think about the fun we can have and the outfit to wear to some of those potentially themed parties, we should also consider the strategic aspect to attending these events.

Indeed, we should think about how to leverage from these events to make potential new connections, build on existing relationships, and even open up opportunities for the New Year.

It’s not enough simply to attend these events, but about strategic networking.

So let’s look at some strategies that should work even if you’re a wallflower.

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Intent versus reality

In Branding, Communication, Development, Inspire, Leadership, Learning, Personal Branding on April 14, 2014 at 12:02 pm

A valuable lesson was reinforced to me this past month. It inspired me to write this blog.

How many times have you heard someone say, “But that was not my intent”?

And here’s the challenge. How many times have you caught yourself thinking it?

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The power of yes

In Branding, Communication, Inspire, Personal Branding on September 22, 2013 at 10:45 am

John Wayne once said, “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”

I love this little quote. It’s become my absolute daily mantra. Each day, we all face little decisions we need to make. Some days more than others, these decisions are bigger and take a life-changing turn.

This little quote truly resonates with me. Courage isn’t about always being brave. Courage is about being human and acknowledging the fear, but facing it anyway.

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Making a positive mark with your personal brand

In Branding, Communication, Inspire, Marketing, Personal Branding on September 12, 2013 at 10:16 am

I recently wrote a blog about personal branding. Today I want to talk about what personal branding is. And what it isn’t.

Personal branding isn’t about self-promotion. It’s not about how much money you have. And it’s not about how many people know you.

Personal branding is about who you are and how you project yourself. It’s about the three words that come to mind when people think of you. It’s about the impression you give when you first meet someone. It’s about how others remember you.

Remember: Everything that you say, do, and think feeds into your personal brand.

And remember: Personal branding is not bound by social conventions. It is limitless and driven only by your core values.

And the thing about personal branding is that it’s not about what you do as a profession that sets who you are. It is about who you are.

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Branding the busy bee

In Branding, Communication, Inspire, Marketing, Personal Branding on August 30, 2013 at 11:51 pm

I want to say something about the ‘busy-ness’ of life. This whole business of being busy. Everyone’s busy. Everyone seems to be busy.

And the most ironic thing is, the more technology advances to make it easier for people to stay connected, the busier we get.

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You. Version 2.0

In Branding, Creative, Inspire, Marketing, Personal Branding on August 17, 2012 at 10:22 pm

A couple of nights back, a colleague asked me: ‘How do you outdo you?’

When you’ve reached a level where those around you aspire to be on par with you, how do you outdo yourself?

Think you can’t? Think again.

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Your daily dose of inspiration

In Creative, Inspire, Personal Branding on August 4, 2012 at 3:23 am

The other day, I asked a colleague if he was feeling inspired, to which his response was pretty flat. And it got me thinking. There’s way too much to enjoy in life to not feel inspired on a daily basis.

A couple of weeks back, I wrote about inspiration being at the heart of creativity. But how does one stay inspired?

Let’s have a look, shall we?

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Inspire. Create. Be.

In Copywriting, Creative, Design, Inspire, Personal Branding on July 26, 2012 at 7:01 am

A few days ago, I twittered about inspiration. Specifically, I asked: ‘At the heart of creativity is passion and an inspiration source. What inspired you today?’

Today’s post is simple. A gentle reminder to stay inspired.

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How to write a killer cover letter

In Copywriting, Language, Personal Branding on July 14, 2012 at 6:44 am

So here you are. Ready to go. You’ve trawled the job ads. You’ve narrowed your list. You’ve even shortlisted that list further. You’ve got your CV ready. You’re good to go. You’re pumped.

Not quite yet. Hold on a second there, buddy. You need a cover letter. No, not just a cover letter. You need a killer cover letter.

Something that’ll make you pop.

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