Commit to a niche--but choose the one you can actually win. All the big names in your industry started out by dominating a small space.
What do you want to be known for? What sets you apart from other established influencers in the same space?
For example, brand the content you're creating, whether it's great data (charts, research, infographics, visualizations, etc.), photos, memes, or cool diagrams or workflows.
Think about the tone and style of your content. You need to be intentional in how you develop your personal brand. Simply blogging or showing up on social media doesn't cut it.
Generally, the people who attend a large industry conference will only remember the top 2 % - 5 % of sessions. The rest will be forgotten.
You need to be great. If you aren't reasonably confident that you will be among the top presentations, don't bother.
That means you're going to have to pay for stuff. Consider:
Many uber-wealthy and successful people have built unique personal brands. But they also did, created, or said remarkable things.
Most people are better off spending time doing something remarkable before building a personal brand. So don't build a personal brand if it isn't time. Do something remarkable first!
When you form a brand, in a way you’re getting into show business.
Be out there where people see you all the time. Your personal brand must be seen repeatedly and consistently. Very often people will hire you, buy from you, recommend you for no other reason than they’ve seen you around a lot.
Social media is an incredibly powerful tool for personal branding.