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10 Golden Rules Of Personal Branding

"Personal branding is the story people tell about you when you're not in the room."

Jessie Maltin

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Do Your Research First

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? 

Weave Your Brand Into Everything You Do

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.

Go Big at Industry Conferences or Stay Home

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.

The Caffeinated and the Un-caffeinated
The Caffeinated and the Un-caffeinated

Morning commuters seem to fall into one of two categories:

  • the Caffeinated: ready to take on the day—they're reading their morning papers, or checking email, or reading for pleasure.
  • the Un-caffeinated: with bleary-eyed, they walk more slowly up the stairs and are more irritable when you hurry them along—or hurry by them.

We're taught to look for these traits in connection with coffee.

Grown Ups and Coffee

By 1988 only 50 percent of the adult American population drank coffee. In 1962, average coffee consumption was 3.12 cups per day; by 1991 had dropped to 1.75 cups per day.

At the onset of the 1980s, coffee growers and retailers realized that the current 20-29-year-old generation had little interest in coffee, which they associated with their parents and grandparents.

Coffee And the "Me" Generation

For the coffee industry to survive, it needed a new marketing strategy. The consumer was changing and coffee-players needed to pay attention.

Crucial questions the 'me' generation will ask: "What's in it for me? Is the product 'me'? Is it consistent with my lifestyle? Do I like how it tastes? What will it cost me? Is it convenient to prepare?"

Personal Branding

A brand is a promise. When you have a brand, it’s a promise that you make and are known for keeping to the person who you are asking or trying to influence.

Branding yourself

Branding yourself means developing your professional identity to align with your values. A personal brand statement always begins with your values. 

Branding Rule: “Everything counts. Everything that you do either creates and builds your brand or weakens and destroys your brand.”

Focus and Specialize in One Area

It means you have to focus your brand on one area of achievement

You can choose to specialize either in your line of work, your product, your company or industry, the media, your community, etc.