Tag: #personalbranding

How To Define Your Personal Brand?

Personal branding is important, and it is our responsibility to take charge of our image.  We define how we present ourselves to others, express our ideas or cultivate our abilities and strengths. On this account, we should be aware and mindful of our development and illustration of our brand to fend off from misconceptions and to prevent others to shape our identity.

"Amon Din" - Thomas Easton
“Amon Din” – Thomas Easton

Many of us are taught to do our best and then let the world decide how to judge us. I think it’s better to do your best and decide how you want to be judged. And act that way.

Seth Godin

Certainly, we must look at other grounds that are not only influential to our personal and professional development but urge us to establish a personal brand. Let’s examine them:

  • The unpredictability of economy –  due to political and socio-cultural disparities or the unknown in human behaviour and nature
  • Globalization – accessibility to scores of skilled talents, opportunities, and competitions
  • Increase in number of solopreneurs, freelancers  and the ability to work as part of a team in short-term projects
  • Social networking sites are more than casual sharing, they have become a ubiquitous influence in our interactions

So how to stand out?

Be mindful of your intentions. Names, style, voice, manner, skills, and expertise are part of self-packaging, but the building blocs of a personal brand are based on conscious recognition of the objectives. Nevertheless, producing values and having a positive impact on others are the fundamental motives that must be acknowledged in the process of introspection.  

Dark Night
Dark Night

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

Albert Einstein

To recognize your intentions and build the pillars of your branding consider the following five steps:

  • Decide on your destination – What are you excited about? Where you want to be? What do you want to achieve?
  • Leverage your distinctive capabilities – What people remember you for? How can you solve problems? What are the benefits of your proposition or personal trait?
  • Develop your story – your experiences, your memories, your assets are part of your narrative. If you are unsure of how to put your story together, think about a role model and try to convey why you admire this person.
  • Introduce yourself – make known your brand statement. In a couple of sentences state your unique values and why they matter.
  • Be true to your statement – Establish your expertise by sharing your knowledge whether face to face or through well planned social media presence.

Remember embracing your notable traits and expertise is “to be the real thing”and not to fit a mould. Conformity leads to disappointment and fake behaviours however authentic representation of oneself is attention-worthy and helps one to rise above the noise.

 

Branding – How to build your tribe?

 

One of the objectives of branding in postmodernism is essentially getting through to individuals or groups to join your utopia! Is about the certainty of one’s worldview and the paradox of interpretations that validates the brand’s mindset such as courage, being active, cultured, cosmopolitan, daring,… . Basically, creating an echo chamber of motives and behaviours that embrace the attitudes of individuals and ensures support.

Nike embodies the significant characteristics of postmodern branding by juxtaposing essential and ephemeral social experiences throughout their branding efforts. From their logo depicting motion and speed to their inspiring lifestyle, Nike explores the complexity and real challenges of our world at the same time the real basis of motivation, passion, and empowerment. Their diverse and connecting social media posts champion the creation of tribes that identify with its way of life and play an instrumental role to promote the brand. Their stories tap into the essential feelings, the interplay of oppositions and realities that propel us to be a role model, to have that “can do attitude” regardless of the gender, giving hope and saving a child “from the streets to the league”.

Nike: A sunset is not a stop sign.
Nike: A sunset is not a stop sign.
Nike: It's not always sunshine and sand. #justdoit
Nike: It’s not always sunshine and sand. #justdoit
Nike : If you don't take risks, you'll always have regret. #justdoit
Nike : If you don’t take risks, you’ll always have regret. #justdoit

The postmodern culture of connecting with your tribe in personal branding is also setting side by side different aspects of our self-image and opposing views. Fragmenting our narratives, documenting extremely realistic images, sharing contents that support the complexity of ourselves is appreciated by many.  Transforming our opinions and beliefs offline and online, into what we consume, wear or undertake should be an acknowledgment of contradictions that make us human.

Emma Watson- Ready for anything after @SheFighter training with Lina Khalifeh. She opened the first self defence studio for women in the Middle East. I’ll be chatting with her and 8 other activists about challenging gender stereotypes at @OneYoungWorld Ottawa later today.
Emma Watson- Ready for anything after @SheFighter training with Lina Khalifeh. She opened the first self defense studio for women in the Middle East. I’ll be chatting with her and 8 other activists about challenging gender stereotypes at @OneYoungWorld Ottawa later today.

Forming a loyal postmodern tribe or a community demands the understanding that diversity, differences and similarities are in a state of flow. For that reason, plug in to identify trends and shifts from passing ideas, harness your capabilities to help others, tune in to your supporters to help you grow, take risks to make an impact and be conscious of the fluidity of ideas and our ways of life.

 

Featured image is work of art by : JR –  The artist exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not typical museum visitors. As he remains anonymous and doesn’t explain his huge full-frame portraits of people making faces, JR leaves the space empty for an encounter between the subject/protagonist and the passer-by/interpreter. That is what JR’s work is about, raising questions…

4 Elements To Define your Brand Voice

Everyone has a brand! The impressions, we leave behind, are combinations of how we have reflected our traits and presented ourselves. Done correctly, it serves as a compass for personal development, establishes credibility and is instrumental to our success. Personal branding starts with the ability to outline your skills, intellect, strengths and style. It gives you a clear focus using your best elements and what sets you apart. Once defined, you will be able to shape your brand voice.

The very first step is to pen down:

  • Who you are! You can use simple terms to define your attributes, such as:

    cheerful, confident, culturally curious, witty,….  

  • What is your mission another word your brand promise? An example would be:

    “I have a positive outlook, I bring passion and creativity to my work and I am in my element when I help others,…

  • Define guidelines by thinking of what is your brand and what is not:

    Bohemian not conventional; lighthearted not poker-faced; compassionate not indifferent,..

  • Write 5 words that best describe your core values & guiding principles. The essential qualities that you live by and they create value and connection. Such as:

    Aspirational, spirited, caring, loyal, honest,…

The exercise gives you a solid foundation to create a coherent brand voice that holds together all your efforts and communication through any medium, to establish your brand.

Now, bringing the brand voice to life has a clear path. Your social media engagements, your style, your interactions are all guided by a set of references that articulates your personality.

 

 

Featured image: artwork by Metis Atash – Crystal Buddas Sculptures

How to foster advocates and loyalists?

Generally, people are more inclined to engage with brands that are truly invested in improving social issues. They establish a meaningful connection when the brand’s voice provokes a conversation, signals ethical standards or involves their audience into cause activism. According to 2017 Edelman Earned Brand Study: ” Fifty-seven percent of consumers around the world will buy or boycott a brand solely because of its position on a social or political issue”. This means that a brand can prompt haters or possibly harness advocates by manifesting a point of view, taking a political stand or starting a dialogue.

For that reason, tapping into the subconscious of the belief-driven audience fosters loyalists.  On that account, how to connect in a meaningful way?  By creating:

  • Personal and relatable contents
  • Provoking a conversation
  • Activating sustainable solutions
  • Engaging your audience in shaping the social movement

Remarkably, each and every referenced approach that offers “empathy”, will be rewarded by consumers.

“People don’t always remember what you say or even what you do, but they always remember how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

Be mindful and remember that Homo Sapiens appreciate being understood. For that matter, recognize the hurt, the desire, the need or the joy. Get to know your audience, send the message that “you get them” and initiate a memorable bonding. Your platform as an individual, profit or non-profit entity is not solely about growing your brand but how to make a difference.

Consider the shaping elements of good storytelling as a starting point:

  • What: is the topic, what has happened or will happen: be clear, focused and unveiled the matter. Be attentive, the spotlight should be on the issue not on your brand but your shared values.
  • Who: has been affected
  • Why: are you taking a stand: acknowledge the importance of the topic and the impact. Avoid mixed messages. Ask open-ended questions.
  • How: can you as a brand and belief-driven audience feed the beast, get involved and have an impact. How to convey your message: contextually or visually based?
  • When: the development speed of news, an issue or a talking point is critical in your communication
  • Where: does your audience absorb information?

The underlying emotion of empathy rooted in your brand’s voice and taking a position in life, strengthen your authority.  Individuals with great personal branding such as Tony Robbins interact with their audience with stirring personal stories and the ability to understand their feelings. Brands such as Procter & Gamble, UNICEF tackling social issues or J. Crew blog post “How to get (and dress for) the job you want” are all about making life better for others.

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Procter & Gamble’s thought-provoking ad called “The Talk” acknowledges biases and the challenges that black community experience as parents.

Or “thank you Mom, Winter Olympics 2018” video:

Unicef’s campaign, “It’s on all of us to stand up and speak out to #ENDviolence against children. Recognize it. Report it”, deeply disturbs and propels you to act upon.

Personal Brand Storytelling With Videos

How to connect with your online audience in 7 seconds? How do you bring about an emotive response in the cyber space? How the online surfers, viewers or fans will get to experience your feelings, your attributes by reading your “About” page? The moving pictures are the answer.  Whether you are an executive, a consultant, an artist,…  creating video bios will significantly prompt deep and meaningful bonding. Visuals with well structured script are memorable. You have control over the flow of information to illuminate professionalism, inspiration, empathy, creativity or any personal attributes that will assure a favourable connection.

“Your brand is a unique promise of value”. William Arruda

The essential elements in producing compelling video bios for your personal branding:

Script: Create a storyline that is relevant to your profession. Start with your brand attribute, the authentic quality that reveals your character and supports your intention & unique promise.  An example might be that your brand is about helping others succeed as a consultant. Hence, that particular trait in your personal and work behaviour such as enthusiasm should be revealed in your script. Next employ your brand statement and weave a story that embodies your sensibilities, strengths and vulnerabilities. Account your experiences and challenges to toss in an intimate flavour to your content. Suppose you want to be regarded as an influencer, in that case you should give your perspective on a topic. For the most part, remember your written bio will list all your accomplishments however your visual motion should convincingly render abstract feelings apparent.

Visual Appeal:  Check the Basic rules of design, provided by Canva to help you with the shot compositions of places, people and yourself.

The audio: Choosing the right music and narrating your story should be in harmony with your images and your intent. Websites such as: AudioJungle or Freeplay Music allow you to choose the appropriate background music for your video. As for the voice-over, make sure that is clear. Your tone and pace should reinforce the emotions that correspond with important moments or ideas.

Last but not least, emerging technologies such as virtual reality, 360-degree video and augmented reality allow viewers to experience the adventure and visualize your work.  These immersive ways enable you to create notable and emotionally vibrant stories.