Whether you are just starting to establish your career, are already a leader at your workplace or are an ambitious entrepreneur, it is important for the world to see what you have to give to it.
In order to attract the right people, it is important to build your reputation, prove your credibility and show them that you are the expert and leader in your field. Without getting the word out about the kind of work that you do and communicating about who you are, potential companies and investors will not know who they are missing out on.
Personal Branding comes a long way in helping you to achieve the above.
Personal Branding is about telling people how they can benefit by simply being around you. It’s not about demonstrating your skills. It’s about how you make people feel and how they connect with you. In today’s age of Start Ups, Digitalization and intense competition, building your personal brand is one of the most effective ways of gaining employment, investors and a lot of followers who you can influence.
Here are 5 questions to help you build your personal brand:
1. Who are you, really?
The entire aim of Personal Branding is to reveal externally who you are internally. Communicate what you believe in freely. Authenticity is a key ingredient in making the perfect personal brand. You do not want to promise people someone you cannot be in the long run. If an employer or investor is hesitant to do business based on who you are, chances are your partnership is not going to last long. Be who you are and work with whom you are comfortable.
Action Point: Recognize what your core strengths, weaknesses, values and attributes are. You are halfway there towards establishing your brand!
2. What do you want people to feel when your name comes up in a conversation?
Personal Branding is like your signature perfume. You want it to be something people always associate with you and remember about you. What are the qualities and values you want people to associate with you?
Action Point: Find out how people feel when they are around you. If their answer is synergetic with the attributes you want to showcase about yourself, well done! If not, there is a lot of work you need to do.
3. What do people find when they look you up on Social Media?
It is not about the platform you are on. It’s about what you post on these platforms. You are the boss in deciding how personal you want your personal brand to be. If you think that being vocal about your opinions on social media is the best way to show people what you are passionate about, participating in discussions could be something you are interested in. But ensure that you are being accountable. Having an online presence means having a lot of followers. It is imperative to appear respectable.
Action Point: Decide how much you want to reveal about yourself but make sure you are authentic and accountable.
4. What do people find when they look you up on Google?
Have you been proactive enough to create a blog or personal website showcasing your work? Have you started a Facebook Community relating to your interests? Employers and investors are constantly looking for people who have shown dedication, leadership and drive. Websites, blogs and communities are the perfect ways to tell them that you have these qualities.
Action Point: Build an online presence relating to what you want to do professionally.
5. Do people feel the same way when they meet you and when they follow you on Social Media?
Internet and Social Media are the highlights of this generation but if you do not live up to your online profile when you meet people, your personal brand gets hampered. If you have shown people that you are professional, talented and knowledgeable about the industry, make sure the same image is seen by people when you meet them personally.
Action Point: Stay updated with industry trends, dress appropriately and carry yourself well whenever you meet someone.
Everyone has heard about Google, Burberry, Uber, Apple, Coca-Cola, etc. It is time to learn about how they communicated their personality so well and how you can incorporate their tips and tricks along with the questions above to form your own brand.