Today I had the pleasure of speaking on personal brand at the Grand Rapids Young Professional’s Personal Growth Series. The topic – “Building Your Personal Brand”.
Few people realize that you are your brand and your actions, appearance, and conversations shape and define that brand. I cannot stress enough how important it is for you (your brand) to be transparent, visible and authentic.
There are some companies who do this well, the example I used today was Domino’s and their brutally honest commercial they just released. Two other great examples – Zappos.com and Southwest Airlines. Learn from these companies and use it to shape your personal brand.
Why is it important for you to have a brand? Well, essentially you don’t have a choice, by choosing to be visible in the community you have a brand and that brand is you. A great source for greater exploration on this topic: http://www.personalbrandingbook.com
Another note – in the age of social media, your brand is even more visible and there are benefits, however remember that everything you do personal and professional impacts that brand. Am I repeating myself? Yes, because this is one point you can’t afford to miss.
The benefit? Keeps you honest.
Great books to read on this topic:
Me 2.0, Dan Schawbel
The Brand Called You, Peter Montoya & Tim Vandehey
Thoroughly enjoyed my talk today(www.gryp.org). Thanks again to the group for inviting me, I am impressed with the leadership and the tools they are providing to young professionals in the community.