Have you ever thought of Branding Yourself?
Well, I don't really mean those tattoos / iron marks on your arm or shoulders - that's not branding!
Trust Me - this is in existence since time immemorial; only that so far just a very few and smart ones understood its importance and used it effectively.
So what is Personal Branding that I am talking about?The term personal brand is believed to have first appeared in the August 1997 issue of Fast Company Magazine, in an article by management guru and author Tom Peters, who wrote,
"We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You."
Personal branding describes the process by which individuals and entrepreneurs differentiate themselves and stand out from a crowd by identifying and articulating their unique value proposition, whether professional or personal, and then leveraging it across platforms with a consistent message and image to achieve a specific goal.
In this way, individuals can
- enhance their recognition as experts in their field,
- establish reputation and credibility,
- advance their careers, and
- build self-confidence.
As a senior executive of your organization you also have to keep in mind how you should present yourself to the outside world, your attitude and behaviour in a social & professional context and how others perceive you given your such self projections.
A well-executed personal branding creates a strong, consistent, and specific association between the individual and the perceived value they offer.
Personal Branding as a concept is new to India, albeit a very strong and important one. Please remember Personal Branding is not about being fashionable or looking trendy.
Personal branding typically begins with establishing an inventory of professional & personal strengths, expertise, demonstrated abilities, and existing level of recognition, informed by market research or feedback. Questions to be answered revolve around who are you? Who is your audience? Why do you do what you do? and How do you do it?
The ultimate aim of Personal Branding is to be the "go-to" person for something that you are capable of performing best than the rest in line. Or, to be the "Only" solution to someone's problem.
Are you up for the challenge?
write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to attend our workshops on Personal Branding.