You Ask, I Answer: Personal Branding in 2019

Bruno asks, “What is your main advice to someone getting started on building a reputation and working on personal branding in 2019?”

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  • Decide what you want to be known for
  • Create things that reinforce what you want to be known for
    • A portfolio / case studies / book of business / golden rolodex
  • Build your home base
  • Build your outposts
  • Advertise as necessary

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In today’s episode, Bruno asks, What is your main advice to someone getting started on building a reputation and working on personal branding? In 2019?

Oh, that’s a interesting one. So

let’s,

let’s set a definition first.

personal brand is just a fancy term for reputations. How does someone build a reputation in 2019? And the answer is, the same way that you build a reputation have,

since time I’m aware of which is be known for being good at something. That’s, that’s the fundamental underpinning of everything. If you are not good at anything, get good at something first, and then build a reputation around it. So we’re going to presume that you know what you’re good at.

Or you have decided what you want to be known for. And it’s okay for that to change. It is absolutely okay for that to pivot pick something that you have an aptitude for, that you enjoy doing, that you’re good at. And that is a skill or a focus or you capability that the market is willing to pay for.

So that’s number one. Number two, is you need to create stuff that reinforces what you want to be known for. So if you are a graphic designer, guess what you need a portfolio I mean, need an extensive one, even

if, you know even if you don’t, you haven’t done a ton of commercial gigs. Even if you haven’t had more than a few jobs.

You still need to have that, that demonstration of your capabilities.

And that can be all mockups that can be all comps that can be all

examples can be school work, but fundamentally you need to demonstrate your skills. If you are a strategist, guess what you need case studies. maybe don’t have any go make some right go volunteer to nonprofit, go volunteer at a local civic organization. But demonstrate your capabilities you know how to think you know what you’re doing. If you are a sales professional, and guess what, you better have a golden Rolodex, you better have a network.

And even someone who is relatively young, relatively Junior can be networking can be building their reputation can be putting together sales materials. So whatever

profession you’re in whatever

focus you have for a career and for reputation, you can you need to have that stuff.

where most people go wrong. As they reverse these two things. They go out and they build their home base in their social media outpost, set their Instagram channel and and

set up LinkedIn and go all

crazy building the outposts. But they don’t build the portfolio, you need to build a portfolio of stuff first, because it makes it much easier, easier to build your own personal website to build your social media channels and things. If you know what it is you want to share what you want to talk about.

If you do it in reverse order, you create a whole bunch of things, then you have to go back and rework it later. Or you create a bunch of stuff that’s substandard, and you make a terrible first impression. So get that portfolio in order. And, again, if

you don’t have a ton of experience, there is no shortage of organizations in this world that would love your help, for free, you’ll have to do you will have to work for free.

And the beginning to build that.

That book of business, whatever that looks like. Then

build your home base. And that is a website that is under your control that has a domain name that people can remember easily. So that you can direct people there to find things like a resume or CV or LinkedIn profile videos about you your blog.

You should plan on blogging.

Yes, it seems like a an archaic thing to do in the age of Instagram and the and the selfie, but in terms of being able to prove that you are a capable communicator, which is an essential skill, regardless of profession these days. And in order to help search engines find you, and and especially if you have a name that is somewhat unique, you

need to have that that home base on the internet. And that is

powered by a blog that is powered by relevant fresh, frequent

content. So plan on blogging, if you are early in your career, you probably have some free time to do it. If you don’t have,

for example, the major obligations that folks a little more gray hair to have like you know, family.

Yeah, and you just have a dog or whatever, you have the time to invest in yourself, build out that that blog, that weekly or monthly email newsletter, where you share stuff that is maybe not all yours, maybe it’s 8020 80%

other people’s stuff that you curate, and then you provide perspective on and 20% stuff that’s yours. Then you build your outposts, your social media, outposts, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, where that wherever it is that you think your audience is the people that you want to reach the people whose you want your reputation to proceed you to go where they are,

build those outposts share content on them, that helps

illustrate that you know what you’re talking about that you know who the players are any space. And if necessary, if it’s essential, you you may need to spend a few dollars, not many, but a few dollars on advertising your website or your blog to the relevant

managers or hiring managers or recruiters what the case may be, to build that reputation to build that awareness that you exist, and that you are available. And that you are worth talking to.

This takes time.

So if you are thinking about a career change,

or

you know it is April 2019, as I record this, you’re graduating in a couple of months, you kind of behind the eight ball level, you need to kick things up into gear, ideally,

you spend three or four months working on that, that portfolio building out the materials approval you are, let me spend a couple of months promoting it. So it is sort of a six month process. If you’re crunched on time. Still build those case studies, you’re just gonna have to spend

a little more time up front on yourself. So as much as

I personally don’t think that the the whole, you know, work 20 hour days and and sleep four hours a day thing. It’s that’s not a sustainable thing you can do in the long run. But if you are

if you know that like a company layoff is coming, or you know that you’re graduating soon, it wouldn’t hurt to burn the midnight oil a couple of times to bolster that book of business that you can show, hey, here’s

what I’m good at. And then start promoting that. So a good question, a tough question. There’s a lot that goes into this. And there’s a lot of time and care that you have to

put into it and invest in yourself. And that is the part that I think is the most important. When you’re building your reputation, your personal brand, it is an investment in yourself and just for the long term.

You absolutely can pivot and change what you’re known for, but it takes time. It takes a long time I used to be known as the podcasting person or one of the podcasting people back in 2005. I pivoted to analytics in 2009. I pivoted to data science and machine learning and in 2014 2015,

so there’s it takes time to change these reputations. Make logical flows from one to the next. So it’s not something that happens overnight.

Be ready to invest in yourself. You lead follow up questions in the comments below. As always, please subscribe to the YouTube channel and the newsletter I’ll talk to you soon.

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