What is Personal Branding

So, what is Personal Branding exactly?

Well, it’s Branding – but it’s performed on an individual, and on a “personal” level.

I know, that doesn’t really help you, so let me expand on that a bit.

Personal Branding describes the process by which individuals differentiate themselves by identifying and articulating their unique value proposition (brand promise) in order to achieve a specific goal.

That being said, people are brands – just like we highlighted the personal brands of Lady Gaga, Howard Stern and Oprah Winfrey – and since people are brands, they can be marketed as such.

Personal Branding requires figuring out who you really are (your skills, values, passions and personality), who you want to serve (your target market or audience), and how you differ from the competition (your unique promise of value).

A successful Personal Brand creates a consistent, targeted impression that helps you achieve BOTH your personal and professional goals. And it also allows you to live and work authentically, since a successful brand can’t be faked.

After all, Personal Branding is about who you are and what you stand for.

And it’s about blending who you are (the personal) and what you do (the professional).

It’s as simple as that.

Your Personal Brand is what separates you from everyone else in the world – and your Personal Brand is the thing that helps you stand out from the competition.

Make sense?

Sure, you can dive deeper into additional descriptions and definitions including…

  • Personal Branding is the expression of your values and how you deliver them to others
  • Personal Branding is how you define yourself and the work you do
  • Personal Branding is what people experience when they meet you face to face
  • Personal Branding is your virtual piece of real estate in the minds of others
  • Personal Branding is what others say about you when you’re not in the room
  • Personal Branding is the process of how we present and market ourselves to others
  • Personal Branding helps generate chemistry and allows decision makers to assess whether to hire or work with you
  • Personal Branding links your strengths, passions, and key attributes with your value proposition, in a crystal clear message that differentiates your unique promise of value from your peers and resonates with your target audience

Yes, as you can see from the above, the definition of personal branding can get a bit muddy. But when it all shakes out, Personal Branding comes down to the bear essentials:

  • Who you are (your specialty)
  • What you do (your service)
  • Where do you do it (your audience)
  • When you do it (your approach)
  • Why you do it (your reasoning)
  • How do you do it differently (your differentiation from the competition)

So when I talk about Personal Branding, I’m talking about…

“Blending who you are, with what you do.”

It’s the unique alignment and combination of your Personal side and Professional side – and it’s the foundation of you and your business.

As you can see from the two-circle graphic, as an Entrepreneur, Solopreneur or Service Professional, your personal life and your professional life overlap – and it’s in this overlap where the magic happens.

There’s harmony, balance and happiness in the overlap – and it’s in this overlap that your Personal Brand can truly shine.

  • Personal Branding is your “golden ticket”, allowing you to do the work you were meant to do
  • Personal Branding is your foundation in business, in personality, and in life
  • Personal Branding is about standing out, not blending in
  • Personal Branding is a promise
  • Personal Branding is the CORE of YOU

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Benefits of Personal Branding

So, what are the benefits of Personal Branding?

And why do you need to build your own Personal Brand?

Well, the short answer is, you don’t – especially if you’re happy being labeled and defined by others. Oh, that doesn’t sound very appealing to you? Then I encourage you to keep reading.

Building a recognizable and memorable Personal Brand opens up increased opportunities for you – both personally and professionally.

Clients see you differently, customers treat you differently, relationships grow stronger, revenues grow higher, and your life becomes more balanced and meaningful.

And more importantly, creating a rock-solid Personal Brand will establish you as an authority within your niche – and that is a very powerful and persuasive attribute. Sounds good, right?

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Personal Branding is Your Key to Success

A unique and memorable Personal Brand can provide immediate benefits – both personally and professionally – as it creates a positive force in all areas of your life, including the ability to…

Financial:

  • Grow your personal and professional network
  • Create more new-business opportunities
  • Win more qualified clients that share your values and passions
  • Increase your monthly income by forming profitable relationships
  • Generate an on-going stream of new customers and clients

Emotional:

  • Discover a career that aligns with your vision and purpose
  • Create a business that makes you happy and fulfilled
  • Be more confident and secure as you’re able to build more meaningful professional connections
  • Establish more thoughtful and meaningful personal relationships
  • Experience an empowering sense of clarity in how you present yourself and your business to the world

Physical:

  • Feel happier and healthier knowing your path in work and life are in direct alignment
  • Discover an increased energy and focus
  • Experience positive changes in your physical appearance
  • Enjoy a stronger sense of self-worth and self-knowledge

Spiritual:

  • Obtain a clear mind and healthy body
  • Clearly understand your path in your personal life and your professional life
  • Gain a deeper, more authentic understanding of yourself and what you have to offer
  • Discover opportunities that align with your true purpose and values


It’s Time to STAND OUT

In today’s ultra-competitive job and entrepreneurial landscape, there’s no room for being just another face in the crowd. It will spell eventual doom.

You have to separate yourself from the competition, and you must stand out with a unique message and identity if you want to survive and thrive.

You have to be more appealing, more trusting and more authentic to your target audience – and you can achieve all of this by creating a recognizable and memorable Personal Brand.

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