Thursday, May 19, 2011


In today’s ever-changing virtual landscape of social networking, information sharing, and communication, it is important to have a firm grasp on who you are and what you can offer to the world. You already have a personal brand, whether you are conscious of it or not. It is how people perceive you. The stronger your brand, the more you will stand out against the clutter of the web.

Here are 5 simple things that you can do today to strengthen your personal brand:

1. 1. State your value in one sentence.

It is important to create a one-liner that encapsulates who you are and offers a glimpse into the value you provide. Use this on business cards, in email signatures, on your social media profiles, and on your website if you have one. A well-written and concise one-liner will capture your audience’s attention.

2. 2. Create a personal pitch.

Your personal pitch expands on your one-liner value statement, and should convince people of your unique value in one minute or less. This is effective in face-to-face communication, and being prepared with a pitch will help you to network in any situation.

3. 3. Maintain your online profiles.

Make sure your online profiles on various social media sites represent you in the best light and be sure your online profiles are representative of how you want others to perceive you.

4. 4. Utilize social media to associate with the right people.

Be active with your social media sites and engaging regularly. Not only will you boost your online presence, you’ll also ensure that you are accessible to all the right people.

5. 5. Showcase your brand with video.

Text on a screen can only go so far, and photographs only tell half the story. Online video is an excellent way to manage your first impression, give your personal brand wings, engage your audience, and extend the reach and impact of your brand in a full communication.

-By Stephanie Kittell, videoBIO Producer

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