Five personal branding tips for 2011

"Super Heroes know their personal brand"

What's your personal brand?

Recently I had the opportunity to conduct video “man-on-the-street” interviews asking people about their New Year’s resolutions. This was a project to help one of our church ministers with his upcoming sermon. I learned several things:

1- Generally people do not like to talk about resolutions. Most likely it’s because they remind them of broken promises.

2- Unless they think they look good they don’t want to talk on camera. People obsess about their clothes, hair, make-up, etc. (This goes for men as well as women although the men I met weren’t worried about make-up.)

Ultimately resolutions reflect on our personal brand. As we move into the New Year let’s each take a quick assessment of our own personal brand and what we can do to better ourselves in 2011. Here are some tips I recently provided to two of my clients in customized one-on-one sessions and am glad to share here with you.

  1. Google yourself– What do you find? Is it fresh? Is it negative? Does it need a PR boost?
  2. Does your image transfer to mobile? People will be on their phones more than ever in 2011.
  3. Who is your target audience? What communications channels are they using? Do you have your elevator speech planned for the next time you bump into Future Big Client X?
  4. How do you plan to promote your brand in 2011? Through guest media appearances? Your blog? Podcasts? Social media? Your e-mail signature? Video?
  5. Do you have an editorial calendar planned for 2011? Remember, you are a publisher. Now is the time to think seasonal and timely in your future writing and publishing.

All the best of luck to you in 2011 and remember, your personal brand is always with you!


  • Linda Pucci says:

    Thanks for the tips. It makes a great checklist for my marketing plan as I do my strategic planning for 2011. I hadn’t thought before about resolutions reflecting our personal brand, but you are absolutely right! I’ve been struck by the words that seem to have special meaning for me as I move into 2011 and think about how I want to do business (and live my life)–strategic, integrated, congruent. I guess they are also the key to my personal brand.

  • Jeff Brunson says:

    Great questions to consider; especially for me as I’ve included in my 2011 plan to bump up my attention to the fact that I’ve written a book! So the challenge is on!

  • Love the five points Mel….great website by the way. A ton of value….

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