Here's the article María Paz López appeared last Thursday in La Vanguardia
Employment strategies in times of crisis
Professionals seeking 'personal branding'
The method has two phases: Self-analysis of strengths and how to communicate them to others | Digital identity is built upon interaction and contacts; If you do not interact, do not exist
few years ago, talk about Personal Branding suggested a sporting universe of improving race times. But the words mutate social uses, and the emergence in the world of business and professions of Anglo-Saxon concept personal branding -this is, brand commercial sense applied to the people- has given expression personal brand new meaning.
In Spain, more and more managers and business executives, and professionals from different disciplines, including master craftsmen, turn to agencies and experts to help them set up their own personal brand, which, in the best case, it will take to get a new job, advance your career or shine more in its scope. Internet and social networks have become essential elements of that bet.
"The method of creating personal brand takes elements of psychology, marketing, business management, communication and philosophy ", explains chemist Andrés Pérez Ortega, advisor of personal branding (www.marcapropia.net) and author of the books Expertología. The science of becoming a professional reference (ed. Alienta) and Personal brand. How to become the preferred option (ed. Basic). Attention, Pérez Ortega clarifies: "Creating a brand, either a person or a product, It has two stages. The first is self analysis, their beliefs, values, strengths and abilities, and the second is that brand communication, establishment of relations. And everything has to be looking for authenticity, no makeup or false appearances ".
Mark -recalcan the experts is not a mere container; is confidence of others in that person or product, transmission is credibility. Among the cases cited by the agencies consulted, There are some illustrative (who they prefer not to be named). A steering Barca, for example, Consolidated employer in its sector, made abroad a refresher course for entrepreneurs. In that course he was awarded, so he grew his reputation as a "young entrepreneur", which paradoxically injured his profile entrepreneur and seated. For reposition, He lectured in business schools, and thus he created a personal brand senior expert in business management.
Another case: a Mexican journalist specializing in project management communication in his country wished to turn around his career. With the help of an expert in personal branding, redefined his: focus on communication projects in the field of women and work in Europe. The sessions were conducted via Skype and paid services by PayPal.
Internet tools are basic to create and transmit personal brand. It should be business card also in electronic form, and packaged in the classic curriculum vitae network as new modes teach professional knows what to do, with minivídeos, graphics and links. Keeping a blog theme help (the search engines favor), as well as having profiles LinkedIn andFacebook, and not neglect messages Twitter.
"The digital network identity is characterized by the interaction and contacts", Explain Neus Arques, partner and director of digital identity management companies (www.manfatta.com) and author of Y tú, ¿qué marca eres? 12 keys to managing your personal reputation (ed. Alienta). Interaction: "If you do not interact, -alerta not exist Arqués-. The mere fact of having discharged a profile online is not enough, must interact. And the contacts are on the network, people you know, They make endorsement of that digital identity ". Arqués and his team work with companies, not individuals, but they give seminars to groups of executives and business school students, They encourage those who manage themselves that personal brand online.
"The blog is an excellent tool visibility, as well as being in social networks, but we must also take care of the networking classic", Add Guillem Recolons, partner and consultant for a consulting career high (www.soymimarca.com). Exchanging business cards at conferences and congresses still works, Just as the eye contact generates an empathy that does not give a photo, so it makes sense to combine both types of networking.
To define and direct the personal brand, Recolons and its partners and team practicesystem iceberg with a multidisciplinary approach: "The part of the iceberg that is not included self-knowledge and introspection, in the hands of a psychologist and a Coach, and product strategy, leading marketing specialist; while the visible part of the iceberg is the brand communication, of which an advertising deals, in this case ". Its clients include: Masters students loaded, entrepreneurs and unemployed professionals or active.
"Personal brand has to do with the values we want to project, both at work and in society, with how we want to be perceived ", stated Nadine Kazerounian, British living in Barcelona, owner of the agency Praxis Image Consultants (www.praxisimageconsultants.co.uk). And, according Kazerounian, do not underestimate the classical concept image, understood in face mode. "First impressions about someone, and even the following, They are largely formed through visual cues: locker room, ways, body language and tone of voice, he argues,, so having a good self-image is essential to project the values of personal branding, As the packaging is fundamental to the brand of a product ". As well help position it's welcome.