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How much would you pay for listening to Joshua Bell live?

From the Washington Post we get one of the most interesting stories I've heard in years.

It is an experiment: What if you spent with a virtuoso music on the subway, at rush hour? You would not do him any attention. For two reasons:

1. You do not have time. It is rush hour. Your mind is not to lose a single second.

2. Never believe that a genius like Joshua Bell You may be playing the violin in the subway with a basket that aims to raise some coins.

Well that's exactly what happened. Here's the full story “Pearls before breakfast” guys at The Washington Post. It is a little long, but do not miss it. essentially, Bell stood in the metro Washington DC for 45 minutes during rush hour. They passed over 1.000 people as he masterfully played some pieces of Bach. Only some children stopped, hallucinated, while their parents were pulling them not to be late. Joshua Bell got -despite all- collect 36 Dollars, a figure that no musician metro despise.

How much would you pay to hear Joshua Bell live? Here's the video of the metro.

 

And here I leave a performance of his “payment”. Notice: impress.

 

 

 

 

personal brand and lateral thinking

ago 40 Maltese thinker years Edward de Bono he published his "Lateral Thinking”, one of the best manuals creativity that has existed. I assure you that the method described in the book of Bono remains more relevant than ever. Today I will try to draw an analogy between the lateral thinking and personal branding.

If we consider that a personal brand is the bearer of a message and if we consider that this message should be compelling, Differential and relevant, we have a justification for using techniques divergent or lateral thinking.

To make a difference to help us generate a preference we need to think and act differently (Einstein got that too). Tom Peters, on “The brand You 50” It establishes forms of divergent thinking as "The main chance is becoming a free agent in an economy of free agents, looking to do your best work and to secure a remarkable track record”.

If we spend our lives trying to solve our weaknesses, We abandon our strengths and we will lose a unique opportunity to To position a linear environment.

Here we summarize some of the techniques that includes lateral thinking, both provocation and analogies:

random word

It is introducing a random word (entry point), then generate a word that is related to it, and so on, repeating this last step. Each time you change the word will attempt to link this to the problem for which you are looking for a solution, generating potential ideas.

Escape

In this case or objects involved in the problem under consideration and refuses or cancels a feature of it. From this new environment, this new situation created, They are seeking ideas with the usual tools.

Stepping stone

Here the idea is to exaggerate, distort or modify in any way an entity of the problem environment (is generally very useful to assume some entity is such that as it were want, not as it really is).

The method investment

Investment in these problems are altered in your direction to see what your hand and see how it can be solved, see the problem and turn to reach a favorable outcome. As this method is not planning to solve the problem of taking full but the main idea to invest serve to approach your solution. The investment approach also tries to avoid chain of ideas and stubbornness, find the craziest solutions may work sometimes. See the problem from different points of view, not look only at one, have different viewing angles that allow us to have a clearer view of the problem, not see superficially.

Fractionation or division

The purpose of fractionation is to break the solid model unit ideas, no matter what is confused at some points, but not about finding the parts or components split models, but creating new parts and fractionating the same components. Thus, by splitting the model, material is obtained for a restructuring models, It is attempting to form a new order. The purpose of fractionation is to avoid the effects of implicit models inhibition fixed by its decomposition.

appropriate responses

According to De Bono, There are three ways in which thought can be blocked: You may be missing some information, there may be a mental block or the obvious obstructs the vision of a better option. The third case would have a solution with the side logic. Once the information is structured and difficult to transform it into something else. Thus it seems obvious that the only way out is one that offers information and structured, so if responds to the problem being solved, it seems that there is no need to seek another.

I assure you that if you aplicáis one or more of these techniques to improve your personal brand. Often I meet clients presenting clear cases blocking. For example, people with extensive experience in a field, having failed in a project, They decide to reinvent renouncing experience.

I wish you well in trying. If you need a little help, count on me.

Professionals seeking 'personal branding'

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 your personal brand 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.

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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.

Destroy a brand 11 Steps

We talk a lot to build personal brands. But for those who just do not quite believe the time has perhaps come to see it from the reverse angle: how to destroy a career. Although it seems easy, It takes time. Here are some steps to follow.

  1. Often lie. Not authentic ha @
  2. Inclumplir promises or purposes
  3. Prioritize quantity over quality
  4. No listening
  5. Being overly conformist or nonconformist
  6. Failure to follow topics, estancarlos
  7. Practice paralysis by analysis
  8. Practice excess autobombo
  9. Not have plan
  10. Coherence fail
  11. Overexertion invest in shares online vs offline and vice versa

We can think of many more ways to self-destruct, but 11 it seems a good number, and it is always more original than the classic Decalogue.

With a simple investment process, We have a good formula to create good personal brands. Take advantage!

Personal branding and sellers of smoke / 2 (by Andrés Pérez Ortega)

Following the thread of the post published last week on the personal brand and sellers of smoke / 1, this time we act Amplifier post published this morning's blog sherpa personal brand Andrés Pérez Ortega. Here's the content:

Coopetidores, looters and converts

A few months ago, in the event that was organized on Branding Personal, I met Guillem Recolons already Jordi Collell. It had long since the Google Alerts informing me of his work on topics Personal Brand, and I was thrilled to meet you personally. Yesterday launched a new project on Personal brand And I think worth comment here.

I suppose some will think I'm an asshole to speak well of my "competition". I'm not saying it is, but, of course, Yes I am, it's not because of that. I think a personal brand or business is strengthened if those are part of your market have a good level. A professional or a company can not rejoice for being the only market. That only it weakens and numbs.

When I worked in distribution, I learned that the best way to grow a category is with quality products, and the more, better. If someone is dedicated to meter "shit" in the market, just hurting everyone. Because, It has emerged whenever someone has tried to make things right in this matter, like my friend Mark Thomas or people I am my brand, I've made available.

For the project I'm commenting, just look at the level of professionals to realize that they will help professionalize this concept and bring it to a good level. And that's good for everyone. In addition, they have clearly understood that the Personal Branding is much more than a nice avatar or a Twitter account. It is a combination of Marketing, Coaching, Communication, Image, Company management ... and that is reflected in their profiles.

So I think that in this world of networks, some things have changed. What makes one affects the other. If you do things right, reinforces the position of others. We can no longer talk about competitors, but COOPETIDORES.

All this is especially important because one of the things that we agree is a vision of Branding Personal that requires effort, work and strategy.

Now that the websites that speak of multiply get rich with the Personal Brand, it is important to hear the voice of serious professional. You can identify vendehumo for their websites with huge red letters and exclamations in which things like "Lose 'are promised 15 kilos in three hours!!!”.

Each time a new interesting and attractive concept emerges as occurs when there is a catastrophe, multiply the "looters”. The same applies here. Of nowhere lots of sites that are dedicated to prostituting a concept not know and do not believe that clearly emerge.

Although these vultures ideas are not the only ones who have smelled money. Even worse are the "conversos”. Normally it is R2H2 people who until two days ago Personal Brand despised and considered myself a antisistema to talk about it.

Headhunters, outplacement professionals or executives of R2H2, They have suddenly started talking about Personal Branding as if they had invented them. Because that if, do not expect any of them to cite the work of those who came before and paved the way they now use.

Both the "conversos" somo "looters" are opportunists. Seize the moment, prey on and then switch activity. They are mutants such as influenza virus. When they have destroyed all, They seek a new "guest". That has happened with the coaching, with dospuntocero or any interesting trend.

I think we live in a world that no longer worth all. It is therefore essential to support and collaborate with those who do good things and who raise the level and reporting to weaken.

Any tips to survive on LinkedIn

It is indisputable that LinkedIn It has established itself as the main network networking world. Launched ago 6 years from Mountain View, California, today has about 70 million professionals. LinkedIn is an average visit 37 minutes per month, and Spain is the 7th country in the ranking with nearly LinkedIn 700.000 users, after the US, India, United Kingdom, Canada, Italy and Germany. Although not the subject of the post, If still you wonder what is and what is LinkedIn, here I hang a training video:

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When we analyze the different profiles found on LinkedIn, it is easy to discover facts profiles on the run, no photo, with little contact details, no history of companies in which it has worked, without updating. It is disappointing that many people believe to be “to be” LinkedIn without further. LinkedIn serves to generate active networking, to discover interesting profiles, to offer our services. That's not “to be”, that gigs there a bit and make it clear who we are (professional level), where we are and what we aspire.

We have to imagine that LinkedIn is our website. Update it, take care, explain our projects or you can attract colleagues or customers. Here are some tips on how to make best game:

  • Being Being: LinkedIn is an inviting place to be descriptive, is strategic-not tactical, so it's best to avoid short sentences powerpoint style, and try to explain our achievements, our contributions in a clear and descriptive manner.
  • introduce ourselves: I have seen many people do not fail the “abstract”, a perfect place to count 4 lines what we have done. Nor is customary to fill paragraph “specialties”, piece keywords to find partners, partners or customers. And the photo. Some believe it is not important. It is. The face is the mirror of the soul.
  • How much more, better. Unlike other social networks, LinkedIn is interesting to show off a bit. One should not be any previous work insignificant it may seem. There may be a stage done in our student days the doors open to an offer.
  • We use professional jargon: Knowing the language of each sector is important. There are endless ways to describe what you do, but the sector jargon is clear, concise and understandable. If I want to attract employees in the sector of mouth / ear I'll use the term marketing “Wominomics”, based on the industry “word of mouth”.
  • Jobseekers, dilo. Nobody likes to say he is looking for work. But if you are looking for, dilo. Otherwise, nobody will notice you as a candidate “available”. It is perfectly feasible to write under your name “environmental marketing specialist”. That is not fooling anyone, It is a mix of your education with your career. But if you do not currently work at any company, let it clear.
  • Do you speak languages? LinkedIn is a global medium, and allows a single page have different profiles depending on the language. A sample: Here's my public profile Spanish, English and Catalan.
  • Show your profile more social: LinkedIn is a perfect setting for creating and tracking groups professionals. They come in all colors and for all tastes. Subscribe to groups allows you to receive information about our industry and participate in discussion forums. In addition, creating groups can help generate traffic for our own business, blog…

Here's Part 2: Any tips to survive in Linkedin II

Is it always good your people are your brand?

Attached article Tino Fernández on personal branding published in Expansion and Employment, with the collaboration of Guillem Recolons

Many companies are wary of key professionals who reach higher prominence of corporate identity. Difficult fight it.

Expansion and Employment

They are outstanding ambassadors of companies, their brands and their products. But his strong communication skills, the amount of fans who drag and reaching prominence, driven by social and professional networks, Scares more than one company.

Eva Levy, socia founder of Eva Levy & Partners, He speaks of talented employees who are excellent communicators. This is key professionals who have understood the power of social networks by marketing your personal brand while driving their signatures, creating real economic value and establishing relationships with customers, the media, analysts and shareholders.

Monica Deza, managing partner of W&M Consulting Group, adds that these key employees take advantage and circumstances of a new economic paradigm: “More and more freelance in what is known as the gigeconomy, small work environment. It is well-trained professionals, with good management of your personal brand and leveraging talent outside organizations, with great potential to develop their own career”. Teach people where the key is the sum of your personal brand with the company is an undoubted benefit to the company itself.

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Dan Schawbel, Managing Partner of Millennial Branding and author of the bestseller Me 2.0, It ensures that the recession mean it is not enough to be good at the job itself. “The economic scenario requires everyone to be an expert in your field. Increasingly, you need to be creative to distinguish themselves from others. Your people are your brand -talento is the same as brand-, and a company must decide whether to finally allow their employees this type of evangelization. The advantage of doing this is to have a much more powerful voice, with a more consistent for customers and employees feel empowered and more productive message. If companies do not see their staff as ambassadors for their own brand risk losing them to other companies”.

Guillem Recolons, founder Lateral Consulting, explain what “organizations are realizing that it is increasingly difficult to curb the fact that talented people develop a strong identity. It is better to support them, because ultimately they are in favor of the Corporation, provided that such personal brand is linked to it. Must make way to develop that personal brand, to talk about her in the company, because it is a means of communication with more strength and credibility that corporate messages. And it should be linked to positive values ​​of the firm”.

Stop or restrain
Eva Levy agrees that “If you do not have no differences and the best is not possible to survive in such a competitive market. Today there is a need to distinguish companies, and this is more common for people who for products. So far the organizations gave little importance to these professionals”.

Levy warns that, evidently, that visibility may imply that headhunters and other companies can bid on these brightest professionals. The question is how to retain talent, and this implies more a symbiosis that offer more money. Finding the best has to be constant.

Monica Deza says “Companies are made by people. Many companies are in the process of stopping talent, instead of holding it. Efforts should be that people do not go, investing in it”. In this regard Andrés Pérez Ortega, personal branding expert, He states that one of the keys is “grasp that 1% of professionals who really want to develop this type of activity, using as a marketing tool that minority that is willing to stand. HR directors must pass personal brand managers”.

Sintonía
Meanwhile believes Dan Schawbel “to recruit every professional must be sure that there is a vision and a common mission, and brand attributes. If you do not hire talent that can be integrated into the corporate culture, This can leave the organization in a short time and ruin the corporate environment”.

The idea is that, once it captures the right employees, it is necessary to train them in all that relates to the agenda of the company and allow the use of social media to build your brand and support the mission of your company.

Schawbel believes that “personal branding becomes selfish and try to be more important than the company itself when the person and organization are not in tune. That's when the employee tends to leave the organization, create your own or to work for another company which itself is aligned with its main interests”.

Guillem Recolons It also refers to the fear that show numerous firms about the possibility of developing personal brands. “In this case adversely they affect people who are not happy in your company. Create your personal brand to say 'Here I am!’; It is an alternative way out of the company. Ideally, organizations know what employees can expect, and they know that companies have them”.

Andrés Pérez recalled that “many companies are afraid of the information coming out, that the perception we have from the outside is not that controls the communication department. The image offered by the company which is not desired to be taken. It is an absurd fear of losing control, because you can not hide or try to control, but make the most of the ability to communicate and promote visibility tools”.

The impressive history of the guy who found the job he wanted using Google Adwords

Subtitle: And it only cost 5 €!!

Sub-Subtitle: Based on a true story

Imagine your life's dream is to find work as a copywriter in one of the 5 best agencies in the country. Imagine also, you're broke and you can not spend more than 4 or 5 € to get your azaña.

I would say the same if your goal is to get into one of the best law firms, economists, engineers. I would say the same if you want to find a good place schoolmaster, commercial manager or whatever you want.

It is easier than it seems to be. You enter Google, are looking Google Adwords and buy some keywords. If you want to buy "adman" will cost a paste. And we only have 4 5 €. Adwords formula is not closed price, if not you pay for auction. If no one wants what you want, will cost 0,15 by clicking, really cheap. But if you want to buy general words like "creative side”, Be prepared to pay a pretty penny.

In our history, what we do is Buy the names of the best creative advertising the country. Why?

Because when searching your name on Google you will find our ad: "Hello Creative Director XXXX, Googlearte yourself is fun. Hire me as a creative in your company, as well. Giving me a call. You are late."

As well, this little story is true, and it ended well. Our friend, whose real name is Alec Brownstein He managed to enter as a senior editor at Young & Rubicam. the contrato Scott Vitrone, a creative director who was amazed Alec's ability to attract attention.

I thank my good friend and companion Linda Reichard by publishing it in its LinkedIn. The story published last 18 May the online newspaper "The Globe and Mail”, and here is the link to see the full story, including an interview with the protagonists.

9. What are your goals? Have you written a plan to achieve?

What happens to us every beginning of the year, or just after the summer? Which often took advantage of this circumstance to draw a Personal objectives. There are many types:

  • From Health: slimming x kilos, point us to a gym, 10Km running gear, a balanced diet, give up smoking, do yoga…
  • family: dating, decide on a date for the wedding, pose a divorce, change habits, have a child, adopt a child…
  • cultural: read 4 books a month, see all movies in VO, Go to theater every month, travel every two months, finishing school, create a blog…
  • From leisure: go out to dinner every Wednesday, friends gather once a month, buy a LCD projector…
  • Professionals: improve positions in the company, find a job, change job, get a transfer, undertake…

If you also want that these objectives are met, write them. Nothing is more usual to see how time passes and how those goals will not ever come to fruition. Must write, even on a paper napkin. And you have to read every week, see progress, see what's wrong and fix the target, but without abandoning. In other words, draw up a plan, without templates, without rigidities, a map.

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