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self-knowledge, and visibility strategy, the keys to managing an attractive brand

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self-knowledge, and visibility strategy, the keys to building an attractive brand

Does the online image of a professional is as important as offline? How important plays in improving employability? Viadeo along with Guillem Recolons, personal branding expert and co-founder SoyMiMarca, They have presented the keys to building, improve and enhance the brand that projects an individual personal and professional level, both online and offline.

In this sense, Guillem Recolons noted: “The strategic goal of personal branding is to help us visualize where we want to be in ten years and learn to use the tools to reach that destination”. Thus, Recolons has highlighted three key steps for creating professional positioning we want:

self-knowledge: It is important to start by asking yourself some questions about our current situation. Who I am? What are my skills? How far my education and training arrives?
Strategy: How do others see me? How did I get here? What is my competition? What I want to achieve target? Once we have an accurate idea of ​​how we see ourselves and how we see, we are in a position to raise the best strategy for our positioning.
Visibility: It is time to start communicating our mission, vision and values, as if it were a business, and build our personal brand.

Likewise, Recolons stressed the need to work the message we convey and how we do. Bearing in mind that our brand communication occurs in any context, either offline level (on a business card, a networking session, el popular ‘elevator speech’, among others) as online (social networks, professional and nonprofessional, blogs, Online Reputation, among others).

#lateraltwits 07 Twitter as a social network open

In the "LateralTwits" series we've talked about Twitter as a communication medium, Twitter as a platform for dialogue, Twitter as a means of information , Twitter as a means of contact, Twitter as a public forum and Twitter as a means of complaint.

Today we talk about Twitter as a social network open. We actually already above that in the last post, but I think it is worth noting the difference between Twitter and other platforms that exist.

Facebook It is a closed network, to access a friend, it must authorize. The same goes Netlog, Tuenti or FourSquare.

In the field of professional social networks, we are the same. To access a contact, it must authorize. It is the case Linkedin, Xing, Viadeo, Plaxo

Twitter does not happen in. You follow who you want. And who wants to follow you. No need to ask permission, just follow (follow). Under this prism, We can follow our favorite gurus, whether singers, football players, politicians, journalists, consultants, poets. I have to warn you that they will not automatically follow, many do not. The sports Twitter asks you to follow your followers, but I can understand that some people with millor public of fans do not return the follow.

A great way to follow people who may be interested is to follow Twitter lists. Twitter allows us to classify our lists followed. for example: journalists. These lists can be public -that usual- the private. A ways to follow related issues is to follow a list of other; that way we do not follow the followers list, but the twits who publish.

I think the fact of being open network Twitter is a great advantage, given all the freedom to follow who want. But you have to manage it well, since we can also follow whoever. We must be consistent with the audience we have and with which we have, answer the questions, retiuitear what we find interesting and answer direct messages.

Anyway, the measure of success of Twitter is not follow you 2.000 people, It is to achieve a balance between followers and followed, and that people or companies that we remain relevant to eachother, we can contribute something.

offline opportunities to strengthen personal brand

Personal brand development is not unique to the digital environment

A few days ago I saw a video William Arruda which it interested me the use of a word almost forgotten today: The real world, also technically it is known as the offline world.

It may seem shocking to talk about the real world is an exception, but in this case, Arruda justifies him with an invitation to convert a actual event (offline) in a online event.

We could set an example. Imagine you're a marketing specialist and you have to give a talk about the importance of packaging in communication. this event, that may come 20 or 30 people, can become an excellent reinforcement of personal branding if the resources are properly provechan 2.0., becoming a fact in a virtual phenomenon.

Before the event begins, and we could draft a Press release and send it via email to industry magazines (in this case branding, graphic design, packaging) and also some more general support.

Then we could publish a post in our blog to publicize our virtual community our talk, and not only that: We could ask our readers to give us their inputs packaging on the environment, something that will enrich our presentation.

We may also update our status in social networks, from professional and LinkedIn, Plaxo, Viadeo or Xing to personal as Facebook or microblogging as Twitter.

When the talk takes place, remember the organizers that we are interested in a copy of filming, because with a good editaje we have the same material in order to create small clips YouTube.

Talk to share with our community follow the same steps: blog post, tweet, upgrade networks, but here we can also publish the powerpoint used in chat SlideShare oa Issuu.

Definitely, an offline event can become a major event on the network without overexertion.

It's not about the number of contacts, This is how we interact with them

In our personal brand management, often confused with quality amount.

It is true that the networking It is based on propabilidades, and the taller, better. It is also true that we are in the era of affinities, personal segmentation, del one-to-one, and, in, from personalization. To have 5.000 contacts LinkedIn It is very interesting, but it will be even more if we divide this heritage in related groups (consultants, managers, thinkers, journalists….) and we address them in a manner more akin.

Both Facebook and LinkedIn, Plaxo, Viadeo… Contact hunting sometimes becomes a nonsense. I can understand that a political candidate need a very broad base of “friends” for desvelear agenda, their thoughts and proposals. Perhaps the problem lies in the nomenclature “friends”. I do not deny that there may be someone with a lot, many friends. But these figures we see often 5.000 friends are unreal. In our personal brand management, often confused with quality amount.

Twitter case is somewhat different, since that's possible “follow” people for what they think and what they write, not because our relationship with those people. Twitter, Besides, its interface offers the ability to create affinity groups. So that, according to the mood of the moment, one would want to read things “Coach”, of “politicians” it “football”…

Twitter offers the ability to create affinity groups

In the background, online contact management should not be far from the offline management. When you create a database, there is always a field that defines the sector. That's the key customization. So that, It's not about the number of contacts, is about how we interact with them.

+45: Looking for a second chance

In 2009, more of 1.300.000 people older than 45 years have now joined the unemployment line in Spain.

I read a few months ago in Expansion professionals over 45 years are among the hardest hit by the economic crisis. It is somewhat curious that this age represents the fullness of leadership, the maturity, experience. Do not have value all that? Yes, Of course it does, but also that age may represent the highest salary level of a professional. And here comes the problem.

What are the alternatives for these professionals?

Companies prefer younger. Budget issue. But questions are emerging What are the alternatives for these professionals? How can exploit its advantages?

  1. Continue working for the same company that you terminated the contract, but from outside. Starting a business is an appropriate solution to unemployment for this group. While companies cut costs, there are functions that have to keep doing and that now outsource. Because, placed on their own can be an interesting alternative, because for the company to hire these services is cheaper, and professional work in a familiar field and builds on lessons learned.
  2. Find a new job as an employee. That maybe you should take into account two factors. On the one hand, be willing to lower i perhaps more rigid working conditions remuneration (The crisis forces). On the other, in this estapa is essential leverage to Acquire training in new areas of knowledge. In other words, catch up (Languages, technologies…).
  3. Becoming an entrepreneur And why not? With 45 years one can support elements that a junior can not offer: A good network, management skills and competence most important, the value of leadership. The only brake that could have here is the willingness to change, but as the crisis forces, the approach could be as simple as "now or never".

Becoming yourself a brand

The option chosen is chosen, our advice will be the same: Working depth personal reputation, reposition, strengthened and, above all, Informing the rest of the world ABOUT US, AS WE ARE, and what we can do for a company, for a society…

At this point is absolutely indispensable tool PERSONAL BRANDING In order to get our offer to the outside world. Today, the possibilities of web 2.0 facilitate the issuance of quick messages to specific groups and economic. The curriculum is outdated, Now our base information on experience and training hangs on LinkedIn or Viadeo, or Xing or Plaxo.

If we want to extend our particular view on a topic, we have to throw the ring and blogs Twitter, publish our opinions on YouTube. In a nutshell, must be disclosed.

Afraid to jump? Contact, We have skipped a lot. grecolons@lateral.es