Personal Branding: A Crash Course

Published on Oct 12, 2017

Created for ReBoot Accelerator in Seattle, October 2017

PRESENTATION OUTLINE

Personal Branding: A Crash Course

The Swing Shift - October 2018
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Catherine Carr

Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer, Vitamin C Creative

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This can feel overwhelming.
Now I have to brand myself?
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Relax! You got this.

Today

  • Demystify!
  • Build!
  • Activate!
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We'll use a process very much like the one I use with my clients. We are looking for that magic intersection right in the middle.

1. Demystify

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Brand does not equal logo.

Brand does not equal a logo.
It’s not even just the visual aspects.

You don't have to spend money.

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You already have a personal brand.

It relates to a lot of things you've covered already:
Career Discernment
Google Suite
Resumes
LinkedIn
Social Media Platforms (IG, FB and Twitter)
Elevator Pitch and Positioning
Presentation skills.
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You can get where you need to go faster.

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You can stand out from the crowd.

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You can be you.

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You can charge more.

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Keeper of the Flame!

Other Cranium titles:
King of Ka-Ching
Worldly Wordsmith
Hip Shipster
Smooth Operator
Baron von Blueprint

(What would your Cranium title be?)

What would your Cranium title be?

2. Build

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Brand audit: How do you show up?

  • Clarity
  • Consistency
  • Creativity (interestingness)
These are the pillars I use in my work with Vitamin C; we'll try them on here.
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Quick audit

  • Google yourself
  • Social media profiles
  • Other touchpoints: website, business card, etc.

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Don't undervalue what comes easily to you.

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What you don't do is just as important as what you do.

You don’t have to be everything to everybody. In fact, clarity and focus are your friends.

Your list of wow - internal

  • What are you especially good at? What are your superpowers?
  • When do you feel like you're in the zone? What is fun and energizing?
  • How do others tend to describe you?
LinkedIn recommendations
Ask somebody in this room
Write down how people have described you
Ask a friend

Your list of wow - external

  • How do others tend to describe you?
  • LinkedIn recommendations
  • Performance reviews
  • Etc.
LinkedIn recommendations
Ask somebody in this room
Write down how people have described you
Ask a friend

Your brand universe

What's in (and out of) your brand universe?

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A little research

  • Careers pages
  • Job listings
  • LinkedIn profiles

Archetype Exercise

Archetype Crash Course

  • Deep storytelling roots: transcend time, culture, language
  • Plato...Carl Jung...Joseph Campbell..."The Hero and the Outlaw"
  • Help us identify white space & north star/inspiration

Guiding Principles

  • None are inherently positive or negative
  • Don't get too hung up on the labels
  • Starting point - wide range of possibility within each
  • Ideal outcome is to identify ONE to build around
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12 Archetypes and Core Motivations

Cars

Cars

12 Archetypes and Core Motivations

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What are some other examples of [archetype]?

What kind of [archetype] do you want to be?

There's no right or wrong way to do this.

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3. Activate

Building Blocks

  • Social presence (persona, or not)
  • Headshot/cover photo
  • Headline & bio (About me)
  • Manifesto
  • Business name/URL
  • Visual elements - fonts, color choices, design

You can start right now.

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Ongoing Expression

  • What do you post/tweet/write about (on which channel)?
  • What do you say yes to? (And no to?)
  • How do you frame the conversation around your strengths?

You're never "done."

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It's ok to evolve.

Secret Sauce Creative

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Catherine Carr

Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer, Vitamin C Creative

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Your brand universe

Say it out loud.

Have fun with it!

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