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Branding Quick-Tips: Easy Ways to Ensure Your Brand Speaks Volumes 1. Nicknames can be the kiss of death. I was hiring a guy once for a serious desk job. He was a young kid out of school, and for some reason, all of his buddies called him “Nipples.” His college resume did not reflect this fact, but when he came into the interview he told me to call him “Nipples.” I could not bring myself to do so, and when it came time to hire him, I have to say that I did not even have a guy who would call himself “Nipples” on my radar screen. 2. One look is worth a thousand words. Bolt through your chin? That will keep you out of 99% of the office jobs in the world. Circa-1980s corduroy shorts and a pilly, old T-shirt? Maybe you’re a computer engineer, but you’re not one we’d ever consider for management. Cleavage? Apparently, you’re not taking work very seriously, and do you really think that’s how you’ll make the sale? Down-at-heel shoes? Yikes, not very detail-oriented, are you? Think about the way you look. If you can’t fix the problems yourself, go get a work wardrobe at a good department store and ask the salespeople or personal shopper help you. It will be worth it. 3. Homepage. Your homepage should not have anything on it that you don’t want the world to know. If you’d be embarrassed seeing it on a company newsletter – or even if you wouldn’t, should you be? – you do not need to have this on any page that can be accessed by the public, or linked to by any of your friends. If it’s out there, people will find it. If people find it, it could discolor the perception of your brand. 4. Skill set. Don’t just spout a brand, be a brand. You need to provide examples of your work and ideas about your industry in order to be more than just a drone. Show them not only what you’ve been able to do, but how far you think you can take your profession. A visionary with back-up is always a good member to have on a team. 5. Circle of friends. Have a circle of friends – clients and colleagues – who are going to really make your homepage sing. These should be people who praise you to the stars, have interesting dialogues with you, and are not called “Nipples.” 6. Get out there. Networking sites, blogs, and expert articles will make all the difference in the world. By “being” the expert, and taking charge of the dissemination of the knowledge you have, you will become the expert. People believe what they see. 7. Develop a series of presentations. People constantly need public speakers. I recommend putting together a series of PowerPoint presentations and using those to go to trade and business organizations and speaking about your expertise. Try not to use the PowerPoint while you are speaking – use it to get you the job and hand it out as a tool after the fact. Or, better still, give them your business card and tell them to get it on your Web site. Dave Saunders helps people stand out and "Be the Brand" as a personal branding and marketing specialist. Manage your personal brand online: Create, Enhance and Share a better resume, free, at VisualCV.com
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Dave Saunders is an author and small business consultant with experience in the Internet Industry dating back to 1990. He's appeared in Networking Times Magazine as well as on the cover of Washington Techway Magazine for his effor (More...)ts in assisting small and home-based businesses stand out and build a solid presense in the marketplace. As a health and wellness advocate, Dave holds certifications with health and nutrition education and is currently pursuing studies as a Holistic Health Practitioner. You can learn more about Dave Saunders at http://www.davesaunders.net and register to get free tips on personal branding, marketing and how to increase your personal wealth.