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The Business of Attention: Make Brand YOU command ‘IT’- Part 1

Be attentive to your Brand’s Attention  Quotient;

The more you command ‘IT’, better be your Brand Quotient.

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The irony of life today is that we live in a perpetual attention seeking economy-in the age of mass attention deficit disorder. With Brands, Companies, People, Places all vying for your attention, the most prized real estate of this digital economy is your attention, your mental real estate. And the most coveted  business strategies today are the ones which help you command ‘IT’- command that priceless Attention!

And yet the beauty of this business of attention is that one can command it for all the right reasons with a little strategic planning and personal branding! The power of personal branding lies in the ability of Brand YOU to stand for ‘something, be known for ‘something’ and be wanted for ‘something’. This ‘something’ is the exclusive expertise quotient of the Brand YOU: it is the promise of value which you offer as an executive or an entrepreneur to your communities.

When you have a few seconds to stand out and command the coveted attention of your clients, customers, prospective employers, potential partners etc… it becomes imperative for you to take active control of your brand, your story and present it to the world-such that it offers an irresistible experience of the Brand YOU! This 4 part series of articles will focus on the 4 main components of commanding IT (attention) at the first point of contact:

A. Brand Identity

Your Identity stems from how well you know YOU, and how well you ensure the world knows of you! A powerful brand identity evolves from the 4Ws of the Brand YOU:

Who are YOU; What do YOU do;

Whom do YOU do it for; Why YOU are the go-to guy

Define your 4 Ws by highlighting the following aspects of each W;

1. Who are YOU: This is your professional brand identity influenced by your personal brand attributes. Use your Values and Passions to add more depth to your professional brand by making it truly YOUnique. Focus on what you believe in and why you love what you do to add an emotional layer to your brand.

Remember: The first rule of commanding attention is to build an emotional connect.

2. What do YOU do: This is your scope of work and area of expertise; Talk about the implied benefit of your expertise and not just the rational value you offer; when you tell them how your value addition impacts them and adds exclusive value to them; then you have all their selfish attention.

Remember: The second rule of commanding attention is to answer for your audience, ‘What’s in it for me?’

3. Whom do YOU do it for: The target audience that you add direct value to; the companies/verticals/industries/challenges/visions that you can impact with your experience and expertise; the ideal pool of clientele that you love to work with as you add inimitable value to them. Perhaps the most important element to boost the attention quotient for the Brand YOU; it is critical to define your ideal target audience so your message is reaching the right audience, and you DO NOT waste time being everything to everyone.

Remember: The third rule of commanding attention is to focus your attention on a niche audience to be the cynosure of that audience’s attention.

4. Why YOU are the go-to guy: The make it or break it element of your Brand’s Attention Quotient-why YOU matter: You need to craft a compelling brand promise, which is influenced by your bragging rights, your proven accomplishments, your work legacy and your thought leadership. This is what seals the deal and catapults you from the attention zone to the consideration zone; and eventually to the conviction zone.

Remember: The fourth rule of commanding attention is to take ownership of what you are shamelessly good at, and present it to the world, so they too know the ‘best of you!’

Use these 4Ws to build and own your personal brand identity, and share it with the world across relevant Social Media Platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter, G+, You Tube etc.

The next post in this series ‘The Business of Attention: Make Brand YOU Command IT’ will highlight how to create an Invincible Brand Positioning for the Brand YOU!

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FOCUS: 3 steps to sharpen your Brand Focus

Focus. The more you focus; the more Brand YOU comes into focus.

Focus on the WHO. Focus on the WHAT. Focus on the WHERE.

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The smaller your focus; greater is the probability of your success. Its indeed ironical that one must narrow one’s focus to amplify ones success. But true it is. Like they say: You cannot be everything to every one. 

Like I say: Be the jack of all trades, master of some and emperor of ONE.

Focus on the WHAT: Brand your product/service which you can offer better than the best

Focus on your core area of expertise and make it your Brand-stinction! Then hone your said skill set every single day so you may trump all others and personify your brand YOUniqueness like no other. Put your Brand focus on what makes you exceptional: your talents, your passions, your aspirations and how these distinguish you from the mortals.

Focus on the WHO: Map your ideal target group that you can serve the best; people who will benefit the most from your ‘Xclusive Xpertise’

Focus on the smallest community of target audience and be the invincible expert on call; this doesn’t mean that you should never work for people who fall out of your target audience, but this distinction presents you with a well defined focus group, to focus your brand promotion and marketing efforts on. Remember, the most important criteria should be that you enjoy working with the said target group: they must be equally energized and excited about Brand YOU and your exclusive promise of value! Why waste precious time and energy in reaching out to people who are not your ideal customers? Why indeed?

Focus on the WHERE: Be constantly visible across selective touch points.

One of the 3 C’s of Personal Branding-Constancy (other two being Clarity and Consistency )-in your Brand Visibility across the best suitable media to reach, engage and empower your target audience day after day. Research and select the media platforms, both online and offline where your target audience best loves to spends their time on and best trusts to gain knowledge and information from. Why bother focusing on a multitude of platforms where your customer frequents not?

FOCUS your brand time and be rest assured; soon shall you be the beloved cynosure of your target audience. Period.

Lead with LOVE: The best kept secret of Personal Branding

Love. What has Love got to do with Personal Branding?

Of course I love my brand, I love myself- if I got you thinking! Well, who doesn’t?

But when love does make the world go round; vanity-doesn’t. Period. If you love the Brand YOU on borderline narcissism, you don’t love your brand, you just love yourself-and that’s one huge difference. When one truly embarks upon a journey with love-selfless love, when one learns to lead with love; rest all becomes immaterial.

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We all lead our lives, our families, our communities, our employees, our dreams at some point of our life-the leadership seasons thereof might vary in time and duration; but lead do we. When one learns to lead their life with love, one hopelessly falls in love with all these aforementioned elements of our life; and constantly works towards loving better, living better and most importantly giving better.

Now, as a human-it is easier to love-as it is mostly selfish love, but as a leader, it gets equally challenging-because it now needs to be unadulterated selfless love. But histories have witnessed the evolution and iconification of a few handful leaders who have lead with love- all life long. This love has immortalized them in the annals of mankind as celebrated thought leaders and icons of their generation. How did they do this: They loved and they gave.

Giving selflessly is the hallmark of true love. And so is the hallmark of great people brands. And is indeed the best kept secret of Personal Branding. “Only when thou shall give, thou shall receive.” But giving your all, requires LOVE, a different level of commitment to a cause a dream a legacy larger than life. This legacy is your personal brand, your place in history. A celebration of love, gifts and legacy of the Brand YOU.

Are you ready? today? to lead? But not just lead, lead with LOVE; with commitment to give, to build, to celebrate your moment in history, your brand legacy?

Then Love. Give. Bequeath.

Do you know what your brand is?

Your personal brand is your reputation.

Your personal brand is what people say about you: when you are NOT in the room.

Your personal brand is the exclusive promise of value that you bring to the table.

Your personal brand is your YOUniqueness.

So, to sum it up, your personal brand is a beautiful mosaic of the inimitable value you bring to your community that nobody else can; this is the brand buzz which fills the rooms when you are not in it; this is what translates into your reputation as your thought leadership.

Now use this brand mosaic template to discover your own personal brand:

1. WHO are you: This is your identity: personal + professional

2. WHAT do you do: This is the work that you do, and how you do it differently

3. WHOM do you do it for: This is your target audience that you serve or that benefits from what you offer

4. WHY you are the best guy/gal for the job: This is the brand-stinction that distinguishes you from all other mortals who wish to be you!

Weave these four elements of your personal brand into an absolutely YOUnique and irresistible personal brand statement. And next time someone asks you ‘What’s your Brand?’… Boy! will you WOW them or what!

From Passion to Inspiration: Build a Brand truly ICONIC

That’s my message to you in this Brand N-YOU Year! And my gift as well!

Every single day in 2014, I am going to bring a fresh bout of inspiration in your life: Inspiration so irresistible and so addictive that it will begin to consume you to do more, be more, love more. Only when you fall in love with your brand all over again, will you embark upon a journey of making the world fall in love with this truly iconic brand called YOU!

So let’s begin this passionate pursuit of knowing, showing and growing YOU. Let’s begin the much awaited celebration of the Brand YOU.

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Passion when molded with purpose gives birth to an inspirational legacy. Matters naught how profitable your passion is or how benevolent your purpose is.  What matters is, when you fuel your passion with the singular purpose of adding value to the world by doing what you love to do; you begin an ethereal karmic cycle which circles back to you bringing joys of life never before imagined: The Joy of giving; the joy of inspiring others to give more.

Passion when honed to perfection gives you an inimitable brandstinction over others. Matter naught if it is your play passion or work passion; as either one has the potential to evolve as the soul of the Brand YOU. If you are blessed to have your passion as profession, you are halfway there-what must follow is a passionate pursuit to evolve your passion into the thought leadership of your personal brand-the legacy you wish to bequeath. And if you are one of those, whose passions and profession does not align, believe you me, all is not lost! All you need today is to acknowledge your passions and allow them back in your life. A Life without passions, is a life without reason. One can beautifully juggle between passion and profession if he imbibes the one trait required to do so: passion.

“Be passionate about your passion, a legacy will but follow.”

Your passion makes you happy. Your happiness makes you love. Your love makes your give. Your giving make you valuable. Your value makes you irresistible. Your magnetism makes you inspirational. Your inspiration makes you influential. Your influence makes you ICONIC.

Allow yourself to be consumed and commanded by your passion; it is the only way to make your life worth living!

The ART of Branding Yourself: Be the Story that touches their Souls

Why does one need personal branding?

Branding has always been associated with Products and Services in the conventional corporate society! But off late, as the skills become commodot-ized and people get replaced faster than you say ‘You’re fired’, if you are a fresher or a CXO, matters naught! If you do not have what it takes to stand out and apart from the herd of me-toos, you might end up following the herd, instead of leading it.

Even if one is the captain of his own ship, steering through the rocky waters of entrepreneurship in a near perpetual global economic gloom, it has become increasingly difficult to win new customers/clients, satisfy and delight them and moreover convert them into loyal patrons of your products and services-forever.

And even if you are not a fresh entrepreneur on the run, even as a seasoned entrepreneur, it becomes imperative for you to be known as THE thought leader that you truly are, and this is where your personal brand, and it’s brand story comes into picture–it becomes crucial for your and your company’s brand reputation that you take control of making the world know and see the best of the Brand YOU.

How does one build a personal brand?

Along with the prestigious PHD Chamber of Commerce of India, Tanvi Bhatt-India’s leading Personal Brand Strategist is bringing to you a half a day seminar on ‘The Art of Branding Yourself’; this event is being organized at the PHD Chamber on the 4th of October 2013, and is open to all the ambitious professionals from all walks of life: whether you are an Executive, Entrepreneur, CXO, Managing Director, Founder/Promoter of your company, the power of Personal Branding is for one and all.

So, come and experience how the art of branding yourself with Tanvi’s signature 3D Model of Branding: Discover-Design-Deliver empowers you to build an iconic Brand YOU. Learn to leverage the power of brand storytelling in personal branding to inspire and influence your communities both online and offline….

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For more information on this event, please mail us on info@panache-studio.com or get in touch with Tanvi directly.

If you are based in Delhi, this is your moment to get ‘Brandtastic’ with Tanvi Bhatt- The Personal Branding Pioneer in India. See you there…

Sinful Personal Branding Tip #7 : The ‘Luxuria’ art of building the Brand YOU

If it wasn’t for the innate luxuria (lust or desire) of mankind; our civilization would have still been primitive in many senses. The desire for more is what keeps us evolving from one generation to the other. How we define, dictate and dominate our desires is what makes us a superior race, and how you explore this so called sin of desire makes your brand superior to the fellow brands. The philosophy of desire is simple: Want more, Work More, Win More. However, naked desire isn’t what sails your boat towards the shores of success; you must also fuel your desires with the motivation to achieve ‘em, to be worthy of such uninhibited success. Use my Luxuria formula for Success to ‘up’ your desire quotient and motivate Brand YOU to want, work and win it all!

Desire Quotient + Motivation Factor = Unrivalled Success

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Up your desire quotient and motivate yourself to-

  1. Be more: Empower Brand YOU to accomplish more + be motivated to bridge the gap between you and the ideal you. TIP: Know your brand to grow your brand
  2. Do more: Egg Brand YOU to act more + be motivated to apply your knowledge and skills to make a humble difference. TIP: Expand your network to amplify your actions
  3. Be known more: Express Brand YOU to connect more + be motivated to reach out across social media and build worthy relationships. TIP: Stay real in the virtual
  4. Deserve more: Enhance Brand YOU to rise more + be motivated to raise brand YOU above and beyond mortal reverence. TIP: Respect is a two way street
  5. Be loved more: Enable Brand YOU to love more + be motivated to share and care-share your expertise to be viewed as the expert. TIP: Focus on what you know better than the best

When personal desires are fueled with noble motivations, success beckons and how! I believe you don’t make your destiny-you brand your destiny; and once you decide to- the universe is just another player involved in this glorious game of empowering you to make, brand and own your desires, your destiny.

When thou desires, universe conspires, Brand YOU transpires.