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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.

LEAD LOVE

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.

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 #5 : The ‘Gula’ art of building the Brand YOU

If thou shall not indulge, how will the world indulge in you?

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If you think you are that one in a million soul who is content, think again. If gluttony has never been your fancy, if you believe you would never want to indulge, you are so in for a treat! Yes. The word of the day is indulge: indulge into knowing yourself better, loving others better, empowering others better, being better and growing up better!  So let’s indulge ourselves to our hearts content, and then indulge some more; after all, as wine gets better with its timely indulgence, so does your brand; the more you indulge it, the better it gets. Let’s take this party on the floor with my gula way of celebrating the brand YOU:

Take your fill:

  1. Feed your curiosity:  Today, curiosity doesn’t kill the cat; but the lack of it will certainly be fatal for the brand YOU. The more curious you get about your brand reputation and performance, the better you get at enhancing it. So feed it up with dollops of critique, regularly.
  2. Feed your aptitude: Today, aptitude is the secret ingredient of your brand’s recipe. How YOUnique your aptitude is, determines how exotic and exclusive your brand will be! So feed it up with a dash of YOUniqueness , and make it irresistible.
  3. Feed your motivation: Today, motivation is what fuels your passion to make your dreams/visions come true! Seek out one new inspiration a day that motivates you to do more, be more. So feed it up with a pinch of inspiration daily.
  4. Feed your attitude: Today, attitude is the seasoning agent in your flavor of success. If your attitude is seasoned with altruism and affection, your brand will spread the aroma of love too. So feed it up with the lush of love that makes their hearts melt.
  5. Feed your soul: Today, the one thing your soul truly craves for is a kiss of divine indulgence, which furthers it towards its beloved enlightenment. So feed it up with a zest of divine illumination, that enlightens a million more souls.

Indulge yourself today, for the world to indulge in the Brand YOU tomorrow!

Your turn to tell me how will you indulge in this gula-tastic art of building the Brand YOU!

Sinful Personal Branding Tip #4 : The ‘Acedia’ art of building the Brand YOU

Thou shall not be subjected to the rat race; thou shall enjoy the slothful empowerment to the top.

For those who believe, that never has been sloth (acedia), the secret of success; couldn’t be more wrong. All you need is to master the art of employing this so called sin to do your bidding. And voila! Will you ace the race! Well, there wouldn’t be much of a race-as where others would be scrambling their way to the next milestone-you would be indulging into these slothful secrets of personal and professional excellence. Haven’t we grown up with the age old dogma of slow and steady wins the race? Oh yes! It’s just that we haven’t perceived it to be actually applicable in today’s age where jobs change faster than seasons. So let’s explore my Acedia way of building and empowering the Brand YOU:

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Sloth it out on-

  1. Jack of all trades syndrome: The reason why it’s called the ‘Jack’-you remain as such; your attempt to know it all for ‘em all is a huge waste of your invaluable expertise potential. Sloth tip: Focus only on your core mastery; your unique promise of value.
  2. Out running the world (competition): You truly have no competition, the only worthy yardstick you need beat is your own! Sloth Tip: Focus only on outdoing yourself, the rest of the world is just a spectator.
  3. Power play conquest: The primal urge of conquest keeps us exactly that: primitive. Play your game such that your true power is measured against the heartfelt smiles you empower. Sloth tip: Focus only on meaningful power; the one that truly empowers others to do more.
  4. Mindless materialism: What’s thy glittering gold worth, if it may not illuminate a dark hut? The wealth amassed from purely materialist pursuit is not worthy of your brand, unless you put it to a noble use too. Sloth tip: Focus only on benevolent materialism; rest is immaterial.
  5. Reprisal of the rivals: It’s indeed beyond mortal to forgive; laze out the incessant urge to even up! Time it out today; tomorrow it will be history. Sloth tip: Focus only on protecting your karma; it’s your karma, it’s worth it.

Your turn to tell me how will you indulge in this sloth-ful art of building the Brand YOU!

Sinful Personal Branding Tip #3 : The ‘Invidia’ art of building the Brand YOU

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Those have envied and eloped, have missed out on the true power of this so called sin. And have they lost the golden opportunity to empower their career, their life, their brand! Well, how so? If I have got you wondering, do it no more: We humans are socially programmed to look around and envy, to covet what we lack thereof; but majority of us mortals envy and envy and envy. Their clock stops ticking beyond… But also amidst us are a few, who rise above this mortal side of humanity; they envy as envy does-but they also have the courage to command their envy and foster all their might into coveting their objects of desire with passionate perseverance until the achievement. This is how their envy evolves into empowerment.

If envy you must, do so; but do adopt my Invidia art of building your personal brand, which shows you how you may envy the world, to only in turn empower the brand YOU! So envy these, covet these, embody these:

  1. Their Purpose: Every Life has one; every business has one; every brand has one. Your purpose fuels your life, your career, your brand. It makes your legacy worth your lifetime! What’s yours?
  2. Their Time: You are always short of it and others-in abundance of (on the same planet)! Discover what makes the clocks of these doers tick-and so slow. Know what deeds are worthy of their time and where they invest it to increase their worth. How much is yours?
  3. Their Dedication: Has crossed oceans and touched the moon! The secret to relentless dedication is to fuel your purpose with your passion-love what you do-dedication will but follow. What will yours do?
  4. Their Reach: Amplification beholds the true power of change; the number of lives enriched via your brand is what matters. Outdo your own reach by perpetually expanding your avenues. How big is yours?
  5. Their Gratification: It is truly priceless; always is. Indulge into your brand karma 24*7: always on, always inspiring.  How gratifying is yours?

 Your turn to tell me how will you indulge in this invidian art of building the Brand YOU!

The Sinful art of building Brand YOU

Personal Branding is not only about being a brand and doing your brand do. It’s about how you do your Brand-do. Everyone is singing a similar song, but what melodies do you infuse in your song, to make it exclusive, exciting and enriching to all those who hum it-that’s what matters. The moral of the song story is, to focus on how you do your brand karma-differently-such that it not only elevates your personal brand and your career, but also enriches you as a person.

For time immemorial, we have been told to shun the sins: the 7 deadly sins that maketh the death of mankind; atleast metaphorically. But I beg to differ. As beauty lies in the eye of the be-holder; wisdom in our perception. I now urge you to see the beautiful perspective I am sharing with you. I want you to pause, think and only then embrace this sinful art of building the Brand YOU. Believe you me; once you share my perspective, these 7 sins are totally worth indulging into.

Starting this June, for coming 7 weeks, I will take you through this exclusive journey of building your brand, with the once condemned, but now-to be-celebrated traits of building a more meaningful personal brand. Every week as we indulge into a brand new sin for the Brand YOU, you will discover a new perspective on the 7 infamous sins we have known till now, a perspective that will make you wonder, are they really so sinful? Only your perception will decide. Command these 7 sins to celebrate this once sinful indulgence of Brand YOU:

The Sinful art of Personal Branding

  1. Superbia (pride): Rest it in the inflating number of lives you enrich
  2. Avaritia (avarice/greed): Reserve it for knowledge to grow yourself
  3. Luxuria (desire): Focus it on a legacy of wisdom and benevolence
  4. Invidia (envy): Covet the reach of the giver and the doer
  5. Gula (gluttony): Insatiable thirst for self-critique & improvisation
  6. Ira (wrath): Rave against the injustice and the disharmony in the world
  7. Acedia (sloth): Laze out in the eternal conquest of power play & materialism

Life isn’t black or white; but a beautiful canvas ordained with infinite shades of grey that manifest themselves slowly-ever changing, ever evolving. The beauty of which is captured solely by the power of your perception-which can perceive it as a muddle or a mystery. Likewise, it is your perception which will empower you to either command or be consumed by these so called sins, and transform them into 7 invinciblel ideologies to build a powerful personal brand called YOU. Are you game?