Family. Extended family. Clan. Others who have married in.
Each of us, at our core, wants one thing: To Be Remembered.
Whether we get there via fame or infamy, we care not. For some is it is good enough just to be recognized by the clan. Others need the affirmation and admiration of a larger group. I suspect it is in their genes.
No matter the reason, we now have the techno gee-whiz abilities of the internet to boost our “personal brand.”
But that technology comes at a cost. To be truly, deeply remembered you still must engage in person with other human beings.
- Your blog won’t get you there.
- Your attempts to go viral on YouTube won’t get you there.
- All the picture posts and notes on FaceBook will not get you there.
Your fond hope of having new visitors to the mummified digital files you leave behind is probably not going to happen. As much as the internet provides quick easy access to a lot more people, there is no connection in that connection.
In 20 years of investigating and speaking on social networking I’ve found that the road to brand runs through the junction of connection to Trust. Meeting a host of people, we find just a few that we want to continue the dialogue with. They are the ones we find interesting as potential customers or referral sources and some that are just fascinating in and of themselves.
That attraction doesn’t always go both ways. It can but it is not required. For them to find you spell-binding, you may have to work at it. You may consider gilding the lily, spiffing up your personal brand by trying to appear as something you are not.
Not a good idea.
You are better off being yourself and letting them know you are interested by asking questions to learn more about them. Engage them in conversation instead of doing that “elevator pitch” commercial.
- How did you come to be in this business?
- If you weren’t doing this what would you do?
- Business is only part of life, what do you do for fun?
If they return the interest you are on the highway to Trust and a real “personal brand.” But you have to stay on the high road. On line and in person you shouldn’t try to enhance your value. Be who you are. Stick with honest, consistent information. That might change a little over time with education and experience but at the core you need to stay the same.
What’s at your core?
Jerry Fletcher is a sought-after International Speaker, a beBee ambassador, founder and Grand Poobah of www.BrandBrainTrust.com
His consulting practice, founded in 1990, is known for Trust-based Brand development, Positioning and business development for independent professionals on and off-line.