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How to Make Your Brand Relevant on LinkedIn in 2020

Linkedin is no longer your parent’s resume bank, it is fast becoming THE social network where you can still get noticed without having to pay your way to attention or doing something outrageous to be seen. Your posts are less likely to get lost in the noise of memes, celebrities and the latest gossip or politics that we see overwhelming other networks.  During the last two years, it seems another… Read More »How to Make Your Brand Relevant on LinkedIn in 2020

The #1 Action to Boost Your Personal Brand in 2019

The demise of video happened a few years ago. I wrote about it here on this blog. Well, at least the video cassette and the bankruptcy of Blockbuster. “Internet Killed the Video Star” Even the big local video and DVD store in my hometown, that was hanging on and hanging on, has finally succumbed to the onslaught of streaming entertainment.  BUT, of course, it does not mean video is dead. Far… Read More »The #1 Action to Boost Your Personal Brand in 2019

Why Displaying Honours & Awards is Not Bragging it’s Good Personal Branding

A local brewery to me, Collective Arts, was recently recognized by LinkedIn as being a top 25 Start-Up Company in Canada. I love this company because not only are they successful and make good beer, but they also approach their branding, marketing and social responsibility in a unique way.  Each quarter they ask for artists to submit artwork for consideration as the designs on their cans. If selected not only does the… Read More »Why Displaying Honours & Awards is Not Bragging it’s Good Personal Branding

Here Are 3 Types of Video You Can Post on LinkedIn

Every social media, content creation or blog marketing advice you see right now is that it’s all about video, video, VIDEO! Video can be a great personal brand tool but there are many barriers that we throw in the way of getting started or maintaining a consistent production of video. We tell ourselves that we; Are not great in front of the camera Have nothing to say Don’t have the… Read More »Here Are 3 Types of Video You Can Post on LinkedIn

Whats Wrong With This Picture?

The recent surprise Democratic House candidate election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who at 28, could potentially be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, by 15% over incumbent Joe Crowley who led by 36%, was a lesson for us all in being attuned to the preferences of our target audiences or market. It was also a great lesson in political personal branding. There were likely a number of factors that attributed… Read More »Whats Wrong With This Picture?

What Does Headbanging, Coffee and Smartcars Have to do With Your Personal Brand?

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being interviewed by a fello Brit and entrepreneur James Burchill – The Side Hustle Coach for his You Tube channel. I have been a guest on several podcasts and local shows over the years and what I loved about James’ interview was how differently branded it was; It took place in his car, a Smartcar (and yes he came up with… Read More »What Does Headbanging, Coffee and Smartcars Have to do With Your Personal Brand?

Are You A Personal Brand Creator or Curator?

Producing new content is time-consuming. There is more new content being produced daily than every before. Be useful to those you are trying to reach by being the curator of the valuable content already out there. Raise the profile of your personal brand and manage your career.

3 Critical Personal Brand Lessons From the Closing of Vine

All Hallows Eve is the time of the year dedicated to remembering the dead. It seems fitting that on Halloween we reflect on the personal brand lessons from the news last week that Twitter will be closing down their 6-second video app Vine. It may have come as a surprise to many of you, however, the ‘Vine Personal Brand Stars’ that it helped to create have already been moving on… Read More »3 Critical Personal Brand Lessons From the Closing of Vine

17 Steps to Ensure You Ace Your Next Video Interview

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This past week I was a guest for an experts interview series called Corporate Rebels. It was a Skype video interview and half way through the connection was lost, my hosts picture was frozen and I was talking away to myself (which can happen at other times occasionally!).

Luckily we were able to reconnect, finish the interview and with the wonders of editing the end result will hardly show a cut.  But it struck me how many steps I had to take to ensure that the 30 live minutes were the best they could be.

I thought this experience would be useful to help you the next time you are getting ready for a video job interview or podcast;

SET-UP

It is important to have everything set up way ahead of time. The last thing you want to be doing, when you are trying to get ready for an interview is stumbling and fiddling and not thinking about the task in hand.

Light Source

Natural light is ideal. If not, then ensure that there are lights casting enough illumination on you from more than one angle. You do not want only one side of your face showing or to find that the sun is shining right behind or across you, and the interviewer cannot see you. Windows or any source of light should be in front of you. If they are behind you, the viewer may only see your silhouette.

Backdrop

You want your interviewer to be focused on you so do not have anything like last weeks laundry hanging up in the background that could distract them. Stark blank walls are too bare. Plan for a pleasing backdrop like, perhaps a plant or tidy book case.

Set Design

You might use this set-up for future interviews or business meetings. Use set up marks for your computer, lighting, and chair or standing position. That way for the next call, you can set up quickly.

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The Top 11 Personal Branding Trends for 2011

Well here we are in to the second month of the year and is it turning out as you expected? Personal branding has changed quite dramatically from when I first got involved over 7 years ago. One of the first companies that I came across when I was exploring this whole area was Reach and I aligned much of my early work with their approach. The founder of Reach, William Arruda,… Read More »The Top 11 Personal Branding Trends for 2011