June 9, 2017

Simple Tips To Find Your Brand Voice

Do you ever have trouble figuring out just how to express your brand? I try to give you lots of strategies, but sometimes I wonder if I’ve done enough to help you find YOU. Because that’s what it’s all about. It’s not about twisting yourself a thousand different ways to see where you can sqqqqeeeeeezzzzeeee yourself into the market. There’s no need for squeezing, tweaking perhaps, but no squeezing. In fact, if you have a good handle on your brand voice, there’s little need to pay much attention to the market any…………………………Are you with me?…………….(crickets chirping….)………………………(“Are you out of your mind, Heather!!!!!! Of COURSE, I have to pay attention to the market.”) Actually, you don’t. You don’t have to know what Liesl, Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Briggitta, Marta or even Gretl are doing. You just need to focus on YOU and YOUR AUDIENCE. If you expend copious amounts of energy looking to the left and right, you are NOT spending time doing the deep work you you need to to create a truly epic brand. I have to admit, it takes guts of iron and a strong commitment to listen to what your authentic is saying, but there is no other way. It’s way […]
December 14, 2012

Is Your Personal Brand Ready for Promotion?

Have you ever wondered why sometimes really smart, qualified people are not promoted?  Why is it that some entrepreneurs are able to grab the spotlight while others stumble around in anonymity? Two articles I read recently in the Harvard Business Review and Marie Claire magazine address this issue by talking about something called “executive presence.” All other things being equal such as experience or education, the person with the strongest executive presence, or what I call good personal branding, will get the promotion or in the case of the entrepreneur, the business. “You’re smart, driven, and good at what you do. But that alone won’t be enough to score you a promotion or corner office. A slew of other factors that constitute “executive presence”–from your wardrobe to your ability to inspire colleagues–will also play a huge role in how far you will go.”– Marie Claire Magazine A study conducted by Sylvia Ann Hewlett of the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) concluded that having executive presence “accounts for as much as 28 percent of a woman’s success.”  That means almost a third of what goes into your success is not based on how well you actually do your job! So what […]