brand

January 16, 2018

How To Be More Captivating On Video

Wow, a new year is officially sprung and word on the street is video is going to rule the playground. Are you ready? If you’ve been asleep in a cave for the past year, you may not have noticed the onslaught of video marketing. However, if you’re a modern-day global citizen, I’m sure you’ve seen a HUGE uptick in the amount of videos on every platform.  Facebook and Instagram both have live-streaming and YouTube is still exploding and even LinkedIn is getting into the video game. Not only is it on social media, but many people now prefer to do video chats instead of simply calling. That means more and more sales calls can be done via video. Now that’s something to ponder. I even read soon you’ll be able to play videos on your phone from a business card!! How cool is that? Personally, I LOVE the idea of having face-to-face time. It gives a much more personal and intimate connection. People are way more likely to remember someone they look in the eye. @HeatherPoduska (tweet this) You can read people so much better if you can see their facial expression. Both you and the person with whom you’re speaking are also less likely to multi-task […]
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 […]
May 11, 2017

Come On Baby Light My Fire!

Can we get personal for minute? I want to know what turns you on. “Did she just say which I think she said…?” Hello, yes, I’m still here and yes, I did just ask, what gets you really excited? I mean truly HOT and bothered!! Forgive me if I’m going too fast, but life is short and I want you to enjoy every minute of it. You see, I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching lately and I’ve discovered something I hope is useful to you. Most of us are joy stoppers. Most of us only allow for a specifically allotted amount of happiness and abundance. And we are very stingy about HOW we think we can and should come by said bliss. Work hard. Pay your dues. Hustle. Keep striving. Success doesn’t come easy. Sound familiar? I have been as guilty as the next diva buying in to this belief system, but I’m starting to change my tune. As I mentioned last week, I’m still recovering from a very nasty bug. I’m feeling much better, but as a result, my vocal chords are swollen and raw and I can’t sing! Of course, I’m very sad, but there’s been a cool side benefit to being vocally […]
April 13, 2017

Ten Image Hacks To Look Like A Superstar

  If you want to be a star in your industry, it’s important to look your best and show up like you mean business. Below is a list of ten basic tenets of superstar style. Enjoy! 1. Know thyself. There is no bigger turn-off than inauthenticity. If you’re not a glambot, don’t act like one with your image. You want YOUR essence and personality to be accentuated, not what you think the market will buy. Be yourself.   2. Understand your canvas. You have to understand what works with what your Mamma gave you. You may love the look your favorite celebrity is wearing, but that may not work on your body! You’ve got to make an intimate study of your bone structure and coloring. Once you understand your own personal template, you can make better choices.   3. Decide your brand vibe. How do you want to be perceived by your audience? Smart? Nurturing? Powerful? Creating a unique style starts with YOUR preferences. You don’t want be everything to everyone. Decide what it is you want to project and use that identifier as a filter for all of your image choices.   4. Choose your personal brand colors. This […]
July 13, 2015

Magic Mike Path To Success

It’s hot out there and along with the high temps come the steamy summer box-office hits. This year Magic Mike XXL takes the cake, beef-cake that is. You have to be living under a rock not to know this sexy sequel is in theaters now. The pictures have been EVERYWHERE. (Hey, I’m not complaining!) Now whether or not a male-stripper romp is your cup of tea, one thing you have to admit is those fellas are r-i-p-p-e-d. No one, not even Magic Mike himself gets washboard abs without extreme dedication and sacrifice. We often overlook the hard work actors put into these roles when the final product is so campy. We only see them at press junkets and premiere parties and we think they have it sooo good. The truth is, they do have it good. They’re living large, making a LOT of money, staying at the best hotels and rubbing shoulders with other smart, beautiful and creative people. However, success didn’t just fall into their laps, they made their own magic. I read an interview in People Magazine recently with Channing Tatum and he talked about some of the challenges he had to overcome on his journey to Hollywood […]
June 16, 2015

The Summer Of Desire

“The Summer of Desire” It sounds like a steamy romance novel and well, it is sort of… Or maybe I should say it could be. It could be YOUR sultry story. As entrepreneurs we are hard-wired to be ambitious. It seems like every waking hour is dedicated to thinking about how to build our businesses. “How can I reach more clients? What products should I develop? What training course will help me get to the next level? Should I use Infusionsoft or Ontraport?” And the list goes on… This may surprise you, but thinking too much can be detrimental to your success. Being overly analytical stymies creativity and leaves no room for the heart. Of course, you need strategy to stay on track and you need grit to get the work done, but all work and no romance leaves Jane a boring and mediocre fem-bot. What you need is a little intrigue. Oh, la, la! Passion is the fuel for all great endeavors@HeatherPoduska (tweet this) Passion takes your breath away. Passion gives your vision wings. Passion makes your feel alive. Passion can also help you feel fully expressed when doing something you love. When you love what you do, your imagination can […]
May 19, 2015

Is Your Brand Image Damaging Your Credibility?

At an event I attended recently for my daughter, I was chatting with another parent who is an administrator at a prominent local hospital. Between discussing braces, soccer and upcoming summer plans, we actually got around to talking about non-kid topics. I asked how work was going and he mentioned that he was swamped because in addition to seeing patients, he also was in the process of trying to fill an open position on his staff. When I asked him how it was going, his answer verified something I know to be true… IMAGE MATTERS. This man told me how they had searched and searched for a qualified candidate and he was excited, but also nervous about someone they found that might be great. The candidate had a really good resume and the appropriate experience, but the problem was “she looked pretty disheveled.” Even though he liked her, he was worried the rest of his staff would not go for it based on her appearance. He went on to tell me that he knew the candidate was a busy mom and as a dad he gets how hectic it can be, but this was a reflection of the candidate’s judgement […]
April 8, 2015

How To Successfully Pitch For Big Money

This week I had the chance to attend the Boston Women’s Venture Capital Summit. It was an amazing experience to see and hear both successful entrepreneurs and angel investors talk about what it takes to attract big money into your business. During the summit, eight entrepreneurs had a chance to pitch and get feedback from 2 panels of investors. I was so impressed by the entrepreneurs, each one giving a thoroughly prepared presentation in front of two hundred people. Talk about pressure. They all did very well, but not all of them nailed it. There was a clear distinction between those who scored and those who didn’t. What was it that made one presenter stand out over the others…? It was CHARISMA baby!!! Definition: compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion in others. “she enchanted guests with her charisma” Synonyms: charm, presence, personality, force of personality, strength of character; magnetism, attractiveness, appeal, allure It was their ability to “hook” the audience which in this case was the angel investors. Hooking them meant the difference between potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars…. or nothing. It is absolutely crucial to create an emotional connection with your audience. You could have the most […]