A Single Question Can Help You Identify Your Personal Brand
You don’t have a brand; you are a brand.
When was the last time you thought about your personal brand? If you think personal branding is just for influencers, think again. A strong brand can serve as a stepping stone to a variety of opportunities: expanding your network, attracting clients or customers, creating a community of like-minded colleagues, or even lining yourself up for that coveted promotion.
If you’re new to the idea of personal branding, Ahmed Ali Akbar’s personal branding course on Knowable is a good place to start. True to his easygoing nature, Ahmed offers a simple strategy for discovering a personal brand: ask.
The question you should ask everyone around you
Yes, you can identify your personal brand by simply asking. Here’s how I did it.
Following Ahmed’s advice, I asked several people: “How would you describe me in three words?”
Some distinct themes emerged. Exhibit A:
Okay, so there’s no question that I’m driven. I know that this is one of my core traits, and I was thrilled to see that it’s so evident to others–I’m proud that I’ve built a reputation for being hardworking and ambitious.
The next group of descriptors was also consistent:
More wildly accurate observations by those around me. I am, well, all those words…
You’re getting the picture, right? I just combed through the responses I received and looked for patterns. It’s that easy.
Yes, asking is simple — but it’s also smart
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