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  • 49 Personal Branding Questions to Ask Yourself

    Here is a fun exercise you can do to really drive home how important it is to create your personal brand. Ask yourself the following 49 questions and really think about the answers. Try writing down the top 5 or 10 areas that you will commit to improve when you find weaknesses. Also, make sure to give yourself a pat on the back for the areas where you are doing well in too!

    Let’s get to it.

    49 Personal Branding Questions to Ask Yourself:

    1. What makes you indispensable?
    2. What ways do you provide value?
    3. How are you differentiated?
    4. Do you lead or follow the crowd?
    5. What does status quo mean to you?
    6. Why are you the best?
    7. Why should anybody listen to you?
    8. Do you like to try new things?
    9. When was the last time you read a book?
    10. How do you communicate your value?
    11. What are the trends shaping the new economy?
    12. How can you position yourself for these trends?
    13. What do you find when you Google yourself (ego search)?
    14. What are your goals? Stretch goals?
    15. What is your written plan to reach them?
    16. Have you taken action yet?
    17. What kind of company do you work for? Visionary or Dinosaur?
    18. Do you Google, Bing, or Yahoo?
    19. How many substantive virtual connections do you have?
    20. Are you networking with influencers?
    21. Do you follow at least 20 blogs in your field?
    22. Are you commenting on blogs a few times a week?
    23. When was the last time you wrote something someone disagreed with?
    24. What are the big ideas in your head? Do you have any?
    25. Do you have a fire in your belly?
    26. If not, how can you light a fire in your belly?
    27. Do you enjoy your job?
    28. Are you going through the motions?
    29. Can you name 5 social networks and how they work?
    30. What new things are you learning?
    31. Do you think?
    32. What is your personal brand?
    33. Are you monitoring the Web with alerts?
    34. How are you promoting your personal brand?
    35. Do you have a personal brand?
    36. Where do you want to be 1, 5, 10 ,etc years from today?
    37. When was the last time you failed?
    38. When was the last time you tried something new?
    39. When you don’t know the answer to something do you Google it?
    40. Do you believe in creating your circumstances?
    41. What successful people do you admire and model?
    42. What do you bring to the world that is truly yours?
    43. Do you rank first for your name in Google?
    44. Do you have a blog?
    45. Can you create a blog?
    46. Can you write an eBook on something you are knowledgeable about?
    47. Have you asked to be a guest author on a prominent blog?
    48. Have you been told no in the last month? If not you are not taking enough chances.
    49. How long until you take action?

    Now it is your turn.

    Let’s make this really fun and all post an answer to your favorite question in the comments. What do you say? Let it fly!

    Author:

    Chad Levitt is the author of the New Sales Economy blog, which focuses on how Sales 2.0 & Social Media can help you connect, create more opportunities and increase your business. Chad is also the featured Sales 2.0 blogger at SalesGravy.com, the number one web portal for sales pros, the professional athletes of the business world. Make sure to connect with him on Twitter @chadalevitt.

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    Chad Levitt is the author of the New Sales Economy blog, which focuses on how Sales 2.0 & Social Media can help you connect, create more opportunities and increase your business. Chad is also the featured Sales 2.0 blogger at SalesGravy.com, the number one web portal for sales pros, the professional athletes of the business world. During the day, Chad is an inside sales associate with EMC Corp., the global leader in information infrastructure technology & solutions, in their award winning sales development program. Chad attended the University of Central Florida for his undergraduate degree and Nova Southeastern University for his MBA with a concentration in finance.

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    16 comments on “49 Personal Branding Questions to Ask Yourself
    1. avatar
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      I like lot of these questions. What ways do i provide value? I really aim to use my creativity to incite a person to look at things from another perspective to create understanding between people different viewpoints. Also I hope someone might be inspired to look outside their comfort-zone to broaden their horizon and develop themselves.

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      Akash Sharma says:

      Great questionnaire, good to do a complete check-list about where our personal brand is going, My favorite would be ” Do you rank first for your name in Google? “I have confusing answers on many among these, so will keep working on them regularly and I’ll have an answer soon.
      Thanks for sharing some real good stuff to analyze over the weekend.

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      Angela says:

      Good questions! How do you know a visionary job from a dinosaur job?

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      Kevin M. says:

      Great questions! Here’s my question to answer: #44 Do you have a blog?

      Absolutely! You can check it out here: http://kevinmartineau.blogspot.com/ :)

      The question I really liked is “When was the last time you tried something new?” This is a great question that I need to ask myself more often.

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      Hugo de la O says:

      Great questions! I will transalate them to spanish and send them to my coachees if you don’t mind.. I will include this page as source.

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      whoa.. these questions are good mate!.. though some of them made me more less confident to face the world of freelancers… great posting !! thanks for sharing

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      Those are some really great questions, which apply to life in general, as well as branding.

      The question about writing an ebook reminds me that I have to get to work on my ebook! (Yes, i have a subject in mind.) Thanks for a great article!

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      Chad Levitt says:

      Great stuff everyone and keep the comments rolling in. In the spirit of this post I thought I would share my favorite question too. I love question #49. You will amaze yourself at the things you accomplish when you take action.

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      Thomas Heil says:

      I, too, enjoyed reading this article. Quite inspiring and I plan on taking the suggestions to heart.

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      I always enjoy your posts, Chad. What a way to think about peronal branding and how important it is for anybody who wants to succeed, I agree, this is quite inspiring. Like Thomas Heil, I strongly feel that I need to take your suggestions to heart. This really works for me.

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      John Durso says:

      Excellent list of questions! Useful for all types of companies from one person entrepreneurs to large organizations!
      Thank you for the list!

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      yinka olaito says:

      Great list Chad. It worths consideration to excel in Personal Branding journey

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      I love your Blog. It confirms the things I have been asking myself for 20+ years. It’s great to know that people continue to delve into their beings in order to make their employment more than a job. I left a lucrative H.R. Management career at AT&T (15 yrs ago) for my heart’s desire, art, and have never looked back. Without answering a majority of questions like yours, I would never have done it!

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      Thanks for the useful guidance Chad!

      For those that cannot find the right answers to those questions, I recommend Startups.com, where more than 40 conversations were already created about personal branding. Go there, ask your question, get quick answers from experts on the community and make your own conclusions. Follow this link http://bit.ly/at1qno

      Hope to see you around!

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      Great list of items. These could help you develop or refine a marketing plan or prepare answers to behavioral interview questions. I like #48 -if you have not heard no within the last month then you are not taking enough chances.

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