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  • Personal Branding Weekly – 17 June 2013

    Today kicks off Small Business Week! I’m grateful to have opened my business nine years ago and have always looked back. It’s been an adventure of a lifetime! So, I’ve never understood the saying “and, I’ve never looked back” except to express that you jumped into something and just fully immersed yourself in the present.

    As a small business owner, I always look back to grow, learn, tweak, evaluate and enjoy the journey and the challenge. It’s true that there’s “no net to catch you” as a small business owner yet there’s also “no ceiling to limit” you either. This sets a great stage for a great adventure.

    Do you own your own business?  If so, please say so here and then also please share why you decided to become a business owner. Did you become an owner on purpose or by accident?

    Please comment below.

    This last week provided some great insights that will help entrepreneurs and executives. We covered:

    This next week be sure to comment on the upcoming topics:

    1. Hating people for being a personal brand.
    2. Heeding the action of others.
    3. Handling rejection during your job search.
    4. Visual marketing’s importance in your personal branding success.
    5. Storytelling during the interview process.
    6. Advertising your personal brand.

    We look forward to your comments.

    In the meantime, if you are a small business owner or are considering delving into owning your own business – the best advice I ever received was to learn from other people’s experience.

    The most schedule friendly way to do that is through books.   Here’s my compilation of my most highly recommended business books.

    Please share what books or resources you would add to this list.


    Maria Elena Duron, is managing editor of the Personal Branding Blog, CEO (chief engagement officer) of buzz2bucks– a word of mouth marketing firm, and a professional speaker and trainer on developing social networks that work. She provides workshops, webinars, seminars and direct services that help create conversation, connection, credibility, community and commerce around your brand.  Maria Duron is founder and moderator of #brandchat – a weekly Twitter chat focused on every aspect of branding that is recognized by Mashable as one the 15 Essential Twitter Chats for Social Media Marketers.

    Are you busy? Here’s some quick and easy tips on Social Marketing for busy people.


    Maria Elena Duron is a Marketing Coach and Strategist with Know, Like, + Ignite and @mariaduron on Twitter. Would you like practical tips to create and curate content and experiences worthy of being passed person-to-person? -Get exclusive access.

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    2 comments on “Personal Branding Weekly – 17 June 2013
    1. avatar
      John Brewer says:

      Hey Maria,

      I was first introduced to the idea of being a business owner well over 15 yrs ago but I started down that path in 2001. I joined a network marketing business and learned some really great lessons. I was not wildly successful with it but I feel it was a success because of what I learned. In 2011 is when I started on my journey through the Internet Marketing world.

      Here are a few books that I have found invaluable to me:

      Launching a Leadership Revolution
      Think and Grow Rich
      The Eighth Habit
      How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling
      The Magic of Thinking Big

      Thanks for the post and I will have to go through the other posts later today because of time constraints


      • avatar

        Good morning, John!
        Thanks for your comment and sharing your book list. I see I have a few more to add to my list. I, too, learned many great lessons at summer seminars and events with network marketing companies. I truly believe they provide the best training in the world.
        I understand busy mornings. Just bookmark this post so you can keep a handy list of articles to review!
        I appreciate your readership, comment and conversation!
        Happy Monday, John!

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