People love stories.
Humans learn most effectively through stories.
Friends are made by sharing stories.
Sales are closed through stories.
Stories are one of the most effective forms of social currency. They build powerful connections between ideas, people and action. They give context and robust understanding to information. They generate urgency and motivation. And, most importantly, stories create value — a lot of it.
And, to be most effective, your personal brand needs to be a story. But, not just any story, it needs to be a succinct, powerful, captivating story. It needs to make you relevant, make you powerful and inspire your audience to act. No small order.
To accomplish these lofty goals, your personal branding story needs to achieve these six things. It must:
Describe the future
Your story shouldn’t focus on your history, rather it is a story about your future impact. Its emphasizes where you are going and why you are the person who will successfully get there.
Your story isn’t really about you. Its about how you are going to help them (or someone). The best stories make the audience’s benefit amazingly clear.
Lead people through a thought process
Your story walks people through a learning curve, where they find out the most important pieces of information and develop an understanding of how that will impact them.
Create an emotional connection
Beyond educating, the best stories forge a bond between the story-teller and her audience. Whether through vulnerability, candor or shared experience, stories where the audience walks away with heightened emotional intimacy is the story that wins.
No matter what you are selling (service, products or yourself!), chances are there are 1, 5 or 500 competitors who are also “qualified.” Personal brand stories that differentiate, that explain exactly why you are best choice out there.
Your personal brand story changes your personal brand from history and information into a powerful unifying force for the future. It helps people understand how and why you can impact them and motivates them to action.
What is your personal brand story?
Rebecca Rapple has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Business Insider, Keith Ferrazzi’s My Greenlight and more. Your can learn more about the fundamentals of a remarkable job search on her site, The Resume Revolution.