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    Setting Realistic Personal Branding “New Years Resolutions” for 2019

    New Years Resolutions

    According to an article in the New York Times, one third of individuals who make “New Year’s resolutions” don’t make it past the end of January. The author indicated that resolutions fail because they aren’t the right resolutions. Specifically:

    It’s a resolution established because someone else is telling you to change. Like a mother-in-law telling…
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    Four Ways to Build Your Reputation As a Problem Solver

    Do you ever walk into a colleague or leader’s office, completely composed, outline a problem, pause and wait for them to tell you what needs to be done? Or worse, a customer or client? In your calmest voice, you say, “The sky is falling.” Pause. “What should we do?”

    Do you go into an operating …

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    When the Meeting Agenda Says “Casual Attire”

    Recently, I attended a large business event in a warm and humid city in the Southeast. The agenda urged participants to dress “casual.” Not business casual. Women have largely cracked that code. For those who haven’t there’s no shortage of advice. And retailers have special sections featuring business-smart brands like INC, JCrew, Lafayette 148, and …

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    When Networking In a Big Room Scares You… Change the Game

    Recently, I informally asked 25 professionals at different stages of their careers to share their thoughts on networking.

    In every case, the word itself elicited a sigh, groan or eye roll, and a story about fears of being in a large room with a lot of strangers. Networking to build your personal brand is different.…

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    Is Your Time Management Working for Your Personal Brand?

    How and where you spend your time sends a direct non-verbal message about what’s important to you and what your brand is all about. Have you ever heard of the phrase “walk the talk?” People believe what they see, not necessarily just what you tell them.

    For example: If you say that spending time with …

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    Avoid Undermining Your Personal Brand

    Unfortunately, many professionals hurt and undermine their personal brands without even realizing it. There are some key on-line and offline habits that I am regularly raising with my personal branding clients to help create awareness, and to diminish the impact.

    Not using social media. Social media is a critical way to build your brand, keep…
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    What Role Do You Play In Meetings?

    Meetings are forums and events where perceptions are built and broken. Every meeting is different – even regularly occurring and frequent ones.

    Sometimes they are predictable and standard operating procedures, sometimes they are promising yet tense.

    Considering how much time we spend in meetings, each meeting is an opportunity to make or break our personal …

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    Following Through: The Toughest Easy Job

    What is as unique, authentic and differentiating to your personal brand as a handwritten thank you note in a world of email, text messages and instant message? The answer: following through on promises and closing the loop, even if conflict is involved or you don’t have the answers.

    Friends and colleagues are generally surprised when …

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    Managing Your Emotions: A Key To Building Your Personal Brand

    Managing Emotions

    We care and take pride in what we do. As a result, events, situations and conversations can have a real emotional impact on us.

    Negative emotions expressed as fear, anger, stress, hostility and guilt can rub off on other colleagues, and also have a powerful impact on our personal reputations.

    There is scientific confirmation that …

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