Fill in the blanks

May 25, 2017 Uncategorized

My strength, interest or leverage point is ________

Market need or problem that my brand could fulfill:__________

How I’m different from what’s out there:___________________

Look at analogy or linking ideas:

I’m a cross between _____________ and   ________________.           .

I’m like_____________ meets   _____________.             .

___________ + _____________ + ______________ = ________________



Find the White Space

May 21, 2017 Uncategorized

What you want to do in creating your brand identity is meld your female aptitudes with the passions and interests that make you unique as an individual. In other words, you need to build a personal brand that best leverages your aptitudes and assets.

What’s different about you? As Mom used to say, “You have five fingers and they’re all different for a reason.”


Saying “Yes” is the basis of Improv

May 20, 2017 Uncategorized

Saying yes to everything is the very foundation of Improv Theater. I learned a little about Improv at a full-day corporate event I spoke at where Improv actors provided fun entertainment on the theme of personal branding after my talk. Agreeing begins the process then the actor adds something to take what is offered in a positive direction.

Saying “Yes” can be helpful in business, too, and not just in the sense of meeting people you wouldn’t have met otherwise.

Saying yes prevents you from blocking – the critic in side of us who cuts off possibilities. Saying yes can be a useful exercise when you are trying to brainstorm new ideas, innovate new products or processes, come up with a new solution, or do something that you didn’t think you could do.


Just Say Yes

May 18, 2017 Uncategorized

In researching my new book, Women Who Brand, I spoke to a female executive who told me about a novel strategy she used a few times in her career when she was feeling stuck or burnt out. She made a vow to say “Yes” to everything that came her way for one month.

The first time she used her “Just say yes” strategy, someone asked her to join a volunteer group that would be entertaining female inmates at Riker’s Island over the Christmas holidays.

Now, “Susan” didn’t want to spend the holidays in such a grim setting, but she had made her vow. So she said, “YES!” On the bus ride to the prison with other volunteers, Susan sat next to another executive who became instrumental in her career and life as a mentor, and who helped her get unstuck in her job.


Searching for Insight

May 14, 2017 Uncategorized

Today, there is a constant drive toward innovation – and not just from the product development folks either.

In world-class companies like PepsiCo, we all feel the pressure not just to execute well in the present but to help come up with innovative ideas to keep on top tomorrow.

Historically how to get innovative insights eluded scientists. Of course, we’ve all had our “Aha” moments, but some people seem to be better at coming up with innovations and creative solutions. Is there a way to cultivate an innovative mindset?

New breakthrough research using MRI and EKG technology is shedding light on Eureka moments and how they occur.

Here’s a key way that scientists feel you can do to encourage business innovation and other types of insights – just let your mind wander. Archimedes had his Aha moment in the bathtub and Descartes had his while watching flies on the ceiling. Not surprising in light of new research that reveals that daydreaming is a rich environment for insights.

Previously, scientists thought that not much was happening in the brain when your mind wandered. Now, research supports just the opposite. In fact, a new brain-scanning study suggests that “our brain may be most actively engaged when our mind is wandering and we’ve actually lost tract of our thoughts.” Scientists suspect that a wandering mind may catch new ideas and unexpected associations better than a methodical analysis of the facts.


The Power of Empathy in Business

May 11, 2017 Uncategorized

In my book, “Women Who Brand,” I cited “empathy” as a key aptitude for women and personal branding, and talked about it as an important business tool.

So how can you leverage empathy – the ability to perceive how someone else is feeling and to find a sense of similarity and understanding.  How can empathy be of use in the business world? Here are some ways:

Understanding the feeling and point of view of others: Empathy is the ability to understand and connect with other people – to walk in their shoes as it were. When you use empathetic listening, people feel understood – even if you don’t end up agreeing with them. Most important, when you understand others, their concerns and approach, you will be better able to persuade and suggest solutions to problems.

Building consensus and promoting teamwork with diverse groups: Empathy is particularly relevant for today’s modern, global companies in which people from different cultures, backgrounds and status need to work together as a team to solve problems and reach important company goals. For 21st century companies, empathy can make the difference between success and failure of the business.

Developing a reputation as fair and balanced leader: As a boss, what you convey non-verbally has a tremendous impact. In one study, bosses gave employees a poor performance review, but did it in an empathetic, caring manner. People rated the experience positively. Then the test was flip-flopped. Bosses gave a positive review but did it in a cold, uncaring manner. Even though the verbal message was positive, people felt far worse than those who received the poor review.

In short, empathy is powerful. From a branding perspective, empathy will help you create positive perceptions about Brand You. From a business perspective, it will help you perform better.


What’s Your Digital Brand?

May 9, 2017 Uncategorized

Here are some of the tips for building a strong web presence:

Claim your name. Purchase the domain for your name, as well as claiming your name on Twitter and other sites. If you have a generic name that someone else has claimed, use a slight variation with your middle name or initial, or add your career focus or credential.

Fish where the fish are. Focus first on the key business social networking sites and build a presence there.  If you can just be on one, make it LinkedIn since it has the largest business audience and active discussion groups on just about every topic, career interest, alumni association and company.

Put in the time to develop a strong brand image. What you put on your profile page of a social networking site and your own web site is something that you can control since you are the copywriter and create director. Make sure they convey a consistent and compelling message for Brand You. Writing a compelling 2000 character summary on LinkedIn will take some time, but it will be worth it.  Have a professional photo or a good selfie. Add some rich media such as a short slide presentation or paper.

Google yourself from time to time. Make sure you’re up to date on what the web is saying about you. After all, new people you meet will google you. (You google people, don’t you?).  Make sure you don’t put up anything you     will regret. It’s not like Vegas. What happens on the web can be hard to remove later if it’s taken on a viral life.


The best career move is the one that gives you the experience you need to get where you want to go

May 7, 2017 Uncategorized

New and Improved!

Marketers are always looking for ways to improve their brand with updates and new features, and to communicate those brand benefits to customers, and you should too.

Often people focus on being promoted, but sometimes a lateral move is the best one because it adds to your skill set and experiences in a way that the next move up the ladder doesn’t provide.

Sometimes, it even makes sense to take a step backward, if it points you in a new direction whether there are fewer entrenched competitors and more potential for you to stand out and be a leader.


Executive presence conveys leadership

May 5, 2017 Uncategorized

Power and strength in the career are also based on how you carry yourself.

Do you walk into a meeting looking rushed and like you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders?

Or do you take a few seconds to catch your breath and walk in confidently with an open expression on your face?


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