Hey readers, last week I attended the last of Scripps PRSSA’s PR Bootcamp and the topic was personal branding. Until about a year or so ago, I didn’t know that I was my own brand. Usually when I think of brands I think Burberry, Cheetos, Diet Coke, etc. but not me, myself and I. So what did I learn about how to promote the best YOU brand?
Step 1: Consistency. All of your social media profiles should match. My Twitter and LinkedIn profile pictures match, as well as the photo I use on the “Who am I?” page on this website. I do have a Facebook but a) I use it for photo purposes/to connect with friends and b) it has higher privacy settings. My photo isn’t the same as my Twitter and LinkedIn but it’s still appropriate and explains me (it’s in black and white). I also have this weird OCD habit about all of my fonts being the same. The font I use for my email is the same font in my resume…. weird right? Well that’s me for ya!
Step 2: Appropriate. Okay, I had to bring this one up. The general rule is that if you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see it then don’t post/tweet it. That can be said for photos as well. If you’re under 21, why would you have pictures of you with alcohol in your hands? It’s illegal and you can lose a job or internship over it. I’m not saying you have to be a stick in the mud but be smart. It’s as simple as that.
Step 3: Make it you. This is something I find many people have difficulties with. It’s great to see that on Twitter you are extremely professional and good at what you do but what are you like? Are you boring? Are you a mild-crazy person? What are your interests/hobbies? I look at Twitter as a place where you should be professional but have fun and make it your own. My twitter is half what I do and half what I like. It’s me. I mean who else would say “Lover of traveling” or “Fashion OBSESSED.” That may be someone else’s tagline but I can say that’s who I am. I’ve been to eight different countries and I browse clothing on Pinterest and Polyvore almost every single day. I also read fashion news and am secretly in love with Fashion Police on E!
When looking at YOUR brand, you really have to think about who you are. Now resumes are another subject I will talk about soon because mine took FOREVER. But just remember to never have a private and public Twitter, because that could mean your hiding something. Be smart and if you are thinking whether that post/tweet is a good idea, just don’t post/tweet it. Lastly, remember that you are your own brand, not someone else’s, so ask yourself: Who is ______________?
P.S. I’m going to Chicago in less than three weeks with my best friend and I cannot wait! Michigan Avenue and amazing food here I come!