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35 ways to strengthen your personal brand

Your personal brand is essentially your reputation and what people say about you. Before you can strengthen your personal brand, you need to have an awareness of what your personal brand actually stands for.

As a small business owner, it’s relatively easy to identify your personal brand: your personal brand is your business’s brand. For example, my business brand is all about helping individuals and organisations become more efficient, but I am strengthening my expert status in how to network more efficiently.

But what happens if you are employed within a corporate business or private practice How do you develop your own personal brand I think if you work in a practice, you can easily develop a brand for a particular specialism and type of client you work with.

In the same way, when you work in a corporate environment, you need to work out what you want to be known for. It may not surprise you that when I worked for my previous employers I was known for my extensive network around the firm!

Here are some thoughts on how to strengthen your personal brand:

  1. Start a blog based around your personal brand
  2. Comment on blogs which are focused on your personal brand
  3. Set up a Google Alert for keywords of interest to you, so you can read and comment on subjects of interest to you
  4. Volunteer to deliver presentations both in-house and externally
  5. Volunteer to be a guest speaker at networking groups and conferences
  6. Participate in online forums and answer questions based around your specialism
  7. Ask people how they view you and what they think you are good (or bad at)
  8. Write articles for in-house publications, external magazines (print and online), newsletters, guest blogs
  9. Tweet about your area of specialism
  10. Circulate articles (linked to your personal brand) to your network
  11. Start a LinkedIn group which enables you to showcase your expertise
  12. Answer LinkedIn questions which showcase your subject of interest
  13. Record YouTube videos on subjects based around your personal brand
  14. Start a special interest group within your professional association
  15. Do what you say you are going to do
  16. Submit articles to and other online article sites
  17. Write an ebook or book
  18. Include links on your email and forum signatures to your online articles and blogs
  19. Have business cards or Mini Moo cards printed with links to your online presence
  20. Includes presentations, videos, pdfs on your LinkedIn profile
  21. Start writing a column for an internal or external print or an online magazine
  22. Run training sessions and workshops on topics connected to your personal brand
  23. Be authentic and true to your values and passions
  24. Opt for assignments and work which will showcase your strengths
  25. Volunteer for high profile assignments
  26. Find a mentor who is seen to be strong in the area which you want to become famous for
  27. Interview well known experts in your field for your blog
  28. Register the domain name for your personal name, and use it as your online CV
  29. Get on an assignment which is being lead by a known expert within your firm
  30. Ask for testimonials and endorsements from experts within your field
  31. Ask for 360-feedback from influential partners within your firm
  32. Spend time helping more junior members in the firm build their career
  33. Offer to become a mentor
  34. Look the part
  35. Be confident in what you can offer others


Have I missed anything” Let me know below.

Heather Townsend, Britain’s queen of networking, is the founder of The Efficiency Coach, a company that helps professionals achieve better business results for less effort. Follow her Joined Up Networking blog for more useful tips and tricks. She has just been commissioned to write the FT Guide to Business Networking.

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