Capitalize on Your Points of Differentiation to Create a Powerful Personal Brand
A primary objective of every personal branding campaign is to create a brand that helps you stand out from the crowd. A strong personal brand is both distinctive and memorable—which means that it is essential that your brand highlights traits or talents that make you unique. To accomplish this, it’s important to identify your personal points of differentiation and to identify several that can be incorporated into your personal brand.
Do you have a unique educational background? Perhaps you attended a prestigious college or earned a prestigious degree? Or maybe you are a lifelong learner and have acquired multiple degrees. If your educational background makes you uniquely qualified to provide services to your market, emphasize it! You spent plenty of time and money pursuing your education—it only makes sense to leverage it as much as you can.
What are some of the more interesting facets of your personality? Incorporating your personality into your personal brand is important—but only in a way that is relevant. Your phobia of spiders, for example, probably won’t add value to your brand. On the other hand, your non-stop work ethic or your creative approach to problem solving are likely worth working in to your personal brand.
What are your hobbies and passions? Remember, a strong personal brand is distinctive as well as memorable… and what better way to create a memorable brand than by incorporating your unique passions? I am a Florida Gators fan—and my clients, friends, and colleagues are well aware of this fact. You may not be a sports fan, but what are you passionate about? American Idol? Your vintage car collection? Traveling the world? Don’t be shy about working these hobbies and passions into your brand!
A strong personal brand will inspire your audience to trust you—because they will feel like they already know you. But such a brand cannot be built without highlighting the areas that make you unique. You’re not a robot—you’re not all business, 100% of the time. So don’t build a robotic personal brand. Focus on your points of differentiation and your unique characteristics and you’ll be well on your way to building an effective personal brand.