How to build your personal brand on LinkedIn?

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I had the pleasure to interview LinkedIn expert Petra Fisher of Petra Fisher Consulting about building a powerful personal brand on LinkedIn. She is an international LinkedIn trainer, consultant and public speaker of Dutch-Australian origin. Her popular no-nonsense method helps you to create a LinkedIn presence that naturally attracts your tribe. The thought of being successful by just being yourself appealed to me so I went investigating further.

 

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How to Make a Great First Impression

I find the whole science of first impressions so fascinating. When a person meets you for the first time their brain makes several snap decisions about you in just 7 seconds. Actually it takes only a tenth of a second to decide if the person is trustworthy but as long as 30 seconds to make judgements of a persons attractiveness and intelligence.

However a myriad of other decisions are made within 7 seconds, such as judgements about your age, competence, education level, lifestyle, income, social class, to mention a few.

Latest studies have shown that we can work our way out of a bad first impression but, as it is with so many other things, it takes a lot more energy and time than just to make it right the first time.

I made this collection of tips that will help you take your personal brand on a next level that exudes confidence and professionalism.

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Your Personal Image Is Everything PART 3/3: Digital Presence

This 3-part image consulting blog series inspects your personal image from 3 different angles: Your communication, your appearance and your digital presence. In the third part we look at the significance of your digital presence as a part of your personal image in an ever growing world of social media.

 

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Have you ever looked at someone’s social media profile and did not have a clue what their personal brand was all about? Or disliked them immediately? Or thought that they are not authentic?

You can roughly divide the most annoying social media profiles in two extremes: They are either a mishmash of awkwardly public glimpses to their private lives, serial shares and likes of articles from non-reputable sources and a myriad of questionable associations, or eerily silent or abandoned profiles without anything tangible to hold on to. Frustrating and confusing, isn’t it?

Nowadays your personal brand is only as strong as your digital presence and it’s a fact of life that cannot be overlooked.

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Your Personal Image Is Everything PART 2/3: Appearance

This 3-part image consulting blog series inspects your personal image from 3 different angles: Your communication, your appearance and your digital presence. In the second part we look at your appearance as the most visible part of your personal image.

 

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Fashion designer, stylist and editor-in-chief Rachel Zoe said:

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”

This resonated strongly with me as it captures perfectly the essence of the importance of your personal image.

People sum you up in seconds and sometimes they already have an opinion about you before you have even uttered a word. It doesn’t sound very fair, does it, but it’s important to remember that you have full control of your image. Continue reading

Your Personal Image Is Everything PART 1/3: Communication

This 3-part image consulting blog series inspects your personal image from 3 different angles: Your communication, your appearance and your digital presence. In the first part we look at the importance of your communication skills that are a vital part of your personal image.

 

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Importance of good communication skills

Good communication skills will get you further in life: They help you deliver your message and to sell your ideas. With clear communication you will always have a better chance of getting people on your side and to make those achievements that you have dreamed of.

Improving your communication skills will enable you to work more efficiently and to avoid unnecessary conflicts. This all will, as a side product, free you more time to do things that matter to you the most.

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