Women, Master Your Confidence!

Why do so many women lack confidence?

If you ask those around you, you might find similar answers to that question. They feel like frauds, like they aren’t good enough, they don’t possess the skills and abilities, they are they compare, they are perfectionists.

Everyone is different and all facing unique challenges, but as a whole, why do women let their confidence sink so drastically?

From authors Claire Shipman and Katty Kay of The Confidence Code:

For years, we women have kept our heads down and played by the rules. We’ve been certain that with enough hard work, our natural talents would be recognized and rewarded.

Would you say you can relate to that statement?

The problem is, keeping your head down and always playing by the rules leaves little room for standing up in the boardroom presenting your ideas. Meek does not command a room.

Women need to start taking action and changing what has been ingrained in them for so long.

First let’s address 3 vocabulary no nos.

Stop saying “sorry,” “can’t,” and “just.”

“I’m Sorry.” We wrote an article on this that you can find here. Basically, by always saying “sorry”, you portray you are not confident and unsure about your expertise. There is no need to start sentences with “I’m sorry” unless you are actually sorry for some sort of wrongdoing. Communicate with confidence.

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“I can’t.” That is one quick way to diminish yourself and your abilities. Stop telling yourself it can’t be done, that you can’t accomplish x, y, and z. Replace “can’t” with the word “will” and notice your mindset change.

“Just.” This is another subtle word that undermines your confidence. It is also a filler word. It takes up space, has little value, and weakens your message. Delete this word from your messages.

The Comparison Trap.

Very dangerous territory here. Have you heard the quote, “comparison is the thief of joy”? This couldn’t be more true.

In the right context, comparison is helpful, but an unhealthy amount will only rob you of many joys, one being confidence.

Focus on your strengths. On your skills. On your successes. If there is an area you need to make improvements on, find ways to do so. Redirect the energy spent comparing yourself to others and use that time to develop yourself.

Recognize comparison triggers. Are you comparing your current professional status to a peer? Why? Do they receive recognition from others that you would like as well? Ask yourself why, then dissect your answer. Get to the root and once you have that answer, find a solution. Your coworker is constantly getting praised because of their successful business practices, so what best practices can you start incorporating?

Not Good Enough.

I hear this all too often. You might even feel it right now. That you aren’t good enough.

More than 80% of women believe they aren’t good enough. That is a high percentage.

There is usually an underlying reason. Digging to the root of that can be time-consuming, and as we have stated in previous articles, we are by no means trained in psychology, but what we can offer is our expertise in handling this feeling.

Figure out why you feel you are not good enough and write out the details. For example, let’s say you feel you are not good enough to deserve a promotion because you don’t think you have mastered all the areas of your current position to move up to the next level. Write out what the requirements are for that position you want. Next, write down what skills you currently possess. Then, evaluate the two. Chances are, your fears of not being good enough will be squashed once you see you are good enough, or better.

Change feelings of inadequacy into facts. Get real with your thoughts of doubt. Take back the control.

Stop living in not good enough. Be confident.

Quick Confidence Boosters.

Need a quick boost? Try these, because they work!

  1. Celebrate small wins
  2. Revisit past successes
  3. Power pose
  4. Dress nicely
  5. Think positive
  6. Focus on solutions
  7. Smile
  8. Exercise

For more on this, read this article on 7 Steps to Take When you Feel Like You are Lacking Confidence.

Confidence is allowed.

There are ways to take back your confidence. There are ways to have personal breakthroughs. I have seen it.

You do not have to apologize for being a confident woman.

You are good enough.

You can.


 

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You Don’t Have to Settle for a Job. Here’s What You Can Do.

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Job shaming.

Job shaming is real. People complain about their jobs and it’s not thought to be abnormal.

There are some who are very fortunate to be doing what they love to do. But don’t neglect their hard work. The perfect job doesn’t just fall into your lap, and even if it did, you must put forth effort every day to keep yourself on the correct path.

You see, successful people don’t coast along. There are many early mornings and late nights. There are failures along the way. There are doubts. But the point is, they keep going. They don’t give up. They don’t say “I can’t.” And neither should you.

You are not stuck in your current situation. Your mind is stuck. Change your mindset.

“If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t…you’re right.” -Henry Ford

Don’t believe us?

J.K. Rowling – Before becoming the world’s first billionaire author, J.K. Rowling’s literature was rejected several times. She was a divorced, single mother on welfare. She was diagnosed with clinical depression and contemplated suicide. She didn’t surrender to her situations, she persisted.

Madonna – A college dropout, she moved to New York with $35 in her pocket. It was her first plane ride and first time ever in a taxi. She worked as a waitress at Dunkin’ Donuts while she actively engaged in singing and dancing gigs on the side. She faced challenges head on and didn’t give up.

Ursula Burns – Ursula was raised by a single mother in a housing project in Manhattan. Both of her parents were Panamanian immigrants. She didn’t let her circumstances dictate her future, she made her future.

Mediocre is good enough.

Most individuals choose mediocre over pursuit of fulfillment for many reasons. Fear of the unknown, embarrassed to fail, or the most common, comfort and convenience.

So even though their current job is satisfactory at best, most people will opt for staying rather than making the changes necessary to lead a more gratifying life.

“If you’re too comfortable, it’s time to move on. Terrified of what’s next? You’re on the right track.” -Susan Fales-Hill

People fear what they don’t know, so they decide to stay at a job simply because there is no risk, however, we all know that a job can come and go in the blink of an eye. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself to go outside of your comfort zone. Be afraid of becoming complacent and having no backup plan.

“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow.” -Marissa Mayer

Is it really that easy?

Yes and no.

No because it requires change and we all know change is not easy. There is a good article written by Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. about why we don’t like change. Basically, subconsciously people associate change with unreliable.

We get it. When you have people relying on you and your paycheck to feed them, changing careers is a scary thought. When you are barely making ends meet, the very idea of starting over is the last thing you can handle.

But…what if on the other side of those fears lies a better life for you? We humans spend a lot of time at our place of employment. The average person spends 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime. Don’t you think you should spend that time doing something you find enjoyment out of? Life is not meant to live for your next day off.

And now the yes part. Yes, it is really that easy. You replace the word “can’t” with will. You will find a way to make it happen. You will come out on top. You will be happy. Once again, mindset.

Easier said than done? Not necessarily.

The only thing that is difficult is changing your belief. That is what you will have to break through. We are not licensed psychologists, so we are not going to even start getting into how to train your brain to start thinking differently. What we are is experienced. We have learned many lessons along the way and want to share some successes with you.

Here are 5 tips we find helpful when you are ready for more:

  1. Replace the negative. We are focusing on those who are influencing your world. You become like the 5 people you spend time with. Pay attention to their outlook, how they speak, what they think. Replace the negative with logical encouragement.
  2. Know what you want. Don’t just say you want a job with perks, define what those perks are. Know exactly what you want and write it down.
  3. Never stop learning. Ever. Never ever. Did we mention never?
  4. Baby steps. If you aren’t ready to take the full plunge, start small. Get yourself some small wins under your belt. Keep going.
  5. Embrace failure. We will leave this last step in the hands of Ekaterina.

It seems that failure tends to be more public than success. Or at least that’s what we perceive it to be. We fret it, we try to avoid it, and we question ourselves every time we have unconventional ideas. But the simple truth is – no great success was ever achieved without failure. It may be one epic failure. Or a series of failures – such as Edison’s 10,000 attempts to create a light bulb or Dyson’s 5,126 attempts to invent a bagless vacuum cleaner. But, whether we like it or not, failure is a necessary stepping stone to achieving our dreams. –Ekaterina Walter 

 

Don’t just wish your career was better and continue typing away in your cubicle. Your situation won’t change due to good luck and fortune. You must make things happen.

So, what are you doing about it?


 

Constructive Criticism is Great! Here is What You Can Learn.

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Constructive criticism: helping to improve; promoting further development or advancement (opposed to destructive)

Why is constructive criticism hard to hear, even when you ask for it?

Maybe because deep down, you secretly wish others would say you are perfect and doing everything right.

Being made aware of faults is tough but trust us, the alternative isn’t all that glamorous. If you aren’t being given feedback, that isn’t a sign that you’re perfect, that is a sign of much bigger problems.

Respect those who give radical candor – they want you to improve and succeed.

In an article written by Amber Shiflett, she made some great points about receiving constructive criticism. She mentioned how it increases insight and perspective and how it can cultivate a trustworthy workplace, all of which are true.

There needs to be a mindset shift. Criticism is inevitable. So instead of becoming defensive, use it as an opportunity to learn. Chances are you have received feedback before that was unpleasant but necessary. And chances are that feedback helped you make improvements. So, what can you learn now?

There is benefit in receiving feedback.

As noted above, there is benefit in receiving feedback. You gain insight and perspective you didn’t have before. You see situations with new lenses. You become stronger and more confident. When feedback in the right form is given, the opportunity for unbound development is invaluable. Think of it as adding gains to your portfolio.

What to do when you receive constructive criticism:

  1. Relax. Relax and listen respectfully. View the feedback as an opportunity for improvement. Remember, there is benefit in getting feedback.
  2. Don’t take it personally. A common reaction is to become defensive or emotional. Radical candor is meant to help, not harm. Realize those speaking with you only want you to achieve success.
  3. Take time. Allow yourself time to process the evaluation you received. Give yourself time to reflect and digest the information.
  4. Ask questions. Take notes during the conversation and follow up with questions so you can fully understand what was discussed. Ask for specifics and make sure you understand what was communicated.
  5. Thank you. Thank those individuals for taking time to discuss these items with you. Be appreciative for their time and candor.
  6. Solicit help. How do you use the information provided to make necessary improvements? Ask for recommendations on what your next steps should be.
  7. Follow up. Follow up matters. Use the suggestions given to make the necessary changes and be consistent.

What’s next?

Now it is time to put it into practice.

Have a list of the areas you need to focus on and arm yourself with tools to achieve success. For example, if you were told that your approach to email communication is lacking a respectful tone, make the necessary changes. Learn from others how they compose respectful emails. Use the power of the Internet and find examples of properly composed messages. Continue to seek feedback and guidance. Be consistent.

Knowing your strengths and areas needing change is immensely helpful. Keep a list in your planner, save notes on your hard drive, write down reminders on a sticky note, find ways that work best for you to achieve success.

This is your path, you are in control.


 

Self-Awareness – Why it Matters and What Steps You Can Take

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What does it mean?

NOUN

conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires.

Do not confuse this with confidence. Confidence is a feeling or belief; self-awareness is being aware of those feelings and beliefs and why.

Why does it matter?

Many people throughout life have been told to “trust their instincts” and act on a gut feeling. While trusting your gut is an important intuition to have, allowing feelings to overcome logic is not always the best route.

Just because a feeling is strong, that doesn’t mean it is correct. The key is to step back, assess the situation, examine yourself, and determine if what you are thinking, and feeling is logical.

Being self-aware matters because it allows you to evaluate your current situation and what adjustments can be made to improve – and you should want to make improvements. Chances are, there is an area in your life that could use an adjustment. Being self-aware gives you the opportunity to correct misguided courses and realign yourself with your goals.

We want to remind you, this is not a once and done sort of practice. It is a continual and learn as you go process. The important part is that you make the choice to evaluate regularly and make changes necessary. Please note, changes might not always be easy, but incredibly significant.

What next?

As mentioned, this is not something that is done overnight or once and done. Self-awareness is a continual check-up. The wonderful thing is it can be done at any stage in your life and at any time.

Finding out what makes you tick will always be powerful. There are countless personality tests out there that can help you find your areas of strengths and weaknesses but those are only tools and a small piece of the puzzle. There are many other steps to start (or continue) the journey.

Most common suggestions are:

  1. Start now!
  2. Write down goals
  3. Seek feedback
  4. Discover destructive impulses and successful best practices
  5. Practice and repeat

Let us know what you think and if you have anything you would like to add. Comment or contact us at TheClarks.Consulting@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

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7 Steps to Take When You Feel Like You Are Lacking Confidence

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Repeated mistakes.
Drop the ball.
Failure.

Sometimes you just can’t seem to get it together. And for some, you stew over these missteps and errors. You start to feel inadequate, you start to feel less confident.

What do you do when you feel like you are lacking confidence?

Confidence is a key component in your day-to-day activities. If you are feeling less than confident, it shows. The way you act, behave, and even your posture. You project what you feel.

Luckily, there are some easy steps you can take to give yourself a boost.

  1. Celebrate small wins. You might have missed the mark on a recent big project, but don’t let that one misstep overshadow your smaller victories. Set little marks along the way and as you achieve them, be proud. Small wins along the way are building blocks and they can really boost your confidence.
  2. Revisit past successes. You aren’t always going to fail at all your endeavors. Want proof? Revisit your past successes. Look at your track record.
    Quote by Jenny Foss about confidence
  3. Learn from the failure. Increase competence. What did you learn from the experience? Great, now, how can you improve? Determining where you went wrong is ineffective if you do not learn and grow from it. Failure leads to success. You learn from mistakes and you learn about yourself. Top CEOs failed before they became successful. Does Bill Gates ring a bell?
  4. Clear the clutter. Get rid of hindrances. Messy workspace, procrastinating a task, constantly checking social media? Rid yourself of needless distractions and get to work. Stop making excuses.
  5. Dress nicely. Stand Tall. Your appearance has an impact. Not just on how others perceive you, but how you perceive yourself. How you dress matters. And so does your posture. Adopting a commanding posture can immediately help you feel confident and empowered. Stand tall. Sit up straight. Hold your head high.
  6. Empower yourself. Arm yourself with tools to improve. Read. Study. Learn from others. Gather as much as you can get your hands on to catapult you to the next level.
  7. Think positive. Good things cannot come from a negative mindset. You control your attitude. Get rid of negative outlooks. Envision great things that are yet to come.

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The Problem With Drinking Problems & Making Positive Changes.

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I Don’t Have A Problem.

“You do not have to have a problem with alcohol for alcohol to be a problem.”

November 30, 2017 I made the decision to not drink for the entire year of 2018. (I started one month early to be an overachiever.)

The decision was made for many reasons. I wanted to better myself. To learn and grow. To try something new. To face a challenge head on. Why was this a “challenge?” Alcohol is everywhere and all the cool kids are doing it.

I read a post the other day that said “Alcohol is the only drug in the world that you have Quote about alcohol being a drug that you need to justify why you're not taking it.to justify why you are not taking it, instead of justifying why you do.” (Instagram: @Healthy_Discoveries.)

I attend many social gatherings and events and more often than not, there is a glass of wine in hand by almost all attendees. Happy hours are a thing. Sunday brunch with mimosas. Mom clubs and their Pinot Grigo. Everywhere you look, drinking is encouraged, celebrated, glamorized.

I wondered what would happen when I didn’t partake in the universal hobby. I also wondered if I would be missing out.

Well, I am here to tell you, only once can I think of being asked why I wasn’t drinking and I absolutely love not acting ridiculous while under the influence. For those who think they are going to be pointed out for not taking part in this societal norm, the pressure is self-inflicted. Hardly anyone cares or even notices. For those who think they will be missing out. The only thing you will be missing out on is nursing a hangover with your friends.

It’s Not Wrong If It’s Alright.

There is nothing wrong with alcohol. Many can drink responsibility. For those that are responsible, they might not fully understand the struggle others have with the substance. It’s also not their job to. Carry on.

For those who see it as a challenge, I get it. I get that it might be used as a coping mechanism, a way to escape. This is a temporary mask that can be a dangerous cycle. And often it isn’t viewed as dangerous because reality is, alcohol is a legal substance readily available and highly endorsed. So what’s the big deal?

What’s The Big Deal?

As mentioned earlier, for some, there is no big deal.

And for some, it is a very, very big deal.

  • You can’t have fun without drinking
  • You can’t go to a social event without drinking
  • Every major holiday involves excessive alcohol use
  • You are known as the heavy drinker
  • You repeatedly make poor decisions while under the influence
  • Your loved ones make comments about your consumption
  • You are unable to stop

So What Now?

Ok, so what now? There is a problem, but how do you just all of a sudden fix it? Addiction is a real issue that can be very difficult to overcome, but, it is possible. Everyone is different and every situation is different. There is no snap of the fingers fix. It requires an effort.

You are the way you are because that’s how you want you to be. If you really wanted to be anything different, you would be in the process of changing right now. -John C. Maxwell

We all know the 12 step program, and there is no doubt truth in it. Thousands of success stories. I am not here to nay-say that. I am here to simply offer a few tips that I myself and others close to me have found helpful. If you have ones that have worked, or want to reach out, I would love to hear from you!

Here are a few tips from me to you:

  1. Let others in. You do not have to face it alone. There is strength in numbers. Reach out to those you trust and who are supportive. Those who have your best interest at hand.
  2. Don’t tempt yourself. Don’t want to be tempted? Don’t go to the bar. Politely decline the happy hour invite. Bring your own non alcoholic beverage to the event. Put yourself in healthy situations and environments.
  3. Refocus. Can’t stop thinking about it? Fill your mind with something else. Do some yoga. Read a book. Call a friend. Refocus your attention.
  4. Fill your hand. Need something to drink? Need something in your hand? Find a suitable replacement. I personally like Perrier or Kombucha. Treat yourself to a special sparkling beverage in an elegant glass. You can be fancy too without drinking alcohol.
  5. Celebrate the mile stones. Set goals and celebrate once they are achieved. Go one week without drinking and buy yourself something fun. Eat a piece of cake. Call your friends to share your success.

You can do this! You are not alone. I have your back!


Need to talk or just share? Contact me at Nikiclark9@gmail.com.

 

 

Women Supporting Women. Why It Is So Important and 8 Ways You Can.

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For Each Other!

Why do I believe in women supporting women so much? Look at the great things that come of it when we do.

Supporting one another does not mean it diminishes ourselves. Supporting one another means we make each other stronger. We make each other wiser. We make each other exceptionally great. And, we need to do more of it.

Why Is Support So Important?

Think of the last time when someone took you under their wing and guided you along. Weren’t you grateful? Didn’t it feel reassuring knowing someone wanted you to succeed?

It is important to support others because we were not made to be alone in this world. We are relational beings, made to connect. When you support another individual, you are becoming part of something bigger than yourself. You are developing a network that has a way of connecting in unimaginable ways.

We have all seen the recent women’s movement of 2018. Look at all that has come to light and changed, for the better, in just a short amount of time. Know why? Women supporting women. Hearing each other’s stories. Helping others work through challenges. Finding common ground and breaking through barriers. Great things have happened and there are many more to come, but we must continue.

When you know you are supported, you feel empowered. Your confidence raises. You are  Loudly support one another with pink backgroundunstoppable. When you know you can, you make things happen for yourself. When was the last time you felt that strong? When was the last time you imparted that boldness on to someone else?

These are some of the reasons why supporting each other is so pivotal. Now, what does support actually look like? There are many different ways to help others out. I literally could fill an entire book.

What Support Looks Like – How You Can Help Others:

  1. Help revise and update a resume
  2. Interviewing tips
  3. Image consulting
  4. Proofread work
  5. Suggest books
  6. Mentorship
  7. Invite to a networking group
  8. Invite to meet over coffee

The suggestions listed are just that, suggestions. I would love to hear your success stories and ideas so please share with me!


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Suggestions on Handling Fear

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Fear-FULL

Have you noticed a surge in articles about fear lately? How fear can paralyze you. How fear can make you do irrational things, how it can manipulate you into making decisions that you wouldn’t usually make?

Fear has this ability to immediately grasp ahold of your body and make you think you are powerless. That you are going to suffer. That the worst is going to happen. And that you must act now to fix it. Fight or flight.

Fear is a manipulator. A deceiver. A con artist.Words "fear is a liar" in a black circle

In the right context, certain raving reactions aren’t necessarily bad. It is when you allow fear to completely impair your judgement that you back yourself into a corner. And “nobody puts baby in a corner.” Oh yeah, I went there.

There’s no surefire way to conquer fear. Everyone is different, and every situation is different. There is a few suggestions I have though. A few steps I have found relief in. Also, I would love to know what helps you, so please share with me in the comments!

Our Suggestions on Handling Fear:

  1. Stop and take a deep breath. Fear can create panic. Panic can create a panic attack. One of the very first things you are told to do if you experience a panic attack is to take deep breaths. This will also allow you to calm down and create head space, allow you to stop for a moment – stop thoughts from spinning out of control.
  2. Write it out. Make lists. Fears live inside your head. Once you get them out and on paper, they don’t seem as scary. It’s like when you were a kid and you saw a shadow in your room at night. You thought it was a monster, but once the light was turned on, you find out it really was a pile of clothes you never picked up. You shined a light on your problem. You brought it out in the open. You saw it for what it really was.
  3. Talk it out. Having someone who is not involved in the situation can help put things into perspective. They offer clarity in a time of confusion. Just make sure you seek your counsel wisely.
  4. Wait 24 hours. This works! Often times, a knee jerk reaction is to act immediately. Fear makes you think that an instant action is needed. I have come to realize that a good 24 hours does the mind good. Waiting allows you time to calm down, and allow your emotional side to settle. I want to reiterate that emotions aren’t bad. Emotions can complicate situations though. Be aware of yourself and your emotional state.
  5. Pray. God tells us to come to Him in every situation. What is so comforting is to know that when you are afraid, you have someone there to comfort you. You are safe in Him. He will never leave you. Go to God.

Knowledge is Power

Empower yourself. You know that fear will try to monopolize every situation, so come at it from a different angle and sucker punch it. Instead of fear sneaking up, why don’t you attack it first. Pay attention to what affects you. Look back to how you have historically coped, and come up with a game plan. Arm yourself.

You Can


My suggestions are methods that work for me. As mentioned above, every situation is different. If you have an approach that works for you, share in the comments or email me at NikiClark9@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you.

 

Here’s Why You Should Trust Your Gut

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Gut Instinct

Without getting into all the fancy jargon, basically, we are subconsciously gathering information from our surroundings and then storing that information our brain. So, when you get that gut feeling, that intuition, it actually could be correct. It could be based on the information you set aside without realizing it. So yes, you do have a super power, somewhat.

A 2008 study in the British Journal of Psychology defined intuition as what happens when the brain draws on past experiences and external cues to make a decision — but it happens so fast that the reaction is at an unconscious level. (Source WebMd.)

Men and Women

It is said that women have more intuition, which isn’t that surprising, but again, there is an explanation. Women are more inclined to be in tune with their feelings and emotions. They are encouraged to do so from early childhood. This in turn makes them more “aware” – on some level. Men on the other hand are encouraged to play rough and not talk about their feelings, which can cut them off from those gut instincts.

All Day Every Day

There is so much you are taking in every moment of every day that to ignore those instincts seems wasteful. You have this magic power and you decide not to use it.

So next time you get that little feeling in the pit of your stomach, don’t dismiss it so quickly.

Quote saying Trust your instincts. Intuition doesn't lie.

 

You Are A Brand. How Do You Want to Be Seen?

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You Are A Brand.

I never knew I was a brand. That I am an actual walking billboard advertising myself. Eek! 

Your personal brand is important.

This goes far beyond the way you dress. It is how you hold yourself. It is your lifestyle. It is who you associate with. It is what you post on social media. It is every nook and cranny. It’s things you might not even think about. It is how clean you keep your car!

According to Wikipedia: Personal branding is the practice of people marketing themselves and their careers as brands. While previous self-help management techniques were about self-improvement, the personalbranding concept suggests instead that success comes from self-packaging.

Your brand matters because it is what you are projecting to the world. It is what you are telling people about yourself. It is what people think about when your name is mentioned. So what do you want to be known for? What do you want to improve? What steps can you take to make a mark and developing your brand?

Your Personal Brand and How Others See You

What You Can Do To Develop Your Brand.

First I suggest setting a clear goal. Know exactly what you want and what you want to be known for. Do you want others to come to you for advice about finance? Do you want to be regarded as confident and a thought leader? What image do you want others to have of you and then find ways to make that happen.

Make it happen. My next point. Once you have figured out what you want and who you want to be, do it. Stop making excuses. Make plans. I have found it helpful to have a list. I keep an excel spreadsheet of my goals and notes on how to achieve each. I also give myself time frames. Goals are merely words if no game plan is established.

In your face. Ok, maybe not in an obnoxious way, but don’t sit in the corner and keep to yourself. Start becoming an expert in your area of interest. And it is worth repeating, be aware of your online image. There is power in the world-wide web, and that power can ruin your image fast. Make sure you are projecting what you want to be known for. Be mindful of what you are posting.

Knowledge is power. Read. Study. Educate yourself. As mentioned before, become the Knowledge is power. Words written out.expert. Please note, this does not say become the know it all. There is a difference. You don’t want to be that person who monopolizes every conversation. There is a lot to be learned by listening.

Rebrand. Never stop growing. Never stop learning. And if you continue to improve yourself, you will need to rebrand yourself. With growth comes necessary changes.

Dress the part. I said earlier that they way you dress is not the only part of your brand, but it does plays a large role. Make sure you are always presentable. It will just happen to be that day that you phone it in when your biggest client or opportunity comes up and you aren’t presentable.


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