3 Ways to Audit Your Most Valuable Business Asset in 2018
Updated: Apr 3
Companies spend millions of dollars to create and promote compelling brands that effectively communicate who they are and what they offer. Every company has a brand—and so do you. Whether you know it or not, everything you wear, say, and do—both online and offline—defines your brand. So, what exactly are you promoting? Are you branded for success or failure?
Your personal brand is your most valuable business asset; it is how people remember you. Your brand is created through your appearance, your behavior, and your communication—it is the way others see you, and is what differentiates you from others. Your brand should communicate a clear message, confirm credibility, and create trust.
Instead of resolving to spend more days at the gym or shed those stubborn last ten pounds (which don’t get me wrong are very good to do), perhaps your energy would be better served by resolving to audit your most powerful tool—your personal brand. Just as you audit your finances each year, why not endeavor to audit yourself?
When was the last time you reviewed your personal brand? The beginning of the year is the perfect time to do so, especially if you seek to build your business or advance your career. What got you here may not take you where you want to go. Moreover, your brand can become outdated or tarnished and not even serve your current position well.
Audit your personal brand by reviewing your appearance, behavior, and communication to determine whether you are creating a consistently clear and credible impression.
Your Business Appearance
Your brand begins with your appearance. Clothing, accessories, grooming, and posture send an instant message to those you encounter. Are you providing visual signals that you are capable, qualified, and promotable?
Are your skin and nails well groomed?Is your hairstyle current, in good condition, and maintained daily?Is your clothing up to date, in excellent condition, and free from wrinkles, stains, and pet hair?Does your clothing fit well and communicate the proper level of authority? For example, straight lines, darker colors, high contrast, firm fabrics, structured and fitted clothing communicate the highest level of authority.Do you stand, sit, and walk with excellent posture?
Attention to detail is all that is required to obtain a professional image. You must maintain a consistently polished appearance to cultivate a strong personal brand.
Your Business Behavior
A powerful personal brand communicates credibility through authentic, consistent behavior. None of us want to be that person who looks fabulous but behaves in a manner that negatively impacts their credibility. People are drawn to those they know, like, and trust. What does your behavior communicate about you?
Do you conduct introductions with confidence and poise?Do you know how to give a proper handshake, and how to read the subtle messages revealed by a person’s handshake?Are your dining skills flawless?Are you on time, or do you communicate disrespect to others by constantly being late?Do you show up prepared for meetings?Is your attention on your cell phone or the people you are with?Does your attitude inspire others or drain the energy from the room?
Your behavior has the potential to draw people to you. Every act of kindness, gratitude, and respect adds strength to your personal brand.
Your Business Communication
Your communication is the final element of your brand. It is not enough to simply select appropriate clothing and execute your etiquette skills like a pro; you must also master your verbal, non-verbal, and written communication. What does your communication reveal about you?
Do your facial expressions communicate warmth and sincerity?Do you know how to launch, linger, and leave a conversation?Does your tone of voice support your message or shut people down?Are you harnessing the power of your non-verbal messages?Do you habitually communicate gratitude both verbally and in writing?Are your emails succinct, grammatically correct, and sent to the proper recipients?Do you think before you text or post on social media?
Preparation is the key to successful communication. Effective communication does not just happen. With time and effort, you can fortify your personal brand by becoming an excellent communicator.
Etiquette Matters is here to assist you build your personal brand. We would love to partner with you, and have several different options to help you reach your goals, including:
Private sessions with one-on-one coaching
Customized programs for individuals or groups
Corporate training sessions for all levels
Executive level coaching and training
Public sessions, including half-day and full-day courses for men, women, and youth.
Companies are constantly updating, improving, and reinventing their brands, and so should you. Future business opportunities or your next promotion may depend on it.
Etiquette Matters LLC is southern Minnesota’s premier etiquette consulting company, encouraging, equipping and empowering individuals with contemporary social skills, confidence, and competitive advantage.
Kim Purscell is a licensed etiquette instructor and protocol consultant, an accomplished speaker, and experienced business executive. Ms. Purscell’s passion is to help people move upward in the workplace by improving their professional image, behavior and communication skills; and empower clients to present themselves with power, confidence, and credibility anywhere in the world. Ms. Purscell can be reached at Kim@EtiquetteMatters.us