Why Branding Makes Decision Making Easier

Daily you are faced with choices. Where I should go? What  should I do? How should I do it? The answer to these questions establish your priorities? When you don’t have a clear understanding of who you want to be in the marketplace, the choices are endless overwhelming and costly.

The branding process can eliminate the confusion and overwhelm. Whether you deliberately create a brand for a product, business, or for personal and professional development, here’s what you can expect:

1. A process that provides focus to your daily activities and behaviors.

2. A vision that guides your decisions, helping to alleviate some of the stress associated with making decisions.

3. A platform to focus and market your skill sets and receive compensation accordingly.

4. Greater negotiation power when signing contracts, getting a new job and interacting with a loved one.

5. People talking–creating buzz about you that expands your network and opportunities.

Additionally, what you may find most fascinating about going through the branding process is being awakened to the many human conditions that adversely affect our world, becoming aware of how you’ve been directly connected to a specific problem for a long time, and discovering how your experiences prepared you to address that problem.

Are you looking for a fool-proof guide on how to establish your own brand, find your own invaluable skills and emerge victorious in an ever-changing business world. Whether you are looking for a way to take your personal business to the next level, market your unique skill set or build lasting, meaningful relationships, The Bridge to Your Brand Likability, Marketability, Credibility will  help you identify, plan and achieve your goals. And if you want to learn how to create buzz, visit www.srenee.com to receive my FREE 90-minute audio course.

Copyrights 2018 All Rights Reserved S. Renee Smith.

How Can I Get My Boss (Client) to Notice Me?

I like this question because your thinking in the right direction.  People have to take notice of you before you’ll ever get an opportunity to sign the contract, land the book deal or secure a promotion.

The person whose attention you’re trying to get has to first see that there’s a reason to look your way. 

So let’s examine this question from their perspective. Ask yourself:

  • What are they looking for?
  • What do they want to achieve?
  • What’s important to them?

The only reason people will look your way is because you have something they want. So, do you have something they want? What is it? As I share in The Bridge to Your Brand Likability, Marketability, Credibility clients and customers (and your boss is your customer) are looking for the following:

1. Your innovative ideas that lets them know that you stay on top of your game.

2. Your intellectual property that says, you know what you know and you know how to position yourself in such a way that they know what you know. Did you get that? If not, read it again.

3. Your value proposition which clearly defines how what you know benefits them.

To learn more about how you can get noticed, sign up to get my 90-minute free audio course How to Create Buzz and Grow Your Life and Business  (if you don’t get the pop-up screen, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click, Get S. Renee’s Branding Secrets Now).

Copyrights 2018. All rights reserved S. Renee Smith.

How Can I Rebuild My Brand?

I was asked this question after speaking at a national conference in Los Angeles, CA . As I listened intently, I was trying to assess:

  1. How bad is the situation.
  2. How is it impacting her life and career.
  3. Could she rebuild where she is or does she need to redesign and start over. 

Whatever the situation, I knew at the core credibility and trust were lost. If you aren’t getting the response you want and deserve, then you have trust issues. It’s simple: people don’t trust you and we all know what happens when a relationship has “trust issues.”

Do you want to become a trusted resource? For whom? Are you fighting to gain the trust of a person or market? If so, you have to build your credibility with them. Credibility is earned by living up to your brand promise.

Like any relationship, brands are built on likability, marketability and credibility. Do you bring consistent, reliable and honest value? Perhaps, what you are saying isn’t being perceived as honest. Maybe your behavior is inconsistent, or you’re just not perceived as a likable, trustworthy person.

Regardless of your challenge you first have to pinpoint where you are. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Am I believable? Does my brand package match my mission and message? Or am I on the hustle trying to getting something from people? When you are driven by the wrong thing, you’ll get the wrong response.
  2. Am I honest? Do I have evidence of my ability to do what I say I can do? Is my message being communicated in a way that connects, engages and prompts a response. People like to feel like they are dealing with a person of integrity who has their best interest at heart.
  3. Am I trustworthy? Do I return calls in a timely manner, follow-up and  meet deadlines? Do I have focused and consistent message? Am I trying to be everything to everyone and I’m failing to be anything to anyone?

If you need to rebrand or redesign and relaunch your business or career, consider my online program UnBottle Your Business Brand or pick my bookThe Bridge to Your Brand Likability, Marketability and Credibility.

Copyrights All rights reserved. 2018 S. Renee Smith. My website is srenee.com

Do I have a Brand? If So, How Do I Know?

It is a cold winter Sunday morning. I’m running 20 minutes late. Church starts at 11 a.m. It is 11 a.m. I still have to pick up a child I’m mentoring who lives 15 minutes away. I arrive at his home. Instead of sending my usual text “I’m here,” I anxiously, but gently blow the horn. He walks to the car, opens the door, and jumps in. While pulling the seatbelt, he says, “Ms. Renee, you are the only person that trusts me.”

Showing no emotion, yet completely shocked by his eyebrow-raising statement, I wait to hear the click sound of the seatbelt that lets me know it’s okay to begin to back out of the driveway. As I put the car in reverse I’m suspiciously wondering: Am I about to get punked by a seven-year old? Shifting to a mindset lacking emotion or judgment, I asked, “Why do you say that?” Without hesitation he said, “Because every time something happens, my mom asks me what happened, but when I tell her she doesn’t believe me.” Trying to be objective, yet wiser than the mini man, I threw out another question. “So why doesn’t she believe you?” I don’t know, he replied.

I understood his bewilderment. Like what many of my adult clients face, this young child’s quandary illustrated a classic personal branding issue based on past events and behaviors. I searched my mental database looking for an age appropriate way to explain his problem and how he could solve it.

After serious contemplation, I couldn’t decide. Hesitant to guide him from pure assumption that he had created some trust challenges that needed correcting, I waited to collect more data. Driving on to our destination, I decided that reassuring him with a list of people who trusted him would suffice for the moment. I did, however, bookmark his statement intending to revisit it when I could best serve him.

Later that day we went to his favorite place, McDonald’s. After eating a six-piece Chicken McNugget Happy Meal, a cherry pie, and drinking some chocolate milk, he claimed he was still hungry. Surprised, I asked, “Are you sure?” Nodding his head up and down I continued, “What would you like?” He pointed to an oversized color poster hanging on the window that advertised a 10-piece Chicken McNugget for $1.99. “I want that,” he said energetically. “It’s only a dollar ninety-nine.” I didn’t offer to buy it for him right away because I wanted to give myself more time to think and make a good decision.

Finally I asked, “And what else?” He added, “A small fry.” After some savvy seven-year old negotiation, I silently opened my purse and pulled out my wallet. Looking for $3 for the $2.99 meal, I began explaining to him how to go to the counter, place his order, and pay the cashier. Watching closely from afar, I heard the cashier say, “You don’t have enough money.” Thinking that I could have made a mistake and not wanting him to feel embarrassed, I rushed over to find out where I went wrong in totaling $1.99 + $1 = $2.99.

Puzzled by the miscount, I looked probingly into the eyes of the cashier and asked, “He doesn’t have enough money?” She confidently replied, “He ordered a 10-piece Chicken McNuggets, a small fry—and a smoothie.”

I smiled at her, peered down at the mini man, and gave him my you’ve-been-naughty look. I requested that she remove the smoothie from the order. I then walked slowly back to the dining area to wait patiently and wisely for him. As I perused my mental database again for the best way to handle this defining moment, I suddenly remembered the statement he had made earlier. But before I could say one word, the 4’2” fella hopped up in the seat and cleverly declared that the smoothie was for me. “I wanted to surprise you,” he announced.

I thanked him for his attempt at generosity. Then I carefully constructed an illustration that explained why surprising someone with a gift by spending their money on what he believed they wanted failed to exhibit genuine kindness. I also revisited his opening statement for the day, “Ms. Renee, you are the only person that trusts me.” This led to his first free coaching session on personal branding and its impact on his present and future relationships and endeavors.

If you are like him, you may not realize that you have a brand that you’ve been consciously or unconsciously building since you came to this planet. It’s the reason you were treated a particular way in school by your classmates and teachers. It’s what’s causing you to be overlooked and underestimated. It’s your brand that is still tagging along with you determining your personal and professional advancement.

The most important point to recall for now is that you have a brand. Subscribe now to get this week’s posts as I walk you through the steps to discover what your brand is.

This is an excerpt from The Bridge to Your Brand Likability, Marketability, Credibility. Get your copy now to get the information and questions to help you shape or reshape your brand.

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If I Am Selling Myself as a Product, What Solution Do I Provide?

Great question–that only you can answer.

In my book, The Bridge to Your Brand Likability, Marketability and Credibility I outline the pillars of  personal branding…

1. Mission. Your mission answers the questions: What are you on earth to do?  Who needs what you have to offer? How do you what you do?

2. Message. What do you want people to know, do or have. For example, my message is There Is More Inside. All my books, programs and self-development tools lead my clients back to their authentic selves by helping them to look within for their answers. Whatever you decide is your message downsize it to 7 words or less…less is better.

3. Value. What do you have that someone else needs? How bad do they need it? What’s at risk if they don’t get it? I encourage you to make a list of your skills, talent and abilities. Chronicle your awards and achievements. Keep in mind nothing is too small that it should be overlooked. You have something significant to offer, it’s your responsibility to discover it. 

Are you stuck? Do you want to build a personal or business brand, author a book or become a better communicator or public speaker? I’d love to help.  Visit srenee.com to learn more or to book your consult.

Copyrights 2018 All rights reserved. S. Renee Smith.

 

What Should I Do When I Don’t Know What to Do?

We all have moments when we don’t know what our next step should be.  It can be an overwhelming and daunting task to figure out what path to take. There are times when you don’t know what to do because you’re not sure what you want and then there are times when you know exactly what you want, but don’t know where or how to get started.

My clients come to be because they are stuck. Either they want to identify their internal barriers to success, figure out their life purpose, land a coveted promotion or after investing thousands of dollars in their business, they still don’t know how to package, pitch and promote themselves and what they do to create buzz and generate interest in them.

Here are my quick-fix suggestions:

1.  Ask for assistance. God has given you an internal guidance system. The only reason you don’t know what to do next is because you’re in a whirlwind of energy that is not your own. Sit with yourself and ask:

  1. What will serve my highest good and that of others?
  2. Who can help me get there?

You’ll be amazed how you are led to what you need when you need it by simply asking.

2. Act on your promptings even if they frighten you. You’ll have a feeling of what you should do. You may think about a person with whom you haven’t spoken to in years, reach out to them. If they don’t have the answer or don’t respond, don’t give up you’ll find the right door if you keep knocking.

3. Invest in yourself. You have to believe in yourself enough to get the information you need to advance your life and career. Be diligent in your pursuit of your passion and happiness. Invest in yourself by hiring a coach that can help with the following or any other needs:

  1.  assess what you have and how you can package, position and promote it
  2. identify your blind spots so that you can see what other people see that may be hindering you from getting what you want
  3. help you sharpen your tools for success

Are you stuck? Do you want to build a speaking business or some other enterprise? Is authoring a book on your list? Do you have your eyes on a new promotion opportunity? Is becoming a better communicator or public speaker on your mind? I’d love to help.  Visit srenee.com for more information and to book your consult.

Copyrights 2018 All rights reserved. S. Renee Smith.

 

Do You Think People Are Unreasonable and Selfish?

As a coach, I’ve had the privilege to hear the perspective of hundreds of people. As a speaker, I’ve crossed paths with thousands. And my personal life is full with interactions with family and friends.

I can’t tell you the number of people I’ve coach who come to me because they believe their boss, colleague or spouse is selfish and unreasonable. I’ve even talk to women who believe that because a man will not marry them they are selfish and unreasonable. I have to confess; I’ve called some people selfish and unreasonable, too.

But why do we feel this way? Is it because they aren’t doing what we believe they should according to our needs and desires?

Consider the following:

People are complex. Countless experiences have shaped our perspective on life and the world. We don’t think our perceptions or expectations of others are unreasonable or selfish because it’s based on how we see it. When a person doesn’t do what satisfies us we label them as selfish and unreasonable, but is there a small chance that we could be selfish and unreasonable?

Identify the person’s agenda. Everyone has an agenda and they should. An agenda is simply a vision for what you want. The vision guides decisions. Make sure there is a connection point for a mutually satisfying relationship.

Recognize your power to choose. You have complete power over your life and the role that people play in it. Maybe it’s time to move them to your outer circle or completely out of your space.

Consider adding Self-Esteem for Dummies to your reading list for insights and exercises that will show you how to find and stand in your power.

Copyright 2018 S. Renee Smith. All rights reserved. 

As an introvert, how do I improve my communication skills?

If I understand your question, you are asking how can you improve your ability to connect and communication with people despite being shy? This being the case, I see this more as a challenge of how to step out of your shyness and being self-conscious about who you are in order to become more comfortable with yourself and others.

I was very shy growing up. This can make you feel lonely and invisible. If you are like me, by the nature of being shy, I was uncomfortable speaking and therefore, would become very nervous when I was around others and felt pressure when I was asked to speak. This caused me to stumble over my words.

I was able to overcome this challenge to ultimately become a successful speaker by doing the following:

  1. Recognize your equality to all people. It can be difficult to step out of your shyness with any limiting beliefs about yourself and your ability to successfully communicate your thoughts.
  2. Don’t compare yourself to others. When you look at others and compare yourself to them and how they communicate, it creates an artificial expectation of what you should be capable of doing.
  3. Practice sharing your opinion. A great start to breaking through the silence is to share what you’re thinking. To build your confidence and communication skills, take calculated risks by sharing with people you know genuinely like you and will celebrate your efforts.

Consider adding 5 Steps to Assertiveness How to Communicate with Confidence and Get What You Want to your reading list.

Copyright © 2018 S. Renee Smith.

My Faith Shaken; Life Changed

Recently, my faith was tested. My sister had an aneurysm burst in her brain, which required an 8-hour operation. The doctor forecasted a 1 in 3 chance of survival. Thankfully, after 22 days in the ICU she was released from the hospital. Feeling better now, she is recovering at home.

I’ll never forget Saturday, October 5 at 4:45 p.m. I was sitting at home working on a presentation for my client, healthcare giant Cigna, while anticipating a relaxed evening at a jazz concert. My father called, looking for my mother. When I told him she wasn’t at my home, in his usual calm voice he said, “Thaddeus (my sister’s husband) took Wanda to the hospital. They think an aneurysm burst in her brain.”

With tears running uncontrollably down my face, I headed to the hospital in disbelief. This unexpected turn of events changed my perspective on life. I now know what it feels like to notice you have a crack in your foundation – your faith.

We needed a miracle. And, to be honest, I was fearful that we would not get one. I needed a reference point. I looked to my grandmother’s life. She was given up on by doctors five times, yet lived to be 91 years old. After that, although I remained prayerful, I was good.

This lesson on volatility created a sense of urgency in me to help as many people as I can. That’s why, although I’ll continue to do live presentations, I’m taking my message to the Internet via webinars, teleseminars and live hangouts, and I suspect I will continue to find unconventional ways to teach, learn and grow from and with you. I hope you’re in!

Some time ago I sent out a 5-question survey. I wanted to know how you perceived our relationship, and what your most pressing concerns were. According to current results, the top 3 topics you wanted to learn more about were entrepreneurship, spiritual growth and self-confidence. Regardless of what we talk about, it will be from a spiritual perspective. Therefore, since entrepreneurship is a hot button for you, I’m going to start with a webinar on my area of expertise – image/branding.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, employee, community activist or government official, or have dreams of being something that you are not right now, branding is crucial for your success.

I am poised to launch my first webinar, How to Create a Buzz: Grow Your Life and Business, on Thursday, December 12 at 12 noon. This webinar IS for YOU if you want to understand:

· Why you didn’t get the promotion or contract you expected
· How to stand out in a crowd
· What makes you likable.

Register Now!

There Is More,