Can We Call Your Brand Majestic?

I was most recently blessed enough to travel to Alaska for work.  About 18 years ago, I visited Alaska on a cruise.  So I thought I had a pretty good idea of what I was in for again.

Boy, was I wrong.

They say that the world looks different for each individual based on where we each are currently in our lives.  I totally believe this theory.

Alaska was an experience I will forever remember.  I often run out of words to describe Alaska.  The best I can do is to say that seeing Alaska was magnificent, majestic and awe-inspiring.  My soul was singing. Words do it so little justice.

I’m even comparing Alaska to other parts of the world I’ve seen, like the Swiss and Austrian Alps and Prague and Vienna and Italy.  Nothing compares, in my book, to the peace and grace Alaska’s scenic charm has to shower on a person.

Why?

It may be that compared to my last Alaska trip 18 years ago, I’ve changed careers and started to see the world very differently.  I have a newfound appreciation for the simplicity and grandeur of life and nature.  I’ve come to realize that nothing has to be complicated unless I choose to make it complicated.   I’ve come to appreciate how much more alike we are as humans, choosing to let go of the negative thoughts that separate me from others.  Life is good.  Life can be magnificent, if I let it be.

Choosing to see the world from this perspective allows me to authentically live my brand- to project my values and my business and my career goals out to the world.  The result is clear.  The more authentic I am, the stronger my brand.  The stronger my brand, the more I can be a contribution to others.  The more I’m a contribution to others, the more successful my company becomes.

All of this is simple and yet not so easy to “be” and “do”.

So what does this mean for you?  You don’t have to travel to Alaska necessarily.  To enhance and evolve your brand for more success, just ask yourself:

  • Where is the place that brings you peace and lets your soul sing? Go there as often as possible. Do it intentionally.
  • How can you choose to see your world, and those in your world, differently?
  • Where can you appreciate the simplicity of things in your life? Step back and look at what you make complicated in your life. How can you choose to see it differently?

Source: Katy Puris

katypurispersonalbranding-com

I moved to this country with my family in 1979 from Iran. We came with two suitcases thinking we’d stay for two weeks. We stayed a lifetime. I went to law school because I wanted to help humanity AND because I felt that if I was a lawyer, then I would fit in and be accepted and respected. I practiced for 15 years as a successful securities lawyer. One day I realized I was wealthy, miserable and no longer helping humanity. I quit my job as a lawyer within a month. As a spiritually-minded business person, I started to listen to the Universe and my intuition. Through a series of miracles, I ended up finding my natural talents and gifts, which are the ability to realize and evolve peoples’ assets very clearly. During the first two years of my “retirement” as a lawyer, I saw an ad in a community college catalog that read, “What do Oprah, Bill Gates & Warren Buffet Have in Common?” The answer was said to be that they were all practicing their natural talents. So I went to the workshop and learned excitedly and incredulously that my natural talent is in personal brand management for others. From this workshop, my horizons opened and I devised a number of programs highlighting others’ talents and abilities, wrapping it in a “personal brand” package. Initially, I had no idea how these gifts would work in coming together; but for the past seven years I have been running a personal brand management company. We work with individuals and companies to unearth their uniqueness, communicate this to their target audience, and then manage all perceptions. The mission of my company: While appreciating the oneness of humanity, my goal is to highlight for others their specific talents and abilities in order to bring greater joy and success to all areas of their lives. This is how I do my part to cultivate a world of love and kindness where I promise through my example that no one is forgotten and everyone is appreciated. Personal brand management is based on defining and understanding your uniqueness, communicating it effectively to your target market and managing the perception of your personal brand. Your personal brand comes first. It is about you and NOT your business logo or marketing materials or PR. YOU must have a personal brand before you: a) can have marketing material and b) are press worthy. An effective personal brand starts with the understanding of who you are as a business owner and an individual. Without this solid foundation of a sense of self, it is not possible to build an effective personal brand that then translates into effective business branding. Throughout my career and life, I have been blessed with an eye for the creative process around building a successful personal brand. I finally stopped and listened to all the people who kept asking me for help in making their personal brand and business a success. Most of these people were lawyers trying to figure out how to stand out as attorneys in society. I was enlightened by the concept of following my natural talent. I wanted to help other businesses have an effective personal brand and thus, increase revenues, productivity, morale and sales. For fifteen years, I worked as an attorney in multiple areas of corporate America. For over eight years I practiced in Washington DC: the Securities & Exchange Commission, lobbying on Capitol Hill, and working in a law firm. I then moved to California working as in-house corporate counsel and then consulting via my own business. I hold undergraduate degrees in Finance, Accounting and Economics and a law degree. My clientele include numerous law firms , corporations, law schools, specialty institutions, retail corporations, CPA firms, engineering firms, financial services firms, dental professionals, medical professionals, as well as many smaller businesses. I am an author and public speaker on personal branding, leadership, marketing and business development. I have been appointed to serve on the ABAs Law Practice Management (LPM) Division Webzine, Nominating Committee and Women Rainmaker Boards. I have contributed numerous articles to the ABA and been a frequent speaker at various ABA conferences. I believe in being active and giving back to our community as part of your personal brand and mainly because it is good Karma! I am on the national board of directors of The Women Of Color In the Law. I also serve on the San Diego board of directors of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).

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