Small business owners, more than anyone else, embody their company’s brand. They become a true representative of that brand in everything they do. For many, there is no separation between the brand itself and the person running it.
Consider the last small business owner you met. I’m willing to bet that now whenever you think of that brand, you think of that person (kind of the way I tie CorpNetNellie to CorpNet!). The owner or company leader now represents the brand to you.
Now think about your own company. Would you say you embody your own brand? Do you represent your brand wherever you go? If not, these tips will help get you there.
1. Consider yourself an extension of your brand. Everywhere you go, represent your brand, be it conference, networking event, or your kid’s school. This doesn’t mean you have to be a walking ad for your company, but it does mean you’re prepared to explain what you do or offer advice to people whenever it comes up.
2. Be an industry expert. Speaking of giving advice: you know a lot about your industry, I’m willing to bet. You can help others by sharing that knowledge, through blogging, public speaking, writing, and yes, simply sharing tips in conversation.
3. Know what’s happening in your market. Staying on top of industry trends and news helps keep you sharp. Read industry news and blogs, and have conversations with others in your field.
4. Remember the passion. Likely you started your business because you were passionate about helping people with something. You may have gotten away from that, so remind yourself of that first goal, and rediscover the passion.
5. Take time away. This may seem counter to the idea of living, breathing, and dreaming your brand, but trust me, stepping away from your business is one of the best ways to reconnect with it on your return. Make a point to take a day off every few months, or a week if you can swing it. You’ll come back renewed and ready.
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