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S.A.V.V.Y. Networking — In person and online

There are many books, articles, blogs, and speeches aimed at giving you the tools to become more effective at networking. Many of them are very valid and packed with great information.  Here, I'd like to simplify networking from a personal branding perspective by offering ...

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11 Things You Should Not Post Online

Social media and the web offer us so much in terms of access to information, people, ideas, resources, and news. It also gives us the opportunity to connect with old friends, and new, and to instantly share a concept, concern, complaint, compliment, opinion, or even joke ...

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Serving Those Who Serve

First off, I want to apologize to my loyal blog readers. For many years now I have provided you with a steady diet of personal branding tips, reputation management strategies, and ideas, information, and resources to position yourself as relevant and compelling based on ...

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Are You Showing Up Naked Online?

Before you jump to the conclusion that this is a blog about images of you not clothed or video indiscretions, let me reassure you – when I use the term “showing up naked online,” I am referring to vulnerability, exposure (not the “birthday ...

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10 Ways to Show Your Network Some Love

Every February, we are greeted with hearts, flowers, and reminders to show those we care about how much we love them on Valentine's Day. But what about our clients, colleagues, and that ever-important network of contacts we’re growing? Can we show them some love too? We’ve been ...

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The ABCs of Personal Branding

When I speak on reputation management and personal branding, I enjoy telling audiences that as much as I wish the topic were highly sophisticated and complex, personal branding is relatively simple. There are no tricky formulas or graphs. In fact, I share one graphic (the formula ...

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14 Powerful Career Tips for 2014

Welcome to 2014! This year, take control of your career, drive greater success, meaning, and intention to your work, and build your personal brand. Your brand as a person is attached to your reputation -- it is an expectation others have of working with you. ...

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Email Names, Sign Offs, and Signatures — A Part of Your Personal Brand

For some reason, this gets overlooked: the name you give your email, the phrase you use to close a message, and the signature block (or not) you use to end an email. Call me picky, but I see a lot of mistakes and personal branding ...

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My Gratitude Project (a repost)

Since I originally posted this blog, I've received countless emails, phone calls and comments from readers near and far. It seems many of you have done similar projects where you randomly provide acts of kindness. Some of you do this at the holidays (hence, ...

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Social Media Cheat Sheet: LinkedIn Connections (Part II): Knowing Who to Invite (and How) on LinkedIn

When LinkedIn was born, about 10 years ago, many viewed this tool as a place job seekers connected with potential employers. If your boss found you on LinkedIn, it could be a red flag indicating your desire to leave your current job. Today, job seekers and ...

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