Building Your Own Brand Brittany Thompson and Lily Whiteman
Good Morning! About Me: Brittany Thompson Brittany.Thompson@us.ibm.com Wordcloud generated by www.wordle.net, by IBM Researcher Jonathan Feinberg
What word or phrase would you like people to think of when they think of you? What makes you different? What do you do that adds distinguished, distinctive value? What do you do that makes you most proud? For what do you want to be remembered? What promises are you making to other people? 3 View slide
Your brand is in evidence every time you interact with other people—internally and externally.
Remember, if you allow yourself to sing flat in the shower, it is likely that you will sing flat on stage.
My First Week at IBM… Created my BluePage profile Languages Spoken Internships Career Interests Began ‘informational interviews’ with my new colleagues Requested 15-30 minute ‘Informational Interviews’
“My First 100 Days at IBM” Blog After 2 weeks, launched “My First 100 Days at IBM” blog Documenting experiences as a new hire Finding similar new-hire experiences Getting advice from colleagues Unexpected Connections and Opportunities Received responses from leading Subject Matter Experts Received invitations to present and attend several conferences and panels
“To crystallize your personal brand, ask yourself what you want to be known for — what differentiates you from everyone else who might have a similar background or set of experiences? In other words, what skills, abilities, knowledge and attitudes do you have (or are developing) that will make people want to work with, follow or "friend" you — online or off? What value can you create for others as a friend, blogger, colleague, teammate, boss or subordinate? And what will make you satisfied and fulfilled that you are indeed making a contribution?” -Anne Wargo, IBM
Quick tips when building your brand… Establish a reputation of accepting new opportunities or challenges Don’t be afraid to share successes and failures; it is important to show you can learn from your mistakes Show initiative and creativity Remember that your personal brand does not stop at your project/client work or daily assignments Practice good time management