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March 11, 2024
Show Notes: Episode 191 – Personal Branding Strategies for Professional Triumph (with Daveeed Wagner)
March 25, 2024

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Daveeed 00:00
I think that is why personal branding is so hot, because everybody is looking for different ways to provide value, and everybody is looking to position themselves as the right alternative.

JoDee 00:16
Welcome to The JoyPowered® Workspace Podcast, where we help HR and business leaders embrace joy in the workplace. I’m JoDee Curtis, owner of Purple Ink, an HR consulting firm, and with me is my friend and co-host Susan White, owner of Susan Tinder White Consulting, also an HR consulting practice.

JoDee 00:43
Our topic today is personal branding. In a February 2022 article in the Harvard Business Review by Harrison Monarth, he talks about a coaching client of his. His client was turned down for a promotion because his boss said, “nobody knows you.” His client was very surprised, because he received a regular praise for his strong work ethic and good results, but what he found out was that the senior managers at the decision-making table had no idea what he stood for or who he was as a person. Susan, I thought that was such an interesting article on this topic, because many times we think about branding as being outside of our organizations, maybe, but this was such an important topic internally inside the business, as well. And many people believe our efforts, education, or performances are enough to outcompete our colleagues and secure advancement opportunities. We might not realize, though, or have been taught the value of a personal brand. Often we confuse our reputation with our personal brand, but the two are not one and the same. Everyone has a reputation. The first impressions you make the relationships you form with managers and peers, and how you communicate — all of these things impact how others see you. Your reputation is made up of the opinions and beliefs people form about you based on your collective actions and behaviors.

Susan 02:41
You know, Jamie Dimon, when he joined Bank One before JPMorgan Chase, he came in and he talked a lot about everybody in this organization has a book — a book written on them, and they wrote it themselves. And he always talked about “know what’s in your book,” make sure you what’s in your book is what you want people to know about you. So anyway, just really makes me think about, he was, I thought – this was probably back in the late 1990s – really on the forefront of your personal branding.

JoDee 03:07

Susan 03:08
Although he called it your book.

JoDee 03:09
I love that. Your personal brand, on the other hand, is much more intentional. It is how you want people to see you, whereas reputation is about credibility. Your personal brand is about visibility and the values that you outwardly represent. You have the power to define your brand by aligning your intentions with actions — that is, changing your decisions and behaviors to influence how others see you. If that image aligns with the opportunities you want, then you are more likely to secure them.

Susan 03:53
Make sense.

JoDee 03:54
We have a guest today who knows a lot about personal branding. Daveeed Wagner is a personal branding keynote speaker, fractional chief marketing officer, and the founder of – that’s one as number 1 marketing idea dot com – which is an experiential consulting firm. He is the trusted advisor and counselor to influential thought leaders and businesses. During his keynotes, Daveeed Wagner shares a simple three step framework that leverages authenticity to deliver a personal experience that evokes positive emotion and creates deeper and stronger relationships. Daveeed, thank you so much for joining us today. It’s a delight to have you on the show. And I wanted to ask, why is this topic of personal branding so hot right now?

Daveeed 05:02
Two words, probably. Taylor Swift. You know, that’s probably why it’s so hot. But…

Susan 05:08
I’m a Swiftie, so I’m interested.

Daveeed 05:10
Yeah, you know, it’s, it’s all the possibilities that are out there. But the word, the term “personal branding” is not new. In fact, it started, it originated in an article, 1997 article written in Fast Company by a very well known former McKinsey consultant named Tom Peters, where he called the article, “The Brand Called You.” And you can’t move up if you don’t stand out to your customers, colleagues, and your virtual network of associates. Quite frankly, that is, that still holds true now, especially in this day and age where we are witnessing some, some of the most explosive changes that we’ve experienced in our lifetimes. You have artificial intelligence, you have remote work, you have the gig economy, it is more and more important that we are a lot more transparent with our employers and our customers and our network of affiliates and the people that we interact with both at a personal and a professional level. But personal branding, frankly, is the process of creating a distinct and memorable image or reputation for oneself, to communicate your identity and more so value, right? We used to think that just our efforts, education, hard work, performance, were enough, but it no longer is enough. You know, if nobody knows who you are at work, customers or potential leads don’t know who you are, then quite frankly, it’s going to be very difficult for anybody to access your, your services, access the value that you provide, and more importantly, have the opportunity to provide you with those growing options or those, those moments for growth. Especially at work, I think what happens is, we used to think that people were just doing their work and really, there was nothing more to them. But you know, arguably, this being, my mobile phone being the most personal piece of hardware that we carry with ourselves everywhere, everywhere, and there are 6 billion mobile users across the world, now you really can make an impact just from your home, just wherever you are. Personal branding has become a very important piece of growing in your professional life, growing in your personal life. I know, Susan, funny that your name, your last name is also Tinder because I met my wife on Tinder. So I like…

Susan 07:54
Oh, yay! I’m gonna take a little credit for that if you don’t mind.

Daveeed 07:58
Yeah, yeah. So, so you know, much like the way we used to position ourselves out in the marketplace, when we were looking for dates, you know, you customize your personal brand so that you find the right opportunities for long-term relationships. And I think that is why personal branding is so hot, because everybody is looking for different ways to provide value and everybody is looking to position themselves as the right alternative for jobs and for careers.

Susan 08:33
Sure, I agree. So what are some ways in which personal branding contributes to a more humane and inclusive work environment? We’re real concerned about making sure we do have inclusive workplaces.

Daveeed 08:44
Yes, actually, that’s, that’s very interesting that you bring that up, because transparency is very important. The times of fighting behind, you know, your title are long gone. If you are, you know, not a nice, inclusive, and kind person in your personal life, it will translate into your professional life. So building your personal brand also brings that accountability, that responsibility into the equation. And the more you work on being the responsible, value-driven individual in your line of work, the more transparent you have to be. If people aren’t… you know, you cannot be a fake in front of people that have quick access to who you are, the things you’re doing maybe, you know, on a weekend or so. So, employees nowadays, the more they look to their personal branding to grow in their careers, the more transparent they become, and that influences how workplaces can, can benefit from it. In my opinion, and in my experience, in my experience JoyPowered® workplace environments are the byproduct of healthy teams, and I love, you know, very simply put, the three E’s, which are a short acronym for enthusiasm, excellence, and empathy. Employers are looking for enthusiastic people, yes, people looking to, you know, go the mile for their companies. They’re looking for excellence in everything we do, be that in the way we communicate, be that in the products that we develop, be that in the way we collaborate with other people, excellence is at the top of every employer’s list. And finally, empathy, you know, the ability to collaborate with others and to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes and to really understand, you know, what it is that they’re going through and how can we be of more help towards the team as we grow to achieving our professional career objectives and overall company goals.

JoDee 10:55
I love that. And I have to tell you, I’m still a bit stuck in an earlier comment you made about the dating apps, which, you know, Susan and I’ve both been married for a long time, way before dating apps became popular. But now it is, like, the way to meet up with someone and probably one of the reasons why this has become such a popular topic, as you said, it’s been around for a long time, but people are building that not only in the workplace or for their own businesses, but for themselves personally, as well, too.

Daveeed 11:38
Yeah, I mean, you know, that’s, that’s… once you realize that you can build a persona and be truly authentic and deliver value for your personal life as we seek, you know, long-term relationships, you’ll very quickly realize that you know, in your job and for the things that you do as an employee, as an employer, as a partner, you need to also dedicate the right amount of time and be strategic and intentional when building your personal brand, because your personal brand will give you that visibility, that, in front of the right audiences, right? For exa… there’s many stories where you see that somebody has been working with a vendor for a long time and then years later, the vendor ends up hiring this person, or, in my case, for example, I was very intentional with my name for – and my personal brand for a very, very long time, way before I started my own practice, my own consulting firm, about six years ago, and I made it a point to reiterate and reinforce the value I provided to the relationships that I met over the years. I like to say I really didn’t open my door six years ago, there was a long time ago as I have built these long-term professional relationships, primarily online through the social media channels and emails and so forth. So, you know, it starts with that intention, right? It starts with what it is that you want to accomplish, what it is that, that you need to do to put the right blocks in place. And then who do we connect so that, you know, down the road when the time comes that you need to be in front of somebody that might have the right opportunity for you, you have already built that relationship? Right?

JoDee 13:40
Well, if one of our listeners is looking to grow their personal brand, what is one of the first things – if not the first thing – they should do?

Daveeed 13:51
Funny, we were just talking about that, a great segue. I think the first thing to look at, which is the easiest, and it costs nothing, is really to clean up your social media profiles, right, to align them in a way that people understand very quickly what it is that you do and some of the great things you have accomplished. Also find a way to keep them all consistent. Be that on LinkedIn, X, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Threads, Snapchat, whatever it is that you’re using the most and where you connect with people the most. You know, make sure that people know what you’re good at, what you do, so that you’re always top of mind every time they connect with you. Another thing would be start friending the right individuals. You know, the time of, like I said, the time of hiding behind your, your desk or, you know, in the in the confines of your, your home office are long gone. If you want to connect with somebody, just open your social media channel and find the person that maybe you just did some work with or maybe a leader or a manager with whom you’re building a nice connection, friendship, and then connect with them on social media because we know that that relationship can be nurtured for years to come without necessarily being in front of one another. And finally, providing value. I think every time you do, say anything, especially across the social media channels or with your teams or as an employee with, to your supervisor, always look to deliver value, look for words of supporting any initiatives, coming up with ideas, and finding ways to really be useful. Which, by the way, I took that from the last book I read, from Arnold Schwarzenegger. His last book is called “Be Useful,” and it’s really fantastic how he lays out, you know, strategies and ideas on how to be more useful. Arguably, a very successful person in his career in three industries. But being useful really summarizes what it is that you should be focusing on as you look to grow your personal brand in the marketplace.

JoDee 15:11
Yeah. I love your first concept being social media. I have to tell you, I’ve had my business for 14 years, but probably six or seven years ago, I noticed – I like to travel a lot, personally and for work, and even if I’m traveling for work, you know, I might do something fun at night or be somewhere, and I was taking pictures or, you know, posting about where I was a lot. And some people might still think I do that, but I actually do it only, like, a third as much as I used to, because I would get a lot of comments from people saying, like, “do you ever work?” or “you seem to have lots of vacation,” or… so now I try to A) just not post about that so much or B) you know, I’ll mention that I’m here for work, but in the evenings… And I was like, wow, that just really hit me as something, that that was the brand I was putting out there and didn’t even recognize that.

Daveeed 16:09
Yeah. And it’s funny that, that, that, you know, there will always be multiple opinions. And you know, once you enter the realm of social media and become as successful as you are, you know, you’ll always find those comments. But you know, there’s the other side of the coin, where people are looking to you as, wow, I want to be… I want to do that when I grow up.

JoDee 17:45

Daveeed 17:47
How do I achieve that level of success? What can I drink that she’s drinking? How do I, you know, be a fly on the wall whenever she’s in a meeting with clients? So those are the people also that, you know, are looking to you as, wow, yeah, they’re looking to you as, wow, I want to work with this person, this person is top gun and I want to be a part of what she is doing. So, you know, unfortunately, the, the former are the ones that tend to voice their opinion quicker.

JoDee 18:17

Daveeed 18:18
Yeah. So, so to that, you know, when you – in my second point was to connect with the right people, so as you move forward in your relationships, connecting with the right people, partners, sponsors, clients, vendors, contractors, you will realize that, while there will always be those other comments, you will have this other group of people that are really looking to you as, as the, you know, the standard of where they want to be. And that’s, that’s how I’ve built my relationships online. And you know, it’s, it’s worked out. It’s worked out really good, really good.

JoDee 18:51

Susan 18:52
So Daveeed, in addition to social media, which I think you’ve made some excellent points, how do you leverage personal branding to build deeper and stronger long-term professional relationships?

Daveeed 19:03
For us – So first off, let me just encapsulate what it is that, that we do as a personal branding consulting firm. We help personal brands grow their business, and the first thing we do is really help them understand how to invite more people into the narrative. How do you connect with people, with the masses? And how do you be more specific as to you bring people into the conversation? And that has to do with a lot of optimization, a lot of providing valuable content across the networks, through an email newsletter, really finding ways to be in a position to give. So that’s the first piece. In order to, to receive we need to give first, right? So that’s the first thing we like to recommend. Put yourself in a position that you’re giving something first to those individuals who might be interested or leaning into the type of content or value-added information or knowledge that you have to provide. Number two would be keeping or finding a way to stay engaged and increase engagement. Answer to replies, you know, shoot somebody a message that you haven’t for a long time. Stay, for example, I like to say, “ear to the floor,” you know, when people are growing and moving in their lives, and you see what they’re doing, the activities that they’re doing, through the social media channels, for example, you can see where they are in their lives and put yourself in a position of really being of support when needed, being in a position of getting excited when necessary, be in a position to really listen to what they’re saying, through emojis, through comments, through direct messages, you know, really being in a place where people want to engage with your content, by virtue of you first engaging with their content. So it starts with, you know, bringing them into the narrative, then nurturing that relationship, and finally, building community, right? Because, you know, let’s say I move from my current job to another job. Well, I better know very well who I have connected with for the last five years in my existing job and making sure I have all that information. That’s the beginning of my community, right? The people I work with, the emails I have, their, their personal information, cell phone numbers, social media connections, all of that, for the last five years that I have built, when I move somewhere else, then this is my community, my personal community. So building community is really – since the pandemic hit, we saw that the majority of personal brands who have built a robust community, they are the ones that not only survived, but thrived post-pandemic, because they had people to go to, they had ideas to share, they had a group contingency of people that they could communicate with, engage with, sell, to, learn from, help, you know, and then sell to. So really, you know, so really building community is what really makes the bigger impact. And in this day and age, if you were to sell your practice, your job, or if you want to move somewhere else, you always have that community that follows you.

JoDee 22:28
Great advice. What’s one small step or change that you made during your career that boosted your joy at work?

Daveeed 22:38
I was born and raised in Lima, Peru, where I lived up until I was 17 years old, and I grew up very differently than the American culture, so, you know, I think I may have been a little rough in my communications early on in my career. Add to that, I’ve been sober 20 years, so that’s, you know, just another level of complexity. But along the way, I realized that the only way for me to be happy at what I do was to lead with a servant heart, to always be there to help people, to always be there to listen, being present and really being grateful, being grateful of the things that I have. Little by little, I have become more of that, and today, I, I love what I do. I love what I do. I love, love what I do, for many reasons, you know, least of them the fact that I’m in Southern California. You know, my career has taken me here, where – it’s funny, sometimes clients, we, as we build marketing strategies with our clients and we align their marketing goals to their business goals and then their business goals ultimately to their personal goals, somewhere along the line, they come up with, “Yeah, I would love to sip margaritas at the beach, you know, when I retire.” Well, you don’t have to retire. I do that every weekend. Not margaritas anymore, but, you know, the point being is that, you know, it’s a matter of being there for people who, you know, strive for better lives and just sharing your story. So that’s, that’s really has, has changed the way I, I look at work nowadays, really being somebody who is here to help and support.

JoDee 24:29
Thank you for sharing that. And I will say, you know, this, the concept of JoyPowered® really came about because I was talking to so many people who didn’t love their work, right, sometimes they even hated their work. So I love to hear you say “I love, love, love my work,” right? That’s when we find joy is when we love what we’re doing.

Susan 24:30
That brings me joy, to hear other people that love their work. Daveeed, how could our listeners reach you if they’re more interested – or they’re if they’re interested in learning more about personal branding or working with you?

Daveeed 25:09
A few years back, I made a decision as it relates to my name, because my name is David, but in Spanish, it’s Dahveed. So since I moved here to the United States, I’ve been called Dahveed and going back to David was impossible. All to say that I spell my name D-A-V-E-E-E with three E’s just so that it sounds phonetically, D-A-V-E-E-E three E’s and D, Daveeed Wagner. If you just Google that you’ll find me everywhere. There’s only one, guaranteed. So far, so far.

JoDee 25:40
Yeah. Well, that’s a good personal branding tip. Right?

Daveeed 25:44
Yeah. Yeah, I wanted to make sure that it was very easy, very easy. Yeah.

JoDee 25:48
Well, thank you so much for joining us today, and I feel like I learned a whole lot about personal branding, so.

Daveeed 25:57
My pleasure. My pleasure.

JoDee 25:58
Thanks for coming.

Susan 26:00
Thank you.

Susan 26:01
JoDee, we have a listener question. We welcome questions from any of our listeners anytime. “If a change is due to a policy compliance issue that needs to be met, how should you communicate that to stakeholders who are resistant to change?”

JoDee 26:16
Yeah. Which is a topic we all want to know the answer to, right? I struggle with doing this. But I think our answer is communicate, communicate, communicate, right? Tell people it’s coming, tell people when it’s coming, tell people, you know, how long the – I mean, it might be a forever change, but it might be an interim change, as well, too. But also, this was something I struggled with early in my career as an HR director, is that I didn’t always tell people why we were changing, right? I probably knew why. I had looked into different alternatives. But I didn’t share that with other people. I just would announce, “Hey, we’re making a change.” So letting people know what’s the background, what’s the story, why – maybe our software won’t be supported anymore, so we have to shift to a different one, or maybe we’ve grown out of our software. Of course, change can be a lot of different things, but we have so much change in technology, right, that that example always comes to mind at first. And my other thought on this is to find some people, some key influential people – and when I say that I don’t necessarily mean the CEO or the C-suite, but people with boots on the ground, or that maybe are very interested in this change or a proponent of this so they can spread that excitement and spread information at the ground level, too.

Susan 28:08
I love that idea. The only other thing I might add is that I, when I’m introducing a change that is legally driven or policy driven, and I know that the reaction is going to be “oh, man, they just making these policies up,” I make sure they know that part of my role is to be a risk mitigator, and we’re going to need to make a change here, or else we’re gonna be inviting risk to the organization. And they may not like it, but I think they can respect that.

JoDee 28:33
Yeah, that I think is a great point around change, right? That there might be a lot of people who don’t like it, but if they understand it…

Susan 28:44

JoDee 28:45
…understand the purpose of it or why we’re doing it, that can help, at least. And now in the news. I know that you will be particularly interested in this one, Susan.

Susan 29:00
Oh, God.

JoDee 29:01
But if you haven’t already heard, wine tasting is the new thing for corporate connection. Who doesn’t love a nice sip of quality wine over intriguing conversation among colleagues? Corporations are taking advantage of sophisticated events as such to build more robust and meaningful relationships for employees. You know, I’m not even that big of a wine drinker, but I have been to many different wine tastings where I was educated about wine and found that also intriguing, so not only maybe just drinking wine, but learning about the wine can be an interesting gathering, too.

Susan 29:51
And you’re right, JoDee, I’m happy to do either.

JoDee 29:55
So if you’re looking for new ways for team building or bringing your people together, think about wine.

Susan 30:04
Sign me up.

JoDee 30:07
Yeah. Well, thanks for joining us today and make it a JoyPowered® day.

Susan 30:12
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JoDee 30:42
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