How your personal brand can fire up your business...

by Mickey Wilson

Read more to learn how your personal brand can be instrumental in scaling your business. Here’s how to get your message across, even when you’re not in the room…

The days of the faceless corporation are over. Fact. More than ever before business leaders and visionaries need to be seen. And, more crucially, heard.

Why? Because it…

  • Injects dynamism into your vision
  • Adds meaning to your mission
  • And galvanises people to sign up to your cause

Also because it helps anyone who engages with your brand to feel like they’re getting the real deal. An actual human story. Which is a powerful platform to grow your business.

People buy people. Fact. Beyond the cliché is this… people buy stories they believe in. And they love to follow them. It’s why the current buzzword on the block is ‘authenticity’. We all want something real we can believe from someone real we can believe in.

IBM calls this Brand Belonging and they’ve measured its business impact to prove that increasing Brand Belonging can grow revenue and increase market share better and faster. How is this possible? Because we’re in a world where too much is superficial and temporary. Where we need to question what is actually true. Even on the news.

We long for deeper connections

Have you ever tried to connect with a faceless company? Even if that company has an amazing vision and mission statement, words mean little unless you believe there’s a human story behind them. That’s why we get so excited when inspiring ideas are presented by the founder, with passion, power and conviction. Think Steve Jobs and his keynotes. Think Simon Sinek and his thought leadership. We want to listen. We want to hear more. Sometimes we make notes. And, if it really resonates with us then we spread the word. This is why TED is so popular.

What’s really exciting is that it’s never been easier to find a relevant channel to broadcast your message. It’s never been easier to reach your audience and light up their world!

Everyone who wants to be anyone should take time to develop their personal brand, but if you’re running your own business it’s even more essential.

Yes, it’s hugely important to invest in crafting your company image. However, getting your own message out there as the founder has many additional benefits. Before you build your sales team or spend on marketing, the majority of your business will likely come from your existing contacts, from networking and word of mouth. You need a powerful and memorable personal brand to maximise these opportunities.

Equally, when you want to attract the right people to join your team. People who align with your values and want to become part of your success story. People who buy into you as a leader. That’s when personal branding comes into its own as a driver of growth.

“All of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You.” – Tom Peters in Fast Company


What if you’re building a business to sell?

Should you avoid making yourself visible as the founder? Not at all. It’s your vision, personality and ideas that will make your business unique. If you’re building your business purely to sell then you probably have a shorter, more defined timeline in mind. You’ll need even more rocket fuel to get off the ground. And guess where that’s going to come from? Your personal brand. You’ll fire-up people to climb on board. Clients, team, partners… and eventually your buyer.

It’s important to build a personal brand because it’s the only thing you’re going to have. Your reputation online, and in the new business world, is pretty much the game, so you’ve got to be a good person. You can’t hide anything, and more importantly, you’ve got to be out there at some level.

Gary Vaynerchuk

Okay, you get it and you’re up for it, so where do you start?

Right here with some suggestions to ignite your personal brand…

1) Lay the foundations…

  • Take the time to understand what impact you want to have in the world, then create your brave, powerful and compelling personal vision statement.
  • What do you do every day that solves people’s problems? This is your mission.
  • Compile a list of your deepest core values and tell people why they’re important to you.

2) Spread the word…

  • Secure your personal web domain and build a site that showcases your story and your unique perspectives.
  • Include your story on your company website too.
  • Be consistent in your communications. Both visually – use the same fonts, colours and image styles. And verbally – be consistent in the language you use and your tone of voice.
  • Share your insights. Write articles, take pictures, record videos and broadcast them. Be visible on social media. Interact with your network… lots.
  • Write things in your own words first. Even if you use a copywriter to help with editing. Let your voice, passion and personality shine through.

3) Perceptions - and therefore appearances - matter…

  • Invest in a professional photograph that captures your personality.
  • Dress the part – let your wardrobe be another channel to express your brand.
  • Public speaking – get out there. Be brave, bite the bullet and embrace it!


And finally…  Apply for that TED talk! 😉

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernhard Shaw


And if you need any help – remember you have Firestarter in your corner…

At Firestarter we already create engaging, authentic and highly differentiated brands for purpose-led businesses. We now also create powerful, stand-out identities for their leaders. We can help you to make an impact even when you’re not in the room…