Deepak Chopra, Robin Sharma, Bejan Daruwala, Salma Rushdie, Anish Kapoor – what do they have in common? They are all great brands, by the virtue of either their work or their personal branding efforts.

I mean look at Deepak Chopra. Like him or hate him, he is synonymous with neo-spirituality. His website is clean, he engages consumers with regular emailers, and even keeps his instagram followers busy. If that’s not enough he is a LinkedIn influencer and has almost 3 million followers on Twitter. For me, he is a great example of personal branding.

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True, personal branding is nascent in India, and most freelancers or consultants don’t even have a website. They don’t do just enough. What are the things that go into making a great personal brand? Some of the are:

Treat yourself like a brand 

Start putting in your head you are a product, like Coke, Nike, or Starbucks and you have to be positioned in a certain matter. Give only 2 percent of your time everyday establishing your brand equity.

Get a professional brand identity 

Get rid of that cheap shabby retro logo from your visiting card. Give it a contemporary, thoughtful image. Involve a professional design agency or a graphic designer.

Web! Web! Web! 

Ok, you might have a website, but is that website doing more harm that good. From what I have personally seen, most personal websites diminish brand equity of an individual. Have a professional, aesthetic and interactive website. On a shoestring budget? Opt for a wordpress theme and get kickstarted.

Are you interacting?

You know your stuff, right? But how do others know how well you know your stuff. Simple, tell them. Run a blog, get active on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIN (hashtag the keywords), and get the ball rolling. Be a thought leader. Robin Sharma regularly updates his youtube channel with 2 minute videos. Do that if you can.

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One thing that you stand for

All iconic brands stand for that one thing. Harley Davidson means freedom, Starbucks means serving people, etc. What is your USP. Are you a healer that is into therapy? May be your that one thing is creating happiness.

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