Building a personal brand is much the same as planning for success. To be successful in both business and your personal life, you need to develop and maintain strong relationships. Here are six important points to think about as you build positive connections with co-workers, colleagues, clients and people who may sit on the same board as you do:
- Get to know the people that populate your professional life. While not necessarily family or friends, they are the people you spend a lot of time with and they can become great champions of you and the work you want to do.
- Listen. Colleagues have the right to be heard, and what they have to say can add energy and engagement to a project as well as the relationship.
- Avoid blame. A very dangerous tactic, blame focuses on looking back to see who’s at fault rather than pushing forward to solve the problem.
- Provide a purpose. Why you are doing what you’re doing should be the easiest question for you to answer and a true motivation for those with whom you are working.
- Be diplomatic. Think before and after you speak. You can choose words that are strong and decisive as long as you consider the impact they will have on those receiving the message.
- Don’t jump to conclusions. Carefully evaluate the information you receive and always consider the source of it before commenting.
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