After almost two years and 19 Personal Branding winners of the month, it’s time to shift the emphasis a little.
I started this personal branding award for two reasons. First, it was to recognize those who are showing, or growing, their personal brand through current technologies. Most of the recipients are (or were) bloggers. A handful only had static websites. A few of them extend beyond their own blog or website, and I recognize that in the post I wrote about them (see bottom of this post for the list).
The second reason I started this personal branding award was to show YOU that YOU can do this too! It’s not just for the elite, or the early adopters of blogging or other technologies. The strategy of developing and portraying your personal brand is a strategy that you should seriously consider.
June’s winner is one of my favorite people. I “met” Heather Gardner on the My LinkedIn PowerForum a number of months ago. I found her to be brash (in a good way), passionate, and anxious to help people.
So how am I shifting emphasis? I’m not going to talk about her blog. And I don’t think she has a static website. Even so, she is doing an excellent job sharing her brand all over the place. I can sum it up in one word… Heather is:
Of course, she’s married with kids, but she is very engaged in discussions online. She is active enough in various places that many people know who she is, what she does, and what value she brings. It’s not her full-time job, so she can’t do it 8 hours a day. Nonetheless, she’s out there. Here are some things she’s involved in:
My LinkedIn Power Forum – Heather is quick to share, ask, give advice, participate and encourage. Many people have benefited from her involvement there, and I’m sure she has branded herself as a very helpful, knowledgeable and resourceful recruiter (and employment expert).
Recruiting Blogs Ning network for recruiters – Very active here, sharing with and learning from her peers. When I created my I Just Got Fired slideshow done she asked if I was going to put it on RecruitingBlogs.com, which is something I hadn’t thought of. It showed me that it is on her mind, and she’s involved there, and guess what… there are over 9,000 recruiters on that little social network! Powerful, and a great place to be involved.
Twitter – some think Twitter is bunk, and others like it when it isn’t down (which is too often). Nonetheless, it’s an amazing place to develop relationships, learn about other people, and share “who you are” with your followers. Of course, Heather is there, active, with hundreds of people following her.
LinkedIn – of course she’s on LinkedIn. She’s not just there – she is engaged. She has asked three questions and answered 12. How many have you asked or answered??
Blog – Yep, she has a blog, too. I find her style and perspective to be quite insightful and engaging. And with titles like Honey does this blog make my “BUT” look big? and “I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours” Promiscuous Web 2.0, how could you not be interested?
She’s elsewhere, like Facebook. I’m sure she’ll be other places, too. But the point of this post, and the reason I’m recognizing her, is because it’s the next natural step to what I’ve recognized over the last almost two years of this personal branding award: being engaged.
Heather is definitely engaged. And the relationships she’s building will benefit her for many years to come.
Heather Gardner, congratulations! You join a special group of professionals and have earned a coveted link from my monthly winner’s blogroll area (on the left), six months of premium JibberJobber (you can transfer/award this to someone else), and a cyber-high five! And, a new addition to the prize list is the two hour (!!) minute recording of Blog Marketing 201 – 501 (part of the CEO Training for Me, Inc. – listed at $49.95 (but much more valuable than that!).
Feel free to post the You Get It award on your site!
Here are the past winners:
- September 2006 – ClickDave – my review
- October 2006 – Kent Blumberg – my review
- November 2006 – Heather Henricks – my review
- December 2006 – Adelino de Almeida – my review
- January 2007 – Rob Humphrey – my review
- January 2007 – Ariel Meadow Stallings – my review
- February 2007 – Mike Schaffner – my review
- March 2007 – Susan Johnston – my review
- April 2007 – Thomas Clifford – my review
- May 2007 – Rob Frankel – my review
- June 2007 – Trent Hamm – my review
- July 2007 – Katie Konrath – my review
- August 2007 – Robb Hecht – my review
- September 2007 – OOPS! I took this month off and didn’t realize it! Lucky me
- October 2007 – Tanya Ferrill – my review
- November 2007 – Sean O’Donnovan – my review
- December 2007 – Andy Shaindlin – my review
- January 2008 – Kate Herrick – my review
- February 2008 – John Halamka – my review
- March 2008 – another OOPS!
- April 2008 – another OOPS!
- May 2008 – Morty Schiller – my review