When I found out that William Arruda was going to be speaking at the Juniper Networks Global Partner Conference I was giddy with excitement that I might actually get to met someone who has had an influence on my career.
Personal branding has somewhat been a little hobby of mine since discovering that I shared my name with someone in the porn industry. Up until discovering this I had never Googled myself, as I thought it was egotistical and only something a celebrity or his/her team of PR luvies would do. I now realise that it is essential to keep an eye on my personal brand and what content is associated with my name, as people are searching on my name both in a professional and personal context.
So, with this background information in mind you can understand why I was very excited to be meeting and interviewing William Arruda, whom I consider to be my personal branding teacher. The interview was very informal and during which I got William to explain what personal branding means, whether there was a difference between personal and corporate branding. He was adamant that there is no difference between the two and that they have a strong synergy and complement one another, which makes sense. He emphasised that it is; personal branding plus corporate and not separate. We then moved onto how people can establish their own personal brand, William advised not to jump online and create lots of profiles and content, but to create a plan and be clear about your brand before expressing your brand. When you have your plan in place then you need to look at your online profile and check your name within Google, you never know there may be some content online that you don’t want to show up in the search results, William says this is digital dirt and provides two tips on resolving this;
We then discussed tips on creating relevant content, he suggested that we all should register our names as domain names, create our own website content and utilise YouTube by developing our own channels.
Regarding Social Media he pointed out that quite a few people have got into a lot of problems with inappropriate Facebook content being posted about them, to combat this you should keep your professional and personal life separate on this platform. There are tools and widgets that can help you do this. Twitter on the other hand is a really useful tool as a pointing device, so whenever you create content you should syndicate this within Twitter.
I then asked William “how can organisations utilise personal branding?” He says that organisations need to develop talent; developing talent internally will complement the corporate brand. This in turn this creates engagement, motivated and inspired employees.
Closing off the interview I asked William to provide his top three personal branding tips, these are;
It was a pleasure to interview William and I hope you have found this summary and video of some use. Do drop any comments in the box below, thanks.