Fearlessly Elevate Your Personal Brand

Fearlessly Elevate Your Personal Brand Online

Pop quiz: If you could choose one emoji that represented you (like, if one emoji from you had to sign every email) which emoji would it be?

Part two of that question: How closely does that emoji speak to your personal brand?

Huh.

We’ll come back to all that in less than six minutes.

There’s a student in my Career Connections class who literally put the most exciting thing she does on the very bottom on page two of her resume. (Don’t worry – we’ve since moved it up.) BUT – it got me thinking that that’s what a lot of us do. We’re up to cool things, and we’re not talking about them to the degree to which we should. It’s like we’re afraid of our own personal brands. (I think we are afraid of our power, but that’s an entirely different conversation.)

You don’t have to be Dwyane Wade to build a personal brand. You can be you. And you can do it for free via how you choose to use your digital presence strategy.

Digital presence strategy.

It’s not as scary as it sounds. It’s manageable, I promise. It is a strategy through which is, I think, a mistake people make today. Your digital presence this is a strong opportunity to implement some strong strategy.

First, here are three easy tactics to start looking at ‘the big picture’ of your digital presence.

Google yourself. You’ll yield good stuff – and things to change.

First, you’ll most likely run into links where you’ve been mentioned online. This is all content to save and share on your channels if it’s relatively current versus that picture of a clipping from high school track. Also, this is a good gut check for you to understand better who is talking about you. Is your alma matter plugging every project you’ve done the last five years? Maybe it’s time to lean heavier into them or maybe it’s just time to say thanks.

Second, you’ll probably run into things you want to get rid of. Example: There was a rogue Twitter handle claiming to be me and sharing content as me which I’d never share. Found it when I challenged my class last semester to Google themselves, and I did the same. The teacher is once again the student.

Googling yourself is also the beginning of the ‘private vs. public’ conversation you should have internally – what are you comfortable sharing publicly? What do you want to keep sacred and private? If you Googled yourself and a photo from a family event popped up, and you hated that the world could see that, you just got your first spiritual ping that you want some things private. And that’s totally understandable.

This is also a good time to take down any photos you don’t want up there. Or perhaps get clearer on what’s set to private and what’s open for public consumption.

Complete your information online.

If you’re doing social media, do it. Don’t start an account, and then abandon ship. I call a person who does that (especially on LinkedIn) a “Professional Casper” – Casper, as in the Friendly Ghost. You’ve created an account, worked for about two weeks to build up to 23 followers, and then you just stopped. Now, you’re a ghost with no photo, slim information, and a lousy followership. If that’s the case, just remove it. Or if you joined Twitter to watch other accounts like sports news or business news, then do that, but don’t share your handles with anyone or suggest that your mentee follow you for that one time you post an article by Fast Company. My biggest concern is when I see a Professional Casper on LinkedIn; I’m searching for Drew Chin, and I don’t know which Drew Chin it is because you have no picture, no current job information. (Side note: Drew Chin is a dear friend who is very good at LinkedIn; he just so happens to be my example because I looked at him when I gave this presentation, and I used him as the example in that real life moment.)

As far as I’m concerned, it’s like buying the land, but not building the house. You’ve staked your claim digitally, but you’ve done nothing about it. Don’t be a Professional Casper.

This is a good place to pause and address the question of what you share online personally and professionally which is different than public versus private. The line between personal and professional life is getting blurry, so my best advice which I give to clients is this – find 2-3 through-lines or middle paths that run through your personal and professional life. Where do both worlds intersect? Maybe that’s art, maybe that’s music, maybe that’s creativity, maybe that’s the business of business – which is me.  Share content that addresses those middle paths. You don’t have to publicly share that you only post about xx topic or xx topic. It’s more of an internal gut check.

If that’s tricky, here’s another way to think about it – what do you want people to feel when they see your content? Is it motivation? Is it travel, new places, adventure? It is your willingness to be fearless or try new things? Then, lean into that. You can share that article from Self on fearlessness and then a couple days later share a PPT slide from a presentation you gave fearlessly for the first time to a major client.

Brag.

This gets a bad rap, and women especially struggle to share accomplishments, wins, personal victories, etc. Women think a lot of times, too, ‘I just shared something a couple days ago or last week’, and so they hesitate to share the fact that a board they chair just raised xx number of dollars. Keeping that to yourself doesn’t grow your personal brand AND certainly doesn’t inspire, encourage, or coach someone else. Also, keep in mind how quickly those feeds move AND the likelihood that the same person catches all your updates; it’s rare, really. Increase those chances they’ll see something though.

Share your accomplishments often, willingly, fearlessly.

On that note, too, don’t do what I like to call the ‘drop the mic’ share – “Here’s my win in one sentence, and that’s it.” Share a picture. Provide a link to that organization or company. Give your audience something to look at or somewhere else to go. When you ‘drop the mic’ and just leave the accomplishment out there, yes, someone can like it or share it, but it doesn’t keep them in your personal pipeline – give them a picture of that room before your presentation, share that link to main homepage of the business that just gave your race team xx number of dollars to run that half.

My additional note here is this: Whatever and whenever you choose to share, make sure you do so consistently. Set yourself a goal to share something once a week or three times a month. Whatever feels right and authentic to you. Don’t go sharin’ something every day for eight days, and then drop off. Put some strategy and thought behind it, and drive it forward consistently in a way that fits you best. If right now, you’re sitting on three ‘wins’ you’d like to share, that’s great – space them out over the next ten days, and you have a month worth of content – and strategy.

When I talk strategy a lot of time with clients, I’m referring a lot of times to LinkedIn. With 467 million users and two new LinkedIn users joining per second, it’s worth it to be there professionally.

Here are five quick tips to do LinkedIn well if you only have a couple of minutes to do so:

  1. A lot of people are more comfortable updating their LinkedIn profiles when they’re doing it privately versus publicly, so make sure to change that setting, so you feel open to updating big things, small things, whatever. Plus, it makes it easier than explaining to a co-worker that you don’t have a new title, you were just correcting a capitalization error you made two years ago when you earned the title.
  2. Download the LinkedIn app. It’s free. It’s easy to use. And everything you can do in front of the computer on LinkedIn, you can do on the app. PLUS, it’s easy to have coffee with someone, and then connect with them right here and right here via LinkedIn.
  3. Again, don’t be a Professional Casper on LinkedIn. Update your page with a professional headshot. On this note, too, use a professional picture, but also use a picture that mirrors the way you show up. If you’re a little left of center, but your LinkedIn is stuffy and conservative because someone told you it’s Linkedin and you HAVE to do it that way, well then I don’t know who to believe – the person in front of me or the person on LinkedIn. Which one are you?!
  4. Have a connection strategy. Tell yourself to connect with five, new people every week for a month, and see what happens. If you’ve mastered five, then push it to ten. The point is to stay active and relevant on LinkedIn, and a good way to do that is to connect with new people. Get to that 500+ person count, and if you’re already there, keep building. You never know who knows whom.
  5. Share something you’ve done recently. So, treat this like one of those email chain letters – you’ve read this, and you now have five days to share something on LinkedIn. Share a win – include a picture or a link. Also, don’t limit yourself to sharing just Monday to Friday, 9-5p. LinkedIn is showing traction and success off-hours and on the weekends – especially with the accessibility of the app.

Much of this work begets bigger work you’ll want to do for your personal brand just in general. This might be the opportunity to ask yourself these three strategic questions about how you brand yourself:

  1. What are your strengths? Are they clear to those you work with daily, those who view your LinkedIn page in just thirty seconds or less? Are they clear to you?
  2. What are your 1-3 biggest, recent wins? Again, are they clear to those you work with daily, those who view your LinkedIn page in just thirty seconds or less? Are they clear to you?
  3. If people had one word to describe you or the way you work, contribute, make an impact – your brand – what is that one word you want them to think of immediately?

Now, let’s talk again about the emoji you selected at the beginning of this exercise. Chances are you chose an emoji that in one way or another captures the spirit or essence of how you see yourself – your personal brand. Did you select one that’s creative, that’s fun, or that’s sassy and takes no guff from anyone?  Whatever emoji you selected, write down the first three words that come to mind when you see it for yourself.

And right there you have the beginning of your brand presence. Now, it’s time to take that spirit online with #fearlessness, #confidence, and #strategy.

Meg Seitz
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Meg Seitz is the Founder and Managing Creative Partner of toth shop, a Charlotte-based agency with one goal: Elevate your brand’s content through powerful writing, creativity, and strategy. She utilizes a unique skill set that is a fusion of her English major and MBA, brand strategist role and teaching experience, writing philosophy and hybrid thinking approach. As well, she serves as an Adjunct Professor with Queens University’s Vandiver Center for Career Development and Founding Partner of the educational platform and children’s book series, “Bea is for Business” designed to teach children ages 5-9 business principles.
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Meg Seitz
toth shop, inc.
Meg Seitz is the Founder and Managing Creative Partner of toth shop, a Charlotte-based agency with one goal: Elevate your brand’s content through powerful writing, creativity, and strategy. She utilizes a unique skill set that is a fusion of her English major and MBA, brand strategist role and teaching experience, writing philosophy and hybrid thinking approach. As well, she serves as an Adjunct Professor with Queens University’s Vandiver Center for Career Development and Founding Partner of the educational platform and children’s book series, “Bea is for Business” designed to teach children ages 5-9 business principles.

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8 Ways Your Company Can Save Money By Hiring Remote Worker

8 Ways Your Company Can Save Money By Hiring Remote Worker

Whether you’re a veteran or simply a new business owner, one thing is certain – overhead costs are a big pain in the @&&. So it’s a good thing that modern technology has helped today’s businesses cut down on costs.

You save a lot of money by not paying for office space, construction costs, electricity bill, rental fee, food expenses, and other expenses. You can simply hire your employees and have them work at home. It’s also a big benefit to the employee since they don’t have to worry about gas expenses or commuting expenses. They also work in the comfort of their own homes and they can set their own schedules as well. It’s a win-win situation for both the employer and the employee.

But if you’re still not convinced then take a look at these reasons that explain why hiring remotely can save you a lot of money.

1 Lower Operating Costs for Your Business

You don’t have to worry about renting office space, paying electric bills, paying water bills,  buying office supplies, providing for snacks, office repairs, buying hardware, fixing to plumb, and all those other expenses since most (if not all) of your workers are now working at home.

Based on a poll from Global Workplace Analytics, it was discovered that businesses and companies who allow their employees to work at home have reduced expenses and reduced company overheads of approximately $11,000 annually.

2 Your Remote Workers are More Productive

Working at home has a lot of perks. The most obvious perk would be that of time and travel expenses. Home workers don’t need to travel to the office which saves them a lot of time, they also don’t have to experience the stress of being caught in a traffic jam during rush hour.

Asides from the traffic, home workers have fewer distractions and they can devote 100% of their time and energy on work. Home workers have flexible work schedules that they can even take care of their children, cook their own food, and watch television. This flexible work schedule makes them more productive and it helps them produce high-quality outputs.

According to Tiny Pulse, about 91% of home workers state that they get more work done when they are working remotely.

3 Employee Turnover Will Be Reduced

A lot of employees are being replaced yearly. It’s costly to train new employees and it takes a lot of time and investment to make them as effective as the old ones.  You can convince your current employees to stick around by making them work at home.

According to the Global Workplace Analytics, about two-thirds of employees would switch their current jobs if they could ease the burden of commuting and deal with traffic. By relieving your employees the burden of traffic, you are also ensuring that they would stick around and work for you.

4 You will have more productive and efficient meetings

Payroll has reported that over 40% of office professionals see impromptu meetings as a major distraction in the workplace.

You don’t have to worry about impromptu meetings that hinder you from doing your work. Most impromptu meetings have little value to add and they are often used to kill time in the workplace. It’s even more annoying when people chat and goof around while waiting for the other workers to come to the meeting. You lose at least an hour of your work time in these meetings, an hour that you could have spent working on that project.

You can have more efficient and productive meetings if you have a lot of remote workers. Why? Because meetings have to planned and scheduled in advance which gives you and your employees more time to prepare for the meeting. So no more on the spot brainstorming or fooling around, you can now have meetings that help and improve your employees work rather than hindering it.

5 Your Workers Can Work Even on Sick Days

People in the office often take the whole day off when they call in sick. This would set back your profits and you’ll be at a loss. Remote workers, on the other hand, don’t have this problem.

Your remote workers can work from bed (if possible) when they’re sick. If they can’t work when sick it’s still okay since they have flexible work schedules that make it easy for them to catch up with work.

6 It’s Faster and Easier to Hire Remote Workers

Office employees undergo a very long and tedious hiring process. They undergo interviews, handle paperwork, background checks, and they have to be sorted out by the HR department. It would take a few days at best to hire a new employee.

Hiring a remote worker, on the other hand, can simply be done within a 24 hour period. There’s no bureaucracy that will slow you down.  However this comes at the cost of security and quality, you have to do the background checks yourself and make sure that they are up to par with your company’s standards.

7 You Don’t Need to Rely on Local Talent, You Have the World to Choose From

If your company is located in a big and thriving city. It’s very likely that your employees are also living in the city as well. The cost of living is high and you have to pay them a much higher rate.

However, you can pay remote workers much less since you don’t have to adhere to industry standards. You can pay someone a lower rate but with equal talent, whose living in a rural area and they’d still be happy about it. You can even completely outsource the work and hire workers from across the world.

8 You Can Work Remotely as Well

What’s so great about having all your workers work remotely? Well, it means that you don’t have to go to the office anymore! You’re basically working remotely as well. That means that you don’t have to worry about commuting/ driving, rush hour, and other daily work expenses. You now have more time to spend with your family and you can probably work while traveling the world.

And, here are 3 ways to build trust in remote teams

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

How to Maximize Your Digital Marketing Budget in 2019

How to Maximize your Digital Marketing Budget in 2019

Many businesses don’t really regard themselves as digital companies, because they may offer “analog” consumer products and services. After all, they’re not selling high-tech products and software programs. Common small businesses include restaurants, arts, and crafts sales, and plumbing services. So since these are traditional businesses, often they employ traditional marketing strategies—and that’s a mistake. Instead, digital marketing must be at the forefront of any sensible marketing strategy these days.

It’s true that many of these old-school marketing departments have now added more modern online marketing elements like mobile marketing, social media marketing, email marketing, and website operations. Yet often the focus is on traditional marketing methods like print ads and retail store promos. The digital marketing teams receive a far smaller share of the marketing budget.

If you’re running your own business, you have to increase the budget for digital marketing. In fact, the bulk of your marketing budget should probably go to digital marketing instead. Your digital marketing team should be at the forefront of your marketing efforts, leading the charge in promoting your brand and gathering data about your customers.

If you’re not convinced, here are some facts that should change your mind:

  • The vast majority of your customers are online. In the US, about 89% of the people use the Internet. Among the Internet users, 77% go online every day, 43% are online several times a day, and a staggering 26% are online almost constantly. The percentage of the constantly connected jumps to 39% for the 18 to 29 age bracket.
  • According to expert consumer marketers, the most effective marketing tactics include digital marketing techniques like social media, email newsletters, videos, mobile apps, website articles, and blogs. Online marketing is quite versatile, as it can also include webinars, webcasts, online presentations, white papers, infographics, and case studies.
  • With so many digital channels, it’s your responsibility to make sure that the message stays consistent throughout. Every platform should have the same information regarding your business, such as your location and your contact information. Your prices and promos should also appear the same for each channel. Your offline channels must also fall in line with your online promos, though this can be a challenge when you’re prone to quick reactive promotions.
  • The speed of digital marketing is significantly faster compared the traditional offline channels. This is in terms of fulfilling consumer demand for information. Direct mail and even telephone channels can’t compare to having all the information readily available on your website. You can also chat with your consumers and respond quickly via forum posts and emails.
  • The analytic tools for online marketing are also superior as you’re able to really track your marketing ROI. These tools can track how each digital marketing method is actually contributing to your bottom line. You can find out which methods are increasing your brand visibility, increasing your website visitors, and boosting your sales.

The basic truth is that all business these days are digital. You may offer traditional services like food products and plumbing services, yet marketing today must be online.

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100 Best Coworking Spaces in Los Angeles

100 Best Coworking Spaces to Work in Los Angeles

Coworking spaces these days are all about well-designed, health-conscious zones styled to look more like a members’ lounge than a meeting room. It’s no wonder freelancers, creatives and startups are turning to coworking spaces as an alternative to the traditional office. The communal environment and the amazing amenities are definite perks, but mainly for the sheer beauty of the spaces themselves.

We have compiled a complete list of the best coworking spaces in Los Angeles for you to work – HERE

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Changing Careers: How to Find the Right Career to Switch To in 2019

Changing Careers: How to Find the Right Career to Switch To in 2019

It’s very common for people to think about switching careers. We think about working in a field we are excited about, in contrast to the dull industry we currently find ourselves. But often this sort of job dissatisfaction changes with your mood. So how do you know if you should change career in the first place? Which career should you choose next? To help you make an informed decision, here are some steps you need to take:

Is It Time to Change Careers?

Sometimes thinking about changing your career is just a passing thought. But you may want to seriously consider your career options right now if you find yourself agreeing to these statements:

  • You’re only staying in your current job because it pays well, or it gives you a prestigious title.
  • You actually hate the thought of waking up the next day to go to work.
  • You feel blah and unenthusiastic about your tasks.
  • When you succeed or fail at a project, it doesn’t really matter to you.

All these point out to a deep dissatisfaction with your current career path. When you’re with certain people, tasks, or workplaces, it’s normal. But when you simply don’t care about your industry anymore and about your place in it, or when the culture of your particular industry no longer suits you, then it’s probably time to take your career musings more seriously.

Which Career Will Be Right for You?

Now that you know that you don’t like your current career anymore, what do you like instead? This can be an overwhelming step because it feels like a wide-open quandary. How exactly do you narrow down your options?

The first step is to identify what gets you excited. There must be something that gets you going. What are you passionate about? What topics make you care? Knowing what motivates you can then help you identify the industries and jobs that can bring back the passion you’ve lost.

The next step is to do research on your motivations. Now you find those industries and jobs that will make you feel excited again. Internet searches are easy to do, and your research can then give you quick facts. You’ll know about possible jobs in other industries, expected salaries, the culture to expect, how all these can mesh with your career goals.

After your online research, go to job fairs and other career networking opportunities. Find out about job openings, and ask questions about the industry and the work.

Pursuing Your New Career

Once you’ve identified the new career you want to try out, be serious about starting the process. Go active on LinkedIn. Reach out to local businesses. Find mentors. Attend various industry events to widen your network.

You may find that your new career won’t require you to go back to school for the next 4 years. You may need some new training, but such programs may only take a few months instead of a few years. After that, you may be ready and you may find yourself looking forward to going to work instead!

Check out these 50 hottest startups to work for right now.

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6 Things Employers Need to Know About Mental Health at Work

6 Things Employers Need to Know About Mental Health at Work

Mental health in the workplace is a touchy subject even though it shouldn’t be. If you’re quite clueless about the basics, here are six things that you should know about it.

How many years has it been since the World Health Organization declared that mental health problems are classified as serious illnesses? It has been a while, for sure, but it can’t be denied that the diseases under this category still carry a stigma. People who are diagnosed with such are still treated with doubt and suspicion as if their health problem is not as bad as other ailments.

While there have certainly been some improvements over the past decade when it comes to treating mental illness, we’re far from handling it properly. A lot of people are working hard to change this but if not everyone is willing to make an effort, we’ll still have to wait a long time for things to change.

Mental Health in the Workplace

It’s no secret that the workplace can be the most nerve-racking places for people with mental illness. They can be too competitive, too alienating, too unwelcoming. Because of this, a lot of talent and potential are wasted.

If you don’t want your workplace to experience the same thing, you should work on educating your people about mental health. Handling these diseases properly start from understanding the condition and their sufferers better, so it’s always a good idea to start there.

As there’s just so much to learn about this problem, it’s best to start small. We won’t talk about the technicalities of mental health as that might prove to be too complicated for some. Here are six of the most basic things that you should know about mental health, however:

1. Mental illness is present in every workplace

One of the most important things that everyone should know about mental health issues is that they come in different forms. They do not manifest in the same way in every sufferer because there are so many different mental health problems that plague the general populace. This is why even if it doesn’t look like it, it’s highly likely that you have an employee or co-w0rker that is suffering from one right now.

Mental illness has a lot of faces so it’s not the easiest thing to detect. However, it is said that 1 out of 5 Americans is diagnosed with a mental illness yearly. Because it’s just like physical health where you get sick from time to time, people can also get a mental illness on occasions.

What you should note, however, is that 1 in 25 of them suffer from a severe case. Most people won’t be able to tell even if they’re working desk neighbors is one of them. As some mental illnesses are not always debilitating, most sufferers pass off like their normal selves even if they’re not 100% there.

However, just like physical ailments, it can be just as costly to businesses. Some experts estimate that mental illnesses cause losses that amount to a staggering $193.2 billion in earnings yearly so it’s important for enterprises to address the issue head-on.

2. Employees with mental illnesses are protected by the law

There are a few things that employers should and shouldn’t do with their employees that are diagnosed with mental health conditions. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, employers should:

  • provide the necessary accommodations for employees with mental health conditions; and
  • not fire, force them to stop working or deny promotions based on mental health.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness also says that employees can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave when dealing with a mental health crisis. While the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act makes sure that health insurance policies provide similar coverage to mental health conditions just like they do with physical health conditions.

3. Talking about mental health in the workplace would be beneficial for everyone

Mental health concerns are always some of the biggest elephants in the room, especially in workplaces. This is why creating spaces to talk about them would be a good idea for employers. This will help you educate your team about the issue at hand.

It can also be a positive thing for your employees who are suffering from a mental illness. Activities of this kind will provide support to your team members which is exactly what they need during such tough times.

With the help of the right organizations and experts, you can create a friendlier working environment for those who are struggling with their mental health condition. Open conversations between the employee and management is also a great thing to have.

4. Employees have access to assistance programs

It’s not common knowledge that there are employee assistance programs (EAP) for mental health issues. These are usually available in the form of hotlines for employees to call whenever they need support for their mental health condition.

The best part? The sessions are kept confidential. Employers will not be informed so you can be confident that their condition will not have an effect on their employment.

5. Mental health conditions are mostly treatable

As mentioned above, some mental illnesses can come and go just like physical ailments. Not a lot of people know this for a fact so it’s important to spread the word.

Even severe cases of chronic mental illnesses are largely treatable. With the right resources and ample support, it can certainly be done.

6. Employers and colleagues can make a huge difference in one’s struggle with their mental health condition

Employers can certainly take the right measures in supporting their employees with mental illnesses. For one, they can educate their employers about mental health and even train them how to react to emergencies. Corporate seminars on this topic are offered by various institutions so there won’t be a problem in finding resources for such.

With the right information, colleagues can then provide good support for those with mental health conditions. As they spend a third of their days together, colleagues tend to develop a certain bond and mutual trust. They can then use this to provide excellent support to each other in times of crisis. So if a workplace is well-versed in mental health issues, it won’t be difficult for them to provide support to a co-worker that is struggling with one.

Mental health shouldn’t stay as a touchy subject in workplaces if you want your business to progress. As there are tons of ways how to handle this topic, employers should make an effort to address this pressing concern.

Check out these mental health apps

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LAStartups.com is a digital lifestyle publication that covers the culture of startups and technology companies in Los Angeles. It is the go-to site for people who want to keep up with what matters in Los Angeles’ tech and startups from those who know the city best.