Design Your Life – A Guide to Personal Branding

PEOPLE TEND TO NEGLECT THE NEED FOR PERSONAL BRANDING – WRONG MOVE. AS THE WORLD CONTINUALLY GETS SMALLER AND EVERYONE IS SEEMINGLY PUTTING OUT CONTENT, THE NEED FOR PERSONAL BRANDING BECOMES IMPERATIVE.

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What is personal branding?

Your personal brand is how you promote yourself. It is the unique combination of skills, experience, and personality that you want the world to see you. It is the telling of your story, and how it reflects your conduct, behavior, spoken and unspoken words, and attitudes – influencer’s hub.

In a nutshell, your personal branding is your identity. It is the features that exude and represents your personality. It may be in the form of colors, style of dressing, food, how you walk, choice of words, tone of voice – it is basically everything that defines you.

Why is personal branding important?

It this electronic concrete jungle in which we live in today, man is king and content is the kingmaker. Therefore, whatever content you put out must exude your personality otherwise you risk the danger of identity crisis, your audience doesn’t know who you are and worst case scenario is that you don’t know who you are.

Personal branding isn’t about living fake lives and making people believe what you are not, in fact, it is about being the best version of you and putting it out for those who care to indulge. Personal branding helps you stand out – there are over 7 billion people in the world today, trust me you don’t want to just be among the number. Don’t you want to be the modern day Achilles? So that your tale might be told for a thousand years.

Note: Personal branding requires, effort, and dedication. Like Achilles, it took him time to train, efforts in many battles, and a dedication to succeed.

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How to achieve a good personal brand in today’s modern stage?

1: Know who you are

You need to know who you are, what you love, the things you really believe, your principles, these form your character and your character translates into your brand.

2: Create your own space

You need a place from which you can interact with people as well as showcase yourself. This could be social media accounts such as YouTube, Facebook or Instagram, and a personal website.

3: Always put your best foot forward

Showcase your strengths, your unique selling proposition. Like Achilles, he never focused on his heel but his ability to win battles (skill with the sword and ability to lead).

4: Become a Subject Matter Expert (go-to-guy)

Once you know what makes you different and what your strengths are, develop it (learn as much as you can on whatever your strengths are) so that when people need someone for that reason, they’ll think of you.

6: Be consistent

Two things I’d like you to note that has already been said in this article are; remember it takes time, effort, and DEDICATION to build a personal brand – you must be willing to commit to what you are building, and remember content is the kingmaker but consistency makes the kingmaker.

Why personal branding?

The purpose of personal branding isn’t to just sell yourself or a product but to give a perception of yourself. This way you gain automatic acceptability when you walk into places that people there are familiar with your brand. It opens more opportunities to you and makes you walk under a different kind of spotlight from the other 7 billion people in the world.

The non-alcoholic alcohol

SAVANNA LAUNCHES THE FIRST NON-ALCOHOLIC CIDER IN SOUTH AFRICA IN A VIEW TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS OF INCREASING CONSCIOUS CONSUMPTION

Talk about breaking rules, changing status quo, and altering norms. Savanna cider is blazing a new trail in the food and drinks department with this “alcohol-less alcohol” innovation, The Savanna Lemon – really, ever heard of a non-alcoholic cider? If you are still in doubt, kindly look up the meaning of cider in your dictionary. So whether you agree or query the innovation as not being a cider, that’s still up for debate, however Savanna is using the innovation to satisfy the taste buds of the more conscious consumer – the growing health conscious African consumer. This takes away the anxiety and paranoia that comes from looking for that drink that best fits your dietary plans yet leaves with that cider taste without alcohol.

We have seen more and more people take to fitfam, organic food consumption, and restrain themselves from consuming little or too much alcohol all in a view to stay healthy and lead a long and vibrant life. All this is good but Savanna is TINKing, that there are too many things in Africa to be worried about and what you drink shouldn’t be one of them.

Source: Bizcommunity

Source: Bizcommunity

To bring this innovation to life, Savanna launched Savanna Lemon with an integrated marketing campaign where it challenges consumers to break the rules. Because when you drink alcohol, you’re confined by rules – social rules, law-enforced rules, even rules that you give yourself. And let’s face it: rules are no fun. This campaign is brought to life in the new Savanna Non-Alcoholic Lemon advert, which showcases the most unlikely characters challenging the norms of where a non-alcoholic cider should be consumed – The Bizcommunity.

“We’re constantly looking for innovative ways to corrupt the apple and bring to life products and ideas consumers will love,” says Annette Grootboom, Global Brand Development Manager for Savanna, “The great thing about Savanna Non-Alcoholic Lemon is that it tastes like cider, which allows people to make a lot more choices – and break a lot more rules.”

So if you plan to have a good time and don’t want to feel those headaches that come from a hangover best grab a bottle of Savanna Lemon.

The Future of Food

A HARD LOOK INTO THE STATE OF FOOD, CURRENT CONSUMPTION PATTERNS, AND WHERE FOOD IS HEADED IN THE NEAREST FUTURE.

Source: Diaspora Kitchen

Source: Diaspora Kitchen

Did you know, today, worldwide, for every malnourished person, there are two people who are obese or overweight? 868 million undernourished people and 1.5 billion obese or overweight people globally – according to Eating in 2030: trends and perspectives 2018 report. Guess where the highest concentration of malnourished people reside, yes your guess is obviously as good as mine. Africa remains the continent with the highest prevalence of undernourished people in the world. Affecting almost 21% of the population (more than 256 million people), South America follows immediately after with 5% in 2017, and fewer in Northern America and Europe with 2.5%, according to the state of food security and nutrition in the world 2018 report.

Did you know 36 million people die every year from lack of food and 29 million people from too much food globally? This is a perfect case of choosing your demon, would you rather die from the lack of or too much food? My answer is neither.

And did you know one-third of all food produced worldwide is made for feeding livestock? In addition, a growing share of agricultural land is used for the production of biofuel. This means we are choosing to feed both animals and automobiles instead of people (Eating in 2030: trends and perspectives 2018 report).

Also, did you know every year 1.3 billion tons of perfectly edible food is wasted, while 868 million people suffer from hunger globally? This is the state of food in the world at the moment, we are likely headed for hunger, aren’t we?

Source: Video Blocks

Source: Video Blocks

Right now there’s so much conversation about the importance of food, which is why we see an increasing number of Africans adopting health consciousness and consuming more organic food as opposed to the synthesized meals. However, following the obvious trend of emotional eating the conversation would soon shift from the importance of food to the importance of healthy eating. People are anxious with weight loss and as such take up unhealthy dietary plans that do more harm than good. The growing scale of depression and emotional ill health in Africa is causing people to find solace in food without much care of the composition of what they put in their mouths.

The future of food is seemingly bleak but the great part is, it can be salvaged. We do not have to adopt the knee jerk approach where we have to wait for the future to come before we implement measures to deal with it.

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What can we do?

  • Use the high interconnectedness that currently exists among people to disseminate information around the importance of healthy eating.

  • Institutions should promote the adoption of lifestyles and eating habits that favor the consumption of foods that contribute to a healthy diet and have less impact on the eco-system of the planet

  • The industry should focus more on promoting the purchase of healthy foods and use balanced price leverage to discourage the use of junk food

  • Strategies should be deployed to encourage people to find the space and time to devote to meals in the company of other people. This way they are motivated to eat healthier meals.

  • More so, the food industry must continue to develop new forms of convenience foods that have a high level of nutrition

The Future of the Future

EVERYONE SEEMS TO BE TALKING ABOUT THE FUTURE TODAY, WHAT ARE WE PREPARING FOR?

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Source: EC Tour

All my life I heard the phrase “plan for the future, today”, but it was always said in corrective tones like I was doing something wrong living wild and free without a care in the world. All I wanted to do was live in the moment but other people thought it wrong, they said “what if you go bungee jumping and crack your neck in the process? Have you thought of getting health care and can you afford that kind of health care”? If you actually want to live wild and free and stay in the moment you also have to plan for the next moment otherwise you’ll be happy today and frustrated tomorrow.

With that being said, I think the whole world is going bungee jumping soon because everyone seems to be talking about the future, the future of work, the future of tech, the future of business, the future of music, the future of wine, the future of movies, the future of social network, the future of education, the future of weed, and so on, but today I’m talking about something special, The Future Of The Future. The last time I heard this much talk about the future I was just a boy and it was in the year 2000. For some reason, in Nigeria, we thought that year was going to be the end of the world and till this day, I don’t know why. When that didn’t happen a couple of people started to plan for the next 2000 years. Please don’t laugh, it wasn’t funny then but I think it is hilarious now.

What is the purpose of these conversations?

Well it is in no doubt that the world is in the age of disruption and everyone is thinking of future proofing their businesses and as a result, a couple of trends are emerging especially that of The Merger. Big and small organizations all over Africa are consolidating efforts for the sole purpose of ensuring sustainability.

Another trend which is equally important is Agility. This word has been thrown around throughout the year as businesses and brands are trying to position themselves in such a way that they are equipped to transform speedily when the need arises. Someone once told me and he said: “old men talk about the past, but young men talk about the future”. No one wants to be obsolete, they all want to be relevant so they invest in a nimble and forward-thinking team.

These two trends and more are the co-parents of the future. Everyone is coming together to share trends and information so that they can all ensure that no one is left behind in this race to the future. Like my favorite line from Vin Diesel in Riddick, “If you can’t keep up, don’t step up”.

What would these conversations produce?

As these conversations continue to flood the economic landscape I believe we are in for a mega shift in everything that we currently know and do. A few years ago, social networks didn’t exist but now those networks have created tons of global businesses around the world.

Soon we will birth innovations that’ll change the world – this is something Pinky and the Brain would have loved to do.

Creativity With Purpose

O2 ACADEMY CREATES FIRST OF ITS KIND 3D ZEBRA CROSSING IN NIGERIA TO CURB THE RATE OF CAR ACCIDENTS.

Source: Auto Report Ng

Source: Auto Report Ng

Creativity with purpose stems from the need to address a problem. Every great advertising content that was ever put out were those which were directly aimed at addressing a need.

Driving in Nigeria can be described as formula 1 without the race tracks as it nearly seems as if the traffic rules don’t exist, thanks to the necessary authorities, all that is being addressed decisively. Well, I am of the school of thought that believes that there’s no problem on the surface of the earth that’s solely dependent on one person or body to fix, gladly, advertising shares this belief as well.

An advertising school situated in Lagos Nigeria, O2 Academy, took to problem-solving by applying design thinking to reduce the rate of accidents and mortality on a Lagos road. In April 2019, O2 Academy designed the first of its kind 3D zebra crossing – now that’s one road sign many Nigerians seem not to recognize. I remember one time I chose not to drive because I was feeling a certain way in my body. I got to a busy road in Nigeria and needed to cross over to the other side so I stood at a zebra crossing, I was there for nearly 45mins –not kidding- before someone eventually stopped to let me through.

In my opinion, this is one of the most innovative solutions I’ve seen this year.

Kudos O2 Academy.

And just so you’d know; O2 Academy is the first advertising school in the Middle East and Africa, aside from South Africa, to win the Loerie awards.” The school participated in a Facebook challenge targeting students at advertising schools across the Middle-East and Africa. The students of O2 Academy won bronze for their campaign against cholera – Thisisafrica.