How to Turn Media Appearances in Personal Branding Gold
Let's chat about something that could really spice up your professional game – your personal brand. Think of it as your career's signature blend, a combination of your professional strengths, personal flair, and the reputation you’ve earned. And guess what? Media appearances are like a megaphone for that. Ready to become the go-to expert in your field? Let’s dive in.
Build Your Personal Brand
First, it's important to understand what we mean by "personal brand." Your personal brand is the image that you project to the world, and it's a combination of your skills, your expertise, your personality, and your reputation. By appearing in the media, you have the opportunity to shape and enhance your personal brand and establish yourself as a go-to expert in your field.
So, how do you make the most of each media appearance? Here are some tips to keep in mind:
Who’s Listening? Know Your Audience
Before you jump into the media spotlight, pause and think – who’s on the other side? Understanding your audience is like having a roadmap. What do they care about? What keeps them up at night? When you get this, your words will hit home every time.
Clear Messages Make Lasting Impressions
Ever heard someone speak and think, “Wow, they’re so on point”? That’s the power of clear messaging. Nail down what you want to say, and make sure it’s something your audience will remember.
Prep Like a Pro
You know that person who always looks so confident and knows their stuff? That can be you. Dive deep into your topic and practice your points until they’re second nature. It’s your secret weapon to shining in the spotlight.
Just Be You
Ever talked to someone who's trying too hard to impress? Doesn't work, right? The same goes for media appearances. Be yourself – your genuine self is your best self.
Stick to the Script (Your Script!)
Ever find yourself in a conversation that goes off the rails? In media spots, it's easy to get sidetracked. Gently steer things back to your main points. That’s how you make sure your message doesn’t get lost in the noise.
Tell a Story, Make a Point
People love a good story – it's like a magnet. Got a personal story, a case study, or a lesson learned? Share it. It’s a surefire way to engage your audience and make your point stick.
Leave Them Wanting More
Ever watch a great movie and think about it for days? Be that memorable. End with a bang – a call to action that sticks in their minds. What should they do after hearing you? Make it clear, make it catchy.
What’s the Buzz? Track Your Impact
After your big moment, don't just walk away. Check out how it landed. Are people talking? Are they getting it right? Stay involved and keep shaping your story.
Keep the Spotlight Shining
Don’t let your media moment be just a flash in the pan. Share it everywhere – social media, your blog, YouTube. Turn it into a springboard for your ongoing personal brand journey.
So, there you have it! Media appearances are more than just a chance to talk about what you do – they're opportunities to really showcase who you are and what makes you tick. With a bit of strategy and a lot of authenticity, you can make each appearance a stepping stone to something bigger. Ready to step into the spotlight and make it yours? Let's do this!
Alison Deyette is a TV host, brand spokesperson, and media training/on-camera coach. She has helped CEOs, executives, on-air personalities, athletes, experts and a long list of Fortune 500 companies develop and express their messaging and content for television, web series, social media, corporate video, public speaking, and presentations. As your media trainer and on-camera coach, she’ll help to transform you into a powerful, confident, and focused speaker or personality. She is the regular lifestyle expert for The Kelly Clarkson Show, KTLA Los Angeles, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, Today and regularly works with brands on HSN, QVC and other networks.