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Friday! It is a holiday here in Amman, Jordan. I woke up lately and jumped (as usual) from bed to computer 🙂 I refreshed the web page but there was a problem, I made few check-ups to the operating system settings, hardware connection and access point. As usual, it was the Internet service provider problem, ORANGE  > I wonder if anyone can get the help-desk support from the first call or not wasting 30 minutes of his time!

After I had the delicious spicy chicken meal, I checked the Internet and thank Allah, Its working. I checked my Emails especially my favorite from the Personal Branding Blog. click some articles and …

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I was named as one of the 60 Personal Branding Experts on Twitter.  I wasn’t on Twitter before 1 year and I didn’t grasp the personal branding  concept before 2 years but only my passion drove me to be on that list.

I believe in what George Foreman said “The biggest challenge in anyone’s life in making yourself a success is understanding that you are at the bottom. The toughest step is to say “I’m at the bottom and I got to go up.”

I’m humbled and honored for this achievement which will inspire me to spread the branding message.

30 Personal Branding Experts on Twitter

30 More Personal Branding Experts on Twitter

If you wanna follow both lists and more personal branding experts with 1 click then just follow my list:

70+ Top Personal Branding Experts on Twitter

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This is a response to Carlos Miceli’s post on Owl Sparks: Prison, Fear, and Personal Branding

Carlos start the post with:

“Let’s skip all the positive things about social media that have been mentioned countless times, and criticize it for a change:

Social media is a prison.

I like the post including  the title, discussion, and Carlos’s reminder that social media is a prison.

I wrote an article before few days Your Life History is Not Private Anymore! and here is part of it:

Everything you do online is archived: on social networks, bulletin boards, websites and Google’s constantly growing collection pages. People will get the first impression about you by what your Google results say. Strong results provide credibility when searched by potential employers or clients. YOU are the one who is leaving a trail behind that everyone will see and judge you on. It’s not late to be careful, deliberate and safe.

To: Carlos and million of people around the world.

We are living in web 2.0 age and we are learning new things every single day, I wasn’t on Twitter before 1 year, I wasn’t on Facebook before 2 years, I wasn’t using Internet before 10+ years. Today, we are bounded by policies and most of them are restricting our online activities. Add to that, we, the IT team will happily 🙂 do our job by blocking some websites and preventing access to Internet messengers.

Is that a prison?

Yes, it is.

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Carlos said:

I blame all those Personal Branding blogs. Because of them, we are afraid. Afraid of being honest and direct. Afraid of being human.

OK, if you hear a personal branding expert telling you: Dont, Dont and Dont, then DO NOT CALL  HIM/HER AN EXPERT. Personal branding isn’t here to fear or tremble you and we aren’t here to promote ‘Dont.’

Personal Branding is about being YOU, about being authentic and being the real human. I’m the first person to dis-follow anyone who tweet like a machine and hide any friend that share the same status on all social networks. Sorry, but I need to see the human side of YOU. We all are engaging in virtual communication so being YOU is the only way to makes our life good and keep the human’s conversation else we are a robots.

Personal Branding guru William Arruda said “Personal Branding is Permission to be Yourself.”

Personal Branding isn’t a nightmare that will cause you to stay awake or the evil that documenting your online activities. YOU are the one who is blogging your life in non erasable disks that are hidden somewhere in the world. Personal Branding want YOU to make the difference in your activities and at the same time warn you that a stupid picture or harassment comment could be used against you one day. I’m sure Carlos and all who is reading this post want to have a unique and memorable personal brand. We cant achieve that brand without hard work, commitment and adding formal flavor to most of our online activities but don’t have the fear to have fun or being YOU. The fear comes when you become someone else. Why? because people will see and know you are fake.

At the end, it is up to YOU to stay in the prison but personal branding here to liberate you from the prison. Thats it, being YOU.

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When I was in the school, it was permitted to use pencil in the exams. For many of my classmates, they were a fan of using pencil in writing not because its beauty but because it is easy to erase mistakes if they mistype.

In the college, the policy was clear, use pen or you fail. As for the pen, it is not possible to erase mistakes when we write so either we cut the page or wipe the words to keep the right answers.

To complete reading the post that I wrote for Brand-Yourself.com, click the image below. Leave a comment or tweet it. Enjoy!

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Special Thanks to Maria Duron for support.

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In today’s tied market, you need to stand out showing your brand attributes. We are so lucky to live in the social media revolution that let our brand heard at five continents. I’m sharing personal branding quick tips to help you get more followers whether on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

1 – Set your home page to your favorite search Google Me!engine

Whether you are using Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. there is a place to set home page for your Internet browser, set that to ex: Google.com

Now, each time you start your Internet day, you will start with Google search, I suggest that you Google your name everyday and see if your name topped the results, not only your name topped but try to keep the first 10 results of Goggling your name relevant to your personal profession. Let that results inspire you and  to Forget the Business Card. Just Google me.

2 – Use the power of hashtags

# Hashtags are essentially a simple way to catalog and connect tweets about a specific topic. They make it easier for users to find additional tweets on a particular subject, while filtering out the incidental tweets that may just coincidentally contain the same keyword.

Once you’ve figured out the tag itself, the next step is simple: start using it and promoting it. Make sure your tweets using the hashtag are worthwhile and add something of value to the conversation. Promote your tag or the social media campaign that uses the tag via other social media channels, such as your blog or email newsletter. Tweet out calls to action explaining your new tag at regular intervals (but don’t overdo it!). For example, let’s say you own a bookstore, and you’re running a Twitter contest to give out a gift card to your store. Your explanatory tweet might be something like, “What’s your favorite summer reading material? Tweet using #beachreads to win a $100 gift certificate to Al’s World of Books!” # From Mashable.com

Hashtags

3 – Write an E-Book

I love e-books specially the short, linked to resources and full of advices. I wrote some e-books in Arabic language and planning to write some in English soon. Writing an e-book position you as an expert in e-book subject and spontaneously let the readers follow you.

PMI Certifications E-Book

I hope you find these tips informative, do you have brilliant personal branding ideas to share? Please do at the comment box below.

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I’m always excited to offer valuable information to you. I’ve conducted brand conversations with some of the best, most notable names in social media, personal branding, career and project management. Each person is offering his or her valuable insights on being an entrepreneur, providing lessons learned along the way, and tips to help smooth your road toWalter Akana success.

Today, I Interviewed Walter Akana. He is a career and life strategist who works primarily with mid-career individuals who want to achieve more self direction in their careers and lives. He has more than 25 years of diverse experience, and is a Reach Certified Personal Branding and Online Identity Strategist; as well, he is an RPS trained retirement coach and has a Master’s degree from Columbia University.

You an connect with him via @Facebook @Twitter @LinkedIn

Mohammed: I read “the passion that pays the bills” from your Facebook profile, I love what you said. Can you tell us how can we find our passion and connect it to our expertise? And how can we start a brand new day with the gauge referring to 100% passion?

Walter: I think that many people are intuitively aware of activities that “fire them up” – both at work and in other parts of their lives. Generally, it’s those activities where they become so absorbed that they don’t see the time go by. Yet, it is our passions that can drive fulfillment and accomplishment, if we let them.

The first step is awareness. One way to obtain that awareness is to undertake a personal branding process which involves both introspection and 360 feedback. Introspection can help uncover one’s passions and especially how they’re tied to one’s vision for the world, purpose in life, values, and motivated skills. Examining feedback from others can provide even more clarity about the way our passions connect to expertise and the value we bring to others.

As for setting that passion gauge to 100%, I think that’s the natural result of using our clarity about what excites us to produce value for others!

Mohammed: Social networks can hurt more than help our online identity. What do you advise people who throw negative comments about their boss publicly? And what you recommend to employees who hate their job/boss, but don’t want to quit?

Walter: Generally speaking, my advice for people in managing their online identity is to keep it positive! In fact, like other online identity strategists, I stress cleaning updigital dirtand building a positive online identity that reflects well on who they are and what they offer to others.

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I watch Kung Fu Panda every time it appears on Show Time Furious Fivechannels, I watched it at the cinema and to be happy, I bought the DVD 🙂

The 20th times I saw it, I realized that Panda has one of the powerful personal brand and a lesson should be learned from the character. I will share some attributes that shows how Panda brand himself to become the legendary dragon worrier.

Passion: Panada (Po) always think big and dream to become one of the furious five, his passion was unlimited and that’s lead him to become what he want to be. Po lives in the future job that was not even possible for him, Po loves Kung Fu and not making noodle.

Believe: Master Oogway believed in Po’s skills and that he will save the Vally. Oogway told Master Shifu that Po cant stop Tai Lung unless he believes in Po because that’s all the power he need to become the dragon worrier. Also, he told him “If we never try, we will not know, he will wiling to do if you guide it.” Po has unique skills, Po has unique brand, he just have to believe.

Persistent: He never give up, he started from Level “0” that wasn’t even exist. Po couldn’t see his toes BUT he persisted to build a brand that fit him into the dragon worrier job. Persistence create inspiration and courage to move on and reach success. The real worrier never quit.

Panada TrainingPresence: He show up when they selected the dragon worrier and show up in each training because his passion, believe and persistent was real. His presence was high and he never hide, that’s lead to prove what Master Oogway said “there are no accidents.”

I will end this post with Po’s father quote. “The secret ingredient of my secret ingredient soup is nothing! To make something special, you just have to BELIEVE it is special.”

Until Next Time … Believe that you are special and opportunities will comes to your doorstep!

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