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How to Brand, Unbrand and Rebrand to Remain Relevant



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When looking at inspiring personalities including Arianna Huffington, Richard Branson, Janine Allis, Michelle Obama, and Sheryl Sandberg, they built their personal brands successfully. In fact, failure is not the end of the road, but it is a bend for betterment and prosperity when you take feedback and learn lessons.

Failure teaches many lessons in life provided you want to learn and improve yourself. When your brand hits an all-time low, don’t get panic. Instead, be cool and composed. Explore the tools to unbrand and rebrand to remain relevant. Find out the reasons for the failure, learn lessons, and move forward with energy and enthusiasm. Remember, neither success is permanent, nor failure is permanent. So is the case of branding.

What is branding?

Branding is about how you want to be recalled and respected when you are not available. It is to be known for its principles, philosophies, values, ethics, and etiquette. It helps others understand your personality, attitude, and behavior. It helps others value your expertise and experience, and the contribution that you have made. 

As an individual, people respect you for your character, content, commitment, and charisma. As a brand, people respect you for your knowledge, skills, abilities, expertise, and experience. 

Seth Godin remarked, “A brand is a set of expectations, memories, stories, and relationships that, taken together, account for a consumer’s decision to choose one product or service over another.”

Reasons to rebrand

Branding helps you and your organization stand out from others. Taking feedback regularly and following up promptly helps you strengthen your brand. If you feel that there is no positive response, you must unbrand and rebrand to remain relevant and successful in this digital world. 

There are several reasons to build your brand. Here are some of them. When you want to add value to others, you need authenticity to be taken seriously. It is possible when you have a strong brand. When you want employment, you must have your online brand to grab employment offers easily. 

When you want to excel as a thought leader, you must have credibility on social media. When you want to strike rich, you must brand yourself. When you want to earn income passively, building your brand helps greatly. 

When you want to avail speaking opportunities or sell your books, your branding helps. Above all, branding helps when you want to make a difference in the world and provide meaning to your life.

Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan’s rebranding

According to Martin Lindstrom, there are three steps to creating a powerful personal brand ― Attention, Bridging, and Re-Invention. If you are consistent and persistent, you can build your brand quickly. But what happens when you lose your consistency due to failure in your ventures or endeavors. 

You will have to unbrand and rebrand which is more challenging. But some people reinvented their brands after failures and evolved into inspiring brands. When you look at India’s Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, he failed in politics and business but he rebranded with his new incarnation as a television host. 

He unbranded as an ‘angry young man’ and branded as a ‘humble old man’. He is undoubtedly an inspiring brand. Hence, we can take leaves from such inspiring personalities in the way they re-built their brands by adapting to the changing times and technologies.

Build your brand brick by brick

If you want to ensure the longevity of your brand, you must not deviate from your core values, principles, and philosophies. Your content must be king and queen. It must be relevant and consistent. Some people kick up controversies to hit the limelight and build their brands. 

Such endeavors give temporary fame but end up in permanent infamy. Controversies adversely affect the brand image in the long run. Hence, explore innovative tools and techniques to build your brand brick by brick with a long-term vision rather than build your brand quickly with short-term temptations.

Brand, unbrand and rebrand

Avoid kicking up controversies to elevate your brand because it boomerangs. Controversies are like steroids that ruin your brand in the long run. Your brand must not be like a flash in the pan. Instead, your brand must reflect your content, character, and commitment. You must live by it by standing on your principles and philosophies irrespective of pulls and pressures.

Life is an endeavor. It is full of peaks and valleys. You must learn to balance them to contribute your best to grow personally, professionally, and socially. When faced with a crisis, bounce back with resilience and tenacity to rebuild your brand. As a business turnaround, you can turn around your brand when done right. 

To conclude, bounce back from your failures to unbrand and rebrand to remain relevant and successful in the digital world.

Professor M.S. Rao, Ph.D. is the Father of “Soft Leadership” and the Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants, India. He is an International Leadership Guru with forty years of experience and the author of fifty books including the award-winning ‘See the Light in You’ URL: He is a C-Suite advisor and global keynote speaker. He brings a strategic eye and long-range vision given his multifaceted professional experience including military, teaching, training, research, consultancy, and philosophy. He is passionate about serving and making a difference in the lives of others. He is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine. He trains a new generation of leaders through leadership education and publications.

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20 Ways You Can Become a Powerful Communicator



Emile Steenveld Speaker and Coach

Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

But, don’t worry if you don’t naturally possess this skill, as effective communication is something that can be developed with practice, planning and preparation.

1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.


2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.


3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.


4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.


5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.


6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.


7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.


8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.


9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.


10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.


11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.


12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.


13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.


14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.


15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.


16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.


17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.


18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.


19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.


20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.


By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

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