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Personal Branding: What I’ve Accomplished

August 11, 2011 1 comment

Over the last few months, I’ve embarked on a journey, a personal branding journey.  I’ve created my personal brand mainly through the use of my Professional Diversification blog, but have promoted my blog on social networks like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.  Today is the last day of tweeting and blogging because I have to and the beginning of tweeting and blogging because I want to.

In memory of this journey, I want to share with you some of my social media statistics and personal branding accomplishments:

Social Media Statistics

  • 254 Twitter Followers
  • 968 Tweets
  • 61 Blog Posts
  • 6 Video Blogs
  • 5,572 All-Time Blog Views
  • 90 Blog Views on my Busiest Day
  • 68 Average Blog Views So Far This Month.

Personal Branding Accomplishments

When Opportunity Knocks, Answer The Door

June 3, 2011 1 comment

when opportunity knocks door hand handleDon’t you love when you come across a great opportunity?  Feels great when you capitalize on those opportunities, right?  Now, think about those opportunities that you missed because you weren’t prepared.  Feels like crap when you miss an opportunity like that, doesn’t it?  My point here is that opportunities are only beneficial if you are prepared to take action, because an opportunity is only great if you act upon it.

In the last couple weeks, I’ve had a couple great opportunities, neither of which I was completely prepared for.

In my last post, I mentioned that I used to do some graphic design work for fun in high school.  Recently, I’ve been wanting to try some professional graphic design work to earn some extra cash.  Well, one of my fellow classmates was looking for a graphic designer to design a logo for his startup business.  Not long after he posted his request, I told him I could help.  The next night, I stopped by his work to discuss his design ideas.  While I jumped on the opportunity, I was far from prepared.  Most graphic design work is done in Photoshop, a computer program that costs about $1,000 for the basic version.  I actually have Photoshop 7 on my parent’s computer at my parent’s house from about 7 years ago, but instead of going there, I downloaded a 30-day trial version of Photoshop CS5 onto my HP Mini Netbook (because my real computer died about a year ago).  Unfortunately, CS5 is quite different from the Photoshop 7 I was used to and needless to say, my Photoshop skills were a bit rusty.  So the design work that I told my Fiancé  would take me a couple hours actually took all weekend and I didn’t even finish it all on time.

Another opportunity I was completely unprepared for was my interview with Kade Dworkin.  This interview was a great opportunity for me to get my name out there and promote my personal brand.  I mentioned in my post about the interview that I had no idea we were going to do an interview until I was on the Skype call with Kade.  My intentions were good, as I made the effort to thank him for talking with our class and then accepting the opportunity to speak with him privately, but intent is useless if you aren’t prepared.  I ended the call with Kade that night wishing I would have asked what we were going to talk about ahead of time so I could have been more prepared.  Although the interview went well, I think it could have been better had I been more prepared.

Preparation is one of the main themes behind Professional Diversification.  While losing your job isn’t exactly a great opportunity, it is an opportunity to find something better.  Like people always say, “when one door closes, another one opens.”  Use it as an opportunity to find a career that you’d rather be doing.  I know we’ve all sat in our chairs at work and thought, “Man, I’d rather be…”  Well, I’m telling you right now, you have to be prepared to be that person.

What kinds of opportunities have you missed recently because you weren’t prepared?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Related Content:
Potential Career #3: Graphic Designer
What Goes Around Comes Around… A Special Thanks to Kade Dworkin at Meet My Followers
Chasing the American Dream: One Way… Or (Many) Others…

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The 5 Keys to Success – Pick The Brain

When Opportunity Knocks, Answer The Door

when opportunity knocks door hand handleDon’t you love when you come across a great opportunity? Feels great when you capitalize on those opportunities, right? Now, think about those opportunities that you missed because you weren’t prepared. Feels like crap when you miss an opportunity like that, doesn’t it? My point here is that opportunities are only beneficial if you are prepared to take action, because an opportunity is only great if you act upon it.

In the last couple weeks, I’ve had a couple great opportunities, neither of which I was completely prepared for.

In my last post, I mentioned that I used to do some graphic design work for fun in high school. Recently, I’ve been wanting to try some professional graphic design work to earn some extra cash. Well, one of my fellow classmates was looking for a graphic designer to design a logo for his startup business. Not long after he posted his request, I told him I could help. The next night, I stopped by his work to discuss his design ideas. While I jumped on the opportunity, I was far from prepared. Most graphic design work is done in Photoshop, a computer program that costs about $1,000 for the basic version. I actually have Photoshop 7 on my parent’s computer at my parent’s house from about 7 years ago, but instead of going there, I downloaded a 30-day trial version of Photoshop CS5 onto my HP Mini Netbook (because my real computer died about a year ago). Unfortunately, CS5 is quite different from the Photoshop 7 I was used to and needless to say, my Photoshop skills were a bit rusty. So the design work that I told my Fiancé would take me a couple hours actually took all weekend and I didn’t even finish it all on time.

Another opportunity I was completely unprepared for was my interview with Kade Dworkin. This interview was a great opportunity for me to get my name out there and promote my personal brand. I mentioned in my post about the interview that I had no idea we were going to do an interview until I was on the Skype call with Kade. My intentions were good, as I made the effort to thank him for talking with our class and then accepting the opportunity to speak with him privately, but intent is useless if you aren’t prepared. I ended the call with Kade that night wishing I would have asked what we were going to talk about ahead of time so I could have been more prepared. Although the interview went well, I think it could have been better had I been more prepared.

Preparation is one of the main themes behind Professional Diversification. While losing your job isn’t exactly a great opportunity, it is an opportunity to find something better. Like people always say, “when one door closes, another one opens.” Use it as an opportunity to find a career that you’d rather be doing. I know we’ve all sat in our chairs at work and thought, “Man, I’d rather be…” Well, I’m telling you right now, you have to be prepared to be that person.

What kinds of opportunities have you missed recently because you weren’t prepared? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Image Credit

Related Content:
Potential Career #3: Graphic Designer
What Goes Around Comes Around… A Special Thanks to Kade Dworkin at Meet My Followers
Chasing the American Dream: One Way… Or (Many) Others…

Related Articles:
The 5 Keys to Success – Pick The Brain

What Goes Around Comes Around… A Special Thanks to Kade Dworkin at Meet My Followers

April 21, 2011 3 comments

Meet My Followers @EricChaump Eric Chaump Kade Dworkin Podcast interview

This post is in reference to my interview with Kade Dworkin featured in tonight’s podcast on MeetMyFollowers.com.  Click the image above to go straight to the interview!

About a week and a half ago, I had the pleasure of speaking with Kade Dworkin from MeetMyFollowers.com.  Kade Skyped into the Personal Branding class I’m currently taking at the University of Nevada, Reno.  He spent about an hour sharing his stories of social media and answered any questions we had through a Twitter back chat.  I sat back and watched the questions flow through the back chat and just listened to Kade share his answers with us.  At the end of his Skype presentation, I started closing out of all the windows I had open on my laptop to get ready to shut it down.  The last window I had up was Google Chrome, which had my Twitter stream flowing through it.  I saw a number of my fellow students thanking Kade for taking the time to speak with us, so as a last second effort, I sent this Tweet…

kade dworkin meet my followers eric chaump twitter @EricChaump @KadeDworkin

The next day, I got a public response from Kade that said…

kade dworkin meet my followers eric chaump twitter @EricChaump @KadeDworkin

My initial reaction was, “Wow, that was nice of him…”  I honestly didn’t think anything of it.  I was quite curious to find out what he wanted to talk about.  What I didn’t realize was that he wanted to interview me for his podcast, Meet My Followers!  Not only that, but I didn’t even realize we were going to do an interview until we made a call on Skype.  Completely unprepared, I put on my improv pants and away we went!  I think I did pretty good to be honest.  You’ll have to let me know what you think.

As I laid in bed that night, I thought about our interview.  Why did Kade want to interview me?  What was so special about me?  I’m the guy who’s been blogging for less than two months, I have less than 200 followers on Twitter, and I get about 20 visits to my blog every day.  I know he told me that my content was awesome and that “I might be on to something,” but what was the benefit to him for having someone like me on his show.  In my opinion, there was no benefit to him and he might tell you differently, but Kade actually did me a huge favor.  Kade is one of those people who has the ability to see things within people that we cannot see for ourselves.  It takes someone like Kade to open our eyes and see the value we add to the world.  That’s what Kade did for me and it was incredibly motivational to hear someone, who I’d just personally met on Skype, tell me how valuable my blog is and how I have the potential to be very successful doing it.

I hope one day that I have the opportunity to return the favor, but for right now, the best I can do is owe Kade a huge THANK YOU for taking the time to talk to me personally and giving me the opportunity to appear on his show.

So, please take a few minutes to check out my interview by clicking here.  Don’t forget to come back and let me know what you thought!

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Meet My Followers Interview
@EricChaump Twitter
@KadeDworkin Twitter

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MeetMyFollowers.com