What's worse is the really cool-quirky people who've managed to brand themselves on accident and don't quite see it (kills me because I'm mad cheesy and their so darn cool).
Yeah, we know you rock on Twitter, Facebook, and you're probably the Mayor at all of the trendy eateries in town on Foursquare, but where do people go when they reaaaallly want to know you?
You frequent Mashable, The YBF, The Satoralist (or whatever blog you fancy) daily so you totally get it. Start your own blog. Be consistent with updates. Share information...and have fun;).
Below are some great resources for those of you who are starting fresh, for the rest of ya- you know the drill;).
It's true. Since these kiddos are too humble and kind to brag about themselves, I thought I'd take a moment to share with you their awesomeness. This post is about so much more than Medley, relationships and industry emotions. I'm really in no position to say what you're team is like, so obviously your team may rock too- but I'm grateful to work with and learn from mine.
Besides being a triple-checking editor, stickler for getting the facts right and an all around positive chick, Alexis "Fly" Jones, the Vice President of Medley, is a soon-to-be published author and rockstar personal brander (yeah I made that title up). In a society where urban-anything is typically frowned upon, she's been able to carry the signature "fly" brand with her throughout her various professional endeavors.
I think she's mastered this by truly knowing her craft. It's one thing to have a catchy, urban brand and be nothing more than a catchy, urban person. It's another thing when the APA style book is inherently at the forefront of your thoughts, and you've become know as a person of genuine integrity. It should go without saying that Ms. Fly fits the description of the latter.
We recently had the opportunity to address a group of teens through the POWER UP Program presented by Keey Zone for Teens and I'm sure everyone in the room could see her sincere desire to touch someones life. Alexis is a philanthropist and servant above all else.
I was introduced to Alexis by Ryan Small, the Medley New Media Director of Medley and my bird (Get it? From the Notebook? Hope so...otherwise this is awkward;). Anyway, Ryan is a rockstar and in addition to Medley, he recently started a new business called AMP Studio and he's also the man behind Texas Southern University's web marketing campaign.
Ryan is a self-trained music video producer and he constantly pushes the envelope by tapping into a wide-range of video genres. He is truly a renaissance man, whether it's business or pleasure. To me his brand is unpredictable and refreshing.
I love the fact that Ryan can walk into any room and feel right at home. He's mastered the art of the five minute conversation (a skill most professionals aspire to have) and is known by the person in charge practically everywhere he goes. Few men could deal with the sometimes aggressive, stubborn and persistent personalities of Alexis and I, but Ryan handles it well and constantly reminds us of how much he thinks we rock.
I'm one lucky gal indeed. Sometimes we need to reflect on just how awesome those around us are. And tell them. Sometimes we need to share it with the world, because they are too modest to do so. Modesty and humility are great qualities to have, so I certainly admire these two. That said, I hope your week is lovely and yes- my team is better than yours;).