Entrepreneurship is a mindset. An entrepreneur is someone who embraces critical thinking, innovation, and change rather than waiting to adapt to changes as they occur. Entrepreneurs who operate within an organization are looking to add value; they are open to advice from mentors and managers and proactively seek innovative solutions. They take full control of their career paths. Strong business leaders understand that human capital is the most valuable asset they have, even though it often does not show on the balance sheet, and that the best employees are the ones who are proactive, not reactive. These are the people who make the clients and customers happy.
It’s not hard to imagine the future possibilities for one who starts their first business venture when she was just a high school student. Dr. Talaya Waller, CEO/Founder of Waller & Company, first started her entrepreneurial journey as a violinist in a musical group she pioneered called Young Inspirations. She and a group of fellow students performed at weddings and various gigs within the community for extra money. While others were still depending on hand outs and allowances from their parents, Dr.Waller was creating a stream of income for herself as a teen.
Many entrepreneurs and executives tend to overlook how public perception, at every level, reflects on their personal brand. Some of the main goals of public relations are to create, maintain, and protect a reputation; enhance its prestige; and present a favorable image. A well-designed public relations strategy can have a dramatic impact on your personal brand and its success. Brand credibility is built on several fundamental principles and the more “likeable” your personal brand, the more loyal your clients, constituents, or employers will be. Here are a few tips on how to use public relations to leverage your personal brand.