Life looks a whole lot different now than it did a few months ago. All at once, so many things we’d always taken for granted may have experienced a total shift – from spending time with loved ones, to dining in at restaurants, and to even working in a regular office.
When it comes to personal branding during current circumstances, there are a lot of things to consider. It’s important to acknowledge the times so your messaging isn’t tone-deaf – but at the same time, you want to make sure you’re not focusing too much on the negative. Let these dos and don’ts guide your personal branding efforts during this time.
DO: Be authentic
We are all in this together. Be real and transparent about your efforts and your struggles during this difficult time.
DON’T: Pretend everything’s normal
It’s not “business as usual.” Acknowledge the current situation and seek to share content that’s relevant and sensitive.
DO: Try to make people’s lives better in current conditions
With these new circumstances comes a whole new set of needs. Ask yourself: what skills or resources do I have that could help meet people’s needs right now? For example, if you’re an excellent seamstress, consider making face masks instead of clothing. If you’re a content creator, post productivity tips, recipes, or crafts that your followers can do at home.
DON’T: Exploit the crisis
While there’s certainly nothing wrong with meeting current needs brought on by the crisis, you never want to come across as though you’re trying to profit off of other people’s suffering or discomfort. Be sensitive and be kind.
DO: Stay positive
There’s enough gloom, fear, and heaviness in the world already. Stay hopeful and optimistic about your brand’s future – and do your best to share that light with others.
DON’T: Get complacent
While it’s perfectly okay to dial things back a bit during these trying times, make sure you don’t check out entirely. Try to use this downtime to your advantage, whether by refreshing your personal brand, creating more content, or even learning new skills. It’s important to maintain consistency as much as possible so that when things get up and running again, you’ll be on top of it.
During times like these, people are longing for more human connection. Be transparent, positive, and thoughtful as you navigate how to best manage your personal brand under current conditions.