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Interview with Neus Arqués, lecturer of Personal Branding and Reputation in TLI’s Postgraduate Course

«Personal branding applies marketing techniques to our professional positioning»

 

Reputation at The Lifestyle Institute. Today we are talking to Neus Arqués about her professional career, the importance of her subject and, above all, analysing the importance of visibility within a profession that we are passionate about. Do you want to join us?

(Sigue en español)

 

Author: María José Núñez 

 

-First of all, please tell us more about your personal Brand. What is your professional profile?

I am a writer and an analyst, and in both cases I am interested in visibility. As an analyst and non-fiction author, I look at how to make a professional more visible.

As a fiction writer, I write about the unseen. In fact, in one of my novels – Free Fall – we find Mía Simó, a personal assistant whose role in the plot is as definitive as she is discreet.  I am happy to announce here that since Mía has caught the attention of readers, she will have her own novel too.

 

-Please tell us more about your subject: ‘Personal Branding and Reputation’… what exactly does it involve?

Personal Branding applies marketing techniques to our professional positioning.

In the Personal Branding & Reputation Management course, participants learn and apply these strategies and reinforce their professional opportunities from a position that is well aligned with their values and objectives.

 

“Having a well-defined personal brand helps us to make our talent visible to the clients we want to work with”

 

-Why is Personal Branding so important in a PA’s professional life?

If we are not seen, we are not contacted, hired or promoted.

Having a well-defined personal brand helps us to make our talent visible to the clients we want to work with.

Also, our brand is something that we always take with us: when or if we change jobs, our brand always remains.

 

-What are the main points you deal with in this subject of the TLI Postgraduate course? A minimum set of keys points that every PA should always keep in mind…

In the Personal Branding course, participants develop their own personal branding plan from the very basics – definition of the brand – to the strategies to make it visible.

As we look at the theory, we put the plan together, so that at the end of the course they can apply it immediately.

We follow the methodology I have set out in the manual ‘What is your personal brand?’

Rather than keys points, I prefer to share a roadmap, so that readers can have guidelines to follow. The roadmap can be downloaded in this link.

 

-Any anecdote or curious situation you have come across while teaching the subject?

The module on reputation management is the one that usually gives us the most surprises, because participants often find information about themselves on the Internet that they did not think was public. In most cases, these are references that can make a positive contribution to increasing their visibility.

 

 

-You are a digital analyst and a writer. How do you try transmit your experience to your TLI students?

Writers and PAs share the notion of watching their ‘audience’. A writer looks at the reader and wants to bring him or her a message. A PA looks at his or her client and wants to provide a service. Committing ourselves to getting to know our interlocutor better – be it a reader or a client – helps us to grow as professionals.

 

“Personal branding is always necessary because today’s work environment is very fluid (…) We need to have a brand that represents us authentically”

 

Could you give us an example of specific situations where personal branding, visibility and reputation are essential?

I would say that personal branding is always necessary because today’s working environment is so fluid. Each of us – whether we are self-employed or employed – is now responsible for our own careers. That’s why we need to have a brand that represents us authentically.

 

“TLI’s Postgraduate Course is attended by students  who often have very unusual career paths, and this allows us to build a unique and powerful brand”

 

-What do you expect from the Third Edition of the Postgraduate Course? What would you like to achieve and, in some way, pass on to the students?

I really enjoy interacting with the participants because they come to the Postgraduate Course with very interesting and often unusual career paths, which allow us to build a unique and powerful brand.

 

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Entrevista a Neus Arqués, profesora de Marca Personal y Reputación en el Postgrado de TLI

 

“La marca personal aplica las técnicas de Marketing a nuestro posicionamiento profesional”

 

Reputación en The Lifestyle Institute. Ella es Neus Arqués y queremos que conozcas su trayectoria profesional, la importancia de su asignatura y, sobre todo, que analicemos con ella la importancia de la visibilidad en esta profesión que nos apasiona. ¿Nos acompañas?

 

Autora: María José Núñez 

 

-Primero de todo, muéstranos tu marca personal. ¿Cuál es tu perfil profesional?

Soy escritora y analista y en ambos casos me interesa la visibilidad. Como analista y autora de no ficción, me fijo en cómo lograr que un/a profesional sea más visible.

Como escritora de ficción, escribo sobre lo que no se ve. De hecho, en una de mis novelas –Caída libre– encontramos a Mía Simó, una personal assistant cuyo papel en la trama es tan definitivo como discreta es ella.  Me alegra anunciar aquí que Mía llamó tanto la atención de los lectores que tendrá su propia novela.3

 

-Y ahora, tu asignatura: ‘Marca Personal y Reputación’… ¿en qué consiste exactamente?

La marca personal aplica las técnicas de Marketing a nuestro posicionamiento profesional.

En la asignatura de Personal Branding & Reputation Management los participantes conocen y aplican estas estrategias y refuerzan sus oportunidades profesionales desde una posición bien alineada con sus valores y objetivos.

 

Contar con una marca personal bien definida nos ayuda a hacer visible nuestro talento ante los clientes con quienes queremos trabaja” 

 

-¿Por qué es tan importante en la vida profesional de un PA la Marca Personal?

Si no nos ven, no nos compran, ni nos contratan, ni nos promocionan.

Contar con una marca personal bien definida nos ayuda a hacer visible nuestro talento ante los clientes con quienes queremos trabajar.

Además, nuestra marca va con nosotros: cuando o si cambiamos de empleo, siempre nos queda la marca.

 

-¿Cuáles son los principales puntos que tratas en esta asignatura del Postgrado de TLI? Unas claves mínimas que todo PA ha de tener grabado a fuego… 

En la asignatura de Personal Branding los participantes desarrollan su propio plan de marca personal desde la base -definición de la marca- hasta las estrategias para hacerla visible.

A medida que vemos la teoría, vamos armando el plan, de forma que al finalizar la asignatura puedan aplicarlo inmediatamente.

Seguimos la metodología que he expuesto en el manual ‘Y tú, ¿qué marca eres?’ (Planeta).

Más que claves, directamente comparto la hoja de ruta, para que los y las lectores puedan tener las pautas a seguir. La hoja puede descargarse en este enlace.

 

-¿Alguna anécdota o situación curiosa con la que te hayas encontrado impartiendo la asignatura?

El módulo dedicado a la gestión de la reputación es el que suele darnos más sorpresas, porque los participantes a menudo encuentran informaciones sobre sí mismos en Internet que no creían que fuesen públicas. En la mayoría de los casos se trata de referencias que pueden contribuir positivamente a reforzar su visibilidad.

 

-Eres analista digital y escritora. ¿de qué manera intentas trasladar tu experiencia a tus alumnos de TLI?

Los escritores y los PA tenemos en común la mirada al otro. Un escrito o escritora mira al lector y quiere acercarle un mensaje. Un PA mira a su cliente y quiere prestarle un servicio. Comprometernos a conocer mejor a nuestro interlocutor -ya sea un lector o un cliente- nos ayuda a crecer como profesionales.

 

“La marca personal es siempre necesaria porque el entorno laboral actual es muy fluido (…) Necesitamos contar con una marca que nos represente de forma auténtica”

 

-Un ejemplo de situaciones concretas donde sea fundamental la marca personal, la visibilidad y la reputación. 

Diría que la marca personal es siempre necesaria porque el entorno laboral actual es muy fluido. Cada uno de nosotros -ya trabajemos por cuenta propia o ajena- es hoy responsable de su carrera profesional. Por eso necesitamos contar con una marca que nos represente de forma auténtica.

 

“Al Postgrado de TLI llegan alumnos con trayectorias profesionales, a menudo, muy poco comunes, que nos permiten construir una marca singular y potente”

 

-¿Qué esperas de esta III Edición del Postgrado? ¿Qué te gustaría lograr y, de alguna manera, hacer llegar a los alumnos?

Disfruto mucho interactuando con los participantes porque llegan al Postgrado con trayectorias profesionales muy interesantes, y a menudo poco comunes, que nos permiten construir una marca singular y potente.

Copyright ©by Alberta La Grup
If you wish to re-print this article or photos, that’s fine. Just include the biography at the end of the article. Thank you!
-Foto: TLI
-Traducción: Emily Benton
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