My dad gave me one of the greatest pieces of advice when I went to college: if you are ever unsure what to do or say, just imagine me standing next to you.
I found this to be invaluable, so much so, that I still hear this in my head and subscribe to it to this day. My dad has been gone for over 20 years and yet I often imagine him standing right next to me.
My dad was one of my biggest supporters and grounders. He kept me grounded instilling a foundation of treating others with respect, honesty, working hard, taking care of family and friends. He supported me by never letting me settle for less than I deserve or want.
Imagining him next to me has helped me stand up for myself, go after bigger goals and maybe a time or two keeping me out of trouble. Okay, lots of times.
I told my son this same advice. He has yet to see the wisdom in it. *sigh*
My son was an athlete. There were many times I had to imagine my dad standing next to me at his games. My son would sometimes comment that he was surprised at my restraint. I explained that as his mom, my behavior reflects on him. This he listened to and understood my perspective on image.
There is one thing about my son – he is a very protective boy. He grew up with a single mother who scared the crap out of his friends, yet he is still very protective. He is also very proud of my company and very alert to anything that could look detrimental to my image, career or person.
The point of this little family reminiscing is this – I have two yardsticks to measure against before I put anything out there. Not only do they always have my back – I also represent them.
I represent my company, my son, my parents and family. How does what I say reflect on them?
LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and any medium in which you can freely express your opinion or thoughts that are instantly accessible does not come with yardsticks. How often have we read stories of someone who whipped out a tweet that they instantly regretted – yet haunted them and caused major destruction?
My boyfriend is an officer in the military. I now add him to the mix. As his partner, I am a reflection of him, too.
Just a gentle reminder for the day and suggestion: before you hit submit – ask yourself this question: would you dad, mom, child or significant other be okay with what you are putting out there?
Would you be representing them well?
I am absolutely dedicated to my profession and clients; yet my family – that is a whole new level. I would be devastated if I were to do anything that would embarrass or disrespect them. My brand is not just about me, my company or my profession. It is about the person that I am and my core values. Staying true and respectful to those things translates to my company and profession.
As the Founder and Principle of Career Polish, Inc., a national career coaching and practice firm, I am an Executive Brand Strategist, Resume Writer and Career Coach. I work with individual clients, companies, leadership and teams to identify, strengthen and effectively communicate their brand, engagement, commitment and most importantly – their value – by learning and leveraging LinkedIn, resumes, networking, communication, relationship management, presence and influence.
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