Lesson No. 27: Practice what you preach.
The Beauty Of Failure
I didn’t purpose to be in the space that I find myself in – Founder & CEO, Passionate Entrepreneur, EQ Fanatic and OWIT Nairobi President. God plucked me from the path that I had set out for myself & set me on an alternative journey. At the start it all appeared somewhat ‘accidental’ but I know now that it was no accident, rather His design, His purpose for my life…
So now that I am here, these are my confessions…the lessons I am learning about being a woman in business, building an empire, one brick at a time…
Your daily words & behaviour reinforce or damage your brand
~ Mariela Dabbah
A few months ago, I was conducting some training for a client in Mombasa. During one of the sessions we were talking about developing a personal brand.
Your brand is how others see you and it is determined primarily by your behaviour…
We worked on a particular exercise where I challenged each delegate to list the top three words they would wish to be used to describe them. Hardworking, professional, intelligent, kind, compassionate were just some of the responses I received. I chose ethical.
A few hours later, I was at the airport, waiting for my flight back to Nairobi. Whilst waiting I decided to get a cup of tea from the café.
“How much is a cup of tea?” I asked. “Oh it’s free,” came the response. “Kenya Airways is providing free tea & a muffin for all passengers on the delayed flight to Nairobi”
“I am not on that flight,” I replied. “I am on the later flight. As far as I know, it has not been delayed.” And so I paid kshs 100 for my cup of tea.
As I walked away, my mind flashed back to the class just hours earlier. I hadn’t thought much about it when I responded to the cashier but I think my students would be happy to know that I am endeavouring to practice what I preach. 100 shillings may not seem like much. But I had a smile on my face as I drank my tea & waited for my flight.
Lesson learned – practice what you preach. Even if no one is watching.
I have learned that effective personal branding has everything to do with looking within. It also has everything to do with being authentic – being you, regardless of who is watching. Personal branding then, has everything to do with Emotional Intelligence
The Queen Of Hearts
| Six Seconds EQ Practitioner | Master Trainer & Facilitator |
| Award Winning International Keynote Speaker |