We all have different definitions of success, but we all want more of it.  

There is one thing that has become very clear from my experience of working with hundreds of people, my studies and my personal life: connection is the key to success. Social media and its rise is ALL about our need for connecting.   

No matter what business you are in, or if you work in the corporate world, if you are a man or a woman, where you come from or your age, connection is important and relevant to you. Connection is to humans as water is to the ocean. It is a fundamental human need. 

From a connected place, communicating in a way that builds trust and credibility will be easy. And it holds the key to success in life, relationships and your career.

Connection has little to do with being extroverted or having hundreds of friends on Facebook. It's all about being connected to yourself and sharing who you are with those around you.

If you are like me, you have experienced this: I have a very busy mind, I am thinking ALL the time. When I am feeling a bit flat or uninspired, I ask myself how long has it been since I connected with myself or others? How long has it been since I checked in with myself about what I really need and want? Usually, the answer is a while!

The most important step to developing your personal brand is to reignite that connection to yourself, and from that place, you can easily and meaningfully connect with others. At home, at work, in all situations. 

Find ways to reconnect with yourself and others and watch your life and business transform.

Here are my 4 top tips to 'get connected':

·         Smile more: You will instantly feel better. There is no easier way to connect with others than smiling at them. Smile + frown = smile. Studies show babies smile more than 400 times. Adults average at only 20. When did we become so serious?

·         Greet people with energy and call them by their name: Studies show that there is no sweeter sound to us than the sound of our own name. And nothing will create a better impression than a genuine happy greeting.

·         The impression of increase: As Wallace Wattles explains 'Convey the impression of increase with everything you do, so that all people shall receive the impression that you are an advancing person, and that you advance all who deal with you'. In other words, leave others feeling lifted by interacting with you. You will both feel so much better

·         Talk less and listen more: A big relief for introverts and people who find it difficult making conversation ;) The best communicators are the greater listeners. Ask questions, genuinely show interest in learning about others lives. We love talking about our lives, so let the other person do the talking and stay present listening.

To become more charismatic and to stand out from the crowd, all you have to do is go back to your core. Being authentic is key. 

Does your team need these skills? I love training sales and customer service teams during my in house workshops and presentations on all topics related to communication, first impressions and personal branding.

Ready to become your most authentic, likable and charismatic self? Let's talk! Developing your personal brand will not only transform your career but it will transform your life and relationships. Book a time to have a free of obligation chat here.

Have a fantastic week! 

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Alba Gomez is an image and personal brand coach, keynote speaker, first impressions specialist and professional image consultant.

Born in Colombia and based in Australia, she travels nationally and internationally for speaking, executive coaching, consulting and training.

Alba works with individuals and small groups right through to large corporations. She brings her client’s image into line with their personal and professional roles, giving them the clarity and confidence to look and feel their best. Alba uses a unique, results-orientated approach, drawing on her 14 years of experience with systems and processes as an engineer. 

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