Mariela Ayala | Public Speaker | Brand. - MariWithThe411
Firstly, many people fear the words 'personal brand' as it means going public with your thoughts. I want to know if you have always found it easy to 'put yourself out there'?
It was not easy. I had To Fail in love with the Idea of Failure.
When it comes to building an authentic personal brand, what advice would you give professionals starting out?
You Only Learn From People Already accomplishing Your Goals. It will Always be a Judge Free Zone. Lose the Fear of Being Judge. No One Will Ever Judge Anyone looking to Improve themselves.
Do you think personal branding and reputation go hand in hand, and what can people do to maintain a positive reputation while brand-building?
Be Authentic. Adapt to the challenges of Change. Show up Better . Your Network is Your Net worth.
Can you share a success story of how you or someone you follow used their personal brand to build business or career?
With my story on weight loss and life after the end of my 20 year disability. Your health is the foundation and your investments on learning will help you stabilize your future existence. I continuously adapted better. I did my research. From daily habits, to how to dress up for certain venues to joining Toastmasters. I ask my most successful people how to the balance of work life in a healthy way.
Because you need to learn how to thrive and get out of the survival mindset. The hustle got you to where you are today it’s not supposed to be longevity.
Which platforms do you find most effective for establishing thought leadership and growing professional presence?
There is nothing like showing up to networking events and charity events. Supporting your local causes.
How do you ensure your personal brand stays true to who you are and your evolving goals?
Continue with the same call to action. Continue strengthen the foundation. Your health is your priority.
What are some practical strategies or tactics professionals can use to expand their network and build meaningful connections?
Look into your local non profit small business Organizations. Eventbrite always has lo cost to free workshops to learn.
Along your personal branding journey, have you encountered any common obstacles that readers of this interview should be aware of?
Life After disability. It felt like I was stepping into the world for the first time. I had not Experienced life healthy. In 2016 when I was two, that was misdiagnosed. I compare it to as feeling, as I’ve been released from a 20 year sentence I was wrongfully accused for and free of all limitations. In this society that we are rushed, I am not late. I am on time for myself, and my journey, and my story. I knew I had to quickly learn professional tactics to get me to the goals I never had a chance to start to work. I can confidently say I started building professionally in 2019. With being now in 2023. I had to learn on my way up and quickly adapt to change to always show a better immediately. Learn to Keep Authenticity even though my work history is different from everyone else.
Imagine you have a time machine that can transport you to the future. What impact do you envision your personal brand having on the world?
Everyone is finally showing up for themselves and not waiting for support system to get started. You have to know that you are the first hero you have and you have to save yourself believe you.
Close your eyes and imagine you're a bestselling author. What captivating book would you write to share your personal brand journey and insights?
I want to share a journal that helps you document everything you did on your way up with sharing what I did on my way up. I want you to write everything so in that last page of that journal you have drafted the greatest adventure of a lifetime. Who Would not want to hear you becoming your own superhero and saving your life.