Think you need to tell your own story to build a personal brand? George & Mary-Lynn talk with a guy who’s built a local and national name, by helping others tell their stories. Click PLAY to learn how he did it.
Alex Ruggieri is a highly-recognized real estate broker and Senior Advisor for Sperry Van Ness. But he’s also a media mogul, with a radio show called Central Illinois Business; a TV segment, Business Insider on WCIA Channel 3, and the Commercial Connections Podcast for the National Association of REALTORS®
A Personal Brand is Born
When starting out as a broker, Alex didn’t have the money to spend on advertising to help him stand out from all of his competition. So he asked himself this question: “What do I have that I can give that would provide value to others that isn’t money?”
He thought about his strengths and what he loved to do.
What he came up with has made him a thought leader in his industry at both the local and national level….
A Personal Brand Grows
As a young man, Alex felt fortunate to be introduced to business people in the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois community whom he considered mentors. People he still looks up to today. He noticed no one was telling their stories.
Alex approached a TV station to pitch an idea for a program that would showcase the stories of the business people in the community. He got the green light to host the show! From there, a local radio station asked him to do the same kind of program for them. That station happened to also own the city newspaper.
Alex was getting exposure everywhere by giving his time to create compelling content for local media outlets. Alex also loved the fact that he was able to give back to the business community by giving them an outlet to to share what they do.
Alex’s media work in his hometown caught the attention of the National Association of REALTORS®, who asked if he’d host their national podcast!
As he says, “If you give enough…the universe will take care of you.”
Alex gets business by doing what he loves…talking about business. Find what you’re passionate about, and use it to build your personal brand. It leads to BIGG Success.
More Personal Brand Building Advice
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- How his work in media has helped his bottom line
- His “Jay Leno Theory” and how it can work for you
- His advice on how to find that one thing that can elevate your brand
Plus, Alex shares the BIGG defining moment that pushed him towards the work ethic he still uses today.
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