Reading Renee’s ‘Harness the Power of Personal Branding and Executive Presence.’

I’ve been reading interesting books this August and since I’m always looking to be better each day, it was no surprise that I would automatically read Renee Smith’s “Harness the Power of Personal Branding and Executive Presence.”

This is the kind of book you read with a pen and notebook in hand.

Here’s a bit of the background story about the book: Harness the Power of Personal Branding and Executive Presence has one purpose–to show you how to embody your authenticity and elevate your life and career.

S. Renee Smith, a nationally recognized self-esteem, branding and communication expert, and speaker, simplifies personal branding and demystifies executive presence. With each eye-opening insight, well-illustrated example, compelling story and mind elevation exercise, you’ll be engaged and inspired as you see yourself, your life, and your dreams take flight.

My take on this:

The author takes you through the personal branding journey and each chapter builds upon the previous one, such that when you are done reading, you’ve got so many things you jotted down that you’ve done or are to do that you never even thought of.

I love that she shares tips that you can use every day and not just in tune with business and investing, but also about exuding power and confidence.

Some insights that stood out for me:

Nothing is arbitrary. When someone knocks on your door with a huge opportunity that you think you aren’t ready for, stand on the fact that no one is going to put their job at risk for you. They are connecting with you because they believe you can make them look good.

Challenges set you up for success.

What is the state of of your mind?

Be still until you are ready. This is so true when it comes to change, for once you are ready to change, you owe it to yourself to be fully prepared for that journey.

How much do you charge? Every time we interact with people we are costing them something, be it time, money, emotions, productivity, so ask yourself how much does it cost to interact with you? [I’ll write a post about this one]

You can get the book on Amazon for as low as $9.99

Visit her author page for more titles: here

There are a lot more insights on branding, presence, networking and communication on her website:

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Working my way towards somewhere

I should have titled this post “Finding my way in life,” but even then it would not do justice. It is one of those bright Monday mornings where I had fresh juice, listened to my favorite songs, got to work early and had a few reports submitted on time.

The greatest part has got to be getting a new e-reader which would enable me get started on some epic ebooks I got last week!

I am learning that you never know what would come your way, and this morning, I received a harsh report from my boss- and I was stumped for a few minutes. It hurt me at first because when she said that she does not know what I do every day, I was tempted to follow her with all my reports and success stories; but in that moment it also dawned on me that there might be many reasons for her outburst.

The worst feeling has got to be the one I experienced at that moment: unappreciated.

So, I went into my bag pulled out a bottle of Minute Maid Mango juice, took a gulp and walked out of the room and thought of Wednesday.

You know, International Women’s Day, and my birthday 🙂 

What am I doing on that day? I’m pledging my support for access to quality education for young girls and women. What will you be doing this Wednesday? (Aside from work) What will you do to celebrate women or to champion their rights?


I’m Done!

I’ll be your demon, guarding your doors so that no evil shall pass. I will stop all the girls from staring, with their teeth every time you walk into a room- and grip your hand so they know you seek no evil. But, I will be the angel hoping and praying that you cease to create room for evil by telling the truth.


(Photo Credits: Larisa Koshkina )

Such that when your phone lights up, you do not have to leave the room or talk in the bathroom or pretend that your boss needs you. Your boss does not send you messages via Whatsapp.

I will sit and smile and hope that when I ask, “are we good?” you will say, “I don’t know,” and it will be the truth. I cannot deny lust when it is before me. She smiles and you start day dreaming. She smells like roses and kisses you like Aphrodite. She is your night while I am your day, and you know…a man needs peace of mind. Sometimes, you have things that are so great in your life and you cannot figure out which one to stick with. When there are so many women to choose from, why not see what will become of it all, why not have fun?

So, I am the “wifey,” the one who is respectful and is loved by your parents and siblings. I am the one who knows how to cook your favorite serving of fried beef and ugali with sauteed sukuma wiki, and will add your can of Tusker just to top it off!

I am the one who knows what gift to get your friends and family and will write something sweet, you know just cause you need them to know you care.

I am the one who will ask you questions that your conscience has been drumming up on you so much so that it has gone mute, like, “what are your career plans?” and “are you looking to invest in that?” and “how was your day?”

I am the one who knows that there is more to radio than listening to Classic and Kiss 100, and will bore you to death by listening to BBC.

But, she is oxygen itself!

She knows what to say and when to say it! She knows when to order drinks and help pull out your wallet to pay the bill, and the taxi back to her place. She knows how handsome and loving you are, because she does not need to tell you this when you are sober, I mean, why be so serious? You only live once, right? And you nod, “yeah,” and sink in her…and at the back of your mind you say, “only for tonight.”

What you do not know is that to women, the phrase, “the world is a small village,” is not news! We knew it long before we knew that we are women.

One word, whispered to two ears, finds itself an audience of ten thousand, and whatever is gospel truth to four ears is the verdict!


(part two comes this Friday.)