Online Influence

How to Develop Your Own Unique Online Persona

by David H. Deans

If you have expert knowledge and experience that's in demand, plus you've already produced a compelling narrative that describes your 'lessons learned', then your next professional development task is to gain market exposure for your ideas and thereby connect with your target constituency.

The Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) market has a significant upside opportunity for meaningful and substantive thought leadership (opinion-leading ideas) that are offered by skilled practitioners. But where do you go if you want to discover how to become a 'recognized' subject matter expert online?

You can’t learn it by going back to school. There is no webinar, nor a book with practical examples that you can follow. No worries, here is a proven approach.

My ten-point list, for your value creation plan of action

Your developmental journey will likely be more like a marathon, not a sprint. Be prepared to invest the time and effort to master the required skills to succeed. Set aside time every week, to build momentum. Eventually, you too can aspire to become a Digital Polymath.

The following is an overview of the 10 steps required to help you create an online presence that will make you more valuable to your employer and significantly enhance your marketability as a professional digital business growth practitioner.

There are a lot of ideas and information to consider in this list. If you have questions about how to apply these steps or would like to learn more about becoming a recognized online influencer, then reach out to me for guidance.

Bonus Tips

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Growing Demand for TMT Consulting Talent

The booming Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (TMT) sector already play a critical role in the global networked economy, with Amazon, Google, and Apple usurping industrial titans atop stock market indices. According to a Korn Ferry study, by 2030 the TMT sector is expected to account for almost 10 percent of the U.S. economy, and massive growth is forecast across all the world’s markets.

This isn’t the full story, of course, because tech already impacts every other sector of the economy. Innovations in artificial intelligence and machine learning are driving automation, and the people-tech partnership promises enhanced productivity across every industry.

The United States is currently the world’s tech leader, but if its TMT talent deficit is left unaddressed, the country is due to experience the greatest unrealized output of any market in the study. This sum will reach $162.25 billion by 2030, more than a third of the total unrealized output across all countries analyzed.

Savvy Talent Drives Digital Transformation

“The United States is so far failing to equip the next generation with the new skills that are needed to fill large numbers of high-tech roles,” says Werner Penk, president, Global Technology Market, Korn Ferry. “As with many economies, the onus falls on companies to train workers, and also to encourage governments to rethink education programs to generate the talent pipelines the industry will require.”

Technology underpins all other sectors of the global economy, but its advancement could be stalled by serious talent problems. Such deficits are already evident and Korn Ferry research forecasts that by 2030 the labor-skills shortage will reach 4.3 million workers. This is equivalent to 59 times the number of employees of Alphabet, Google’s parent company. While the digital revolution often seems unstoppable, it could be about to hit a wall.

Marketing Communications On-Demand Talent

BTG’s Skills Index, which ranks the 10 most in-demand consulting skills across all industries, the top 3 by industry, and the top 10 fastest-growing, points to notable trends shaping the global skills economy at large: Marketing Communications’ jump to the top of the fastest-growing list (+750% YoY) reflects the importance of 'brand positioning' and 'storytelling' to bring new products to market in today’s complex media landscape.

“Our proprietary data shows the F1000 increasing its usage of highly skilled on-demand talent across a wider—and deeper—set of industries, business functions, and project types than ever before,” said Jody Greenstone Miller, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Business Talent Group (a Heidrick & Struggles company). “Leaders at the world’s top companies are embracing on-demand talent as a powerful way to acquire the skills, insights, and expertise they need to complete their most important work.”


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