Your Manifesto

Manifesto 07 21 2014Whenever I work with a new client, I spend a significant chunk of time fleshing out and testing their point of view.


Because being exquisitely clear about how you see the world—how you apply your expertise in real life—is a core building block of your personal brand. Most especially if you’re an expert on the prowl for new clients, readers or media attention.

That’s why I’m so fond of manifestos, the public expression of your point of view. Not the lunatic variety, but the inspiring, won’t-you-come-along-for-the-ride enticements that will propel the like-minded into your camp.

Not sure where to start? Here’s a how-to and some straight and sassy examples to get you rolling.

Just remember, most audiences respond much more viscerally to a well-designed visual than a webpage of words. Even brilliant words. Check out these inspiring examples.

My advice: declare your manifesto and own it proudly. Embrace it—we’re talking your personal code here—and weave it into everything you do. I’ve planted my own “be unforgettable” flag in print and poster form here.  And in video here (look to the far right).

There’s no need to be camera-shy. Letting your audience see you on video sharing what matters most to you can be a powerful demonstration of who you are. A window into how they’ll experience you—and whether they can trust you.

Done well, it’s a persuasive step in winning over a digital audience.

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8 Responses to Your Manifesto

  1. Allison says:

    Dear Rochelle,

    I really need to do this. I have read and re-read Jeff Goins’ Writers Manifesto and I’m seeing more bloggers and writers adopt and publish their own. I really appreciate you sharing examples to get my creatives juices flowing!

    Thank you for the motivation and inspiration to get this down and share it.

    Peace to you,


  2. Ed Rosenbaum says:

    OMG!!! More work that definitely needs to be done. 🙁

  3. Corey Bearak says:

    This goes to the heart of our message/messaging (I prefer latter) and its presentation, not just on media but in person as well.

  4. Devon says:

    Thanks for this Rochelle –
    I’ve had a draft file on my computer for months now, titled ‘Manifesto of a Modern Negotiator’ that I keep popping ideas into…I think it’s definitely time to open it up and get something pulled together to share.


  5. Rochelle says:

    Awesome Devon–you go girl!

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