Seven ways to help you embrace uncertain times this holiday season and beyond

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If there’s one thing for certain, it’s that 2020 has been brimming over with uncertainty: uncertainty for our health, our finances, our economies, our personal freedom, the list goes on. The arrival of a number of different vaccines may provide some hope for 2021, but there will still be an abundance of uncertainty over the festive season.

It’s part of human nature to want to prepare for the future and know what lies ahead of us, however there is only so much in our control. Unanticipated plot…

A clinical psychologist looks at this free, under-rated creative practice

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I started writing this “BC” (Before Coronavirus), with the intent of exploring how writing can influence our personal brands. It has since taken on a different shape and significance.

I’ve found journaling to be an invaluable tool during these exceptional times, particularly in processing the changes that are rapidly unfolding around us, and reflecting on my own learnings from these challenges.

Journaling is a vastly under-rated practice. Absolutely free, it can be done almost anywhere. It’s been one of my top tools as a psychologist and personal brand consultant over…

How to use your personal brand as a guide through tough relationships

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I often write about how your personal brand can help you in your career — as a way of opening up opportunities, conveying what you stand for and building your reputation. However, your personal brand can also be a useful tool when it comes to dealing with difficult people or conversations in all walks of life.

It’s perfectly normal to have that occasional person in your life that just rubs you the wrong way, and possibly vice versa. Sometimes we can avoid them or keep our contact with them to a polite minimum. With others, however, it’s impossible to do this, especially when it comes to family members or colleagues. Challenging work relationships are a common cause of stress, whether that’s with a boss or co-worker. A difficult family member can be hard to get away from, especially if it’s a holiday or special occasion, with all the expectations those entail.

  1. Ask yourself one simple question

Posted on April 18, 2015 by Lisa Orban, PhD

Seven reasons to challenge your inner perfectionist

As a clinical psychologist, I see a lot of perfectionism in my private practice, particularly amongst city professionals suffering from work-related stress. In my personal branding business, I see perfectionism as one of the most common obstacles to achieving a strong personal brand.

There are varying opinions on what exactly perfectionism is, and whether it’s a good or bad trait. According to clinical psychologist and author Dr. Anne Wilson Schaef, “perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order”. I don’t think she’s far off!

Perfectionism and a desire to excel are two…

Everyone has a personal brand. You do too, whether you recognize it or not. The question is: Are you managing your brand effectively to get the results you want?

Your personal brand can generally be described as how others perceive you. An often used phrase is “what others say about you when you’re not in the room”. Leaving your personal brand to chance can place you at a significant disadvantage, both in the workplace and daily life.

There’s a lot of buzz about personal branding right now. However, the concept and benefits of personal branding are often not clearly understood and often get muddled with life coaching, social media or marketing-led training, which have their place, but are not replacements for personal branding. Let’s unpack the basics of personal…

Lisa Orban

I help clients make a name for themselves by discovering their distinct and authentic personal brand. Psychologist & personal brander @

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