IS THIS MIC ON CAMPAIGN SUPPORTER: BRANDON MILLER
we recently spoke with BRANDON MILLER to learn how he is amplifying his voice through his brand.
My voice deserves to be heard because....
Simply, because I do the absolute most. I say that jokingly, but there is a lot of truth in saying that. I'm blessed and fortunate to have been able to have experienced so much in my first twenty-six years of life. From traveling to over 17 countries, excelling in a corporate career, starting numerous entrepreneurial ventures, building networks, creatively curating content, and having the time of my life doing it. I have to mention, I don't list these "accomplishments" to boast, but solely because I am a proponent of lifting as I climb and helping others efficiently achieve their dreams and "BE great."
Now, what I have to offer? Through my platform, you'll hear my unique perspective on life, tips on achieving success (however you define it), motivation, and on realizing your inner strengths and passions. You'll also get the inside scoop on some dope events, innovative experiences, and the coolest people you'll ever want to meet.
“I realized that the more personal I became with my storytelling the more important the stories became; being self-aware and 100% confident in who I am catapulted my influence and standing firmly on the foundation of my personal brand has made my voice more sustainable than I could have ever imagined”
What does finding your voice mean to you?
I think I’ve always had an opinion, a perception, and a passion for helping others but I always challenged with a mechanism to explore my voice and impact. Shortly after graduating from undergrad at the Georgia Institute of Technology a few of my friends and I realized that we lived a unique life. We excelled academically, were successful in our careers, had a passion for travel, and above all else - we knew how to have a good time; so we decided to start a blog. It was then where I developed my voice and could combine my experiences, and my passions, and more importantly, my lessons learned to help others.
Over time I saw my voice become more resounding with my audience, and in turn, my audience grew. I realized that the more personal I became with my storytelling the more important the stories became; being self-aware and 100% confident in who I am catapulted my influence and standing firmly on the foundation of my personal brand has made my voice more sustainable than I could have ever imagined.
Did your upbringing shape who you are today?
My upbringing undoubtedly shaped who I am today. I genuinely appreciate the fact that I am a distinct mix of my mother’s creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and philanthropic mindset combined with my father’s relentlessness in achieving goals and passion for developing others.
I vividly remember, my dad coaching me through everything from starting my first business and the importance of education, the motivational speeches before and after football games, and developing mental toughness. On the other hand, my mom encouraged me to stretch my creativity through art and music and taught me the importance of giving back to others and ensuring that my faith was the foundation of everything I do. It is these childhood experiences that are the root of who I am, my voice, and the perspective I have.
Describe your journey? What was your defining moment?
I feel as if I was an entrepreneur before I even knew what an entrepreneur was; at about twelve years old I started “Let B Do the Job” where I would do just about anything from pet sitting, organizing offices, to pulling weeds. Fast forwarding through college I started a number of businesses and initiatives ranging from creative agencies to non-profits, to blogs. It’s as if I was born with a predisposition to create, build, and impact but I also realized creativity and entrepreneurship were like a muscle, the more you practice the better you get. I used to keep a journal where I would come up with a new business idea every single day, no matter how grandiose or minuscule it was.
My biggest problem was that all of my entrepreneurial ventures seemed a bit disjointed which made answering the question, “So what all do you do?” A challenge to answer, but my defining moment was when my passion, and in turn, personal brand, clicked. It was at that moment where “BE Great” was born - no matter what the venture I was a part of I was determined to use that brand to influence others to be great. Ever since that moment, momentum has been in my favor and my impact and outreach has increased exponentially.
Advice to someone in search of finding their voice in the entrepreneurial, influencer and creative space.
The biggest piece of advice I have is to stop searching so hard, which may be a somewhat unexpected answer to this question. A common mistake I see with influencers is individuals trying to find “what’s hot” or “what’s most lucrative” and trying to develop a voice and perspective around that. Instead, I encourage entrepreneurs to first find what their strengths, values, and passions are and then build a voice around that.
Think about what is is that you can’t stop thinking about before you go to bed, what it is that you love debating, or what you can’t stop watching YouTube videos about. Then, develop a unique perspective and voice around that and in turn, your voice will be more impactful and purposeful.
I am a coach, curator, and cultivator; passionate about building brands and inspiring others to Be Great. At the intersection of entrepreneurship, workplace diversity, creative consulting and design you’ll find me motivating and encouraging others to be the best version of themselves.
Through coaching you’ll find me helping others develop their personal or corporate brand, working with students to understand the importance of embracing their greatness or aiding corporations in navigating the complexities of workplace diversity. Through curation, you’ll find me throwing events from entrepreneurship conferences to fundraisers, to brand development events. Finally, through cultivation, you’ll find me helping others build strong, successful businesses, motivating others through the “Be Great Blog,” or draping others in greatness with my “Be Great Gear” Apparel line.
How will you continue to amplify your voice?
One of my guiding principles is that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts; with that being said I’ll continue to be a connector and a bridge to help continuously bring our creative communities together. With that being said, I’ll continue to inspire others to elevate their greatness through creative branding events, entrepreneurship conferences, new gear and upcoming books on the horizon. Be sure to be on the lookout and BE Great!