The other day, as I was packing my books and devices, ready to leave the workplace, something funny happened.
Raymond, my colleague who never seems concerned about anything except football and/or trap music, was sprinting towards me with an anxious look on his face.
“What’s up?”, I asked, expecting him to gush out something about Arsene Wenger or Cardi B.
“I need business cards ASAP!” He replied in an equally exasperated tone.
“I thought you already had business cards,” I replied with an eye-brow raised.
“I’m talking about my personal business cards, I need to be more serious in building my personal brand.” He added with a satisfied look on his face.
It’s at this point, I burst out laughing.
I know some of you might wonder why I found this funny, but if you knew Raymond the way I do, you’d join me rolling on the floor in laughter too.
Who is Raymond Oluoch?
Now don’t get me wrong, Raymond is a full stack developer who is not only self-motivated but is also creative and will always meet his obligations with enviable consistency. However, he can also be inflexible and stubborn and will often resort to works. In fact, ‘everything is an opinion until proven’, is one of his favorite mantras.
Now given that most developers in Kenya are not big on pushing their personal brands, let alone marketing their projects, you can now understand my surprise when Raymond asked about the business cards. What’s even more , he admitted that the business cards were for his personal brand which he plans to nurture and build into one of the greatest brands that ever lived. His aim is to compete with Jesus Christ -this is what had me cracking my ribs in laughter.
But looking into his eyes, I could tell he meant every word that came out of his mouth. Plus, last time I checked, he already had a personal website. Known for his loyalty, dedication and hard work, there’s no doubt that Raymond can pull this off. He’s officially in business.
Still, I can’t help but think our CEO’s speech on the power of marketing had something to do with Raymond’s epiphany. What do you think? Watch the speech and let us know if you will be ordering your personal business cards anytime soon like Raymond 😉