Bianca Miller–Cole is an award-winning Entrepreneur, Personal Branding Speaker, and founder of ‘go to’ personal branding business ‘The Be Group’ created to inspire workforce potential. The business has an impressive list of clients including Facebook, Accenture, AMEX, Google, CMS, Microsoft, Tesco, BlackRock, PWC, KPMG, BT, EY, LSE and Kings College London etc.
Bianca became known as a public face after an excellent performance on BBC business competition, The Apprentice in 2014. Where she initially pitched the idea to redefine nude hosiery via her brand Bianca Miller London and has since taken it from idea to reality, including being awarded ‘Forbes 30 under 30’ status and added to the EMpower list for her work. Bianca’s desire to change the ‘nude’ landscape had her labelled in the media as a ‘women’s fashion visionary’.
She is an in-demand public speaker and was awarded a Power Profile in 2016 as one of the most important leaders on LinkedIn out of 20 million UK members, she holds a plethora of awards, titles and is often regarded as a leader in the women-led business space. In 2017 she co-authored the Amazon bestselling book; Self Made: The Definitive Guide to Business Start-up Success, to help others on their personal brand and business journey. She has since developed a mentoring programme which see’s her and co author / husband Byron Cole mentor over 200 entrepreneurs.
In 2019, Bianca appeared as the expert business advisor in Channel 4 show ‘Save Well, Spend Better’ in a 6-part series to help members of the public with their financial dilemmas. Bianca’s second book ‘The Business Survival Kit’ published in September 2021 with Penguin Random House chronicling tips to help every busy professional and entrepreneur not only survive but thrive in business; covering topics like imposter syndrome, anxiety, goal setting, romantic relationships, financials, stakeholder management, stress etc. In its first week of publication the book became a ‘Sunday Times Bestseller’ in two categories (non-fiction and business).
Bianca is an engaging and inspiring speaker and her keynote topics include:
- Dreams to Reality
Bianca provides a vivid explanation of her journey from a child interested in business to being an award winning entrepreneur, author and influencer. Documenting each step along the way with with the energy and humour to motivate any audience. This inspired talk provides an insight into the story of a young woman who has made her dreams a reality and pin points the steps for her audience to do the same!
- Entrepreneurship and Building a Start-Up
Including lessons from her forthcoming book; understand the key steps and top tips to building your business from inception to fruition, including the importance of building a credible online brand.
- Creating an Intrapreneurial Culture Within Your Business
Learn how to convert social media into revenue, effective time management and how to sell, grow and collaborate intelligently.
- Personal Branding and High Impact Leadership
An insight into the practical steps on how to build your personal brand and cultivate your network in order to influence and lead with impact. This is an interactive session which will include discussion of an individual’s PACK: Presentation, Approach, Communication and Knowledge.
The Benefits of Personal Branding
If you want to create a personal brand that will resonate with your target audience – and perhaps even expand that target audience into areas you have previously dismissed – it will take time and effort. There is no escaping that fact. However, those who see the journey through will enjoy a host of benefits that include:
- Greater self-awareness
- Enhanced confidence in your ability to transcend challenges
- An innate understanding of what matters and what does not
- An ability to see the world in a way you never have before
- You will silently command respect from those around you
- You will greatly increase your career opportunities
Bianca Personal Brand and High Impact Leadership
Bianca Keynote: Dreams to Reality
Bianca Entrepreneurship & Building a Start Up
Bianca Creating an intrapreneurial culture
EY Race and Ethnicity Network Leadership Team | Championing D&I in Recruitment | Student Recruitment Events Advisor at EY
April 17, 2021,
I have worked with Bianca for a second time now, and I know this will not be the last. In our most recent interaction, Bianca delivered a couple of workshops for undergraduates. Her professionalism, energy and creativity that she brings to the table is exactly what I admire about her. She listens to the client ask and then feeds into that with relevant and valuable inputs - what more do you want! Her delivery of the skills workshops are always energetic, refreshing and leave you self-reflecting on how to better yourself as an individual. Thank you, Bianca!
Taravat Taher-Zadeh (Brass)
Natwest Accelerator Programme
Business Growth & Transformation Portfolio Professional
March 12, 2021,Dearest Bianca, I’m breathless with excitement (still!), a sheer joy hearing your wonderful marathon of a presentation at the NatWest International Women’s Day event. Many congratulations, wishing you even greater heights of success & look forward to hearing you again. Keep well & keep inspiring, my NBF! :-
Senior Business Consultant at CGI | Chair of Women's Network CGI UK
March 12, 2021,I reached out to Bianca to speak at the CGI Women's Network International Women's Day event and asked her to deliver an inspirational key note speech. From start to finish my interaction with Bianca did not disappoint. Bianca provided fast responses and all the information required in a timely manner. On the day, Bianca delivered a key note speech on her journey as an entrepreneur and shared her experiences and lessons learned. This speech was well received in CGI with lots of great feedback from the attendees. I particularly liked her "Top 3 Tips for Taking Ownership of Your Career Success" which I will certainly be applying for my own career! I thoroughly enjoyed working with Bianca and look forward to future engagements
Conor Donnellan MAPM
Senior Project Management Consultant at CGI
March 12, 2021,It was a great pleasure to hear about Bianca’s inspiring journey as a young woman in the business world as part of CGI’s international women’s day celebrations. I particularly enjoyed learning about building a personal brand, which has given me great insights on how I can improve my own personal brand and to mentor and coach others. On the theme of international women’s day, Bianca’s journey is one of facing challenge and overcoming obstacles. Bianca’s talk has definitely made me want to be more vigilant in recognising areas needing change and how personally I can make certain changes and challenge equalities to ensure the IT industry becomes more equal for women and everyone in general. Thank you again Bianca for your inspiring talk
Stacey Van Bergen
Senior Consultant at CGI | Co-Chair of the Women's Network
March 11, 2021,As part of International Women's Day, Bianca joined us (CGI) and delivered an inspiration talk on her career history, as well as giving tips on how to take ownership of your own career success, how to embrace challenges and be an intrapreneur in light of this years theme "Choose to Challenge". Bianca delivered in such an engaging and motivational way, I know I speak for all when I say I took away some really key messages that I can easily apply to my job, and personal life. Thank you Bianca, I look forward to working with you in future
Executive Assistant to President
March 10, 2021,I participated in the International Women's Day event lead by NatWest on the topic "Inspiring Confidence - Championing change". Bianca was one of the amazing speakers whom I had the opportunity to listen to. I couldn't stop smiling and loved your enthusiasm and the way you articulate your journey. Thank you for sharing your journey and experiences with u
CEO, Natwest Accelerator Programme ,
March 10, 2021,Incredible energy with a motivating and positive speech. Great to hear Bianca’s story- so engaging. Good to see a woman In business achieving great things. I can’t wait to read the book
Inclusion & Diversity Senior Manager - Commercial Banking - Lloyds Banking Group
March 9, 2021,You were INSPRATIONAL at the CMS IWD Career Ready event today Bianca Miller - Cole - if those girls don’t now know they can take on the world and succeed then they were not listening. I certainly felt fired up
Legal Secondee at Lloyds Banking Group
March 9, 2021,Bianca was a key note speaker for the CMS Masterclass 2021 for International Women’s Day and helped deliver the session. She spoke with over 60 students and we led a breakout room together to interact with a smaller group of students. She is very inspirational, motivated and it is brilliant to see her passion for helping the younger generation grow and develop
Business Development Manager Biorationals EMEA chez Sumitomo Chemical Agro Europe
March 1, 2021,I attended a talk on Intrapreneurship from Bianca recently. It was refreshing and inspiring. Bianca is great at making you look at things from a different angle, thinking about yourself as your own brand, and overall making you believe that there is not such a long way from a dream to become a reality. Thanks again Bianc
Global Strategic Accounts at Preqin
December 23, 2020,Bianca was a host during a Black History Month panel discussion to my company. She was extremely engaging and professional throughout the session, and gave really informative and inspiring advice on how to navigate the workplace and build one's personal brand. She has received great feedback from a number of my colleagues, and I would certainly recommend her to others. Thank you Bianca
Assistant Associate Deloitte
August 17, 2020,I attended a Zoom conference led by Bianca on building your personal brand - I loved it! I was able to utilise the tips and tricks that she provided for my LinkedIn page and overall internet presence. Her warm personality and inclusive nature made attending the conference an overall wonderful experience
Tax Analyst at Deloitte
August 5, 2020,Very systematic, simple, yet effective presentation on personal branding. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found Bianca very helpful and insightful
Analyst at Deloitte (Banking Analytics & Quantitative Modelling)
August 5, 2020,Bianca gave an enthusiastic interactive online webinar to myself and other graduates joining Deloitte. She enlightened us on how important it is to begin to build our personal brand, develop our social media accounts, and just how valuable any life experiences we have are! Bianca gave excellent feedback to us on giving “elevator pitches”, their importance, and how to present yourself in a concise and attractive manner
Solutions Engineer Apprentice, UKI Financial Services Team at Salesforce
July 24, 2020,Bianca is an excellent speaker. During my personal branding session with her, I gained invaluable knowledge which I now utilise in my everyday life. She has such a bubbly yet professional character which I admire. She is self motivated and always encourages those around her. I really enjoyed my session, thanks Bianca
Director at Google, UK & Ireland
July 8, 2020,Bianca came and gave a talk to my team, and was an inspiration! I loved how Bianca shared her own personal story, then gave practical ideas and steps to help others realise their career dreams. Bianca combined inspiration and entrepreneurialism with practical advice, and was a delight to listen to
Growth @ Google
June 24, 2020,Bianca is great at communicating her journey giving people an insight into the experiences that have shaped the person she is today. Learning about her experiences and the lessons she picked up along the way was amazing and definitely impactful for myself and everyone else that was listening in
Associate Account Strategist at Google
June 24, 2020,I attended Bianca's workshops as an undergrad as part of an insight week for Women in Tech a couple of years back and have been fortunate enough to attend one again recently! You're workshops on personal branding really stuck with me, so much so I spoke about them in interviews and to colleagues and friends
Mohammad M Lone
Digital Strategist at Google | One Young World Ambassador
June 24, 2020,Bianca is an incredibly inspirational individual. Having been fortunate enough to witness her public speaking, she has given me and my colleagues so much to think about when it comes to owning my career success
Senior Content Manager at Retail Week
June 19, 2020,Bianca gave an online talk to our 2000-strong audience of retailers. It was brilliant, thought provoking and full of actionable insight. She was very personable while also being a total professional, both in front of the audience and behind the scenes. The feedback for her session was brilliant. I hope to be able to work with her again
Corporate Engagement Officer at Melton Borough Council
May 18, 2020,Bianca was very professional but also had a great human nature. She was a brilliant addition to my event & those that attended noted how inspiring her presentation was. She kept to the brief and added snippets of humour during the keynote whilst talking about her own lived experiences. I would certainly book her again and would recommend her work to anyon
Award-Winning Strategic Sourcing Expert -Centrica
March 31, 2020,What an inspiring speaker you are, and you really kept your cool in spite of the slide issues... Qdos to you. Everyone in Centrica found your teachings very useful, so thank you for joining our International Women's Day event and celebrating diversity with us. I'm Centrica's Fertility Ambassador so if you ever need ideas or support in that space, please think of me 🙏 I'd be more than happy happy to collaborate. Best wishe
March 29, 2020,Bianca delivered an excellent interactive talk on personal branding and networking. She had presented great points as to how to make a great first impression. The session was extremely engaging and I would say it’s perfect for any field. Even in this current climate I now know what steps to take to add value for myself and others
March 28, 2020,Inspirational and very practical, Bianca’s talk on Personal Branding and Networking was delivered in a professional and well thought out manner. She really taught me the techniques on how best to convey to someone that you are a person of value, in a quick and concise manner with her detailed elevator pitch. Furthermore she explained the dynamics of networking in a very easy and digestible way. Great speaker, and a clear expert in her field. Highly recommend her
Software Engineer Travellers
March 28, 2020,Bianca is an excellent speaker who is very knowledgeable in her field. She is truly an example and inspiration to all women
AWS re/Start Graduate at Generation UK & Ireland
March 27, 2020,A highly enjoyable and interactive session to identify my unique personal qualities and skills to increase my success with networking for a job, even with the limitations currently in place. Bianca was inspirational to keep aiming towards personal career goals, breaking them down into a list of achievable objectives
HR Shared Service Coordinator Nottingham Trent University
March 23, 2020,Bianca was the keynote speaker for our International Women’s Day conference at Nottingham Trent University. It was inspirational to hear about her journey before, during and after The Apprentice. She was an extremely engaging and powerful speaker for the event and a great role model for students, she really showed us what hard work and a positive attitude can do
HUANG XIAO QIN (LUNA)
Social Media Intern at MRZ Business Services LTD
March 14, 2020,Bianca is such an inspirational and successful female role model for me. I was inspired by her "dreams to reality" speech and would follow the "7 steps to making your dreams a reality" to pursue my dreams! (Thank you very much and very honored to meet you, Bianca!!
Transformation Specialist at Centrica
March 9, 2020,Bianca is an engaging and professional speaker, who is great to work with
Robin VanMeter, MBA
Sr. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Partner, Centrica
March 4, 2020,Bianca Miller is a great speaker and has an incredible story to tell. She encourages individuals to be all they can be and how to successfully focus on self branding
Diversity & Inclusion, Centrica
March 4, 2020,Thank you Bianca Miller - Cole for your amazing keynote at Centrica today! A fresh take on intrapreneurship and personal brand. Today was my light bulb moment and I’m sure many others experienced the same! It has been a pleasure and I look forward to working with you again
Steve Keith- EY
Simone White- Blackrock EEPA
Jasmin Jalloh- Accenture UK
Taj Singh- Bucks New University Student
Bianca Mcdonald – Founder of Kids Zone Adventures
Lauren Pak – Accenture Technology Analyst
Emma Bortnik- Knowledge Transfer Network
Jo Bromilow- Publicasity
James Wilson -Attendee of the Business Travel Conference
Self Made Mentee
Accenture September Schemes
City Lit- International Womens Day
The 6 Pillars of Personal Branding
Bianca knows that when people buy into a brand they are first and foremost buying into the person at the top of that brand pyramid. (Think: Giorgio Armani or Oprah Winfrey.) Therefore, any attempt at branding that glosses over the personal aspect of the enterprise is missing the point and destined to flounder, and that is as true for makers of high-end handbags as it is for keynote speakers.
With that in mind any efforts to establish a personal brand must begin by focusing on developing and communicating the following:
- Your Values – Whether they know it or not everyone has a set of values that delineate the moral and ethical boundaries within which they operate. The growth of your personal brand will be nourished by the values that define you.
- Your Motivation – What motivates you to do what you do? It is vital that you understand what drives you and how you can harness this forward-leaning energy, not only for your own personal gain, but for the greater good of your audience.
- Your Brand Identity – Your brand image is how you are perceived by others. Your brand identity is how you want others to perceive you. By understanding how you wish to be perceived you can shape your identity to influence your brand’s image.
- Your Character – Bianca’s success as a personal branding speaker is founded largely on her ability to leverage the strength of her character to communicate fundamental truths in a clear, authoritative fashion. Understanding and playing to your strengths is vital in developing a personal brand.
- Your Skills – These typically include both skills you are born with such as “people” skills, and skills you acquire along the way, such as technical proficiency that can help you communicate more effectively. Regardless of your chosen area of expertise, you will need both types of skill working in harmony.
- Your Image – Cost aside, people choose the clothes they wear based on a combination of their personal beliefs and the image they want to project. Most do it without thinking about it. But if you are to develop a successful personal brand you will need to be mindful of how you package yourself.
Beyond fabrics and accessories, however, are the equally impactful aspects of image that include how you carry yourself, whether you make eye contact, the tone of your voice and the words you choose. Bianca will help you cut through the fog that often shrouds self-perception and cultivate an effective image that is also true to the other aspects of your brand.
A personal brand is how you present yourself to the world. It encompasses everything from how you dress to what you do for a living. Most people have a personal brand even if they don’t know it. Those people can be identified, for better or worse, by the type of clothes they wear, the clubs they frequent and their personal habits, among other things. Those who engage in a conscious effort to cultivate a personal brand do their best to highlight the “better” aspects of their persona and downplay or eliminate the “worse” aspects. If one wants to succeed in their chosen profession it’s important that they take control of their personal brand and put it to optimal use.
Anyone who wants to promote their product, their art, their music or even themselves should be engaged in developing a personal brand. Personal branding is ubiquitous for a reason: it works. If you doubt the veracity of that statement we would direct you to one Kim Kardashian.
Ms Kardashian is arguably the most famous woman on earth and why? Does she have multiple Oscars or Grammy Awards? Nope. What she does have is one of the most meticulously crafted personal brands in history. Her half a billion Instagram, Twitter and Facebook followers await her every social media posting with bated breath simply because they buy into the personal vision she promotes with her choice of clothes, cars, resorts and friends. So personal branding works.
Of course, if you enlist Bianca Miller-Cole to speak at your personal branding event she will provide you with a plethora of tools to get your personal brand off the ground. Until then there are a few things anyone interested in cultivating a personal brand can do to get their journey effectively underway.
One is to carry business cards with you wherever you go. Business cards? Yup. Business cards. Old School business cards are a simple and effective way to reinforce your brand wherever you are in the world. Another important aspect of personal branding is how you dress. Once you determine the parameters of your personal brand you will need to cultivate a look that reinforces the brand. That might mean cutting-edge fashions. Or it might mean leather-clad and rebellious. Or it may mean the Old World sophistication of double-breasted Burberry suits.
Developing a personal style is probably the simplest and best place to start when it comes to cultivating a personal brand. But while you are working on that it’s in your interest to attend a personal branding workshop with Bianca Miller-Cole or to gather together a group of like-minded individuals interested in personal branding and enlist Bianca to speak at your event. Personal branding relies heavily on the individual’s efforts, it’s true, but you also need expert guidance from someone like Bianca who has created her own compelling personal brand.