Personal Brand Book Reviews: The Unauthorized Guide to Doing Business the Jamie Oliver Way

Personal Brand Book Reviews
By Paul Copcutt

Wondering if you should read “that” book? A seasoned personal brand strategist offers his in depth reviews.
The Unauthorized Guide to Doing Business the Jamie Oliver Way – 10 secrets of the irrepressible one-man brand.

© 2010 Trevor Clawson – 210 Pages, Paperback

The Unauthorized Guide to Doing Business the Jamie Oliver Way – 10 secrets of the irrepressible one-man brand.

5R Score: 29/35

Main Focus:

  1. Be yourself, but more so
  2. Extend the brand
  3. Build on what you’re good at
  4. Remember the social dimension
  5. Become the face of a supermarket
  6. Deal with adversity
  7. Go international
  8. Protect the brand
  9. Be controversial
  10. Be bold

Five Key Take Aways (actually 7!)

  1. Sign on.
  2. Establish an account on each of the major sites.
  3. Post something.
  4. Tweet something.
  5. Connect with someone.
  6. Do it yourself.
  7. Do it every day.

On a scale of 1-7

  • Relevance – is it right for personal branding? – 7
  • Resonance – does it make sense to the reader? – 6
  • Relation – is there a connection for everyone? – 4
  • Remarkability – does it stand out, will it get noticed? – 5
  • Real – does the personal brand come through? – 7

Would you pick it up?

Normally, I would not have noticed this book, but it was one of those “others also bought” books that you get when checking out from purchasing online (see it does work!) and I am really pleased I took a gamble on it (I liked the title and the subject matter and most readers would be immediately aware of who Jamie Oliver is). This is a UK published book so it may be harder to find in North American book stores, but worth the search, especially for the self-employed / entrepreneur looking to work on their personal brands.

As the title lets you know this is not an interview of Jamie Oliver and he had no part in putting this book together, but the author Trevor Clawson has done an excellent job of dissecting Oliver’s personal brand and relating it to his business success.


One of the few books on celebrity personal brands this book does a much better job than any of the others I have read. It is especially relevant for the small business owner, certainly more so than for someone in a corporate career, although they would still get plenty of insight and enjoy the read.


The book does not go in to any great detail about a specific personal branding process or approach, so if you are looking for that then there are others out there that would more readily satisfy that need.

What it does do however is really open your eyes to the fact that defining, developing and continuing to work on your personal brand can really pay dividends. I would have to disagree with the author when he talks about Oliver’s brand being born at some point (we all have a personal brand) – what was really happening was that he had finally defined what it was and started to realize what he could do with it.


For the entrepreneur there is a lot of content that is very relevant and even provides good insight in to times that Oliver’s brand has not lived up to its definition. Also the book is up to date, talking about recent moves Oliver has made in the midst of the recession and the benefits of his strong brand and consistent focus in his greatest strength – namely food.


The challenge for this book is in the marketing and getting people to purchase it. I will certainly be checking out others in the series. I really enjoyed reading it, in part because I am an Oliver fan, but also because I liked the writing style, excellent research and insight and how the author made the whole subject matter easy to understand – after all personal branding is not rocket science – unless you are a rocket scientist!


The real personal brand of Jamie Oliver came through, the author has to be commended for his work. He has provided great insight in to a strong personal brand that has developed a company that truly lives it values and mission to “help as many people as possible eat better food and live a better life”.

Paul Copcutt, Personal Brand Architect, is a sought after speaker and coach who uses real client stories and practical applications to help successful professionals and executives get clear about their uniqueness.


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One Response to “Personal Brand Book Reviews: The Unauthorized Guide to Doing Business the Jamie Oliver Way”

  1. Paul, I loved your comments. I provide easy to remember and easy to use techniques and know-how to women who are in career transition, advancing their careers or building a successful business.

    Your comments and the way in which you wrote your review made it easy to assess the value of this book as I continue to develop our social media and personal branding programs. I work at WomenVenture, a non profit in Minneapolis/St. Paul as the Career Development Manager.

    You mentioned that there are other books that speak more effectively to the personal branding process or approach. I would value your recommendations if you have favorites in that category? Your guidance will help the women we serve to be more effective and me to better serve them. Thanks so much. Elizabeth Petry-Lee