Out-of-the-box guerrilla actions that grab attention.
Distribute samples of your work.
Participate in events and activities where you will be introduced publicly.
Speak at conferences.
Throw a press conference if you have something newsworthy to share that's related to your brand.
Do radio shows, regular or intermittent appearances, such as interviews.
Get on TV, also for regular or intermittent appearances.
Give free advice at business expositions and job fairs.
Circulate an industry-related petition.
Give seminars or workshops about a topic you know in depth.
Participate in as many industry-related networking events that you can.
Organize networking events for your industry.
Join local, national and international brand-related communities such as business forums and professional groups.
If there is no such brand-related community, organize one.
Volunteer for groups where you are likely to attract the most positive attention.
Give out a personally-branded version of a free tool that your audience will find useful. Think schwag from conferences. Pens are the most typical example, but magnets, flash lights, keychains with your contact information and personal tagline are also common.
Use sandwich boards in a busy area. They're so low tech, they always get heads to turn.
Do you have any other real world branding suggestions that have worked for you?