@MPIGNY - Winter 2015 - (Page 13)
GET A GREAT
By sArAh hill
on't get us wrong. We
LOVE selfies! They're
easy, fun, and a great
way to document time
with friends, family, and
colleagues. But we've
also noticed an alarming trend: selfies as
"What's the big deal? Everyone's
You have a good argument there.
Many, many people are using selfies
in professional profiles, social media,
and even on resume headers. Honestly,
many people may not even notice.
But keep in mind a few words that
tend to be associated with selfies and
see if any of them are in the ballpark
of how you want to be portrayed
* Youthful. You have to admit that
teenagers and young adults eat up
a big chunk of the selfie market.
There's nothing wrong with that, but
your photo should represent your
* Spontaneous. Spontaneity is good, but
sometimes your members or even a
potential future employer want to know
you'll be steady and dependable.
* Cheap. Okay casual photos are not the
end of the world. We're not saying that
association leaders who are already
on a tight budget should spend more
on a professional photographer. But
when you post a selfie in a professional
context, at worst the message is that
you couldn't even find another person
to take the picture for you.
* Vanity. There's something inherently
vain about having your picture taken
anyway, even on the most basic level,
but to be constantly taking self portraits
does seem to take it to another level.
Now this isn't to say that everyone who
takes selfies is immature, spontaneous,
cheap and vain! I would have to say
that about myself, in fact, because I
take a fair few selfies personally. And
to be fair, I have seen people pull off
nontraditional professional photos that
range from selfies to family portraits. It's
all about how you want to be presented to
If you want to be seen as trendy, a little
cutting-edge, and outside the box then a
selfie could be a perfect solution! Ditto
those who show off hobbies, cherished
possessions like a car or a boat, or
Should you decide to leave the selfies
on social media, here are a few tips for
* Try to have a static background. You
should be the most dazzling thing in
* Make sure you are well lit and that if
you're outside the sun is on your face,
not behind your head.
* Look happy! This is not a governmentissued ID we're talking about. In
many instances this will be your first
introduction to some people. Wouldn't
you greet them with a smile in real life?
* Watch the filters if you're using a
camera phone. They may look flattering
on Twitter and Instagram, but in a lot of
cases the filters wash out the photos
when translated in other areas.
* Be consistent. When you get a good
headshot, use it everywhere! @
Sarah Hill originally wrote this article for
MC Talks, the MemberClicks Blog.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of @MPIGNY - Winter 2015
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STOP THE SELFIES! GET A GREAT HEADSHOT INSTEAD
CONTENT MARKETING TACTICS FOR EVENT AND MEETING PLANNERS
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