Do you go networking with a paper bag on your head?
I regularly speak at events to over a hundred people or several hundred people at a time, yet whenever I ask it never ceases to amaze me how many people simply don’t have a profile photograph on their profile.
Ignoring that a recent poll on LinkedIn© said that people simply don’t trust profiles with no photograph, imagine trying to meet that person at a hotel, office, conference or coffee shop. You are organised, smart phone in hand, LinkedIn© application up, looking at their profile photo – you’re just waiting for the person with a white box on their shoulders with a grey outline to walk in the door … oh dear.
Don’t get me started on logos on profiles, they are just as bad! How impersonal on a personal profile.
Do us all a favour? Head, shoulders, normal smile and professional dress (or suit chaps !) against a plain background. If you can get a professional shot, it makes you look just that – professional.
If you’re worried about having your picture all over the internet don’t be, LinkedIn© let’s you control who can see your picture.