First impressions are everything! In the world of social media, your profile picture is often the first impression you give. In person, your first impression not only relies on how you engage with another person but also how you present yourself. However, on social media, all of those components come into play as well. Your social media profile, while your picture can’t speak to others, communicates and sets the tone of who you are. Through this, we have to ask ourselves: “Who are we? and How do we want to portray ourselves to others?”
Often, to have a “great” profile picture, many will advise to take a picture that is ‘professional’. While this is true, what many misunderstand is that ‘professional’ doesn’t mean wearing your nicest - yet uncomfortable - suit, it simply means presenting yourself in a way that you feel most confident, so we may present the best version of ourselves and show that we are assured in who we are.
Lastly, to have a good and strong profile picture, simply smile. Dale Carnegie, renown author of How to Win Friends and Influence People, notes that the best way to make a good first impression is to smile, genuinely smile. Happiness is contagious, and when we greet others with a smile and a happy tone, instantly the chain reaction of happiness begins and spreads from there. Since our first impression often begins on social media, shouldn’t we apply the same strategy on there? As Carnegie mentions, “the expression worn on one’s face is far more important than the clothes one wear’s on one’s back.”
So, the secret to a good profile picture on social media isn’t a specific pose or excess amount of photoshop, but simply knowing who you are, feeling confident in who you are and portraying genuine happiness. All of these components together is what creates an amazing picture and one that will separate you from the rest.
Networking Leads to… creating a GREAT profile picture.
P.S. Come create your new profile picture with us for FREE at our next Shoots & Shots Event on 8/17. RSVP by following the link below: