I do a lot of LinkedIn training for executive teams and sales teams. And I’ve been doing it for more than ten years. So I’ve seen a BUNCH of LinkedIn profile photos. Some good, some bad, some funny, and some scary.
The featured image for this blog post is one that I stumbled across during a LinkedIn training session two weeks ago. It is one of the worst LinkedIn photos I’ve ever seen for a few reasons.
First, the obvious… the image is not oriented properly. It needs to be rotated a bit. Believe it or not, the person uploaded this photo and left it this way.
And the reaction in the room was priceless. Just about everyone turned their head sideways to look at this photo. It was like a crowd watching tennis. I laughed out loud.
Second, the image has two people in it. My good friend Ken Bramble told me after this story went live that the person on the right is Arnold Palmer, a famous golfer. (Thanks Ken, didn’t catch that.) The profile was for a guy named Mike and I have no idea which person in the picture is Mike. The good news is that they’re at least smiling.
Finally, their faces are too far away. LinkedIn lets you zoom your profile photo in and out. This allows you to see the face of the person more clearly, which is helpful when you are meeting someone for coffee for the first time. I shouldn’t have to squint to make out the details of your face on LinkedIn.
Here’s a quick list of thoughts/suggestions related to your LinkedIn profile photo:
Did I miss any? Do you agree/disagree with any of these? Thanks for reading!!! I appreciate it so much.