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Speaker Selfies? Unprofessional?

January 15, 2018 // R. Shawn McBride

Speakers often like to get photos taken at events.  And attendees often ask to take a picture with them and post that to social media.

But is it too informal?  Perhaps unprofessional?

The question has been raised.  Tweeting Goddess, Samantha Kelly, explored that very issue in a recent article.

My personal take on it is speakers should be engaging with audiences in a way that make sense to the audience.  It’s all about service! If audience members get value from capturing the moment with the speaker I say go for it!

(There is a speaker selfie with fellow speaker Sandra K. Samuel)

Speakers are people.  We often have highly refined messages from years of hard work and expertise. But, in my opinion, it’s our job to break down the wall and get more people to take in that expertise and use it.

We have gifts.  We have to share them.

Sometimes you’ll see me in an usual outfit – as a way to express to the audience that they should Do Business Differently(TM). It’s not about me.  It’s about them!

Let me know your thoughts!

Your friend,

Shawn