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  • Personal Branding Weekly – Don’t Post My Pic

    No Photos photo from ShutterstockOften this is an afterthought after a great weekend, great night out or out of town conference. We know and have more than enough material available to us about the impact this has on your personal brand and some great practices to implement to prevent embarrassing or professional devastating occurrences in the future.

    This time of year during the wedding season, this also comes up as you’re invited to weddings of associates and friends. Some couples address it ahead of time with their guests with special requests inserted into their invitations such as:

    In consideration of everyone’s privacy and security,

    the celebrants respectfully request that there be

    no live posting of this event or 

    live posting of pictures of this event

    on any online networks during the entire event.

    Thank you for respecting their request.

    If you receive a request like this, honor it. After all, this is their event not yours. From wanting to preserve photos and privacy to the right of the couple to be the first to show photos from their event, as a guest the best gift you can give them is to honor their wishes and rights as the celebrants.

    It would be nice if everyone made this request but they don’t. What happens more than often is you receive that text or email from the couple or their wedding party and they are upset that you posted photos from the ceremony or reception to your social networks.

    For your personal brand, here are some helpful tips:

    • If you’re going to someone’s milestone event – wedding, anniversary, birth of the baby, etc – ask before you post. It’s their event. Let them share with their close family members first.
    • Never post photos of the bride in her wedding gown before the day. If you’re invited to the dress fitting, keep the photos for yourself and for the bride.
    • Always ask before posting pictures of people’s children. It’s their children.
    • Avoid announcing other people’s milestones. It could be hurtful to someone who’s not invited to or included in the event.

    Here are our other insights from this week to help you successfully manage your personal brand.

    Maria Elena Duron is a Marketing Coach and Strategist with Know, Like, + Ignite and @mariaduron on Twitter. Would you like practical tips to create and curate content and experiences worthy of being passed person-to-person? -Get exclusive access.

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