Often 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.
- Corporate Idealist: An Interview with Christine Bader by Bill Connolly
- Reach Out and Touch Someone by Debra Benton
- Three Ridiculously Easy Tips to Defeat Perfectionism by Nance Rosen
- 5 Steps to Improve Your Time Management Skills by Ceren Cubukcu
- 3 Ways Guest Blogging Can Boost Your Personal Brand by Heather Huhman
- Increase Inner Strength to Achieve Outward Appeal by Elinor Stutz
- Why Employers Look for Fit by Alex Freund
- Figuring Out Selling Seasons by Eddy Ricci
- Five Reasons Your Mother is Hurting Your Career by Richard Kirby
- Build Your Brand by Building Your Team by Crystal Washington
- Personal Brands Fail When They Don’t Know Their Company by Maria Elena Duron
- Blog Promotion Tips for Personal Brands by Susan Gilbert
- Succeeding in a Results Only Work Environment by Jeff Shuey
- 5 Tips to Create a Job That Doesn’t Exist Yet by Glassdoor.com
- Become an Expert. Share Your Expertise by Leslie Truex
- What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Astronauts? by Beth Kuhel
- Perfect Your Recruiting in 5 “Little” Steps by Ken Sundheim
- Build Your Referral Network – The Targeted Job Search by Marc Miller