It's no secret if you're a speaker you need a headshot. No one questions this. Its a must have and it's in everyone's kit. And like anything you can do it well or you can do it poorly. I hope these 5 tips help you improve your headshot– because your headshot is your logo as a speaker(point one).
5 headshot tips for speakers.
1 - Your Headshot is your logo. As a speaker no one requests you to send in a personal logo to show on the event site, posters, ad's and so on– they ask for a headshot. Thus for speakers you must understand your headshot is filling in for a logo. You should keep this image consistent so it becomes easily spot-able for your followers.
2 - Keep it current. As a general rule, your headshot should never be more than 2 years old. This may be a sore subject for some, but you've aged(sorry). Regardless if you're 25 or 75 you need to keep your headshot up to date.
3 - Make it Versatile. Your headshot is going to be used in many ways, so having an image that can be used in several ways is a must. Your image may need to be used in a vertical crop, horizontal crop, panoramic crop for banners, as well as the round crop. This seems to be the current trend of the day(not everyone shares my passion for keeping it classic). Ask your photographer to keep this in mind(or hire me ;) and then you won't have to worry about it).
4 - Clean and Simple. Don't fall into the trap that you want to stick out so you will have some crazy looking photo. If you want to look like the goofy dude with the absurd image– go for it but don't be surprised when the event designer leaves your headshot off the promo materials. Keep it clean. Keep it simple. "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." –Leonardo da Vinci
5. It should be identifiable. Seems like a no-brainer and yet people try to get too creative with headshots and so this needs saying. You should be well lit, looking into the camera(ditch the profile shot ASAP) and in focus. Remember point one- Your headshot is your logo. Let it do its job by getting you identified.
How many of the above are you fulfilling?