Magazine article Talent Development

A Picture Is Worth

Magazine article Talent Development

A Picture Is Worth

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Or is it? Since the Front Page starting sporting my photo, I've learned a thing or two about perceptions. For instance, some people here who know me quite well say I look too serious--that I have a more "playful" personality than is conveyed by the picture. Others who also know me have said I look "professional yet interesting." (Those are the people I agree with.) Someone else here who does not know me said I look "mean" in the photo and expressed surprise that I'm "friendlier in person." Complicating the matter, I've since cut my hair quite short, making the shot outdated. But enough about moi. I'm trying to fashion a lesson from those differing observations.

Perhaps it's obvious: People interpret visual information through their personal filters, built on years of their life experience. People see things differently; no astonishing insight there. The lesson may be not to assume that people see what you see, whether it's your persona or a piece of art in a magazine-that's a good lesson for an editor. …

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