Double check your LinkedIn profile picture

One of the post important parts of your LinkedIn profile is your head shot. Please don’t be the person that uses the mirror selfie, I just spent a lot on the wedding photographer so I’ll use the ‘just married’ pic, I’ll just crop myself out of the group photo cause I look hot or any other unprofessional random picture. 

Take this seriously, It’s like a mini visual resume. So if you can find a professional to take it for you great! If not here are a few tips:

  1. Is your picture too dark or blown out? The lighting is really important. The best light is indirect- like from a window. Avoid bright daylight and try to take your picture an hour or two before sunset so you wont get harsh shadows. Use a solid background. Meaning don’t use the Instagram photo of you in the club you went last night…

2. Make sure your photo looks like you. If you wear glasses have them on, if you have sunglasses take them off! Also, don’t get an extreme makeover done for the photoshoot where you look like another person. Don’t over Photoshop, the modeling agency has people for that.. 

3. Dress appropriately. Avoid tank tops, shirts with logos and funky distracting accessories and hats. Avoid wearing shiny, short, tight and low cut clothing. A Clean ironed button down shirt will work well if a suit is too formal for your profession. It’s best not to wear patterns and super colorful clothes that distracts the viewer.

4. No long-shots. The view doesn’t matter, we don’t need to know you have been to Rome in your LinkedIn profile. Head shots should fill the frame. Crop from a bit of negative space above your head and a little bit from under your shoulders. Medium Close Up (MCU) and Close Up (CU )are the winners:

5. No #squadgoals here please! Make sure you are the only one in the picture, leave your coworkers, puppy and your kid(s) pictures for Facebook.

6. Use a high quality picture. Pixels are not cool anymore- never mind they never were.

7. Is your picture recent? I mean its cool that you were class president in the 1960’s and rocked and afro but sadly you are semi bald now…so you can only use your old yearbook photo for #TBT 

Anything else I forgot to mention? Probably. Please feel free to comment and add on to the list.

Good luck fellow LinkedInners!


What does Tesla’s logo remind you of?

If you look carefully, the T looks like Nikola Tesla’s face:

It also looks like a cat’s nose:

and a a cross sectional view of one pole of an electric motor:

It also looks like a sword with no handle:

and probably a bunch of other things…

I believe a great logo makes people wonder and possibly see more than the designer attended to portray. Yes, we may find random objects similar to it but it makes us think and imagine. Cool logo Tesla -well done. 

7 tips to eliminate distractions

  1. Turn off the background noise (TV, Radio, etc.).
  2. Clean up your desk.
  3. Switch off your cell phone.
  4. Take a deep breath and close your eyes before you start again when you feel like you are losing focus.
  5. Write a to do list and cross off what you have accomplished.
  6.  Have a scheduled break time planned beforehand.
  7. Use headphones so others will know not to disturb you- hopefully.

Create your own custom designs- fast and easy!

You can create your own customized designs on Zazzle! It’s fun and there are many templates to work with as well as ready-made designs.

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RIP Sam Simon


Samuel Michael “Sam” Simon (June 6, 1955 – March 8, 2015) was an American director, producer, writer, boxing manager and philanthropist.

In 1989 he developed the animated sitcom The Simpsons with Matt Groening andJames L. Brooks. Simon’s relationship with Groening was strained and he left the show in 1993, negotiating a pay-off which saw him receive tens of millions of dollars from the show’s revenue each year. The following year he co-created The George Carlin Show, before later working as a director on shows such as The Drew Carey Show. Simon won ninePrimetime Emmy Awards for his television work.

Simon turned to fields outside television in his later years. He regularly appeared on Howard Stern’s radio shows, managed boxer Lamon Brewster and helped guide him to the World Boxing Organization Heavyweight Championship in 2004 and was a regular poker player and six-time in the money finisher at the World Series of Poker. Simon ran the Sam Simon Foundation, which rescues and trains stray dogs and funded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society vessel the MY Sam Simon, which was named after him. He had been married twice and was engaged at the time of his death.

Simon was diagnosed with terminal colorectal cancer in 2012 and given only three to six months to live. He donated much of his fortune to charity. He died on March 8, 2015.

Simon has been doing amazing things for animals for years. He’s been a vegetarian since age 19 and a vegan since 2005. An unabashed dog lover, in 2002, he began spending millions of dollars annually to establish and run the Sam Simon Foundation, a non-profit organization that saves the lives of dogs “to enrich the lives of people.”As of 2011, the Foundation was worth $23 million.

His devastating 2012 cancer diagnosis got Simon thinking seriously. He’s worth an incredible amount of money because of his “Simpsons” royalties, earning “tens of millions” annually. He’s not married and has no children. He has provided for the rest of his family. He decided it was time to kick his charitable work into high gear.

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