Two of my least favorite activities are shopping for clothes and taking new headshot photos. The first nauseates me and the second…well, I simply don’t enjoy the process.
This brings me to a recent experience. As a panelist at Michael Port and Amy Mead’s recent Heroic Public Speaking live event, I took advantage of the opportunity to get a new headshot done by renowned photographer David Heisler. The always-classy Michael and Amy had brought him in from Austin, TX.
Being that it’s getting time to update my website photos in order to reflect my ever-more graying hair, The timing was right. Still, that didn’t mean I was going to like it! 🙂
Y’know what, though? For the first time ever I didn’t keep repeating to myself, “when will this be over?”…”when will this be over?”…”when will this be…?”
David has a way of making it fun. More than that, he also has a way of making you feel as though you are the most talented, professional person in front of the camera that he has ever had the honor and pleasure to work with. He and his wife/business partner, Crystal know just what to say, what to do, and exactly how to say and do it so that you get caught up in the process of sharing your awesomeness. 😉
Yep…that’s exactly how they make you feel.
And, checking with some of the other speakers and attendees, that’s exactly how they made them feel, as well. And, I wasn’t surprised.
This is really such a key to how we as entrepreneurs (or, intrapreneurs if working inside a company) can separate ourselves from others.
Aside from being excellent at the technical aspect of what we do (without that, the rest simply won’t matter), to the degree that we provide our customers with the kind of exceptional experience that makes them feel good about themselves, that’s the degree to which we will be untouchable in the marketplace.
Learn more about David Heisler Photography at davidheisleratx.com.
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That you were having fun – with a photographer who encourages it – is very evident in the “Max and 99” shot. I love that one.
p.s. You’re not getting grayer – you’re getting more distinguished. (as am I) 🙂
Bill: Thank you. Yes, he was terrific, indeed. And, of course, 99 always brings out my best. And…”distinguished” rather than grayer — spoken like a true branding authority, my great friend! 😉 😉
Great post, Bob! Thanks for reminding me how much 99% of my clients “don’t like to shop”. ….. And, they probably dislike taking new headshot photos as well!! When I meet with a new client who wants to order clothing and tells me that they HATE shopping, I may respond with “I will do my best to make this a painless 30 minutes,… and it might end up being the most exciting thing you do today!”. I love that you point out we must make our clients feel “special”.
Mary: Yes, being an in-home/in-office clothing professional, I’m sure you hear that all the time! LOL! Keep up the great work!