I am guilty of photobombing. Yup. I do it with participants in my classes or presentations, as the evidence above shows*. And you should too. Why photobomb?
1. Most participants experience a tiny bit of speaker worship - if you are any good at public speaking – and yet are too timid about approaching you. They love the idea of having a photo with you, but don’t want to ask. They are afraid you might see it as an inconvenience or beneath you. Photobombing gives them the bonding moment they were looking for and a memento of your time together. It also gives you a chance to get to know them better and find out if they have questions or needs you haven't addressed.
2. Photos with happy participants can help in your marketing efforts. You can use the photos to accompany blog posts or to tweet to followers, encouraging them to register for your next event. So after photobombing someone else’s picture, be sure to ask them to email you a copy.
*I'll admit that I usually ask permission.
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Anne Beninghof is passionate about teaching and learning.
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