Did you know that 55% of human communication is non-verbal and only 7% is the words you use? It’s true! This is why it’s important to have a good looking avatar that communicates the right body language to your customers. With more than half of communication being non-verbal, having men’s professional headshots captured regularly can a very worthwhile investment!
If you think the above over sells the idea of a professional headshot, let’s reconsider the fact that only 7% of human communication is the words you use. 38% is in the vocal tones you use, and 55% (the largest share) is non-verbal (source).
Therefore, it seems clear that to most effectively communicate with anyone, you should talk to them in person. When this isn’t possible, the next best thing you can do is communicate good body language virtually. With things like social media, email and text this is achieved primarily with a profile photo.
The Power of Body Language In Headshots
Professional headshots are also a good way to command a higher salary for promotions or when looking for a new job. To reiterate, if 55% of human communication is non-verbal, your profile photo could be a significant factor in weather or not an employer will call you for an interview.
Like it or not, this is apparently just the way humans are hardwired to communicate. Therefore it seems that a professional headshot would be a nominal investment for the value you can leverage from it.
Real estate agents and other sales professionals know this and it’s the reason they try to get really nice headshots of themselves. It’s because they know their customers are more likely to remember them if they have an eye-catching headshot accompanying their contact info.
What to Wear For Men’s Professional Headshots
Alright if you’ve read down this far it’s because you’re sold on the idea of a having your profile photo captured professionally. Now you might be wondering what to wear for professional headshots?
In most cases I recommend a shirt and jacket at least. Most traditionally, headshots are captured with a jacket, collared shirt, and tie. These days some fashion forward men will do a turtleneck and jacket.
In any case, style your outfit however you like. That said, if you need guidance about men’s headshot attire, you can check out his post where I detail a few popular looks you can copy. Remember that what you choose to wear can make or break a professional headshot so keep you ideas on the safe side if you’re new to styling outfits.