When you are speaking at a live event, you must seek opportunities around you. Marketing is challenging and constant. Without good pics and video, it’s an even bigger challenge.
When I was speaking in China, I noticed a professional photographer there. He had an enormous camera lens. I started asking about him, and it turns out that one of my event assistants knew him. He was actually volunteering for the event. I thought about it and offered to pay him a few hundred to take some extra pics of me on stage, from behind me and from the back. I explained what I was looking for and the fact that I could always use some more off-stage pics, too.
We took a few minutes to scout around the hotel for cool locations, came up with a few, and took some quick shots. Later I learned it was his first professional gig. He had never been paid before! I was thrilled to get some great shots for just a couple hundred dollars.
At the beginning of your career, the bigger audiences and the more professional backdrops are few and far between. Make the most of them when you can. At any point in your career, you must always be on the lookout for great pics and video. We can never have enough. We never know what we can use for different purposes. Always do what you can to get yourself captured on video and pics. When you see a potential opportunity, grab it!
Here are some of the pics we took that day in China:
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