You’re updating your profile on LinkedIn and you’re not sure which photo you should use? Is there a best one in terms of the impact it will have on others?
Well, surprisingly, there has been a lot of research on the psychology and science behind a winning profile picture and this is what they found regarding smiles.
Both men and women with a full smile showing their teeth were considered more competent, likeable, and influential than people with a closed lip smile.
People with a full on smile, half laughing were considered even more likeable but they were also perceived as less competent and influential.
Funny enough, if you were to be choosing a headshot for a dating site the results are slightly different for men than women. Men still preferred photos of women who were smiling showing their teeth while women preferred men who had either neutral or more serious faces ….go figure that one!
So there we have it ladies and gentlemen, for your professional portraits you need to get those pearly whites out!!
(I’m only kidding - I would never say cheese!!!)