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Adventures in stock photos – Act 3: Believe Dave Klavitter

first_imgI will treasure this photo for the rest of my life. It came on a day when my heart was heavy from everything breast cancer has taken from my wife, from me, and from our daughters – sleep, peace, health, comfort, financial stability, Karla’s hair now, her fingernails next, more of her soon. She has two final chemo treatments this month, then surgery and radiation early next year. Pain and uncertainty await.Then this photograph arrives, so sincere in its encouragement and so filled with hope that my mourning has no choice but to surrender to joy.For it to bless my wife and family at the precise moment I’m writing about the power of real people, real connection, and real emotion in photography proves that nothing in this broken and beautiful world happens by accident.And the subject line, which will forever serve as the photo’s caption?“From Your CP Family”Perfect.Priceless.Believe me. Dave Klavitter, 2017 Disruption Conference (c) Andy Janning Writing this article brought me to tears. Please read to the end to understand why.I’ve been quite vocal about replacing stock photo libraries with images of real members and employees. All of my Community articles this year have supported this assertion with as much data and conviction as I can muster.All of my keynote and breakout sessions this year have included this quote, inspired by the central point of the articles: “If we reduce members and employees to cheap, generic, and disposable abstractions in our narrative, members and employees will do the same to us. And we’ll have no one to blame but ourselves.” Many readers, audience members, and friends have agreed with me. A few, though, have questioned my motives.A professional photographer telling credit unions to hire a professional photographer to take photos of real members and employees is self-serving, one critic told me privately. You want that pro to be you, the critic opined, even if you don’t come right out and say it.There is no small amount of enlightened self-interest in this subject for me. I love working with state leagues, trade associations, and individual credit unions as a photographer to help them tell better stories about their work and impact.These skills help me support my wife Karla as she battles stage 2 breast cancer and the two teenage daughters we cherish above all else. If that’s how my critic defines self-serving, then I’m guilty as charged.I wanted another perspective on the power of real photos, so I contacted my friend Dave Klavitter, Chief Marketing Officer of Dupaco Credit Union in Iowa. Dupaco (not one of my photography, speaking, or consulting clients) switched from stock to real photos for some of the best reasons and results I’ve ever seen (emphasis mine):“We wanted to create a stronger Dupaco brand.Dupaco is an authentic and transparent brand. What you see is what you get. Real stories, if told well, can be powerful drivers of brand. Photography, if done well, is a powerful medium to communicate an idea or evoke emotion. A great photograph and well-written caption are priceless. Real photographs can convey potential vulnerabilities; for a brand to throw it all out there, to be real, conveys a huge amount of trust. Members not only trust Dupaco with their money, but to act in their best interest. I think this is largely responsible for nearly 10% net member growth last year.”Want 10% net member growth? Trust your members. Tell better stories about them. Use real photos of them. Don’t just believe me. Believe Dave.PostscriptAt 9:32am on Friday, December 6, 2019, I was halfway through composing this article when I received an email from Jessica Kaiser at CP Federal Credit Union.Ever since I keynoted their all-employee celebration on President’s Day 2017, the team at CP Federal, led by CEO Chrissy Siders, has held a special place in my heart.CP Federal learned about Karla’s breast cancer and did something that broke me into tears when I read it, and even now as I write about it. From Jessica’s email:I am writing you today to share a photo that we took this Wednesday at the Main Office. We had a special ‘dress down’ just for Karla! We wanted you to know we are all praying and thinking about her and your family during this difficult time.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Andy Janning Andy Janning is a popular keynote speaker at events across the country, a national award-winning expert in talent development, the host of NCUF’s Herb Wegner Memorial Awards, and a … Web: https://www.andyjanningphoto.com Detailslast_img read more

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Portsmouth man charged for cultivation of marijuana in his yard.

first_imgLocalNews Portsmouth man charged for cultivation of marijuana in his yard. by: – May 10, 2011 Tweet Sharing is caring! Dominica Vibes News Share Share A Portsmouth man has been arrested for the cultivation forty fully grown marijuana plants in his backyard.Reports are that Mr. Richardson Bruno was arrested and charged this morning for the illegal cultivation of drugs.After conducting a search of his house the Police also found 5 packs of cured marijuana which was also seized.When questioned by the Police Officers about the marijuana plants he said, ‘is a former employee who sold him out.’ 24 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img

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Koeman can spot Mourinho mind games

first_img Press Association Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has been friends with Jose Mourinho for a long time, so knows better than to get caught up in his Chelsea counterpart’s mind games. The pair grew close during their time working together at Barcelona as part of Louis van Gaal’s backroom team in the late 1990s. Koeman has fond memories of that time and the “very ambitious” Portuguese, even if he was “quiet” back then – an adjective rarely used when describing the Chelsea boss nowadays. Koeman knows such controversial comments stem from a desire to protect his players, pointing to Mourinho’s success everywhere he has been as proof that it works. “In every sport and every business if you are one of the top managers then you have to live with critics, both negative and positive,” he said. “But if you look at his CV, it tells you enough. He’s very successful and always has a good spirit in his teams. “If you speak to players who have worked with Mourinho, they always are very positive about it and impressed with the way he does his job as a manager.” Koeman is looking forward to facing his former colleague at Stamford Bridge, where he will be hoping things will go better than his only other trip there as a manager, Valencia’s 1-0 Champions League loss in December 2007. As well as Spain, the Dutchman also spent time coaching in Portugal and his homeland before joining Saints last summer – a first voyage into English football and one he made without speaking to his old friend. “I met different people and always they were very positive about the Premier League, about the possibility of the teams and the intensity in the games,” Koeman said. “But I wasn’t calling him or other people to ask about the job because the feeling with the club and with the people of the club was more important.” The pair have remained friends ever since and go head to head on Sunday, when Koeman leads surprise package Southampton out at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho courted controversy after the reverse fixture in December by claiming there was a “clear campaign” against Chelsea – inflammatory comments which were followed by the Portuguese showing a softer side. “I spoke with him for 10 or 15 minutes after the home game with them, about life, about England,” Koeman said. “Maybe your opinion is different than if you see someone on the television. He’s a great person and a very successful manager. “In my opinion he’s a nice person, but I’ve got the possibilities to have time to talk about different things in life. “Maybe one side is what he likes to say or what he likes to do after the game. The other is the relation between two people. “I think that’s the difference, but sometimes he is playing a game. Everybody knows that. “If it is done in a respectful way, then I don’t have problems with that.” last_img read more