Collaborate

October 1, 2009

Volume 5, Number 11

In This Issue

Collaboration

Information about Stanley

Recent Update

Sphere Panoramics
Just recently added more images to my website. Check it out.

Speaking Engagements

University of Georgia
Guest Lecturer, September 2009
Speaking on business practices for the freelancer.

University of Nations, Kona, Hawaii
Guest Lecturer, Feb 2010
Teaching Lighting, Portraiture and Business Practices in School of Photography program.

Reinhardt College, Waleska, Georgia
Adjunct Professor, Spring 2010
Teaching photojournalism to the undergraduate communications students.

Recent e.Newsletters

Public Speaking for Communicators: How do people learn?
September 2009
Teachers are graded on how well their students do, not on what they know.  So to are speakers graded. What will the audience remember from your talk?


Informative or Just Eye Candy?
August 2009
Many professional communicators see the visual as a “hook” for the written story.  Using visuals as “eye candy” can make the reader stop and, at least, start to read the article.

Do Your Photos Provide Context For Your Subject?
July 2009
Just because it is a photo, doesn't mean it is worth 10,000 words. Many photos have impact and can get your attention, but they could do even more.

Social Networking
June 2009
Social Networking is big due to a few things happening around the same time.

My Investment Advice
May 2009
Photographers need to invest wisely and I have a thought about it.

What about the audience
April 2009
As professional communicators we usually determined who our audience is, but have we considered how the how they learn.

Teaching is a great way to learn
March 2009
I am reminded each time I teach that this is a great way to get better at this craft.

The Psychology of the Telephoto Lens
February 2009
“What I need is a telephoto lens.”  We’ve all said this.  The professional photographer reaches for the lens for many reasons.

The Psychology of the Wide-Angle Lens
January 2009
Some folks choose a telephoto lens to see how close a subject can appear to be - to say a bear, for instance. These same people doubtlessly chose a wide-angle lens so they can get-it-all-in the picture, usually a landscape picture.

Equipment Used

This recorder lets you record in WAV or MP3 recording to compact flash card.

I have always used Nikon cameras and lenses through my career.  They have a great line of cameras and lenses for any job.

Contact Us

My friend Tony Messano talks about what he looks for when he hires a photographer in this video clip.  Here is his website http://www.tonymessano.com/ad/

The difference between two parties who compromise or collaborate is huge. 

Compromising leads to disappointment with all parties.  When the parties come together they have a creative idea or solution for a problem.  Each party wants their idea out there more than the other one.  In this scenario a watered down version of both ideas emerge. In the end no one is satisfied with the solution.

Collaboration isn’t about negotiating solutions.  It starts where the parties come together and listening to each other.  They are open to new ideas.  This is where everyone realizes that alone no one gets their ideas implemented, but by partnering with others they can accomplish their goals.

Rowing is a good illustration on how to collaborate.  It is the oldest intercollegiate sport in the United States.  

The Harvard-Yale Boat Race or Harvard-Yale Regatta is an annual rowing race between Yale and Harvard universities. It is America's oldest collegiate athletic competition. It takes place each year on Thames River, New London, Connecticut.

In this sport the team must work together.  Each person has to stay in sync with his teammates.  For me it is the perfect picture of collaboration. 

If just one person is out of sync the team suffers.

When a client hires me they expect collaboration and not compromise.  Trust is the foundation of this process. You must first trust to your clients, lower your barriers and be exposed.

Listen.  Take notes while listening to the client.  Note taking prevents you from responding to quickly with your ideas.  Active listening means you ask questions to clarify and be sure you have their perspective.  You may want to paraphrase their idea and ask if you have it right.

The key is understanding what they want to accomplish.  You need to also listen and learn where they have very little room for flexibility.  When the client feels like you know what they want and the parameters they are under you have the necessary information to be able to collaborate. 

Meeting and exceeding the client’s expectations is easy, if you listen and check with the client to be sure you understand their project. 

Many clients will have done an excellent job articulating their project from the very beginning.  You still need to explore with them to understand how much flexibility they have.  You still need to articulate their project in your own words. Skip this step and you will experience friction with the client.

All things being equal, people want to do business with their friends.  True friends collaborate rather than compromise.