Yesterday I had the pleasure of working on-site with a client for the day.
This is a group I've been working very closely with for the past year. Although I talk to many of these people on an almost daily basis, I had never met most of them in person before. Nevertheless, their voices are deeply etched in my brain, and I could have picked any of them out of a lineup if we were going by voice and not visual.
When you don't meet someone in person, you still paint a picture of them in your mind.
So yesterday, I got to meet these people and see their real faces -- not my made up ones. The universe has shifted slightly as I've adjusted my images. It was a bit disconcerting at first. I had to keep staring at each of them hard as I replaced my old pictures. More hair. Younger. Older. Unexpected beards.
The bonus of so many of the social media tools we use is that our pictures are attached. It's nice to know who you're really talking to.
This is me, in case you were wondering:
I still haven't bothered trying to figure out how to change my blogger image from that damn apple!