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15 Most-Hated Types of Instagram Pictures

15 Most-Hated Types of Instagram Pictures

As of December 2014, Instagram has 300 million users, easily surpassing Twitter’s 284 million. Of those 300 million, 75 million are daily users. That’s a lot of food pics.

We all know that your friends will click “like” on your pictures (even if they didn’t really like it) just because they like you and you posted it. What they won’t tell you is how much they hate some of your pictures. And there are certain types of Instagram pictures everyone hates. Let’s take a look at the types of Instagram pictures you’re alienating your followers with.

1. Bad food

badfood

    You’ve got huge competition in the #foodporn category. So if you’re going to snap shots of food, they better be good! We don’t want to see pics of your half-eaten burger. We don’t want to see your plate of spaghetti (unless it was done by Chef Ramsey himself). And we definitely don’t want to see the above. Whatever it is. Ew! Make sure your food looks appetizing, you lighting is exceptional and your angle, pristine.

    2. The two-hundredth picture of your cat

    cat

      Leave the cats on Facebook. Really. We don’t need more Instagram pictures of cats. There’s no need to flood every channel you have with shots of your cat standing on his hind legs or gnawing on your sock. Now, if he’s actually navigating the streets behind the wheel of your car. That? We want to see.

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      3. Your nine-millionth vacay pic

      anothervacay

        Yes, you went to Europe. Yes, we saw your images of the plane, of the plane food, of the visa desk in Paris, of the hotel bathroom, of the bar in the hotel lobby, of the—come on. We get it already. Shoot the scenic spots and keep them hilarious. Instagram pictures are supposed to entertain us, thankyouverymuch.

        4. Badly designed quotes

        notsoinspirational

          We’re all looking for inspiration. It’s another essential purpose of Instagram pictures. Howevs, if you post a quote, at least make it worth reading and aesthetically pleasing.

          5. Your humblebrag

          humblebrag

            Oh, you didn’t mean to show off. We know. Don’t tag it #humblebrag. Tag it #fullonbrag.

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            6. Christmas presents

            Christmas

              Okay, okay, okay. The holidays are over. You raked in the goods and couldn’t be happier. Well, not everyone celebrates the holidays and we don’t want to see every present you opened. And we don’t want to see your Shinola. (Note the #humblebrag tag.)

              7. Your influx of #latergrams all at once

              Dude, you take pics. It takes three seconds to get them up on IG. Do it when you take the pic or scatter them out over time (especially since there’s a nifty way to schedule your IG posts now). One trip to the amusement park a week ago and all of a sudden, my feed is nothing but your Instagram pictures and it takes me ten minutes to fish through your #latergrams to get to the shots I really want to see. Grrrrr.

              8. Bad nails

              badnails

                Why would you even shoot these? I mean, with all the elegantly done shots of perfectly manicured digits, you decide we need to see how gross yours are? Thanks. But no thanks.

                9. Duck face, duh

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                duckface

                  OMG. For real? Who even makes the duck face anymore? If you’re a Kardashian, it’s acceptable (expected?), but you’re not. So don’t. Let us see the real you… the you you were before pro filters on Instagram.

                  10. The same setting in every pic

                  repeatsetting

                    Get off the yoga room floor. Don’t you eat or run or something? Show us some different angles. Show us some beautiful lighting. Show us that you do do more than Warrior Pose.

                    11. Dude selfies in the bathroom mirror

                    boyselfie

                      What? We are so tired of seeing buff guys take pics of themselves in the bathroom mirror with nothing but their skivvies (or a towel) on. You think you’re hot. We get it. And we’re not impressed with your ego-filtered shots.

                      12. OOTD

                      We do NOT want to see your outfit of the day, every day. Unless you’re a celebrity. Even the famous Kutcher, might not be able to get away with flaunting his stuff for his fans everyday. Oh…wait…yeah. He can.

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                      13. Out of focus

                      blurry

                        For real? Instagram has a wealth of filters to make your shots look good. Why would you post Instagram pictures that even a filter can’t come close to fixing? We do not want to see your traffic shots of blurry cars.

                        14. Receipts

                        receipts

                          Ohh! You bought Christmas presents?? Woohoo!! We are stoked for you! Let’s see those receipts! Not. We don’t care how much you spent.

                          15. Snow on the porch

                          snow

                            Really? It snowed? Amazing. Especially since you do live in Toledo. Florida snow? Probably more acceptable. But eight inches amassed on your grill in Ohio? Not so much.

                            Notice in all of this? I end making fun of myself. We’re all guilty of posting Instagram pictures we shouldn’t. And it’s fine once in a while to violate the “rules,” but just make sure that most of the time you’re posting stuff we really want to see, too.

                            Featured photo credit: Instagram via melltoo.me

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                            Last Updated on April 11, 2019

                            How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

                            How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

                            Possessing strong communication skills will help you in every phase of your life. This is especially true in the workplace.

                            I have personally worked with several leaders who were masters of communication. A few were wonderful speakers who could tell a great story and get everyone in the room engaged. Those of us in attendance would walk away feeling inspired and eager to help with what came next. Others were very skilled at sharing a clear direction and job expectations.

                            I knew exactly what was expected of me and how to achieve my goals. This was the foundation of an energized and vibrant role I was in. What I have found is strong communication skills are incredibly helpful and sometimes critical in how well we perform at work.

                            Here we will take a look at how to improve communication skills for workplace success.

                            How Communication Skills Help Your Success

                            Strong communication skills pave the way for success in many ways. Let’s look at a few of the big ones.

                            Create a Positive Experience

                            Here are two examples of how well developed communication skills helps create a positive experience:

                            When I first moved to the city I now live in, I began a job search. Prior to my first live interview, I was told an address to go to. Upon arriving at the address provided, I drove around and around attempting to find the location. After 15 minutes of circling and looking for the address, I finally grabbed a parking spot and set out on foot.

                            What I discovered was the address was actually down an alley and only had the number over the door. No sign for the actual company. The person that gave me those very unclear directions provided a bad experience for me.

                            Had they communicated the directions to get there in a clear manner, my experience would have been much better. Instead the entire experience started off poorly and colored the entire meeting.

                            As a recruiter, I frequently provide potential candidates with information about a job I’m speaking to them about. In order to do this, I also provide a picture of the overall company, the group they might be joining, and how their role fits in and impacts the entire company.

                            Time and time again I have been told by candidates that I have provided the clearest picture of a company and role they have ever heard. They have a positive experience when I clearly communicate to them. Even when the position does not work out for them, often times they will want to stay in touch with me due to the open communication and beneficial experience they had during the interviewing process.

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                            Strong communication skills will provide a positive experience in virtually any interaction you have with someone.

                            Help Leadership Skills

                            It’s certainly a skill all its own to be able to lead others.

                            Being a mentor and guiding others towards success is a major hallmark of great leaders. Another characteristic of effective leaders is the ability to communicate clearly.

                            As I referenced above, having a leader who can plainly articulate the company’s mission and direction goes a really long way towards being the Captain of the boat that others want to follow. It’s like saying “here’s our destination and this is how we are going to get there” in a way that everyone can get on board with.

                            Another critical component of everyone helping to sail the boat in the right direction is knowing what your portion is all about. How are you helping the boat move towards its destination in the manner than is consistent with the leaders’ vision?

                            If you have a boss or a manager that can show you what it takes for not only you to be successful, but also how your performance helps the company’s success then you’ve got a winner. A boss with superior communication skills.

                            Build Better Teams

                            Most of us work in teams of some sort or another. During the course of my career, I have led teams up to 80 and also been an individual contributor.

                            In my individual contributor roles, I have been part of a larger team. Even if you are in business for yourself, you have to interact with others in one manner or another.

                            If you have strong communication skills, it helps to build better teams. This is true whether you are in an IT department with 100 other fellow programmers or if you own your own business and have customers or vendors you communicate with.

                            When you showcase your robust ability to communicate well with others while interacting with them, you are building a better team.

                            Now let’s jump in to how to improve communication skills to help you pave the way for your workplace success.

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                            How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

                            There are many tips, tricks, and techniques to improve communication skills. I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much information, so let’s focus on the things that will provide the biggest return on your time investment.

                            Most of these tips will be fairly easy to become aware of but will take time and effort to implement. So let’s go!

                            1. Listen

                            Ever heard the saying you have two ears and one mouth for a reason? If you haven’t, then here’s the reason:

                            Being a good listener is half the equation to being a good communicator.

                            People who have the ability to really listen to someone can then actually answer questions in a meaningful way. If you don’t make the effort to actively listen, then you are really doing yourself and the other person a disservice in the communication department.

                            Know that person who is chomping at the bit to open his or her mouth the second you stop talking? Don’t be that person. They haven’t listened to at least 1/2 of what you’ve said. Therefore the words that spill out of their mouth are going to be about 1/2 relevant to what you just said.

                            Listen to someone completely and be comfortable with short periods of silence. Work on your listening skills first and foremost.

                            2. Know Your Audience

                            Knowing your audience is another critical component to having strong communication skills. The way you interact with your manager should be different than how you interact with your kids. This isn’t to say you need to be a different person with everyone you interact with. Far from it.

                            Here is a good way to think about it:

                            Imagine using your the same choice of words and body language you use with your spouse while interacting with your boss. That puts things in a graphic light!

                            You want to ensure you are using the type of communication most relevant to your audience.

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                            3. Minimize

                            I have lunch with a business associate about 3 times a year. We’ve been talking for several years now about putting a business deal together.

                            He is one of those people that simply overwhelms others with a lot of words. Sometimes when I ask him a question, I get buried beneath such an avalanche of words that I’m more confused than when I asked the question. Needless to say this is most likely a large portion of why we never put the deal together.

                            Don’t be like my lunch business associate. The goal of talking to or communicating with someone is to share actual information. The goal is not to confuse someone, it’s to provide clarity in many cases.

                            State what needs to be stated as succinctly as possible. That doesn’t mean you can’t have some pleasant conversation about the weather too.

                            The point is to not create such an onslaught of words and information that the other person walks away more confused than when they started.

                            4. Over Communicate

                            So this probably sounds completely counter intuitive to what I just wrote about minimizing your communication. It seems like it might be but it’s not.

                            What I mean by over communicating is ensuring that the other person understands the important parts of what you are sharing with them. This can be done simply yet effectively. Here’s a good example:

                            Most companies have open enrollment for benefits for the employees in the fall. The company I work for has open enrollment from November 1 to 15. The benefits department will send out a communication to all employees around October 1st, letting them know open enrollment is right around the corner and any major changes that year. There’s also a phone number and email for people to contact them with any questions.

                            Two weeks later, we all get a follow up email with basically the same information. We get a 3rd communication the week before open enrollment and another one 1 day before it starts.

                            Finally we get 2 emails during enrollment reminding us when open enrollment ends.

                            There’s minimal information, it’s more of a reminder. This is effective over communication.

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                            5. Body Language

                            The final critical component to how to improve communication skills for workplace success is body language. This is something most of us have heard about before but, a reminder is probably a good idea.

                            When I am in a meeting with someone I am comfortable with, I tend to kind of slouch down in my chair and cross my arms. When I catch myself doing this, I sit up straight and uncross my arms. I remember that crossing arms can many times be interpreted as a sign of disagreement or conflict.

                            In general, the best rule of thumb is to work towards having open body language whenever possible at work. This means relaxing your posture, not crossing your arms, and looking people in the eye when speaking with them.

                            When you are speaking in front of others, stand up straight and speak in a clear voice. This will convey confidence in your words.

                            Conclusion

                            Possessing strong communication skills will help you in many facets of your life and most certainly in the workplace.

                            Good communication helps create better teams, positive experiences with those we interact with, and are critical for leadership.

                            There are numerous tactics and techniques to be used to improve communication skills. Here we’ve reviewed how to improve communication skills for workplace success.

                            Now go communicate your way to success.

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