HOW we are connected just got smarter on #LinkedIn


Ever think how really small the world is?

LinkedIn is rolling in a new feature: it will not only show with whom you are connected, but also how you are connected to just about any other LinkedIn person.

If you don’t have this feature yet, you will soon.

IMHO, it’s a cool expansion of the data they have to make connecting to collaborate even more fruitful.

Now use it!


and don’t fall into this #linkedin endorsement trap

Here’s a typical way that LinkedIn skills endorsements are given by well-meaning people who don’t know your skills.


It’s odd, but LinkedIn suggests on your profile page that you should endorse someone for skills they haven’t even listed that skill!

So be a better player in the network game: take the time to look on someone’s profile and endorse them for a skill they actually list and that you actually have experience with.


#LinkedIn endorsements; do I love to hate them, or hate to love them?

Every day, even weekends, my connections endorse me for a skill I have posted on my LinkedIn profile.

You can be sure I choose my skills carefully as they are helpful in the LinkedIn search function.

But some of my valued connections seem to endorse me a bit too quickly: they quickly click on a skill they may not personally know I have. 

And LinkedIn makes it even more enticing to endorse connections when they place a big blue banner at the top of your profile page to encourage you to endorse others. 

That’s fine, and warm thanks to all for the well-intentioned endorsements, but here’s my request:

ONLY endorse others for skills you know they possess, that you have observed personally.


Don’t take it personally…but I may have removed your endorsement in the past, may do so or in the future.

Tomorrow: removing an endorsement.


#LinkedIn’s 2 step verification

Your LinkedIn profile chronicles your reputation and your brand.  Why take unnecessary risks that someone can crack into it?

Use LinkedIn’s two-step verification to lock down the devices that are authorized to make changes to your profile. They’ll notify you by email whenever someone tries to sign in to your account using a new device they don’t recognize as yours. You can then immediately change your password as a precaution. It’s just smart to be protected these days.

Here’s how to turn this on:





Anticipation..is keeping me waiting

Thanks, Carly Simon for letting me adapt your lyrics to this posting.

I get referral calls a lot and have nice discussions with potential LinkedIn coaching clients for 4 one-on-one sessions.

I provide them with a detailed curriculum of what we will cover week by week.

Some candidates respond affirmatively or negatively. At least I know where I stand with them.

Some, however, can’t make up their minds. They are stuck in the paralysis of KNOWING they have to do something, but for some reason can’t pull the trigger: can’t get out of their own way, as I like to say.

One such potential coaching client from last fall whom I know needs my services–and he knows it too–responded to my third nudge to see what was his intent-yea or nay. He said he would look further into my proposal later this week.

His saga of paralysis continues…I’ll let you know if he twitches.



We exceed expectations

So excited. Just about ready to release recording of my advanced LinkedIn seminar that I held in November in NYC.

My amazing (and I mean amazing!) webdeveloper Geoff Geertsen (http://myworldcms.com) and I faced a technology hurdle and he overcame it!

We finished testing this morning and then as soon as we hung up, this came across my screen.

You probably already know how much I like Seth Godin, but reading the posting today from Seth’s Blog, immediately after Geoff figured out how to do what I thought was nearly impossible, is too coincidental!

With Geoff on my team, we are told we exceed expectations.

It’s my company tag line.



A glitch that #linkedin is aware of

There has been a glitch for several days such that most people, myself included, cannot reach out to someone and ask them to connect on LinkedIn.

It is requiring you to add a subject but there is no subject line to add it to! Below is a screenshot you see when you get the error.


Following my  service ticket to the Linkedin Help Center (answered in only 2 hours, which is pretty darned good!), they told me it is known to their engineering area and will soon be corrected.

I will advise you when that happens.



How not to connect on #linkedin

Read from the bottom up to get the chronology of this unfortunate “conversation” on LinkedIn.


Do you ever call someone up on the phone that doesn’t know you and start by saying “I want to have a meaningful conversation with you” but fail to advise them immediately what your connection to them is, how you can help them, why should they spend the time?

Of course not.

If you did, you would be reported to the Do Not Call List…

Ok, I admit I have a strong built-in disdain for blind LinkedIn connection requests.  

When I am sent a connection request using the default, boring, lazy “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn” from someone I do not know and offers no idea how we met or why we should connect, this just plain irritates me.

No information. No reference point.

I may even reply “Have we met?” to be sure I am not missing something.

So when I received the following request to connect from a person I do not know or recognize, this is what happened.  Foolish move on his part…Does he honestly expect me to connect after his wisecrack reply?