itiswhatitisChange in technology is inevitable, all for the sake of improvement and progress.

Sure, I get miffed with LinkedIn too, just like you.  Just when I get used to a certain section or function in a certain reliable place, LinkedIn changes it around, or drops it completely. Yes, it’s kind of embarrassing when I am teaching and the section I want to point out has moved or disappeared since I last taught it, but I think we all have to accept this as a fact of social media life.

Case in point: years ago LinkedIn deleted the Upcoming Events section, which I used to like to post to for my and my colleagues’ speaking and educational events–shout outs to connections to catch the best people share their knowledge. Then one day-poof!-it was taken away. And waxing nostalgic, I miss it and hope someday LinkedIn will reconsider that decision.

But why fight it? Embrace it and find other ways to accomplish the same thing, or better.

How do I announce events these days? Well, I just adapted my desire to promote these into sharing them as updates from my home page. I did so the other day. Perhaps I get more eyes on events that I share that way than expecting someone to scroll down my profile and find the Upcoming Events section as was the case earlier.

What about Skills and Endorsements, you say? Ok, a story: a while ago at a public speaking session I made my usual comments about how frustrated I was with the abuse/overuse in the Skills section and I was interrupted by a woman in the audience who suggested I embrace the section positively and ask those who endorse me for a skill they know I have, in appropriate cases, to up their ante and convert that endorsement into a recommendation. I now include her admonition as a suggestions in all my presentations.

Moral of this fable: Adapt the seemingly not-so-good to the betterment of all.

Or, harkening back to Mr. Peabody, an alternative moral: “It is what it is. Make it better.”

Marc W. Halpert

LinkedIn personal coach, group trainer, marketing strategist and overall evangelist, having a great time pursuing my passion of connecting professionals so they can collaborate better!

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