Today's LinkedIn Nugget

Do you deserve a A on your #LinkedIn profile?

gradeADo you project an “A” level on your LinkedIn profile?

No, there’s no ranking that way on LinkedIn, but that is a mental rating you get by the casual reader of your personal and company profile.

So, asked another way, do you want to do business with anyone or any firm that is a less than an A?

Do you trust someone who comes across as a B-?


I know I want to be in the honor roll and refer others in the honor roll too.

But if I refer you, you had better have a stellar LinkedIn profile as well.

And if you expect to be approached by strangers on possible business through LinkedIn, you have to look like the smartest kid in the class.

Quality attracts quality.

Today's LinkedIn Nugget

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Cool out and get into a beach vacation mood. Ok, at least imagine!  

beachAhhhh (hear the waves crashing?)

Then resolve to learn something new this summer:

Do a better job expressing why you do what you do on LinkedIn.

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Today's LinkedIn Nugget

Managing emails from #LinkedIn…a new good thing!

linkedin_emailI often get the complaint ‘LinkedIn sends me too many emails.”

Well, that’s about to change.

A recent announcement will aggregate some emails into a digest format so you can review at your leisure.

Yes, you will still get email from LinkedIn in addition to your LinkedIn messages. You will just get fewer into your email box.

And, altho this is not new, did you know you can direct LinkedIn to send emails from your LinkedIn groups into a different email box than your regular messages? Here’s how.

No more complaints?

Today's LinkedIn Nugget

Sometimes #LinkedIn listens!

The one thing you can count on with LinkedIn is change, quietly and dramatically. Sometimes they giveth and sometimes they taketh away.

The ability to download your connections’ email addresses to a CSV file was recently taken away and subbed with a request to the Help Desk to supply that to you, by request and they forwarded it to you within 72 hours. I am not sure why, but they did.

demonstrationI have never heard such an electronic scream to “give it back” but LinkedIn apparently reversed itself and you can now fully control the timing of the download of connection data: immediate and on demand, no request for fulfillment.

Yes, they listen. Sometimes.

So here’s how you do it: Connections > Keep in Touch > click on the Settings gear icon > Export LinkedIn connections > choose the type of CSV or VCF file you want; you likely will want to select a Microsoft outlook (CSV) file.

Ok, LinkedIn, while you seem to be in the mood, I would like you to restore the group statistics function you recently eliminated. I liked that and found it highly useful to evaluate a group before I joined it. The level of detail was quite revealing.

Bring it back, please.

Today's LinkedIn Nugget

When you accidentally meet up with a LinkedIn connection…

…do you know how the other person came into your LinkedIn world?

shakeThis happened a few days ago.

She looked familiar but I couldn’t place her.

She was thoughtful enough to make it less uncomfortable for me and she confirmed I had taught her in a class before.

I heard her name and recognized it as one of my LinkedIn connections.

To which I made my estimation of how many years ago it was–I was correct) and that I added that I hoped I had helped her, which she enthusiastically agreed.

And I followed up with a “nice to see you again” LinkedIn message tailored to the person.

The point? You should be familiar with your connections as an extended entourage and when they reappear on front of you, it’s a good idea to be sure they feel appreciated.

Then when they leave that reinforces a nice feeling about you.

The LinkedIn message wraps it all up.


Today's LinkedIn Nugget

Make them salivate for an upcoming event…on #Linkedin

Do you want to optimize your attention by business professionals ahead of one of your upcoming event? That’s a good use for sharing news of your next event via LinkedIn updates:

news4In week 4 ahead of the event, tell them a little bit what’s coming: what the title of the talk is, where, and to save the date. Add a registration URL. Ask them to pass it along to other interested parties.

In week 3, go into more detail about the take-aways they will get and advise if a limited number of spots remain open for this event. Again, ask them to share it. Perhaps you want to tie in quotes from a previous session you gave as a reference.

In week 2, talk about how you are putting finishing touches on your PowerPoint deck and your excitement is building to make the presentation. Talk about how many have already registered-“what about you?” Ask to share.

In week 1 ahead, a couple of times, give a variety of observations why this is going to be a bang-up session. Add the registration URL for the fence-sitters. Ask to share.

Once that week, give a glimpse of a few points that you will be talking about and say you look forward to seeing them there. Add a URL with online driving directions if that makes sense for the venue, and parking ideas too.

A day or two after the event, post photos of you in action, (better: a video) and thank everyone, especially the host.Be sure to send out a PDF version of the slides so you reinforce the perception that you are the efficient and caring presenter you truly are.

Try it.

I wish you well.

Today's LinkedIn Nugget

When you hit it off with someone, thank them on #LinkedIn

I had a very productive session yesterday with a nonprofit who needs to enter the 21st century with their online donations, as they put it. I hit it off nicely with the executive director and a former treasurer at the meeting.

thankyou1As I always do, I thank them for their time and express how I enjoyed the meeting on a LinkedIn connection request, properly personalized.

Remember that they receive a copy of the connection request via email as well. Ping 2 times: once on LinkedIn and once on email.

I find (unscientifically) that the sooner they accept my connection request, the better my chance at closing the business. Perhaps it’s the sincere follow-up.  Perhaps it’s capping off an impression I try to make as a true professional. Perhaps it’s just good manners.

Note: one just connected with me in a matter of minutes! Looking good….the other, unfortunately, is not to be found on LinkedIn. 

And you my reader, do you follow up with a thank you and offer your connectivity to collaborate in the future?

Today's LinkedIn Nugget

Noise in our e-world: soar above it on #LinkedIn

News outlets over-analyze every bit of data behind air catastrophes, political rhetoric, infamous murder trials, and then there’s The Donald.

Ugh. Too much to read, overloaded with noise.

We turn it off. We ignore what overwhelms us and this becomes a habit.

So don’t bore your LinkedIn connections with just giving an article when you share good material.

magiccarpetWrite an introduction to the article with your unique commentary so they will want to read it: tell them WHY this is important, tell them where you agree or disagree.

Give a bit more than dropping it at their electronic doorstep. Soar.

If they value your opinion, they will read it. If not, you are adding to the noise.

If they do read it because you suggested it, you have added value to their day.

Who knows? They may refer it (and you) along to their entourage. Magic ensues.

That’s what you strive for.

Today's LinkedIn Nugget

Another way to say “atta-boy/girl” on LinkedIn


Every time you open your Home Page on LinkedIn, look to the top right corner.

Scroll through the list of people celebrating anniversaries, new job, etc. and give them an electronic pat on the back.

Or better, key in a “hearty congratulations” in a comment.

Or skip it, it’ll come back again the next day and you will get another chance…

But do it. Make someone’s day.

Perhaps you will then “ping” on their radar scope the next time they get wind of an opportunity that makes them think of YOU.

Today's LinkedIn Nugget

#LinkedIn: it’s like talking to yourself, and others, but better

When I first started my business, I got a book called “What to Say When You Talk to Yourself.” As you can imagine it’s 255 pages of positive reinforcement to turn ideas into real action.talktoself

Recently a study just came out which concludes that people who talk to themselves are high functioning intellectuals, not looney tunes.

So I ask you: If you talk to yourself, what do you say?

Can you convince yourself that you have valid, relevant, valuable ideas? Can you convince others?

So take another (!) look at your LinkedIn profile and read it out loud–it’s ok; you’ll sound and look like a veritable genius to others.

selfDo you like what you heard?

  • Yes? Great, keep tweaking it since you have a good thing going.
  • No? Better make it a lot more convincing to both you, and to a stranger who happens across your profile.