Today's LinkedIn Nugget

How did we meet? How can I help you?

Two colleagues recently asked me about this so I figure more of you want to know as well:

When you see that someone has asked to connect to you vettinginvites_LI_a
in the top right corner of your LinkedIn page and/or you are not sure if the connection is worthwhile or you cannot place the name, here’s a little game plan to get more info from him or her to make a decision:

  1. click the person’s name. Next you see this:

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2. click the cartoon speech bubble with the quotation marks in it (see above) and a text box opens:

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3. click the curved arrow at the top right corner in the illustration above to reply to the person.

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4. type in a message; press the keyboard enter key to send via LinkedIn:

►I happen to like the message I am showing in the illustration as it keeps the door open (but usually they just never bother to reply, telling me it’s not a real sincere connection request.)

Moral of the story: save me the work (and you too!) having to repeat connection requests to identify yourself after the fact.  Just tell me upfront how we can help each other and give me the context of where we met.

Please act professionally in all impressions.

Today's LinkedIn Nugget

10 Things to Thank #LinkedIn For (episodes 8, 9, 10) to round out the week

c2cturkeyheadThanks for LinkedIn Posts where over 1 million people are submitting original material. I have expressed opinions and provide what I hope is thought leadership to a global audience, shared over many months from its original publication.

Comments back to me are especially gratifying, letting me know I am influential.

c2cturkeyheadThanks for making it easy to reorder the section headings on my profile and dragging the entire section to its new position.

I can also reorder my Publications section, placing the newest article I write on top (although I am not sure why the default is to place it all the way at the bottom). Again, I am in control of my profile.

c2cturkeyheadFinally and most deservedly of all, thank all of you 3100+ times (as many as my LinkedIn connections plus followers) for being there to help, for reading my postings, commenting and sharing them, and for offering advice and answers when I ask.

As I always say, “my network is my net worth” and you make my network so rich and rewarding in all my business pursuits.

I wish you a bountiful and happy Thanksgiving.

Today's LinkedIn Nugget

Why you MUST cull through your #LinkedIn connections

It happened again.

My living laboratory of what to do and not to do on LinkedIn:

I was introduced to C by email, we spoke on the phone (as I looked over her public LinkedIn profile to enhance the conversational quality of what we could do to help each other) and the camaraderie was really good. I ended the call saying I would invite her to connect to me.

A day later she accepted. I could now see her private profile and noticed she was connected to K, whom I was to meet up with again at a cocktail party the next evening. Good, it gave me yet another item to increase my talking points with K.

So I approached K and we spoke for a while. She was offering me some insight into her business and I was listening for cues to speak about how our world intersected via C, my new connection on LinkedIn.

How were the two connected I asked?

A bit of a blank stare on K’s face. Thinking hard. Name not at all recognized. I added, C lived in {city}, was engaged in {industry}. No glimmer of recognition. K getting a bit embarrassed. I am getting uncomfortable thinking I embarrassed K.

MORAL of the story:

K had connected to C but didn’t know her. The connection was lacking substance. K admitted that she probably should go through her connections to cull out the ones that she erroneously connected to but did not know. Which reduces embarrassment in future situations for all of us…

And to add to this, even LinkedIn advises the same.

 

 

Today's LinkedIn Nugget

10 Things to Thank #LinkedIn For (episode 3)

c2cturkeyheadThanks, LinkedIn, for allowing selected connections to tell HOW I do what I do (I have already self-expressed WHY I do what I do).

They can recommend me and give anecdotal evidence of the characteristics I want them to reinforce in my profile.

I also actively manage and sort out those who endorsed me for a particular skill they do not know I possess.

Thanks for giving me control over everything that appears on my profile.

Today's LinkedIn Nugget

10 Things to Thank #LinkedIn For (episode 2)

c2cturkeyheadThanks for letting me tell others WHY I DO WHAT I DO in my profile headline: a self-expression of why choose me as a potential business partner.

I have stuffed my ever-changing “self” into 120 characters, including spaces.

I have been very economical but still could have used a few more characters, so LinkedIn, perhaps you could loosen this up someday…but thanks anyway