You know not to believe everything you read on the internet.


Be careful what you claim on LinkedIn about yourself.

I saw someone self-promoting as a “certified” LinkedIn trainer.

Being an inquisitive sort of person, I wondered who/what certified him.

So I went to the source, a high level contact at LinkedIn.

She replied: There are no trainers certified by LinkedIn.

I want to go on the record:

I am not certified by LinkedIn.

There you have it.

If they offered a certification, I would have earned it. But they don’t.

So rather than claiming something that is misleading, I think the trainer should strut his stuff with real statistics or attributable quotes from satisfied clients. And stop wasting money buying certifications.

Once misled I will no longer spend time reading his profile or work–what of it is true and what of it is bunk?

Beware what you say and how you position yourself on LinkedIn. People take notice and will challenge assertions that seem untenable, odd. And they move on, never to return.

  1. Would you rely on a CPA certified by anything but the AICPA?
  2. Don’t you want to know that the state professional board state has certified your dentist/surgeon/lawyer, etc.? And the credential’s up to date?

Caveat emptor.

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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