Today's LinkedIn Nugget

Be careful what you wish for

wishFirst we wish that bats would go away. Now an article appreciates them them for their ability to devour mass quantities of mosquitoes in a short period of time.

Things change. Perceptions blur and needs alter.

The other day in one of my classes as we went around the room introducing our LinkedIn expectations, 3 of 8 students had not yet opened a LinkedIn account.

The rest had a lot of work to do. Some admitted they needed “unlearning” old habits.

Lucky for the 3, they had nothing to rewrite so they could use the spirit of what I taught to create a good LinkedIn profile from scratch, first draft ready ahead of our next class.

I often wish that all my clients and students could erase the slate and start over. I know they cannot. Some continue to drag along the baggage of an older profile. Some pretty it up but don’t go as far as I would like them to.

Both newbies and existing LinkedIn profilers find they often can’t get past a Facebook-like profile or a resume-like profile. I wish they had more self-assurance to tell their own story to a different audience: the professional business community.

Other times I wish the entire class had some sort of profile already. Once in a while an individual breaks through and nails it in a few writings. Or a particular section that stymies more experienced profile writers makes no trouble for the new adherent. Inspiration to the others!

Every class is made up of a different cohort. They all have different needs and aims. No two class compositions are ever the same-a challenge and delight in itself! I think I will stop wishing for what I cannot get.


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