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One last observation as 2018 passes into history

dimYes, you read this last year too, and it still speaks to me, so I have updated it and hope you enjoy it. 

Everyday life has a way of inspiring me to see things in a new light, find a LinkedIn twist and opine on it.

Some days are easier than others. Sometimes I can lay down a week’s worth of blog posts in advance, all in one sitting, and schedule them out as a series. Not always. Often you can see the light on in my office at 600 or 630am as I am pounding out that day’s 800am blog installment with a late-coming inspiration I encountered.

I have published 251 posts here so far in 2018 (including this one).  These are my top 5 blog posts of all time on connect2collaborate, and as an aside, I re-read them myself and feel they may just be worth your review:

  1. Character Limits on LinkedIn
  2. 5 sources to get more creative with the #LinkedIn background photo
  3. Re-ordering your Publications on #LinkedIn
  4. Have We Met? Do We Know Each Other?
  5. What To Wear To My LinkedIn Headshot Photo Shoot?

Thanks to the 2018 guest bloggers this past year: Doug Fraim, Rob Thomas, David Shriner-Cahn, and Jayne Latz. Any one want to volunteer for 2019?

Thanks to all of you for your readership and commentary.

So as I dim the blog light for 2018, I wish you a happy, bright holiday (however you celebrate) and healthy, prosperous new year 2019.

I will be back on January 2nd.

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As the year slips away…

2018-19.jpgI posted this last year this time and I decided to revise it and partially repeat it.

In looking back on the year, some people count their revenues at the end of the year. Some reflect on their successes. Others appreciate their family and friends. And many feel the reward, psychically.

Some talk about it. Some write about it. Some preach it. Some smile inwardly.

This has a been a very good year: my second book has opened many new doors for me, my first book is still going strong, with lots of calls from people who read me and want to learn more.

I am invited to speak at ever more stand-out organizations, coaching ever more senior level clients, adding well-regarded companies/firms who want my group training, and of course, the support of friends and family in all of the above.

The challenge of building a business in a noisy world is exciting.

Daily I think back on how I am able to meet, cajole, and monetize the enjoyment I reap from my work.

It’s a ride indeed. Mostly it’s an adrenaline rush. Yes, there are disappointments. But the overwhelming majority of the time, things are meant to be and what goes around comes around. It’s true!

Like the pending writing assignments to my core audiences, on my desk, in various states of completion, this time to Canadian attorneys, and to UK entrepreneurs, which I have to finish up. Both came directly out of the blue from someone who appreciated my thoughts when reading an earlier online article in one case, or perusing my book in a big city public library, in the other.

Like the podcast coming out in January in which I speak how I handle and manage clients so it does not become an opportunity for (soft) conflict, in both my industries, how I communicate, overly, honestly from my POV, in a recorded talk with a mediation expert on her budding new podcast series. Indeed my pleasure to help her launch!

I network, connect and collaborate–it’s in my DNA (and my company name).

Or said another way, my network is my net worth. I can’t enumerate the value. I just know it is huge.

Is yours? Make your network work (not a typo) so much more rewarding in 2019, as a resolution, if I may suggest one.

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#LinkedIn holiday cheer on Boxing Day

boxing-day-960x540No box required.

Make a strategic introduction of one great colleague to the other, out of the blue, unexpectedly, as a surprise token of friendship to bring two (or more) great people together to collaborate or do business.

Your referral means a lot more if you mean a lot to both parties. Here’s an example of one connection of two people who did not know each other, using myself as a fulcrum, just recently made via LinkedIn (only 1 name has been changed; contact Brett Deutsch as my preferred headshot photographer, a happy holiday gift from me to you–and Brett who reads me here–with my compliments).

Please disregard the typo:

brett judy

 

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Be foresighted

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“Asking nothing in return, they gave of their time, their talent, and their means to translate an idea into reality.”

(I wish I had a wider angle lens to better capture this plaque in the entry of a nonprofit client, but I wanted you to read the thought again).

So well said.

Do you have a vision, something you foresee to bring to reality? I implore you to plan it,  follow it through execution, and show it, even if your envisioned project is not as grand as the location I photographed this.

Past-present-future on LinkedIn: I’ve explored this here often. Make your past improve your present, and your present plan your future. Tell us where you came from , where you are, where you see yourself going, all possible on LinkedIn.

Be a seer.

PS, there will not be another blog post until 12/26/18 so happy holiday and all the best from me to you.

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Concentric circles of #LinkedIn influence

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You stand in the middle of your unique connection group, those who are carefully selected and well-known to you, a trusted entourage of colleagues who are willing to help you when you ask.

Then moving outward from the center of the energy circle, the connections-of-your-connections are perhaps helpful to you if you cite your friend(s) in common or your mutual friend asks the 2nd level connection to help you. Perhaps they do or perhaps they don’t.  You have less sway over these folks.

And the 3rd level connections have no incentive to help you unless their DNA is wired that way, and yes, there are many amazing people out there who will, but far fewer than in the closer circles to you.

The concentric circle of LinkedIn influence is the premise behind my logo. C2C-logo-(small)

And the same paradigm is true of your connections, as they have the same potential power within LinkedIn as you do.

And here’s a true, happy story of circles of influence, to me and from me:

  1. I coached a very experienced and capable PR person and our work was eye-opening to him.
  2. He referred me to a friend who is an interim executive on short assignments, and we had an equally excellent training experience, with me winning a great new friend as well as an exceptional colleague.
  3. Then the interim exec referred me to a friend who I coached during her career quandary, needing to refine her LinkedIn profile to express her value proposition in a very erudite industry.
  4. Her LinkedIn profile will be the complement to her upcoming resume re-write,  referred to my fave career coach, and her upcoming new headshot to my talented preferred photographer.

What goes around comes around, concentrically, from the center out and back toward the center.

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#LinkedIn: a moving target

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Photo by Miguel Á. Padriñán on Pexels.com

Yes, I admit frequent LinkedIn changes can become a blur, like too much to focus on at any one time. Try teaching it and the location of the lesson is changing on you each day…ahem, “it was right here yesterday”…ah the life of a LinkedIn trainer…

But have you noticed? LinkedIn’s changing, and it seems to be a daily event.

Graphics are getting bolder and more refined, like when you input your two-factor authentication.

But have you noticed the less subtle changes too?

  • They farmed out the Help Center to a third-party, so be prepared for disjointed answers and slow responses to direct queries.
  • And while we are on the Help Center, it takes extra clicks to get to the body of knowledge. You have to wade through a Quick Help function first as an interim step.
  • Perhaps you knew this: they eliminated the ability to capture email addresses from search results.
  • Bet you didn’t know this (and I learned more about the algorithm for search results from my colleague Andy Foote–many thank Andy!) in his recent post.
  • And a final tidbit: an Events section will come to you soon, slowly spreading globally, although I still don’t have it…to announce to connections the events you are attending or facilitating. Just like the good old days, until they took this away a few years ago. Now it’s back. Use it to meet and cultivate connections.

Keep an eye out and let me know if I missed anything. I’ll gladly combine your input of changes you noticed into another blog post here.

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The alert was in my heart not my head

threatI am territorial.

I can be competitive.

I can be closed minded when I feel my turf is threatened.

I can be overly suspicious.

I shall learn from my mistakes.

Perhaps I need to write that last sentence on the chalkboard 100 times after school.

A competitor asked me to coffee. He had something to discuss. I was suspicious of his now being in my state, my sacred ground, to offer his services, around mine.

The end result of the meeting is a collaboration and joint proposal to a well-recognized name company in the area. If it comes off, it will be a boost for both of us, so I hope it goes as well as I now expect it will, a realization I have after our meeting.

I can jump to conclusions with my heart and not my head. Mea culpa.

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Final of 10 top #LinkedIn tips for holiday parties

holiday partyWhere did 2018 go? I recall as a kid that a year took forever. Now it seems each year flies by, supersonically. We are fast approaching the time for holiday parties and group get-togethers, either business or social. Or a combination.

Expect to meet new people? Anticipate reacquainting with others? Catching up with old friends?

Get a hold of the attendee list and earmark a few you want to meet and greet. Memorize their headshot so you can spot them in a crowd and approach them. Research how they describe themselves and their work on LinkedIn to see where you share alma maters, common threads, or mutual interests. Bringing these mutual factors into the conversation makes you more interesting, as you explore deeper connectivity. It’s not being creepy–it’s smart business conversation.

As part of that conversation, let them know your value proposition, not overselling, but being proud of what you bring to the proverbial table. Perhaps they need your services. Perhaps they know others who do. Perhaps they don’t realize it yet. Perhaps someone in the room will speak to them a bit later on and that makes you an immediate and available referral. No time like the present!

It’s a process. You have to work it:

10. Please continually nurture them as a valued connection to continue the growth of a budding relationship!

This can be enjoyable and a beneficial investment for you in your new colleague. It’s a process, in these ending days of the year and extends well into the new year.  Make it part of your skillset.   

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Ninth of 10 top #LinkedIn tips for holiday parties

holiday partyWhere did 2018 go? I recall as a kid that a year took forever. Now it seems each year flies by, supersonically. We are fast approaching the time for holiday parties and group get-togethers, either business or social. Or a combination.

Expect to meet new people? Anticipate reacquainting with others? Catching up with old friends?

Get a hold of the attendee list and earmark a few you want to meet and greet. Memorize their headshot so you can spot them in a crowd and approach them. Research how they describe themselves and their work on LinkedIn to see where you share alma maters, common threads, or mutual interests. Bringing these mutual factors into the conversation makes you more interesting, as you explore deeper connectivity. It’s not being creepy–it’s smart business conversation.

As part of that conversation, let them know your value proposition, not overselling, but being proud of what you bring to the proverbial table. Perhaps they need your services. Perhaps they know others who do. Perhaps they don’t realize it yet. Perhaps someone in the room will speak to them a bit later on and that makes you an immediate and available referral. No time like the present!

It’s a process. You have to work it:

9. Once connected, did you on-board that new connection with an article or comment they might benefit from to prove you nurture your new relationships?

Keep reading here for the last installment that will make your dreaded holiday parties well-anticipated and successful for network and brand building!

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Eighth of 10 top #LinkedIn tips for holiday parties

holiday partyWhere did 2018 go? I recall as a kid that a year took forever. Now it seems each year flies by, supersonically. We are fast approaching the time for holiday parties and group get-togethers, either business or social. Or a combination.

Expect to meet new people? Anticipate reacquainting with others? Catching up with old friends?

Get a hold of the attendee list and earmark a few you want to meet and greet. Memorize their headshot so you can spot them in a crowd and approach them. Research how they describe themselves and their work on LinkedIn to see where you share alma maters, common threads, or mutual interests. Bringing these mutual factors into the conversation makes you more interesting, as you explore deeper connectivity. It’s not being creepy–it’s smart business conversation.

As part of that conversation, let them know your value proposition, not overselling, but being proud of what you bring to the proverbial table. Perhaps they need your services. Perhaps they know others who do. Perhaps they don’t realize it yet. Perhaps someone in the room will speak to them a bit later on and that makes you an immediate and available referral. No time like the present!

It’s a process. You have to work it:

8. In your LinkedIn connection invitation, did you personalize it, giving context when and when you met, what you discussed as a memory jog, and a call to action so you both actually connect and nurture the budding relationship?

Keep reading here for the next installments that will make your dreaded holiday parties well-anticipated and successful for network and brand building!