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Special edition: 8 #LinkedIn ideas for staying in touch with your network while working from home (and instructions how to use them)

womanworkfromhome{A long special edition post today but it contains opportunities for you and instructions on how to use them. Thanks to blogreader and master of networking Rob Thomas for suggesting I post this topic.}

I remember 19 years ago when I left Big Corporate and started working from home I was stunned by the isolation and silence that I suddenly had to adapt to. That I did not get contacted unless I initiated the contact. That I had to make my contact details easy to find, in any of the then-used methods of communication, and that I was in charge of my own destiny by nurturing  those who might lose touch with me for lack of my initiating and continuing it.

Fast forward, with coronavirus scares breathing down our collective necks, many are in the throes of similar adaptation, with the distractions and lures of being home while trying to do your work. Noise from children, from open windows, from anywhere would belie your working from home when you want to maintain the patina of a professional working from a downtown office under our ussual situation, but no more.

Over time we have adapted to:

  • PO boxes as addresses,
  • background noise during cell phone calls,
  • collaborating remotely,
  • breaking country boundaries and time zone in a podcast with an Australian host in my afternoon being his next day morning yet in real time, and
  • the biggest change of all, of being int he moment 24x7x366 because client expects that.

Wow how the world changes daily!

You already know are able to use LinkedIn from your cell phone or roving laptop access to Wi-Fi, making it an ideal tool for you to use, but now I want to focus you on using LInkedIn under these new at-home work circumstances. I want to call your attention to the communications tools you can use LinkedIn as the conduit for business collaboration. 

Your colleagues, prospects and customers/clients use LinkedIn routinely and they will do so more now that we are working from home, so this is your opportunity to make the most of LinkedIn as a business communication powertool in this disruptive time despite the inconveniences:

First, examine your communication settings on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/92056.

Next, familiarize yourself with the powerful messaging function: https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/61106. (Did you know that looking at their profile headshot and if there is a green dot on it, they are on LinkedIn, so you can seize the moment and message in real time?)

Learn about different media for messaging on LinkedIn:

I am sure I left some things out. If so, let me know and I will add to this.

Or you can query LinkedIn Help https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin and in most every case find a cogent step-by-step answer to find what you are looking for.

Feel free to share this. We’re all in this together.

Here’s wishing you health, quiet, and efficiency in your new office space at home.

1 thought on “Special edition: 8 #LinkedIn ideas for staying in touch with your network while working from home (and instructions how to use them)”

  1. LOVE IT! THANKS FOR THE SHOUT OUT!

    Stay safe!

    Thanks for connecting!

    Rob Thomas,
    Founder, Networking in Diners,
    Creator of the Rob Thomas Method (RTM)
    and Author of “Who Do You NEED To Meet?”
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    (203) 641-1714 Main
    http://www.robthomasusa.com

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