Today's LinkedIn Nugget

May I have a word with you? Or a few?

In the barrage of information that comes at us relentlessly all day long, we opt into what we want to read on a consistent basis.

Then from the body of what we want to read, only a small portion is so remarkable, as in worthy of your remarks, to share with your readers, collaborators, and trusted  connections. Congratulations, you have become a curator of valuable material.

From there you need to add cogent comments why (there’s that word again!) the connection should read what you are linking to your post.

That link carries a graphic to attract attention to your post and to your commentary and thus to the article you are including.

Then in a relatively small number of keystrokes, you can distribute your thoughts, and that of the person whose work motivated you in the first place, to share and contribute for the benefit of intelligent conversation.

You are now a star curator, and your stardom glows brighter as you consistently add your comments to quality material you consciously, deliberately, and altruistically choose to share. In words.

Not symbols and smiley faces and thumbs up and clapping hands, because emojis are not intelligent conversation, even if LinkedIn makes them easily available for you.

If you can click an emoji, you can go just a bit further and tell why you feel that way…in words.

LinkedIn after all, is not a spectator sport. You have to exert yourself and run with the proverbial ball and toss it to others, to win the game.

Get involved. Be part of a dialog; comment back to others: in this global professional conversation we call LinkedIn, you can start, continue, or (at least!) thank others for their contributing to your ongoing education.

In words.

2 thoughts on “May I have a word with you? Or a few?”

  1. Thanks to you I have stopped the easy and fast emoji. I now treat feedback as an important part of my communication to the Linked In community and people who follow me. I have chosen to invest my time in writing a few thoughtful comments with a share, rather than lots of little clicks. I also will only send a Linked in “comment” when I have added to it or embellished it. I thank you for your wisdom and inspiration.

  2. It is not essential for me to know everything. “I am not the smartest, but I surround myself with competent people.” – Henry Ford.
    I engage with people I admire on social media.” Why? Because maybe some of their knowledge will rub off on me.
    That is why I am grateful for the dialog I have with Marc Halpert. He is a very competent contributor to my ongoing education.

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