77 connections in a week!

It is said that the average person knows about 250 people.  Do you have 250 connections?

 I don’t and not everyone I know is on LinkedIn, but I’m preaching to them.  Bill King probably knows a lot more than 250 people.  Bill’s the kind of guy “you” want to know.  He’s got a great sense of humor, always offers spot on advice, and you just enjoy talking to him.

Bill finally drank the Kool-aid and dove into establishing connections on LinkedIn.  I may be off by a couple of days but in the last week he’s added 77 connections.  I would be willing to bet that he knows each of these connections.

 What’s his big secret to ading so many people.  He simply took the time to see who he knew and invited them to connect.  I would imagine he put a couple of hours into this, but look at the results.

LinkedIn has a great tool that will go through Outlook and see who you have sent an email to that is on LinkedIn.  Then you simply send them an invitation.

 My recomendation is that you type up a short invitation request that you can personalize for each person with a simple tweak or two.  If you just select the people and send them out at the same time LinkedIn will send the canned invitation which you do not want.

 Anyway, congrats go out to Bill.  For the record Bill is a franchise consultant so if you or anyone you know is curious about franchising he’s the best place to start.

 Sean Nelson

100+ Smart Ways to Use LinkedIn

Scott Allen, author of the LinkedIn Intelligence blog has put together a great list of LinkedIn reference links.  I’ll let Scott’s own words tell you who might benefit from this resource.

This resource is intended for people who…

…are new to LinkedIn and wondering how to use it to help you in your business and career

…have been using LinkedIn a while but felt like you haven’t really been accomplishing anything with it

…are trying to persuade their friends to join LinkedIn and want to communicate the value proposition

…think there’s no real value in LinkedIn (and those who want to rebutt them)

No matter how much I know about using LinkedIn, 10 million users (or some subset thereof) are collectively going to know a whole lot more about it than I do. In May 2007, I kicked off a group writing project called “Smart Ways to Use LinkedIn”. What follows are the results of that project, plus some writings of my own, plus various blog posts and a couple of articles that fit the intent of this collection. It is a dynamic, growing collection, so if you have anything you would like to add, please contact me and I’ll add it.

100+ Smart Ways to Use LinkedIn