Here is what I used to believe. I believed that protecting the value of your network required that you know or have plans to get to know those that you were connected to. I believed that it only made sense to add new connections as I met people within my chamber or other offline networking. Since my prospects are in Georgia I believed that there was limited value in connecting to other outside of the state. I was wrong.
It’s been almost a year since I started the North Fulton Business Group on LinkedIn. When I first created the group I looked at the functionality available, and other than a member having the ability to view additional profiles with a common interest, there really wasn’t much else. You couldn’t even search groups. Most people […]
LinkedOut comic number 3. How do you balance privacy with the need to show enough information to have a profile that works? Do you allow your connections to see your contacts? If not, why have you chosen not to?
Most of us joined LinkedIn because we hoped that it would somehow impact our bottom line. That at some point down the road we would be rewarded with some economic return. I’ve been fortunate in that it has generated business for me. Just as important, it has helped me provide value to those that I have connected to.
Straight line benefits include developing new partners or alliances and developing new client’s. Crooked line benefits include introducing connections, writing recommendations, and simply helping others.
Over the last year I’ve written a book about LinkedIn, written over 70 blog posts, presented numerous talks on LinkedIn, created a tool to grade your profile and presence on LinkedIn, and used LinkedIn to enhance my networking and grow my business. If I am to be considered a LinkedIn expert, I’m not your typical expert.
LinkedOut: a comic strip about LinkedIn