Thursday, December 16, 2010

Groups Are Where The Action Is

A lot of people tell me they joined LinkedIn, completed the profile and nothing happened. Well you have to do more than complete the profile and make some connections. It's like any other form of networking you have to go out and do something. Although in this case you don't go out to do it you do it in front of your computer.

One of the best ways to network on LinkedIn is to join the gorups and became active -- at least somewhat. Join groups that reflect your personal or professional interests. When you get the weekly digest look at the discussions and see which ones interest you and participate. You can connect with people from all over the world by posting something, commenting on what people have posted or asking to connect with people whose posts you find interesting.

As you do more and more with the discussions people get to know you. You increase your number of connections and you can get buisnessf rom people who like what you have to say.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Joining groups

There are over 400,000 groups on LinkedIn. Yes, that's right over 400,000. You can find a group for just and any interest, personal or professional. You can join up to 50 groups and even if you don't join that many you should join a bunch of them. It's a way to learn about business areas, meet people through the discussions, post your own questions and learn things.

Go to the upper right hand-side where it says People. Hit the drop down button and the last on the list is Groups. Start filling in the box your interest and see what comes up. When you join a group make sure to check that you want the weekly digest not the daily one. You don't want your email Inbox to be swamped.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Some LinkedIn Numbers

3 -- number of recommendations that you need as part of the profile complete message.

5 -- Number of people who IDK (I Don't Know) you after which Customer Service puts limits on your account.

50 -- How many groups you can join

500 -- After this number of connections it will just say 500+ without giving an exact count.

3,000 -- How many invites you can send out. After you reach this number people have to invite you.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Why Should I Join Groups?

By joining groups you spread your outreach.

LinkedIn allows you to join up to 50 groups. Don't just join buisness groups but think about other things -- your geographical area, your personal interests and things you want to be involved with.

I joined the Foodies group because -- guess what -- I love food and any discussions about food. Even though I feel outclassed by the many food professionals it's still a great place for me because I enjoy the postings and have actually answered a few quesitons myself.

The networking groups are great and so are the alumni groups. You'll meet people from all over the world, answer their questions and maybe get a chance to do business with them.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Social Media and the New Year

In the last decade we've seen a great change in communication caused by the Internet. It's changed how we send out information, how we get information and how we deal with information.

Social media and social networking which are still in their infancy have had a profound effect on how people communicate and relate to teach other. Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are the three top social networks and LinkedIn is the one that is used solely for business.

Think about the reasons that you either use LinkedIn or will be using LinkedIn.

Hunt for a job.

Look up profiles to find out information about people.

Search for people you've lost contact with.

Use the Q & A for expertise or fun.

Join groups for information or networking.

Use the company profiles to find out more about a company.

Link yourself to people across the world.

These are a few of the ways LinkedIn can work for you.