LinkedIn Groups

How to Be the Life of the LinkedIn Party

In addition to posting Status Updates, another great way to boost your LinkedIn activity is to post an event. Remember: being active on LinkedIn means higher visibility, increased credibility, and it also moves you up in the LinkedIn “People” Searches.

Now, before I go any further, allow me to clarify: LinkedIn events are professional activities, e.g., professional development seminars, networking events, conferences, Telecalls.

LinkedIn events are not mass invites to your Bachelorette Weekend Extravaganza or 4th Annual 30th Birthday Bash. So, if you have an event that you, your company, or your professional organization are putting on, here’s how to post to the Events section of LinkedIn:

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Dos and Don’ts of the “Get to Know You” Phone Call for New LinkedIn Connections

You’ve set up a “Get to know you” phone call with a potential client, business partner, employer and/or employee (that you have met on LinkedIn), and now the time has come for the actual conversation.

While I’ll get into a few more specific cases, in general, all “Get to know you” phone calls should follow these rules:

DON’T immediately launch into a verbal rendition of your autobiography. Even if you’ve spent the last 6 months grooming domesticated lemurs in southern Madagascar, its bad manners to begin a conversation speaking about yourself.

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Striking it Rich in LinkedIn Groups IV: “Get To Know You” Phone Call

We’ve covered Responding to and Requesting “Linked Requests”. The next step is reaching out to your new connections.

A great way to reach out to the new LinkedIn Connections you’ve created through your LinkedIn Groups is to set up a “Get to know you” phone call. Unfortunately, few people are aware of how beneficial this can be for building valuable business relationship. Linking to people on LinkedIn does not create a relationship – it simply sets the stage for what could be a potential client, business partner, employer, employee, etc. It’s up to you to take what you’ve been given (in this case, a contact or Connection) and make a business relationship out of it through personal interaction.

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Striking it Rich III: Personalizing “Link Requests” for Recruiters, Hiring Managers, Potential Clients and Referral Partners.

In my previous post, I discussed the importance of personalizing Link Requests. The post focused on three personalizing elements that I’ve found to be the most effective in convincing someone to accept the request.

While these three strategies still are successful introductory tools, there are some instances that call for a slightly different approach, specifically contacting recruiters, hiring managers, potential clients and referral partners.

Below are some examples of how you can create a personal Link Request for these special cases:

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Striking it Rich II: Three ways to get someone in a Group to accept your “Link Request”

Now that you’re able to tactfully respond to a “Link Request”, it’s time to shake things up a bit and place yourself in the role of the pursuer. Accepting quality Connection requests is one way to further your presence on LinkedIn, but taking an active role in building your network will multiply your opportunities by leaps and bounds.

Here’s the scenario: You’re looking through the members of a LinkedIn Group and see someone who you want to contact (a potential client, potential referral partner, professional in the industry you’re hoping to find a job in, a potential employer). What next?

While it’s tempting to take the easy route and send the pre-generated: “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn,” do not – I repeat – do NOT

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Striking it Rich: Responding to people who have contacted you from your LinkedIn Groups

Over the past few weeks, we’ve discussed the importance of joining and participating in LinkedIn Groups. Because you’re in the right groups, you’re going to be contacted by people who are interested in your services or interested in networking because they have something in common with you (as long as you have a good LinkedIn Profile!)

But how do you respond? Well, ladies and gentleman, in light of the recent holiday, allow me to put this in St. Patty’s day terms:

If you’ve been contacted:

You’ve found the pot o’ gold!!!

But before you spend your gold on a new green blazer, it’s critical to

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Hitting Pay Dirt – Guest Blogger Recounts Recent LinkedIn Success

Hi, my name is Joanna. As a recent college grad, I’ve been job searching since last May. What a reality check these past few months have been! (I’ve also moved back in with my parents, which doesn’t do much to help my situation.) LinkedIn has become a resource I never knew I had – I’ve used it to hunt down hiring managers and human resource departments, and I “follow” several companies to stay updated with their job openings. So far, it’s been a great research tool, but

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Panning for Gold II: Commenting in LinkedIn Groups

If you’ve mastered the Golden Rules of LinkedIn Group Participation, you’re now ready for phase two: participating in Groups.

That’s right – it’s time to join the conversation. If you’re like most people, the thought of introducing yourself to an audience of 500+ people might make you a little queasy. “What should I say? Will people respond to my question? How do I even get started!?”

If this sounds like you, save those sweaty palms for another day because commenting in LinkedIn Groups is not as difficult you think.

First of all, it isn’t a live speech. You have all the time in the world to create an intelligent, well-worded response and/or question to share with the group.

Secondly, I am here to help! Below I have listed several ways you can

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LinkedIn Group Participation: 4 Golden Rules

Ahah! At last! You’ve set your sights on the golden standard, dodged the Fool’s Gold and stumbled upon the Gold Nugget of LinkedIn Groups!

So now, the question is: what do you do with these groups? My next few posts will focus on how to create opportunities and make the most out of your LinkedIn Group memberships.

First up: participation.

Just being in LinkedIn Groups will get you found by recruiters, hiring managers, customers, potential business partners. If you want to take it to the next level,

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Avoiding the Fool’s Gold of LinkedIn Groups

If you’re following along, the Quest for the Gold Nugget of LinkedIn Groups has begun! But beware — the path to Eldorado is littered with Fool’s Gold. With all the LinkedIn Groups out there, how do you know which Groups are worth joining?

Below, I show you how to evaluate a LinkedIn Group, and thus avoid the Fool’s Gold:

1. Look at the number of members. Are there 2,000 members? Or a measly 5? If the number of members isn’t large enough, I won’t join. The caveat is,

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About Donna Schilder, Master Certified Coach

Donna Schilder is a Leadership Coach, Career Coach, & Business Coach who provides a place for her clients to stand back, assess situations, reconnect to their goals, and choose the best approach to achieve business and personal success.