Security is high on most people’s priority lists nowadays and there are a number of security measures available on LinkedIn to stop people breaking into your account – and let’s face it, we want to avoid that at all costs.
The two step verification option is an important element that LinkedIn introduced a while ago but it is there to supplement some of the other security elements which already exist on the platform, so it seems worth spending a couple of moments on them first.
Be password savvy
The password is an obvious one and many of us are guilty of a few cardinal sins when it comes to passwords, either on LinkedIn or elsewhere.
Personally, I still quite like the ‘underwear ‘ analogy when it comes to dealing with and managing your LinkedIn password, that to say treat it like your underwear and (more…)
Are you unwittingly hiding your photo? Here’s a 2 minute check for you to make sure you’re not.
Over the past month this has been the case for nearly 20 people in the classes I’ve run who thought their photo was there for all to see, so I thought I’d share this with you.
Although we can see our photo, sometimes settings get changed and so people outside our 1st degree connections cannot. Clearly this is not good as:
► you lose impact and the chance to make a good 1st impression
► it gives the wrong impression, what are you hiding?
► it can make people more wary of connecting with you, reducing opportunities.
Here is a 2 minute check to see who can see your photo and make sure that you are not a grey image (more…)
In the real world, when we meet someone face to face but before we have the opportunity to speak, they are already starting to build a mental image and first impression of us. They create a back story, imagine what we sound like and even how the conversation would start. It’s instant, it’s automatic & it’s based on what they see.
The same thing happens on LinkedIn … except there, all of this is conjured up by and based on our Profile.
In particular, the top part of our Profile – the Introduction Card – serves exactly that purpose and creates this first impression. Above all, it has two very visual parts that we need to use to influence and, to an extent, direct that first impression.
Those elements are the banner & our photo.
Let’s take the banner first. This is “prime real estate” (more…)
Let me ask you a personal question.
You’ve been to networking events, haven’t you? When was the last time you went up to someone at one of these, stretched out your hand and, to introduce yourself, uttered those immortal words “Please add me to your LinkedIn network”.
Or if we put it in a slightly different context, when did you last walk into a sales meeting and say “I’d like to add you to my client list”.
That long, eh?
So, my question to you is, why do people continue to do so on LinkedIn when they send a Connect request? You may recognise the phrase – it’s the default invitation that the system sends out & I still receive loads like that. Perhaps you do too? (more…)
There was an interesting addition to the site functionality that LinkedIn has just announced and which I spotted a couple of weeks ago in the Settings area. It’s all about the difference between “connecting” with and “following” someone – you see, you can do both (which is the norm) or either (‘follow but not connect’ or ‘connect but not follow’) or neither of course.
Confused? Well, let me help. (more…)
Over the past few weeks, I have sent out a series of LinkedIn hints and tips in infographic form relating to elements on the site that I have been asked about, that I have seen have been causing issues or things that have changed and were worthy of a mention.
I have decided to bring those together in a single post to save you having to search them out on my LinkedIn feed in an effort to be extra helpful .. oh, and with an additional explanation below each one in case the image does tell you the whole story!
Hope you enjoy and do feel free to share!
1. Don’t send your message before you want to
When you go to your Messenger system, there are occasions when, quite naturally, you might want to start a new paragraph and have hit the key to go to a new line in the message and yet found that the message instead has been sent. Annoying!
That is unfortunately the default format on LinkedIn. However, if you go to the Messanger area then just next to the “Send” button, you will see three dots which allows you to turn that off and allow you to format your message as you wish. (more…)