On any network, there are going to be differing views and differing goals among those who frequent it. It’s to be expected … and, in this sense, LinkedIn is no different. Given the huge diversity of people on the site and the wide variety of reasons they have for being there, the opinions expressed will naturally include some you may not agree with or indeed wish to read.
For me personally, I like to remain focused in terms of what I share and what I read on the site and one of the places where this is most relevant is on LinkedIn’s homepage – or rather MY homepage – where my newsfeed displays Updates, news and commentary from people in my network.
Of late, LinkedIn seems to have been in a constant state of flux – some changes have been good but one of the most noticeable results has been the increase in perhaps less ‘business focused’ Updates including maths quizzes, word search and the like, as well as overtly political or religious posts – some have called this “Facebook-ification” of LinkedIn. Whatever it is, I for one could do without the vast majority of it.
Luckily, however, we have a certain degree of control over what appears there – allowing us to cut down on the noise and to focus on the content that is of interest to us individually.
This article looks at a couple of key ways you have control over the tool that is YOUR homepage. (more…)
November was another really busy month (which is great!) primarily running in-company workshops with a particular focus on Using LinkedIn for Business Development as well as presenting at some great events – there was the Midlands Expo at the start of November and then the NorthWest Expo last week at Old Trafford, both really well attended!
December is shaping up to be similarly hectic but the main event I’ll be speaking at this time is online … at the LinkedIn Success Summit which is a virtual event running from 7th – 11th December and featuring some of the best known trainers and speakers on LinkedIn from … well …all round the world really including some of my personal favourites.
I’m pleased to say that I will also be adding to the mix. 🙂
While I’m a great advocate of LinkedIn and the other online communities, I am also a massive fan of face to face meetings and the ability to ask questions and talk through an issue you have. From a training perspective, this really shows itself in the fact that people flock to onsite training sessions rather than simply check out online help forums or watch webinars with no opportunity to delve more deeply!
In an effort to help, at some of the exhibitions that I will be attending over the coming months, I am dedicating the stands to offering as much support as I can to users of LinkedIn coming along to the shows. If you have questions about LinkedIn, what it can do and how you might use it in your business activities, then come and ask. (more…)
You may have noticed over the past few weeks that you have had more and more notifications concerning the new LinkedIn Publishing option. These pop up under the flag symbol that sits next to your inbox in the top right hand corner of the screen.
Notifications were always designed to let you know when there things happening that you might be interested in – this historically has been things such as people viewing your profile, commenting on a Group discussion that you are following, leaving a comment on one of your updates etc.
Now, with the current state of affairs, you are also informed when a connection of yours issues a post via the LinkedIn Publishing system, (more…)
You’re out with friends and yet you’ve bumped into someone who clearly monopolises the conversation when they’re talking to others. You can just see the person that they are talking to slowly shut down and do that tired nodding thing with the occasional “hhmmm, yes”, all the time looking to get away.
Ring true? Well, unsurprisingly, the exact same thing happens online on LinkedIn – see I told you that it was the nearest thing to everyday interaction, albeit on the web. We can, on occasions, find that the real information that we want to receive and read can get drowned out by all the other noise that’s going on.
In this instance, what some people tend to do is flood YOUR Update stream on YOUR LinkedIn homepage with … well, THEIR updates. That is what it’s designed to do in fact – allow you to share great information that you believe your connections will be interested in with them … but in moderation.
What some people so is fall into the “Twitter stream” trap and think that it’s important to keep a constant (more…)
Imagine the scene, if you would.
You’re at a networking event, chatting casually to some people you’ve just met and a couple of old acquaintances – generally getting to know them, relaxing into the evening while still trying to place where you met that person who said hello earlier as you first walked in.
Suddenly the door to your left is flung wide open and in rushes a rather manic looking figure clutching a big bundle of business cards. Racing around the room, this figure thrusts a business card into everyone’s hands, not saying a word and not even making eye contact. You glance down and see the card bears his name (which you don’t recognise) and an invitation to join “his network”.
Before anyone can utter a sound or offer a welcoming hand, he exits stage right (as they say) with the air of someone who considers himself to be an accomplished networker, leaving in his wake a trail of business cards and bemused onlookers. (more…)