Challenge #29 – daily duties
Ok so give me 15 minutes and you’ll thank me forever.
True story. Working with a group of Criminologists. We set up Linkedin. Finished the profile but we’re only at 85%. That’s because we need three recommendations to get to 100%. Hmmm, dilema. Ok, so we load email contacts in and find 26 people who are already on Linkedin. Let’s invite them to connect with us. BUT – send a personal message rather than the standard “I’d like to blah blah”. One of the connections he hadn’t really met but had corresponded with while completing his PHD. So we changed it up to – “We’ve never met but your paper really helped me. I’d really like to follow your work more closely and would value the connection”
Away it went. Less than an hour later, the accept email came back. The reply, was something like this: You give court evidence on xyz speciality I see (from his detailed description) Would you be free in December to be an expert witness in New York for me? He was, he did and made a significant fee. Think he needed any more convincing that Linkedin was the place to be?
Here’s a best practice. 15 minutes….start the clock.
- Check your messages and invites – reply.
- When you accept a connection – go read about them first and straight after you accept – press send message. Find something of interest about them and comment on. Don’t ram your sales pitch straight back.
- Look at the suggested endorsements and click away – make their day.
- Look at who has viewed your profile. Why not write them? “Hi – saw you swung by my profile – I’d love to chat – how could I serve you today? Or something like that.
- When you get an unsolicited recommendation. As soon as you accept, hover up to their name, click on it and then click send message and give them a huge High 5 thank you
- Look at who Linkedin suggests you might connect to – send a request – but again, use a more personal line or two.
- Finally share an industry tip or link from your latest blog.
Stop the clock. Finish your coffee and get back to “work”
There are SO many success stories I could share. I just love being Linkedin.
We’ll have some more guest blogs coming real soon from Mr.(Super Connected) Kevin Knebl! So delighted. He’s read every blog I’ve written so far, and called me from Washington DC on his way the London England to encourage me to keep up the good work. I couldn’t resist asking for a few guest posts. Stand by….
One thing I’m thankful for on Linkedin is a link to your Twitter account and I’m also thankful that they stopped posting everyone’s tweets there! And that’s where we’re going next week. Whose going for coffee 😉
In the meantime – have an awesome weekend and stay Social!
Jonathan –wanna connect?