Tag Archives: networking

3 Simple Steps to Add Value to Your LinkedIn Connections

What is your reaction when someone you barely know, or don’t know at all, seeks to connect with you on LinkedIn? You may agree to the connection, but it will be a loose link at best, unlikely to generate much benefit to either of you. Keep that in mind as you reflect on whether, or […]

Be a person, not a bot: don’t cheapen your social media network with garbage-like invites

“Feel like a numberFeel like a strangerA stranger in this land I feel like a numberI’m not a numberI’m not a number Dammit I’m a manI said I’m a man.”-Bob Seger Those lyrics come at the end of “Feel Like A Number,” from the 1978 album, Stranger in Town. It chronicles the alienation that comes from […]

‘Stretch Your Comfort Zone’ is my key message to Concordia University Chicago students

Yesterday, as part of the Concordia University Chicago College of Business Guest  Speaker Series, I shared key principles that have been integral to my professional and personal journey. Among those principles: *Stretch beyond your comfort zone on a regular basis;*Ask for help and seek out mentors in your field of endeavor:*Value all people–not only those you think […]

Anatomy of A LinkedIn Recommendation

In a recent Inside Edge PR post, I outlined my philosophy of why I write recommendations for as many of my LinkedIn contacts as possible. In this post, I share some of the how.My approach to writing recommendations: 1. I do it whenever I feel I have enough knowledge and interaction with someone to write […]

My Recommended LinkedIn Route

At this writing, I have 94 connections on LinkedIn, the professional online networking site. But the figure that I’m more focused on is 35. That’s the number of my connections for whom I’ve written recommendations. In my observation, most folks have a recommendation rate of less than 10 percent, some recommend maybe 1 out of […]