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Six Ways to Use LinkedIn Effectively for Networking

 

Having a strong LinkedIn profile won’t help you as much as you would like if you fail to take steps to find connections and to increase the odds of them finding you.  Here are six ways to use LinkedIn features to improve your network:

Search Email Contacts

LinkedIn enables you to search through your email contacts to determine which of them are on LinkedIn. The search defaults to the default email address LinkedIn has for you.  But you may use other email addresses, both web-based and desktop-based, to find potential contacts.

Find Past or Present Colleagues

LinkedIn tells you how many colleagues from each of your current and former positions listed on your profile are on LinkedIn, up to a maximum of 50.  You can view the whole list of names along with how many shared connections you have. You can then view individual profiles as well as what connections you have in common.

Find Past or Present Classmates

Setup is similar to finding colleagues, but with some schools leaving you with potentially thousands of classmates, LinkedIn provides filters to narrow your search. The filters are in three categories – where they live, where they work and what they do.  The choices for each filter are in descending order of how many classmates fit that description.  Choices for where the live are either greater metropolitan areas or countries.  Choices for where they work are often individual companies, but could also be an educational institution, nonprofit or something in government.  Choices for what they do are general  job classifications such as “information technology.”

Join Industry Groups

If you join a LinkedIn group geared toward your industry, you will be able to connect with group members by participating in online group discussions and starting your own discussions with the group. You can also post comments or create a poll.  LinkedIn also has a jobs button on the group page for members to share job postings.

Become a LinkedIn “Expert”

LinkedIn’s “answers” pages allows you and members of your network and 2nd and 3rd degree contacts to post questions and answer questions that have been previously posted. You can browse through questions to find topics with which you have knowledge.  The best answers earn “expertise” and LinkedIn will feature experts on the answers home page and in each question category.

Add Skills to Your Profile

In the “Skills and Expertise” section, LinkedIn will create a list of skills and expertise based on what is already in your profile. Adding these traits to your profile via this section will enable your profile to come up when others search on these skills and expertise.

Ben Hargrove writes on life and coaching issues at InstituteforCoaching.com

 

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Tips for Remembering Peoples Names

We meet a lot of people over the course our lives. Depending on where we work and how we socialize, that number may be tenfold. Do you often find yourself in a room full of people that you have met before but you are struggling to remember their names? There are some tips you can use when meeting people that will help their names stick in your memory.

Be Interested

Pay attention when you are being introduced. Don’t be thinking of what you plan to say next or how you plan to make small talk once the introductions are made. Listen attentively and be interested in the name of the person you are meeting. Too many of us are wondering if we left something on at home or how we look or what someone across the room thinks of us. Be mindful of the introduction and give your attention to the person across from you.

Repeat

When you are first introduced to someone, repeat their name. Repeat it often. You are imprinting it on your brain. Ask them by name how they are doing. Ask them by name what they do for a living. Use their name in the sentence. This helps you to verify that the name you heard is their real name.

Picture It

Some names are easier to picture than others. Picture their full name and study their face while you are talking with them. Some people actually imagine the name of the person written across their face. That means they have learned the name and the face and are able to associate both correctly. Again, this works best when you are focused on the person across from you and not the one hundred things left on your to do list. Be in the moment and take the time to associate the name with the face.

Word Association

Another tip to help remember someone’s name is to associate a word or words with the person. If the person has characteristics that remind you of someone use those to help you remember the name. Associate the name of the person with what they do for a living if that helps you, or with where you met them. Anything that helps you associate the name with the person is what you are looking for– no matter how silly it may seem.

Record Name

If you meet this new person in a business setting and it is possible you are going to have future dealings with them, it is best to keep a file of new contacts. As soon as you can write down the names of the people you have met and even a note or two from the context in which you met the person. This will help you trigger your memory as well and will also provide you with valuable information should you need it in the future.

If all else fails, or if you met a lot of new people on any given day, you can ask someone what their name is. Don’t be afraid to ask. You can even explain that there were so many people at whatever event you were at and that you want to make sure you have remembered it correctly. It shows an interest and will also help start off a conversation.

Written with care by Terry Ford and proofed via Grammarly grammar checker. An online tool designed to help you deliver your best writing.

 

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