Most LinkedIn users (79% according to my latest LinkedIn user survey) are not paying anything to use the site. That’s why most of what I teach in my book, public workshops, corporate training sessions, and personal consultations focuses on becoming a skillful user of the free LinkedIn features that come with the basic account.
Do you struggle as an introvert to promote yourself in today’s competitive and networked work environment? If so, this post offers five ways to help you build your confidence and be more at ease with the demands of an extroverted world.
When you add a new contact, you put your extremely valuable network in his or her hands. Remember, it is your personal LinkedIn network. It is a possession you have worked your entire career to build, and when you add a connection on LinkedIn, it is like handing your Outlook database to that individual and trusting him to treat it as professionally as you would treat his.
Are you collecting LinkedIn connections like you used to collect baseball cards? And are they just sitting there—like that box of baseball cards in the closet—gathering dust? Well, it’s time to take action and use LinkedIn to maximize those relationships.
LinkedIn connections are the gas in your tank. The more you have, the further you’ll go, especially if the gas in your tank is “high octane” (strategic connections). But is there really something magical about having 500+ people in your network? The results of my latest LinkedIn user survey can help us answer that question.