Good afternoon all. This morning I had the pleasure of presenting at the BNI London North East International Networking Week event on how to effectively use LinkedIn to expand your online networking activities. As part of my presentation I shared my 5 Habits of Highly Effective LinkedIn Networkers which I'd like to share with you:
  1. Have a Great Profile. It's really important to spend time on getting the basics right. This includes adding your picture and links to your website and twitter accounts
  2. Expand your Network. The more people in your network the more people you are able to be introduced to. Import contacts from webmail and outlook accounts and use the LinkedIn "People You May Know" feature to help with this
  3. Recommendations. The power of a testimonial cannot be underestimated. But people won't just recommend you unless you ask them to ... so ask!
  4. Join Groups. Look at your profession, industry and membership clubs and then go find and join these groups so you can get more involved in topical discussions. If the group you're looking for isn't there ... start it yourself!
  5. Get Involved. Participating in Group Discussions increases your exposure and helps build your credibility as an expert in your field. It also gives you the chance to meet new people and expand your network.