Check out this one minute video above to learn about LinkedIn Success Week. Each event is about helping YOU succeed in finding a job, growing your business, finding quality partners and employees, and making 2009 the best year ever!
Books are limited during this week, and there are two blank pages in the back of each limited edition. This was done so you can write down the LinkedIn profile names of everyone you meet. Hopefully you will take advantage of this and connect with as many quality individuals as possible.
These events are generating a lot of buzz right now so make sure you come say hi and check out the one in your city this week!
I was recently featured on 10TV in Columbus Ohio and I have to say thanks to Andy Hirsch, Andrea Camburn, and Jerry Revisch for putting together a nice segment on this. Make sure you follow them on Twitter and let them know your thoughts on the video above. Also, be sure to tell them if you would like to see more segments on social media.
Chris Brogan is a Social Media MUTANT! If you talk to anyone who has been online in the past year and ask them who are the top three most recognized names in social media, Chris would always be in the mix. There is no doubt that Chris knows his stuff. He wouldn’t be paid top dollar to speak at every major conference, or consult for major companies on the subject if he didn’t. In fact, his latest book Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust was just released for pre-order on Amazon. This book is bound to be a best seller, and if you read his blog, you know the value he provides is “A Game” material.
Make sure you watch the video in this post because Chris shares his thoughts on how someone SHOULD be using Twitter. There are those that just don’t understand it or don’t even know what it is yet. If this is the case with you, his witty words will surly make you chuckle, and give you the information you are looking for to create a successful plan on Twitter to dominate your market.
Twitter seems to be one of the beasts that everyone is talking about lately. Pro Athletes are using it to connect with hundreds of thousands of fans, celebrities are sharing revealing images and intimate information, and people are honestly building their business, finding jobs, and creating new opportunities from its platform.
To prove that it works, just last night I posted randomly to my Twitter followers this message:
“I have about 10 videos I need to upload on SportsNetworker.com but don’t know if I have time before my book tour… I need an intern badly!”
One of the most beautiful things I have ever seen on the Internet crossed my Twitter stream as it it read:
To shorten the story, after a great chat we decided that the fit would be a good one for both of us, and the rest is history. So in a matter of a few hours I was able to voice my opinion, have it be heard and responded to, and achieve my goal of what I was looking for. Does Twitter work? I would have to say YES!!!
It could have taken weeks if not months to try and find the right person to be my assistant, and instead I weeded out those who would have wanted to send me a cover letter and resume from a job posting, and had the right person reach out to me and share interest because they thought it would be a great opportunity.
Does Twitter work? YES! Does it take time to undertand how to start a conversation and engage with your followers? YES! That’s why it would suit you well to pick up a copy of Chris’ new book, and watch his video interview above. If you have any questions about what he says, feel free to post them in the comments section below, or share with others your success story on Twitter.
LinkedIn Success Week is almost underway! Frank and I are hammering out the final details as we set out to host 7 LinkedWorking events in 7 cities in 5 days. Think we are crazy? We kinda do also. Crazy or not, we are committed to putting together the best LinkedWorking events possible to teach others how they can be successful on LinkedIn.
During these events we will be raffling off amazing door prizes, offering free professional head shots for your LinkedIn profiles/websites/biz cards, and giving away free e-books with all of the best information on how to utilize LinkedIn. Of course we will be promoting out latest book, LinkedWorking: Generating Success On The World’s Largest Professional Networking Website, but the ultimate goal is to help as many people as possible grow their business, increase quality connections, and achieve their goals. Feel free to read what a New York Times Best Selling Author, and other Social Media Stars are saying about our book.
Here are the cities lined up for LinkedIn Success Week:
The evening events are expected to have close to or over 500+ in attendance, and the lunch events are expected over 100+ to attend. All in all, we hope to meet over 2,000 LinkedWorkers in person in less that a week. The journey will be a blast, and I look forward to meeting all who attend!
If you have never been to one of these events before, be sure to watch the slide shows in the two previous articles to witness how popular they really are.
If you have you attended a LinkedWorking event before, please write a comment below to let others know if it was a beneficial experience for you. If you think these events should be produced a different way, feel free to express your thoughts about that as well.
Your personal brand is your most valuable asset. Generating success on LinkedIn has everything to do with enhancing your personal brand. In fact, Gary Vaynerchuck talks about the importance of building your “Me 2.0” equity within the social media landscape during this motivational video below:
If that video doesn’t charge you up and teach you the importance of doing what you love and are passionate about, I don’t know what will. Without an identity on LinkedIn, your personal brand will suffer tremendously, so please consider this as I lay out my 13 ways to generate success on LinkedIn:
1) Take Control Of Your Personal Brand:
This is the most important aspect for me, and why I included the video with Gary. The best way to take control of your personal brand on LinkedIn is to fill out your entire profile and write concise, compelling, value driven content. If you type in your name on Google, and you don’t have an active blog or produce other content on the web, I bet your LinkedIn profile is one of the top five pages that show up. Control what others view about you by completing your profile, and add to it amazing value.
2) Connect With Your Niche:
There are thousands of groups on LinkedIn; connect with the ones that fit your interests or industry. The more you reach out to those who are targeted in your area, the more powerful you become to that niche.
3) Add Everyone You Know (and don’t know):
I know there are some of you who like to click the dreaded “I don’t know this person” button if you have never seen an invitations name before, but you are only doing a disservice to yourself. If you think about it, the more people you connect with, this expands your searching capabilities, even more importantly, expanding your reach for others to FIND YOU! Don’t limit yourself, expand your reach and let some of the major players find your profile.
4) Ask Compelling Questions:
That’s right. Actually get on LinkedIn and ask a few questions every now and then… is that so hard? I asked two questions that took me five minutes of my time and received over 50 helpful answers in return. Just make sure you ask the right questions and you tag it in the right places.
5) Become An Expert:
You don’t become an expert by sitting on your rear all day, you become one by answering questions attached with insane amounts of value. The more value you give away, the more people will begin to reach out to you as a consultant, hire you for a full time position, or contact you for future opportunities.
6) Host Your Own Event:
You would not believe the energy and enthusiasm created by attending a live LinkedIn networking event. The benefits are many, and the time you work on it is well spent. Just check out my images from my most recent event below, watch my video about how I utilize LinkedIn groups, or learn about the benefits of hosting your own LinkedIn event in this post.
7) Say Thank You:
In the real world, people love it when you say “Thank you”. It really solves a lot of problems and encourages positivity. Be sure to say those two important words every time someone does anything for you… makes a recommendation, comments on your status, makes an introduction, or answers your questions. This will continue the good karma cycle, and more success will flow your way.
8) Become Transparent:
It seems as though the only way to be successful online these days is to become completely transparent and put yourself out there. The more you try to hide something, act like something you are not, or stay too generic, others will see right though this and will never think twice about you. Seth Godin says that being remarkable is nothing more than having others remark about you. Take this advice into account as you go along your LinkedIn ways.
9) Enjoy The Party:
If you are attending a “real world” party or networking event, I hope you are going to this party to enjoy it. Who goes to a party and acts like a stiff? Those are the ones who lose in the end that night and go home miserable, right? Don’t be a stiff, take everything with a grain of salt and have fun. Show some personality, be a character if that’s who you are, and enjoy the ride. The more you do this, the more others will want to party with you!
10) Make Recommendations:
I know Jason Alba, Chris Brogan, or Scott Allen have probably said this in blog posts before, but it holds true with me also. Making a recommendation does a few things: When you write a recommendation for someone else, they usually will return the favor which helps build your street cred. The next time anyone views a profile you recommend, then that adds a link back to your profile as well, which increase your chances of being found. You can’t beat that.
11) Add Your Links:
I was amazed when I recently saw that a friend of mine did not have a link to his website on his LinkedIn profile. He has a multi-million dollar search engine optimization and website marketing company, yet he forgot to add his company site (or any site for that matter) to his profile. He wanted me to help him generate more leads for his company from using LinkedIn, and I told him all he needed to do was add his company link and his service would speak for itself. Since then he has gained new business, go figure
12) Don’t Be A Stranger:
If you never call or e-mail people, or go out to networking events and gatherings, then how do you expect to stay connected to those you know, and build a network with those you don’t know? Follow up with all of the messages you receive in your inbox, and continue to get online and network.
13) Use LinkedIn Applications:
There are many great applications on LinkedIn. I used LinkedIn Events to promote my live networking event and I had over 350 people show up. A friend of mine added the Amazon Book application and included his personal book to his profile and his sales doubled in a month. By adding a few applications that are right for your needs, you’ll be sure to succeed.
I left out about 100 additional ways to generate success on Linkedin for a reason… I want to hear ways that YOU generate success as well. Feel free to add them in the comments section below. This is a previous article I wrote on SportsNetworker.com.