Category Archives: Linkedin

Web-Based Networking

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I attended a presentation by Jeff Sheehan recently on social networking.  Jeff always does a good job in helping me feel a little better by helping me sort out the abundance of networks and which might be right for me.  Here are a few ideas on the topic from my friend and Referral Institute colleague, Paula Frazier.

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So you’re stuck in your proverbial cave? There’s still a way out…through the world wide web!
Some say that if you successfully harness the power of the internet you can actually experience positive results in your business networking efforts. David Teten and Scott Allen, authors of The Virtual Handshake: Opening Doors and Closing Deals Online, tell us that online networks may even become the next power lunch or golf course.
Many times when folks hear the word “network” they assume it’s referring to the way computers are physically connected and hardwired together. The most current definition has to do with the virtual connection to today’s wired-up world. WWW dot opportunities seem almost infinite!
These days, how often do you hear, “Let’s do lunch?” Almost never! It’s been replaced by, “Shoot me an email” or “Let’s catch up on FaceBook.” My teenage daughter literally uses the word “talk” in place of “text” and describes online communications as if they’re discussions.
Like it or not, we can keep up or get left behind because technology is going to continue to move forward with or without us. It’s generally more empowering to get started on your own terms. So let’s do it!
This week TAKE ACTION by venturing out via computer:
1.    Find an online business community that’s a good fit for you.
2.    Set up your profile (completely).
3.    Request connections with people you know.
4.    Post your status and comment on a colleague’s blog/status.
5.    Schedule daily or weekly time to regularly participate in your online community.
Can you establish relationships and do business online? Yes. I still firmly believe that the strongest relationships, those that stand the test of time and turmoil, will be those that are nurtured face to face, nose to nose and toe to toe. Online communities shouldn’t take the place of the actual community you live and work in. It should enhance and add value to it!

As someone that relies completely on word-of-mouth to build my businesses, I’ve found The 29% Solution, written by leading referral marketing expert Dr. Ivan Misner, to be instrumental in my success. He offers 52 weekly networking success strategies (one per week) and specific actions to take to experience success through focused, purposeful networking efforts.

Paula Frazier is a referral marketing trainer, consultant and keynote speaker. She is an Executive Director for BNI and part of a select team of Master Trainers for Referral Institute. Paula’s business networking articles have been featured internationally. She was recently published in Brainsbook for Networking and is also acknowledged in the New York Times best seller, Truth or Delusion – Busting Networkings Biggest Myths. Check out #33, Delusion with a twist! Paula can be contacted at paula@referralinstitute-va.com.

Facebook Influences Linkedin Facelift

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Jeff Weir's Linkedin Homepage

Jeff Weir's Facebook Homepage

Something looks surprisingly familiar here?

Social networking site Facebook appears to have had strong influence on the new Linkedin homepage. The new left sidebar and tabs along the top of the window are a reflection of the popular Facebook UI without all of the nonsense non-business clutter common to many most Facebook pages.

One update to the site is “status” messages to indicate current activity, similar to that found in Facebook. However, in an effort remain business-like, you can only set your status to “(Your name) is working on…,” “will be traveling to,” “is looking for advice on,” “is looking for a job,” or “is reading.” These restrictions are designed to be informative without being whimsical.Linkedin's new What Are You Working On feature

Another welcomed addition are the customizable “modules” that gather information from your networks of contacts. There’s an “Answers” module to show what questions have been asked recently by your contacts, a “People” module to offer potential new contacts, and a “Jobs” module to show what opportunities are available in your network.New Linkedin Personalized Modules

Finally, to view the official Linkedin presentation of these new features, click on over to the Linkedin Blog.