Are YOU LinkedIn?

It was probably 18 months ago when a good friend of mine Pete Wright, sent me an invite to join LinkedIn. My initial reaction was what a waste of time! How could anyone use a silly thing like this to advance a career or sell more widgets? I didn’t accept the invitation right away, but we talked a few days later and he was so excited. I had to join just to see what all the hype was about. You know what? I am REALLY glad I did! It turns out the MySpace for professionals is everywhere. If you are not familiar with LinkedIn here is a great introduction from Business 2.0 Magazine. In the last year and a half I have developed 83 quality first level connections giving me access to a network of over 1.7 million professionals. That’s right… 1.7 MILLION! From these people, I have been able to ask for professional advice, seek out hidden career opportunities, open up closed doors to advance sales, and help out a lot of friends.

I had not thought about LinkedIn for a while until today when I read this post on Web Worker Daily and it reminded me just what a gem this free service is. That led me to read to a big circle of blogs and now instead of implementing what I learned I am sharing it with all of you! Don’t think for a second that later this week I will not be implementing some of the changes I read about in this great article on Guy Kawasaki’s blog though. So, now that you know what LinkedIn is for, and how to create a good profile here is one last post on how to build your network.

Please feel free to let me know how linked in has worked for you! I truly believe if you want to be successful in sales this is one tool you can not live with out.  

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6 Responses to Are YOU LinkedIn?

  1. Corey says:

    I’m an avid LinkedIn user. It has been great for keeping in touch with old friends and generating new business.

    You are more than welcome to visit my profile and send me an invitation if you wish to connect:

    http://www.linkedin.com/in/corey

  2. Billy says:

    When are you getting on facebook? 🙂 It is even more fun than linkedin but more organized than myspace

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