For those of you who might have tried to see the page on our site where we’re offering Steve’s book on LinkedIn – and couldn’t – you weren’t alone! We were having technical difficulties yesterday. Here it is for real this time!
Here is an interesting article I found on the web for project managers and others.
5 Ways to Get More from LinkedIn in 2010
Do you understand everything LinkedIn can do for you? Start the new year off right with these five tips to help you get even more from the business networking service.
Fri, December 11, 2009 — CIO — As the economy plummeted in 2009, LinkedIn’s popularity skyrocketed. LinkedIn grew to more than 53 million members and announced partnerships with IBM, Microsoft and Twitter. If you’re on the hunt for a new job—or just looking to ramp up your activity and connections—start the new year off right with these five tips to help you get more from the business networking service.
1. Groups. Actively participate in a handful of groups related to your professional interests to expand your network. Find "Groups" on the navigation bar. From here you can search for a group to join, manage your groups or start a new one. Groups will keep you updated with industry-related information, plus they function as a forum where you can propose and answer questions, helping you become a recognizable name.
2. Company Buzz. Under "More…" choose "Application Directory". This will bring you to a page with a number of applications that you can add to your homepage and profile. The "Company Buzz" tool aggregates mentions of a company from Twitter, allowing you to discover relevant trends and comments about your company. The tool lets you customize and modify the topics to watch and displays charts to track activity. "A lot of people who use Twitter don’t know where they can see what’s trending, so this is a great application for that," says Eve Mayer Orsburn, CEO of Social Media Delivered, a social media consultancy.
3. Recommendations. These blurbs from your coworkers make your LinkedIn profile more dynamic and bring more credit and validity to your profile. Career experts recommend that you seek recommendations from your coworkers, former managers, direct reports and even clients. Shorter tends to be better; one or two paragraphs will suffice.
4. Events. "Not enough people use events," Orsburn says. "It’s a great way to find and connect with new people." Under "More…" choose "Events". Here you can view events (including webinars) that your connections are attending, search popular events and find ones to attend. Orsburn recommends searching for a person you admire and looking through the events he or she is attending. This will give you a good sense of which conferences or events are worth attending, and will help you build more meaningful connections.
5. Advanced People Search. Try using this search method instead of the basic search when looking for new connections. The "Advanced People Search" allows you to find contacts based on geographic area, company, keyword, industry and more. Advanced People Search also gives you the option to search based on when users joined LinkedIn, which Orsburn says can be especially handy. "One of the best ways to find people who can help you is to help them first," she says. "When you use this function to find someone who’s a new member to LinkedIn, you can introduce yourself, mention that you see this person is new and offer to introduce them to some of your contacts." You can find this feature under "More…" in the navigation bar.
Al Gubiotti PMP
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Below is an excerpt from the December summary I posted regarding today’s AM on PM Breakfast Forum. Click the link to read the full summary (you may need to join the AM on PM group in linkedin if you’re not already a group member).
I had so much fun at this morning’s AM on PM Forum! Hope you all did too. We ended up with a good number of people so I thank those who attended, not letting holidays and snow keep you away!
Our topic was once again from the Procurement Management Knowledge Area. I briefly reviewed some key terms from the PMBOK, showing that we have four processes now in Procurement. If you came, you were given a quick reference card from Crosswind that has all of the processes summarized (as well as the formulas you need to know for the exam!). PM is the one KA that PMI really overhauled – and it needed it. It made little sense in the 3rd edition and now in the 4th is much more intuitive.
I just attended a conference on Customer Service and Loyalty and the other night I really saw it in action. While shopping at Wegmans Baytown Store and at the checkout counter the person in front of me asked if he should use his “Wegmans card”. The cashier told him it was not necessary as what he was purchasing did not have any discounts ($6 meal). He remarked that this was good as “Danny” was tracking all of his other purchases and he did not need to track what he was eating. The Cashier who could not have been more than 17 years old replied “Danny is a good man who takes care of us and his customers”.
I thought to myself this girl knows the meaning of Customer Service, Loyalty and the positive image that her employer wishes to convey and she made the guy smile after she said it.
Al Gubiotti PMP
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