How to “Reply But Not Accept” a LinkedIn Connection Request in the New UI

Do you have the new desktop user interface (UI) on LinkedIn yet? They've been rolling out the desktop redesign slowly and I just received it on my profile. While there are several changes, one I want to address here is your ability to "reply but not accept" a LinkedIn invitation. I've always been of the mind set that, when you receive an invitation from someone you don't know or recognize, it's not an immediate reason to ignore their request. Rather, visit their profile, see who they are, … [Read more...]

LinkedIn Etiquette: 4 Online Networking Tips

LinkedIn reports that 73 percent of its members use the platform for networking with other professionals. As a social network, it makes perfect sense that close to 3/4 of their membership would be taking advantage of the opportunity to connect with like-minded colleagues. For those of you who want to become part of a conversation and engage with others on LinkedIn, here are four etiquette pointers to keep in mind when networking online: 1. Personalize your connection request. One of the … [Read more...]

What’s Happened To Our Human-To-Human Connection?

Are we so connected to our devices that we're forgetting the human connection? I fear it is so. How about you? It seems like hardly anyone picks up a telephone just to say, "Hi, how are you?" anymore. It's someone's birthday, they get a text or a message on Facebook. Someone passes onto the spirit world and condolences are spread the same way (i.e., text, Facebook). Does anyone take time to write and send a handwritten note? What happened to the human-to-human connection via voice … [Read more...]

Networking Follow Up: 10 Ways to Stand Out from the Crowd

Thanks to guest blogger Sabrina Risley. On February 12, I hosted networking strategist Sabrina Risley as my guest on the Marketing Blab. Here's a guest post Sabrina shared prior to the Blab revealing great networking follow-up tips with you. You spend valuable time to find the right professional networking group, set time aside to attend networking events, have meaningful conversations, ask questions and make connections. Don’t let it all go to waste by never following up. Even if … [Read more...]

The Art of Networking: Six Steps for Success

Thanks to guest blogger, Terry Wildemann Attractionpreneur Terry Wildemann was my guest on the Marketing Blab on Jan. 28th. Feel free to watch the replay, but in the meantime, here are some of Terry's awesome tips for creating connections when networking. Networking is an art. When done well can turn your contacts into lifelong clients and referrals. Poor networking skills cost you time, energy, money and opportunity! Since first impressions are made within the first 5 seconds, and … [Read more...]