Have you ever wondered what my inbox looks like? This week on Coffee With Kim I’m sharing it all – with screenshots – the good, bad, and the robotic of networking on LinkedIn! I’ll be answering your FAQs, sharing the right and wrong ways to network, plus giving my personal strategy that will supercharge your connecting efforts. If you’re looking to expand your circle with quality connections, this is the workshop for you.
Unfortunately, we’re still in Covid times. That means our networking is limited to mostly digital interactions. But don’t worry, it’s not any less effective, especially when you apply these three rules:
There are two networking no no’s you need to steer clear of.
If you’re looking for ‘a way in’ with someone, mutual friends are a great connecting point. If you don’t have any, address something interesting on their profile.
You can also share how you found them. For example, say, ‘I was on Toni’s profile and you were on the ‘People Also Viewed’ list. I think what you do is really interesting and I’m excited to connect and learn more about you.’
If you have no connections and they aren’t on your radar but you found them randomly try this, ‘Hi, I see you work in [their field] at [company], I’ve always been a fan of [company] and I’m also interested in [their field]. I’d love to connect with you and keep learning more about you and what you do.’
Remember, honesty is the best policy.
After a lot of trial and error, I came up with a strategy that supercharged my connecting efforts. I call it the ‘Save and Spray’ method. I simply compile everyone I want to connect with, do a deep dive on them, then send them personalized messages all in one sitting.
This works because it keeps me organized and saves time!
Without a doubt the first thing people do after connecting with you is check your profile.
For basic tips on a profile refresh, visit helpmylinkedin.com. If you’re looking for advanced help in optimizing your social profiles and networking, my Career Capital course is for you! This 6-week program takes you through the steps to do a ‘deep clean’ of your profiles and give a stellar presentation online.
When you’re held accountable you’re less likely to flake. This is true when exercising, reaching money goals, and networking. So, your homework this week is to ask someone from the CWK community for help. It’s a meaningful way to move the ball forward and build relationships!
Do you hate negotiating? Kwame loves it! No really, he’s figured out how to negotiate everything in his life and views difficult conversations as opportunities. Want to learn how? Me too! Join us next week.