How often do you get to tell people what really drives you; your passion in working; your most meaningful accomplishments; where you want to take your career? Take advantage of that opportunity in your LinkedIn Profile Summary section.
Unfortunately I rarely see a Summary that tells a person’s story. Frequently Summaries look similar to LinkedIn experience sections, for the most part, boring. Sometimes I find the Summary omitted alto...
Following one of my recent presentations someone asked me a great question about LinkedIn endorsements. These endorsements have always puzzled me somewhat including what to do upon receiving one.
When they first LinkedIn first began this feature a few years back I did nothing in response to receiving endorsements. Especially at first, I would received an endorsement for something the sender had never experienced with m...
Such a simple question yet so many people hesitate to ask, especially with those outside their inner circle. Overcome your hesitancy by thinking of your request not as a "plea" but rather as an invitation to someone to be a giver. Most people will love helping you and receive a great feeling from doing so.
Someone I had met recently was acting somewhat awkwardly. I asked what the problem was....
You can meet anyone, anyone! But why would you want to?
Identify that “why,” the first step in using the 3 W’s of strategic networking. It will give you focus and lead to measurable results. Here are some sample why's to help you think about your goals: lead generation; finding employees; connecting to media people for public relations opportunities; identifying advisory board members. Even these could use more honing, e.g., lead ge...
With so many choices and your time so precious, how do you select which organizations to join from the long, long list of business, civic and charity-related ones, more than 2,500 in Illinois alone? In addition to your contribution to the organization in fulfilling its mission, making the right choices will boost your personal brand and offer great new relationship opportunities.
Do you think of strategic networking and personal branding solely as an external strategy for building connections with people outside your company? Add a focus inside your company to generate rewards for both you and your company!
Your potential gains:
1. Career advancement…building your brand and influential relationships will help keep you top-of-mind when opportunities arise
2. More trusting relationships… faster review and appro...
Can C-suites and boards of directors diversify beyond 30%, even if they want to?
Several decades ago, Economics Nobel Laureate Thomas Schelling created a model to show how rapidly neighborhoods became segregated, even when the people already living there were open-minded about their neighbors. Could his model explain why boards of directors and C-suites trying to move the other direction reach a glass floor?
You meet somebody; exchange names; almost always the next question: What do you do? Most people answer simply with the title on their business card. Next time, use that first opportunity meeting someone to make a lasting impression.
Follow these three dynamics to help you create something to make that happen:
Make your answer wow people to ask to hear more. Convey your company’s pa...
I attended a luncheon this week hosted by the City Club, a Chicago organization. As often the case when you don't buy a full table, I was seated randomly. We all introduced ourselves before the program began.
One of the guests sitting on the other side of the table was the Chicago-based Consul General of the Netherlands, Klass van der Tempel. After we completed going around with our table introductions, I mentioned...
So what can you learn from a map of your connections?
If you find most of your connections appear in one cluster, you have surrounded yourself with people just like you. That limits your perspective when you try to find answers to complex questions. Everyone thinks like you do!