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Want to Be Braver? Join Toastmasters!

Want to Be Braver? Join Toastmasters!

  Most people would like to be braver both in person and on social media. If you are one of those people, I highly recommend that you join a local Toastmasters club. “The mission of a Toastmasters club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communications and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.” (from the Toastmasters’ website) Webster’s defines brave as “possessing…

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Voices in Aging – an Awesome Experience

Voices in Aging – an Awesome Experience

This weekend-long event, held November 3-5, 2017, and officially called Voices in Aging: The Business of Aging had an enormous impact on me. By intermingling thought-provoking keynotes with dynamic interactive sessions, this event challenged me intellectually. It also brought out both the team player and the leader within me, and it encouraged me to foster deep connections with others. It even brought me to tears at times. Sponsored by The Society of Certified Senior Advisors (SCSA), who began planning for…

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How to Engage People on LinkedIn

How to Engage People on LinkedIn

Are you wondering how to engage people on LinkedIn? Too many people think of social media as one-way communication. Remember the “social” in social media and look for ways to engage people on LinkedIn and other social sites. The point of LinkedIn is to help people in the business world connect with each other. This means that you should spend at least some of your time liking, commenting on and possibly sharing the information that others post on it. Find…

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Be More Memorable on LinkedIn – Publish Articles

Be More Memorable on LinkedIn – Publish Articles

Even though it takes time, energy, and commitment to publish articles regularly on LinkedIn’s publishing platform, I believe that investment pays off. My recommendation is to publish articles at least twice a month. Publishing weekly is even better. But consistency is as important – or more important – than what quantity you choose. After you have published an article, you can share it to your newsfeed. In addition, you can share your articles with selected LinkedIn connections. You might also…

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Want to Stay Top of Mind?

Want to Stay Top of Mind?

Do you want to stay top of mind on LinkedIn? The best way to do this is by regularly posting updates. WAY too many people are on LinkedIn but never share a thing. Are you one of them? To have your LinkedIn profile come up higher in a LinkedIn search (or an internet search) for key words in your industry, you need to speak up. Updates are a terrific way to do that, even if you post them just once…

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Are Your LinkedIn Invites Appealing?

Are Your LinkedIn Invites Appealing?

Are your LinkedIn invites appealing? If not, perhaps that’s the reason that too many of them aren’t getting accepted. Think about the invites you get from others. When people write a personal note, does that affect your decision about whether to connect with them? I know that I am more likely to connect with someone when they have written me a note with the invite. What especially appeals to me is when the invitation includes a specific reason we should…

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Are You Happy with Your LinkedIn Connections?

Are You Happy with Your LinkedIn Connections?

You may have heard the phrase: “We are who we associate with.” It applies to many aspects of our lives, including our social media presence, especially on LinkedIn. It’s best to take a strategic approach to whom you connect with. That way, you will be happy with your connections. When I am not sure whether I want to accept an invitation to connect, I look for our shared connections. And I assume people I invite to connect are doing the…

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Who’s Giving You Social Proof?

Who’s Giving You Social Proof?

Who’s giving you social proof? In other words, who tells the world that you rock? Here are just a few great ways for you to get social proof via LinkedIn: LinkedIn articles by your LinkedIn connections reference you LinkedIn connections share positive comments on your posts LinkedIn connections write quality recommendations about you What is Social Proof? See the August 11, 2017 CXL article Social Proof: What it is, Why It works, and How to Use It. It states that: “Social proof…

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Is Your LinkedIn Contact Info Correct?

Is Your LinkedIn Contact Info Correct?

When was the last time you looked at the email address displayed on your LinkedIn profile? Do you even have that email address any more? Many people never bother to update the Contact and Personal Info section of their profile. Perhaps it doesn’t occur to them that their LinkedIn connections might be looking for their email address or phone number. Yet, people are looking for that information on a regular basis. You want to make it as easy as possible…

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Want to Brand Yourself Better on LinkedIn?

Want to Brand Yourself Better on LinkedIn?

Want to brand yourself better on LinkedIn? Most people do! So why not you, too? One of the easiest ways to improve your brand is to customize your LinkedIn URL. Even though it’s easy to customize your URL, many people don’t even know they have one. Back when you created your LinkedIn account, LinkedIn assigned you a URL that had your name and a set of random letters and numbers. Think of it as an account name. Everyone gets one,…

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