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Meetup Groups: The What, How and Why

Meetup Groups: The What, How and Why

This blog post: Meetup Groups: the what, how and why addresses many aspects of Meetup groups. Many people attend Meetup groups, yet they don’t really know how Meetup works.   What is Meetup and How Did It Get Started? According to Meetup’s Facebook business page: “Meetup is the world’s largest network of self-organized clubs and community groups. We make it easy for anyone to organize their own local group, or find one of the thousands already meeting face-to-face.” Scott Heiferman,…

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LinkedIn Work Experience Updates – Make Public or Not?

LinkedIn Work Experience Updates – Make Public or Not?

What are your thoughts on the question of LinkedIn profile updates – make them public or not? Many of my clients tell me that they don’t want their connections to see the changes they’re making in their profile. There are plenty of reasons not to let your connections see these changes. Then again, there can be value in letting your connections know when you make an update to your profile. Typically, I don’t make my profile updates public. However, recently…

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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 Improve Your Blogs?

Want to Improve Your Blogs?

Want to improve your blogs? Chances are, most bloggers could benefit from some advice in this area. Even though I’ve been blogging regularly for over five years, I know that’s true for me. Recently, Aimee Skillin asked me to sub for her Blogging Basics class at Colorado Free University. What an honor! A social media trainer, consultant, and the founder of Social Media Languages, Aimee knows a lot about blogging. You can learn more about Aimee and her company via…

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How Do You Like to Learn About Social Media?

How Do You Like to Learn About Social Media?

Do you have a preference about how you like to learn about social media? Do you like group classes? Private tutoring? What about webinars? When I first started my business, one-on-one tutoring was the main way I helped people learn about using social media. Within the first year, I started offering training to groups. This year, I started offering both free and paid webinars. As I reflect on the evolving nature of my business offerings, it occurs to me that…

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Serving Others in Cyberspace

Serving Others in Cyberspace

Are you involved in serving others in cyberspace?  Or perhaps you are the recipient of virtual services. Maybe you have done both at some time or another. At this point in the evolution of cyberspace, it is actually quite common to have a business relationship with someone you may never meet “ITRW” (in the real world). What’s prompting me bring up this matter is a comment I recently saw on LinkedIn in which someone mentioned a post he thought was…

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Enhance Your Business Networking with Social Media

Enhance Your Business Networking with Social Media

Did you know that you can use social media to enhance your face-to-face networking? Now that so many people are connected via popular social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, etc., sometimes people forget that there is still a place for face-to-face networking. In my opinion, communicating with someone via social networking will never replace the power of a handshake, a smile, and a face-to-face conversation. And I know I am not alone in this opinion. Over 75%…

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LinkedIn is Much More Than an Electronic Rolodex

LinkedIn is Much More Than an Electronic Rolodex

Too many people think of LinkedIn as simply a site where they craft an attractive profile of themselves and then wait for people to find them and contact them. LinkedIn is not just an electronic rolodex – it’s a powerful site for business professionals.   Beyond the Profile – Five Ways of Using LinkedIn Use the Advanced People Search feature. Click on the word “Advanced”, located to the right of the search box. Enter a key word, a location (if…

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Community is a Major Part of What Makes Us Human

Community is a Major Part of What Makes Us Human

Although my blog posts typically focus on some aspect of social media, a recent “real-world” experience that allowed me to sense a true spirit of community has inspired me to devote this week’s blog to the importance of community. Last week I had the privilege of talking about public speaking to the High Plains 4-H Club. While I sincerely hope that the approximately 20 kids and their parents who attended benefited from the comments I made, what I received was…

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Social Media Users – Search Yourself on the Internet

Social Media Users – Search Yourself on the Internet

When was the last time you did an Internet search of your own name? The more social media sites you use, the more likely it is that a link to your presence on that site will appear when people search your name. Now, some people (like me) are happy that people find them and their social sites on the Internet. That’s because they like the additional marketing opportunity. But others prefer that their social media activity not be readily available to strangers….

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