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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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Advocacy and Social Media

Advocacy and Social Media

Recently I facilitated a brainstorming session for an advocacy group that was sorting out their social media strategies and options – and I am still thinking about the special considerations and challenges groups like this face regarding their use of social media. Often there is a disparate range of social media experience among the members, so it can be difficult to find appropriate language with which to adequately discuss the matters they need to address. Also, leadership in advocacy groups…

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Trading Constructive Criticism – Definitely Worth the Time

Trading Constructive Criticism – Definitely Worth the Time

When was the last time you asked a colleague to critique one or more of your social media sites? I advise you to periodically have someone with a decent understanding of how social media works in business spend some time with your LinkedIn profile, your Facebook business page, or your Twitter bio and offer you honest constructive criticism. You might be surprised what they pick up on. I am not necessarily suggesting that you pay this person – trade your…

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