Top 5 Publishing Tips From The 2017 LinkedIn Top Voices

Today LinkedIn is announcing the third annual Top Voices list, spotlighting the must-know contributors on LinkedIn in 2017. This past year has been filled with page-turning news -- from International Women’s Day and artificial intelligence, to diversity in Silicon Valley and beyond -- and millions of CEOs, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and more are turning to LinkedIn to reinforce their points of view. We’re breaking down the top publishing tips and tricks that made the 2017 Top Voices rise...


Do You Want a New LinkedIn Habit for 2018 That Will Pay Big Dividends?

A new year sometimes means new habits. Loads of well-meaning experts are giving you advice about what new habits you should establish for 2018 in order to get better results.

So I've decided to add my two cents about your LinkedIn activities/habits, and it's simple—always look at a person's LinkedIn profile before you have a meeting or phone call.

(Note: You may not be able to do some of these steps on the LinkedIn mobile app.)

10 tips for reviewing a person's LinkedIn profile prior to a meeting or phone call

In just a few short minutes, you'll be able to get a pretty good idea of just who this person is and what's important to him/her.

1.  Summary. After reading this, you may know precisely what other profile sections you will want to concentrate on.

2.  Articles & Activities. Whatever they are writing about (Articles) or sharing (Activities) has to be important to them or they wouldn't have made the effort to write and/or share.

3.  Media items. Watching a video they're in, reading a document they wrote, viewing a slideshow they prepared, etc. can really give you insights into who they are and what's important to them.

4.  Recommendations. Read a few they've received and also some they wrote for others. This is priceless information. You'll gain great insights into what they think is important and what others think about them.

5.  Education. If you find a fellow alumnus here, it's usually a home run.

6.  Mutual connections. These are the friends you have in common. You may even want to get ahold of one or two of them to get the scoop on this person.

7.  Accomplishments. This is a section where people can display what they have accomplished, so it only makes sense that they not only hope you look at the details but that you mention it in your upcoming meeting.

8.  Interests. In this section the person lays out on a golden platter what he/she is most passionate about. These are perfect conversation starters. Be sure to click See all near the bottom of this section to view who they are following (influencers, companies and schools) and the LinkedIn groups they are a member of.

9.  Volunteer Experience. This may give you even more insight into where someone's heart is. Don't be afraid to mention this in your discussion with the person. People usually love to talk about the organizations they support.

10.  Experience. Look for companies, careers, etc. that you have in common and thus can leverage when starting a new relationship. You may also find significant volunteer experiences listed here that are great conversation starters. Be sure to click See more positions at the bottom of this section to view older experience entries.

Keep this list handy and use it as a checklist for all of your upcoming meetings. Trust me—not only will the meetings be more productive, but they'll also be more fun.

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When is it Time to Drop Someone From Your LinkedIn Network?

Your LinkedIn network is one of your most valuable business assets. Therefore, you should add people to your LinkedIn network very strategically. But people change and circumstances change, and occasionally you may find it necessary to remove someone from your network.

Why should you drop someone from your network?

This list is certainly not exhaustive, but here are a few situations that might prompt you to take action:

  • Someone is filling your Inbox with spam on a consistent basis
  • Without your permission, somebody is dropping your name in voicemails all over town in an effort to get the appointments he's been trying to land for years with your friends
  • One of your connections has become a direct competitor
  • You can't keep up with the inordinate amount of LinkedIn introductions someone is asking you to make
  • The day after you connect with someone, she sends you a lengthy canned solicitation message that has no relevance to you and your business

I'm sure you get the picture. But don't lose sight of the fact that each and every first-level connection is actually helping you in the search ranking algorithm on LinkedIn. So think twice before you disconnect. For instance, the fact that you've never met a particular person in your network may not be reason enough to disconnect.

How to drop someone from your network

There are several ways to disconnect with someone on LinkedIn, but one is preferable because the person won't be able to see that you looked at his/her profile before disconnecting. And don't worry—people do not receive a note from LinkedIn saying you dropped them.

1.  Click the My Network tab on the top toolbar and then click See all in the box on the left-hand column under the number of your connections.

2.  Then type the person's name in the Search box.

3.  Once the person's name shows up, click the three dots to the right of his/her name and select Remove connection.

After you disconnect, any recommendations or endorsements between you and that person will be eliminated. The person will not be able to reinvite you, but if you have the person's email address, you can reinvite him/her anytime in the future.

And don't feel guilty if you choose to disconnect. It's your professional network, and you should be comfortable with who's in that network.

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