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"Using LinkedIn to create a network that you can really do business with, in the emerging "gig' economy."

  

 

Good reminders on building traction and just-in-time contacts, including travel connections. I've set up open invites for places where I travel, after making connections at conferences, just as Neal suggests. ~  Deb

  

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It’s important because half of us won’t be in jobs within 8 years.
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It’s important because half of us won’t be in jobs within 8 years. We’ll be part of what Susannah Breslin calls the “gig” economy: small, micro-businesses highly dependent on our personal brand value and our connections for revenue!

 

...The reality...is we all need new ways to convert weak ties into business.

 

Here are more excerpts from the featured interview with Neal Schaffer who has written “Maximizing LinkedIn for Sales and Social Media Marketing” providing insider tips on...converting weak ties into strong.

 

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That is the supreme value of my LinkedIn connections, ...activate them...when I need them.

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NS: “I look at my current LinkedIn network as something inbetween a following and a community.  ...my LinkedIn connections provide me something that no other social network has: The ability to activate my Professional Graph, on demand, when I need to reach out to someone after finding them on an Advanced People Search.

 

That is the supreme value of my LinkedIn connections, ...activate them...only when I need them.

 

...I activate my LinkedIn network ...when I travel. I can easily search for my connections who live in a certain area and contact them in hopes of visiting them. This has led to many great networking events and new acquaintances, including one who introduced me to a Japanese publisher for whom I am currently negotiating a book deal.

 

All of this happened because of

   

1) my proactive engagement,

  

2) the LinkedIn functionality and

   

3) the fact that the demographic on LinkedIn is professional and more homogeneous in its professional nature than you will find on other social networks.”

 

Read the full post here.  Photo credit: by Detlef La Grand, Flickr CC


Via Deb Nystrom, REVELN