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How to become a Super Connector

Posted by in Consulting, making connections matter, networking

Super Connector Sandy Jones-Kaminski shares some tips These days it seems as though practically everyone I meet wants to be thought of as a “Super Connector.” And believe it or not, I never set out to become such a thing myself. However, I have been told time and time again that I am one, so I’ve decided to just go with it and own the designation.

In that spirit, and since I’m here to show you how to make your connections matter and that anything IS possible, I thought I’d share an October podcast interview I did with Tom Libelt of Smart Brand Marketing titled, “How to Become a Super Connector with Sandy Jones-Kaminski.”

Take a listen to this 20 min discussion and see if you don’t come away with a few new ideas for developing the skills needed to become a real connector, super or otherwise.Sandy Jones-Kaminski on Smart Brand Marketing with host Tom Libelt

 

Interested in more mind-blowing learning content like this? Sign up for Making Connections Matter invites HERE.

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LinkedIn Recommendations: Not All Are Created Equally

Posted by in Ask SandyJK, Consulting, marketing

If you’ve followed any of my blog posts here or on LinkedIn, or read my book, then you know that I highly recommend requesting and giving recommendations on LinkedIn, so I’m not going to get on my soapbox about that in this post. Today, I’m going to cover what to do with them once you start collecting them.

Not all LinkedIn recommendations are created equally 

It’s true. Not all LinkedIn recommendations are created equally, which is why it’s so important to maximize the limited space available for showcasing them on your LinkedIn profile. And, honestly, if you’re not making the most of this very limited amount of “real estate” available, you need to reconsider why you’re bothering to collect them in the first place.

As most of us know, you’re able to request and then post (or not) any recommendation someone writes for you on LinkedIn. And there are also ways you can control where the recommendations you write for others show up on your profile as well, but that is a post for a different day or maybe a future Making Connections Matter eLearning webcast.

Some recommendations carry more weight than others

Currently, the most recent recommendations you receive for a specific position appear in the first and second positions on your profile at the very end of that position’s description. See below:

Top 2 are the most seen recommendations

Sometimes, though, you receive a new recommendation that just doesn’t pack as much punch as the previous 2 you had displayed. Perhaps it’s too generic or didn’t emphasis the things you had hoped they would and don’t know the person well enough to ask them to spruce it up. Well, reordering is the answer!

The 2 ways I know of to reorder your recommendations

The 1st way you can reorder your recommendations is:

Under Profile in the top navigation bar click on the Edit Profile option. Then scroll all the way to the bottom of the of your profile — usually below your Organizations and Honors & Awards, but before you see the bottom navigation for the page (Help Center, About, etc). On the left side of your profile, you will see a series of black/gray title blocks, one of which will say Recommendations. Then look immediately to the right of Recommendations and you will see a pencil. Click the pencil to enter edit mode for Recommendations. Once you’re in edit mode on Recommendations, you will see all your Recommendations listed by your career position. On the right side of each recommendation will be a double-sided arrow. Simply click and drag this up/down arrow to reorder your recommendations.

This will allow you to ensure your two preferred recommendations appear on your profile page when others view it.  See arrows below.

Reorder your LinkedIn recommendations to showcase your best

 

And the 2nd way:

If you want to reorder and/or move a recommendation to a different career position, there is another way to manage almost everything else related to your recommendations on LinkedIn. Get into Privacy & Settings via the drop-down menu under your very upper-right avatar image and then look for “Manage your recommendations” and follow the instructions below. You’ll want to poke around and see what else you can do once you see what’s possible.

Learn how to manage your LinkedIn recommendations like a pro!

Sandy used to work at TriNet, a BPO based in San Leandro, CA.

Have fun with this new knowledge!

After writing this post, I’m absolutely certain I need to do an entire webcast on all the other things that popped into my mind that I should share about LinkedIn Recommendations.

So, be sure you register to get the invites to my Making Connections Matter eLearing series! Here’s the link again, just in case you have images turned off—->   http://bit.ly/mcmsjk1

And please feel free to send comments or questions via my Contact Us page (been having some spam issues with Comments lately). Thank you!

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Making Connections Matter: New Learning Series Just For YOU!

Posted by in Ask SandyJK, Consulting, Learning, making connections matter, networking, strategy

Introducing a new (and zero-cost) business-boosting elearning series aimed at setting you up for a stellar 2015!

Register today for the Making Connections Matter webcasts! http://bit.ly/MCMreg

Join me for this interactive web series that will help strengthen and build your network as well as grow your biz!

It’s officially fall and I don’t know anyone who isn’t interested in learning a few new tips or tricks for boosting their brand and growing their business between now and the end of the year. So, I invite you to invest in yourself and your business by getting ready for a fantastic 2015!

Last month, I kicked off a new series of free 45 min webcasts titled, Making Connections Matter. The schedule for these business-boosting learning sessions is below, so be sure to register early because there are only 25 spots available for each of these interactive web-based sessions which will include time for a Q&A portion at the end.

  • 10 Things You Can and Should Do on LinkedIn Each Week  Wed, Sept 24th noon (PDT)
  • The Bare Minimum: 7 Social Media Basics for Small Business Thu, Oct 23rd noon (PDT)
  • Surviving the Holiday Mixer: Practical Networking Tips for Enjoying the Social Season, with Special Guest, Branding Guru Maria Ross of Red Slice  Wed, Nov 12 noon (PST) 
  • 7 Tips for Deepening Your Connections to Your Network for a Prosperous 2015  Wed, Dec 3 noon (PST)
Oh, and yes, phone listening will be available for those that can’t get to a computer. And, no, there will not be any hard selling — just a brief mention of an offer you might want to take advantage, that’s all. Yay!

I hope you’ll join me for one or more of these sure-to-be FUN sessions and please feel free to contact me directly with any questions.

All the best,

P.S. Don’t forget — to grab your spot just complete the form below and you’ll receive an invite to join me for the first NEXT Making Connections Matter session on Wed, Sept 24th Nov 12, 2014!

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10 More of My Favorite Quotes About Networking

Posted by in marketing, networking, Speaking

As a follow-up to my popular first post containing 10 of my favorite quotes related to networking, I wanted to share 10 more of my faves. I’ve since come across these on my own, or they were shared with me via comments left on that last post. These quotes will hopefully motivate you as well as the most seasoned networkers (like me!) out there to embrace the upcoming networking season.

My Fav Networking Quotes

Here are 10 more of my favorite quotes to help inspire and motivate us all to grow our professional networks:

1) If you want to go fast, go along. If you want to go far, go with others.   – African Proverb (Courtesy of Theresa Timpson)

2) A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses.       – Chinese Proverb (Courtesy of Ahamad Alisah)

3) Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after having an experience with you becomes your trademark.  – Jay Danzie

4) Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.     – Charles Eames

5) It isn’t just what you know, and it isn’t just who you know. It’s actually who you know, who knows you, and what you do for a living.  – Bob Burg

6) Regard your neighbor’s gain as your gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.    – Tai Shang Kan Yin P’ien (Courtesy of Laura Babbitt)

7) Help the people in your network. And let them help you.  – Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, author

8) The richest people in the world look for and build networks, everyone else looks for work.  –  Robert Kiyosaki, author

9) Listening is the new prospecting.  – Brian Tracy

10) Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.   – Anthony Robbins,  life coach, self-help author and speaker

Bonus quote (and one you’ll hear in my effective networking presentations):  “Don’t be a hit and run with your new connections. Make an effort to stay in touch or in occasional contact with folks you meet with whom you want to stay connected.”   – Sandy Jones-Kaminski

Do you have your own quote about networking? 

P.S. If you like this type of thing, you’ll love my book – I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???: A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Any Networking Event. Just sayin’…

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A Chance to Snack Again: Get Exclusive Access to Learning Videos

Posted by in Consulting, networking, strategy

If you weren’t able to join us for our June Afternoon Snack & Give Back learning series, or missed 1 or more of the live Hangouts, you can now view all 3 of our business-boosting sessions from this popular web series whenever you like! Want a sneak peek or reminder? Just click below:

Intro Video to How to Attend a Networking Event and Not Hate Yourself in the Morning

The learning topics range from how to not hate yourself the morning after a networking event, to putting an end to playing it small in business as well as how to make the most of your presence on LinkedIn and remembering names via the Name Game. You’ll also find some lively Q&A at the end of each video.

Don’t miss this chance to get exclusive access to the 3 Afternoon Snack & Give Backs we recorded during our June Hangouts by registering via the form below and you’ll receive a password to access an exclusive video album on Vimeo containing all 3 videos!

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Check out the intro video for the 1st Afternoon Snack & Give Back by clicking the image.

Afternoon Snack & Give Backs are brought to you by Sandy Jones-Kaminski of Bella Domain Media, and Nikki Rausch of Sales Maven, June 2014.

And if you’d like to share these videos with your friends, clients or social networks, we’re A-OK with that, but ask that you please point them to this blog post, so they can register HERE and get access future webcasts soon. Thank you.

I hope you enjoy the Afternoon Snack & Give Back Hangout videos on Vimeo and look forward to connecting with you again soon!

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