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Publishing and Professional Blogging on LinkedIn

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Consulting, marketing | 0 comments

Are you ready to become a master at publishing on LinkedIn?

Did you get the green light to start publishing a professional blog (aka, plog) on LinkedIn, but are not all sure where to start?

If you see a little pencil it means you're ready to roll!

If you see a little pencil in your status update box it means you’ve been green-lighted to start publishing on LinkedIn!

If you said “yes” to at least one of these questions, then you probably have these questions as well:

  • What should I write about?
  • What should I avoid writing about?
  • What are some tips for producing great content?
  • What exactly is an “authentic voice?”
  • What are the rights and responsibilities for posts I write?
  • What’s an editorial calendar and do I need one?
  • How do I find images for my posts?
  • Can I include a video within my post and how do I do that?
  • How do I ensure I’m getting the max number of eyeballs on my posts I can?
  • Do I have to start tweeting now?
Boy, you sure do have a lot questions! However, the good news is I can help you get answers to all these questions and get you started on your path to personal branding nirvana.
After launching my “plog” on LinkedIn on March 6, 2014, and then posting 6 times, I had over 1300 Followers to it!
Today, with 10 posts (so far), my posts have been seen almost 17,500 times and counting! That’s a lot of eyeballs which means I’ve expanded my reach and grown my network exponentially in just a few months.
Just 3 of my well-received posts on LinkedIn!
So, to get YOU started, I’m now offering a complete Mastering Publishing on LinkedIn 2-part program for only $995. You can either Prepay $495 here to get started, or contact me directly to learn more and request an invoice be sent to you. Then, you’ll receive a second invoice for the remaining portion after we complete the first part of the program. Once I receive your payment, I’ll send you a link to schedule part one of your program and off we’ll go!
Isn’t it time to strengthen your professional reputation and extend your reach? You bet it is, so let’s get started!
LinkedIn Publisher intro

Strengthen your professional reputation and extend your reach by publishing on LinkedIn!

Note: Only 5 new publishers-in-training will be accepted into this initial program for August, so don’t drag your feet. Plus, as we get closer to Q4, this special price will increase, so get your payment in and secure your 1st learning session scheduled today!

 

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How to Block Someone on LinkedIn: Go Away Already, or Maybe Don’t

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Consulting, Dear Sandy, strategy | 0 comments

Something appears to be in the air because I’ve been asked this question a few times this month:

How can I block someone that I’ve already removed as a connection on LinkedIn, but still keeps annoying me with invitations to connect, group invites and other such things? 

Meet Mercury, blame him

Mercury

Is Mercury in retrograde? Perhaps. However, I’d  rather not go into some of the reasons these folks gave for wanting to take things to that extreme (I was able to get at least one person to rethink it), so I decided to just go ahead and share what LinkedIn provides as a “Member Blocking Overview” in this post.

I strongly recommend, though, that you consider simply limiting people’s access to you. Perhaps one (or more) of these options could be a better choice for your situation (btw, all links below go to content within LinkedIn’s Help Center):

Member Blocking – Overview

When you block a member on LinkedIn, here’s what will happen:

  • You won’t be able to access each other’s profiles on LinkedIn
  • You won’t be able to message each other on LinkedIn
  • If you’re connected, you won’t be connected anymore
  • We’ll remove any endorsements and recommendations from that member
  • You won’t see each other in your “Who’s Viewed Your Profile”
  • We’ll stop suggesting you to each other in features such as “People You May Know” and “People also Viewed”

LinkedIn will not notify the person that you blocked them, and only you will be able to unblock the member.

Blocking behavior is mutual for you and the person you block. Once you block someone, you won’t be able to view their profile information, see content they have shared, see them in your Who’s Viewed Your Profile, or send communications to them while signed in on LinkedIn either.

Please note the following regarding blocking:

  • Blocking doesn’t apply to information you have made public, such as your public profile, content posted in public (open) group discussions, your own public shares, and comments on Influencer posts. You can always review your public profile settings to change how you appear in public search engines.
  • Mutual connections that you share with someone you’ve blocked, may re-share content created by the person you’ve blocked into your stream. You can choose to hide these updates from your stream.
  • There is not a way to block anonymous viewers of your profile at this time.
  • Blocking isn’t supported between a group member and a group manager.
    • If you’d like to block a manager of a group you belong to, you will need to leave the group first, and then block that person.
    • If you’d like to block a member of a group you manage, you will need to remove that member from the group and then block that person.
  • Contact records that have been stored or saved locally to your device need to be removed manually.
  • If you’re accessing LinkedIn via a mobile device, you could see cached data regarding the blocked member’s profile. To refresh your cache, login and log out of your LinkedIn mobile applications.
  • If you’re using 3rd party applications that leverage LinkedIn’s APIs you could see cached data of a blocked member on those applications. If that occurs, you’ll want to contact the application for instructions on removing that cached data.
  • Blocking doesn’t currently apply to mobile, SlideShare, and LinkedIn Pulse.
  • Blocking doesn’t work within LinkedIn Intro, which was shut down as of March 7, 2014.

Please let me know if I can help you with this issue or if none of the above sounds like the best solution for your situation. And if you’re in need of some expert assistance with leveraging LinkedIn as a tool for business or career, be sure to contact me.

P.S. I checked; Mercury IS in retrograde. June 7 – July 2. :-)

Image: almanac.com

 

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Afternoon Snack & Give Back Part 3: The 10 Things You Could Be Doing On LinkedIn To Get Results

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Consulting | 0 comments

Would you like to learn what you could be doing on LinkedIn each week to boost your brand,  generate leads and grow your network? Then sign up for the 3rd (and final for June) Afternoon Snack & Give Back on Wed, June 25th at 2pm Pacific!

Here is what’s happening during this view-only Hangout broadcast: 

“LinkedIn Ninja,” yours truly, is going to not only teach you some of my Top 10 Things You Can Do on LinkedIn to Boost Your Brand, Generate Leads and Grow Your Network, I’m also going to share: 

  • How you can grow your network on LinkedIn without making any breaches of etiquette unique to LinkedIn
  • Ways you can increase your likelihood of being found on LinkedIn
  • Real world examples of how her clients have benefitted from being intentional and active on LinkedIn  

Then, co-presenter, and Sales Maven, Nikki Rausch, will share her proven strategy for dealing with the criticism to which you sometimes open yourself up as you increase your visibility and boost your brand online by posting, commenting or engaging with relative strangers.

Part 3 Registration:   (Please let me know if you had difficulty registering, getting confirmation or viewing the Hangout on 6/25. I can hook you up!)

http://bit.ly/GivebackH3

To sign up: http://bit.ly/GivebackH3 or simply click image.

Pssst: If you can’t join us on the 25th, you can book me for 2 hrs to guide you through all of this and more in a one-on-one personalized session or hire me to show you how to start publishing a blog on LinkedIn.

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How To Attend A Networking Event & Not Hate Yourself In The Morning

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Consulting, networking, pay it forward | 0 comments

Do you often hate yourself the morning after attending a networking event? Let’s put an end to that!

Learn more! http://bit.ly/GivebackH1

Click image to grab your spot!

Register for a FREE zero-calorie afternoon break and G+ Hangout on Wed, June 11, 2014, where you will learn:

  • How to redefine networking into an activity that’s ultimately satisfying and even energizing (instead of exhausting)

  • Why exchanging resources is more important than exchanging business cards

  • How a pay-it-forward attitude can (and should!) be applied to networking and building good social karma

  • How to remember names via a simple and easy technique that will boost your confidence & increase your credibility

If any of these resonated with you, be sure to sign up for the 1st of 3 Afternoon Snack & Give Backs offered this June by yours truly and a fab new collaborator/friend of Bella Domain Media, Nikki Rausch, also know as “Your Sales Maven.”

You’ll get all the details once you register via this page and we hope you can join us!

BTW, there will be a Q&A (if time allows) and seriously-special offer presented at the end of the Hangout, so make sure you stick around until the end!

Here’s the link again in case you want to share it with others: http://bit.ly/GivebackH1 (Thank you if you do!)

P.S. If you can’t join us, and don’t have my helpful book yet, I thought I’d make this easy:

I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???: A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Any Networking Event available on Amazon (CLICK HERE TO ORDER)

I'm at a Networking Event--Now What??? by Sandy Jones-Kaminski find it on Amazon or iTunes

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5 Questions with Author and Introvert Coach: Beth Buelow

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in 5 Questions With | 0 comments

BDM's 5Qs

Welcome to 5 Questions With, a “behind the business” series from Bella Domain Media. This interview style post is published every few months and I’m so excited to bring you my second interview! This one is with entrepreneur and coach extraordinaire, Beth Buelow.

I’ve been a fan of Beth’s thought leadership for a while now, so I was thrilled when we finally connected online and she invited me to be a guest on her podcast series to talk about an introvert-friendly way to approach networking. Beth’s on a mission to change perceptions around being an introvert. 

Soon after our interview, and once I learned even more about her unique business, I eagerly invited her to be my second 5 Questions With interviewee.  Beth is a talented author, speaker and professional coach dedicated to helping introverts understand and embrace their unique gifts.

So, without further adieu, here are Beth’s generous and insightful “shares” in the form of answers to my 5 questions. Thanks for participating, Beth!

1) If there were “one thing” that most people don’t get about your business, what would that one thing be?

That my message isn’t just for the introverts; extroverts often find as much value, if not more, in what I share. When I’m asked to give a presentation, there’s frequently concern that the extroverts in the audience will be bored. In reality, they listen attentively and ask great questions. I sometimes joke at the beginning of the presentation that by the end, someone will have switched teams or I will have saved a marriage. This is usually because someone will realize that s/he has been living the life of a “fake extrovert” (at least professionally), but is really an introvert at heart. Or an extrovert will think about an introverted spouse, and share with amazement, “So, that’s why he does that!”

2) What does someone need to understand to do professional coaching well?

The ability to establish safety is of paramount importance. When a client feels safe, he can open up without fear of judgment. There’s also value to being able to guide without leading: the coach asks questions and is a mirror in service to the client’s agenda, not the coach’s. It takes practice to ask truly open-ended questions that are not leading the client in the direction you as the coach think she should go.

3) Of the information you’ve shared above, what is the most important thing someone should consider before hiring or becoming a coach?

Here’s a key question to check in with when you’re hiring someone: Do you, as the client, feel safe? Do you trust that you can say anything to your coach, and you won’t be judged otherwise negated? Do you feel your coach will honor your feelings and not try to “fix” you? The coach might have a fancy website, but if you don’t feel trust that coach completely, the relationship will never meet your needs.

Before becoming a coach, it’s important to be clear on your motivations. Do you want to empower people, or fix people? Coaching is about empowerment, not problem solving. It’s also not a get-rich-quick path, despite marketers promising you a six-figure business in six months. It will take time, patience and persistence to create your business.

4) Was there ever a moment when you had an “aha!” around your own business and suddenly it all came together? If so, please share with us.

The biggest and most memorable “aha!” was when I discovered my niche. I had been struggling for a few years to identify my target market. Then, one day a wise friend asked me, “Are you trying to find one niche that will fill all of your interests and needs?” Yes, I was! That simple question released the pressure of finding a one-size-fits-all niche.

Once I stopped forcing it, I began to notice who was showing up: Introverts! That was late April 2010, and I’ve not looked back since. And the great part about it? This one niche actually does bring together most of my interests!

5) When you picture how all this information fits together, what image comes to mind?  

I see a person standing tall and strong, head slightly bowed, eyes closed, palms together in front of her chest in the Namaste position. This represents peace, seeing and being seen, safety. It’s a greeting and a goodbye. There’s acknowledgment and acceptance without attachment. That’s how I think a good coaching relationship, and a good business, should be.

Insight by Beth Buelow in my Amazon Store

Click image to find Beth’s book on Amazon (affiliate link)

Beth Buelow, ACC, serves as a guide to introvert entrepreneurs who want to amplify their strengths and build sustainable, energetically aligned businesses. She is a professional coach, author, podcaster and speaker, is based in the Pacific Northwest and serves introverts worldwide. Beth is the author of Insight: Reflections on the Gifts of Being an Introvert (2012) and the forthcoming The Introvert Entrepreneur (2014/15). You can follow her on Twitter or learn more at TheIntrovertEntrepreneur.com.

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