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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 learning 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!

It’s back to school time 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!

This month, I’m kicking 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 Making Connections Matter session on Wed, Sept 24th!

Register here to get invites to my new series of Making Connections Matter webcasts!

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

Posted by in Consulting, Dear Sandy, strategy

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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Now you can publish a professional blog on LinkedIn too!

Posted by in Consulting, marketing, resources, strategy

You’re invited! And you’re invited! Yes, you’re invited too!

You're invited! And you're invited! Yes, you're invited too! #LinkedIn has opened the floodgates & you too can now PLOG! bit.ly/LIinf006

You can get my help getting started, just click this image!

It’s true! Congratulations just might be in order because the word on the street is that LinkedIn has opened the floodgates, and if you’re a LinkedIn member, you can most likely get a professional blog (plog) on LinkedIn like mine!

Here’s the post I wrote a few weeks ago about getting into the Beta and here’s the latest scoop straight from LinkedIn’s Help Center:

If you’ve been given publishing capabilities, you can start writing directly from your LinkedIn homepage.

  1. In the Share an update box on your LinkedIn homepage, click the Edit icon. This takes you to the writing tool.
  2. Write your post. To include visuals:
    • Click the camera icon in the tools panel on the right.
    • Click Browse in the box that appears.
    • Select the file you’d like to upload and click Submit.
  3. Click Publish, Save, or Preview in the lower right.
  4. Click Close in the lower left to leave the writing tool.

Learn more about LinkedIn’s publishing platform and if you don’t appear to have the ability to start publishing, you can apply, but be prepared to share links to professional content you already have published online somewhere. Please note:  LinkedIn Influencer is something different and is invite-only.

And, I’m excited to announce, if you’d like to hire me to get you started publishing your own professional blog on LinkedIn, check out my new Mastering Publishing on LinkedIn program today!

Are you going to participate? What will your topic(s) be? Please share in the Comments section below.

P.S. To receive my posts as they’re published on LinkedIn, just check out my latest post and then click the yellow Find the yellow Follow button to get my posts on LinkedInbutton when you get there. Thanks and please let me know if I help!

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Are you ready to become an influencer on LinkedIn?

Posted by in Consulting, strategy

Recently, LinkedIn officially announced LinkedIn Publisher and is eventually making the possibility of becoming an “influencer” (of sorts) available to all members with an itch to blog, share their stories, inspire others, and, well, become content curators for their topic(s) of choice. Mine, for example, are networking as part of your marketing strategy, maximizing LinkedIn and professional/personal branding in today’s social world.

Do you have it in you to (eventually) become an  influencer on LinkedIn? 

Today, LinkedIn’s Influencer Program already has 500+ participants, and about 25K beta testers in their Publisher Program (like me). However, with the introduction and rollout of LinkedIn Publisher, every single member of LinkedIn will soon have the potential to become an “influencer” on the platform too.

Some background

Blog publishing platforms, such as BlogHer, Tumblr, WordPress, Project Eve, Technorati, and others, are already in the content-sharing/blog-hosting business and have been around for years making most of their money from advertising on their platforms.

And now that LinkedIn is making their LinkedIn Publisher program available to everyone, each member will be able to publish their own content and demonstrate their thought leadership on this highly-trafficked social networking platform.

More background

Up until this point, most people would embed media into their profiles (PDFs, SlideShares, etc), or used their own blogs and then shared (hopefully) relevant content to establish themselves as content curators and experts in their chosen topic areas. And when it came to their blogs, people had them hosted elsewhere and readers had to leave the LinkedIn site to go read the posts they shared, but now with Publisher, readers can stay within in the LinkedIn environment and authors can get the analytics needed to track their progress around boosting their personal/professional brand and establishing their expertise with a wider audience.

I got lucky

So, I applied for early access to Publisher and couldn’t believe my luck when I found this email when I went to my inbox:

LinkedIn Publisher program welcome email

And here’s what was on my Home page when I opened up LinkedIn on my laptop this morning:

home page message about getting invited to the Publisher program

You can get lucky too!

You, like everyone else, will soon get access to Publisher. Just watch for the box above to appear on your home page, and if I were you, I’d start working on that ideal first post now. That way, you’ll be ready to post when you get the “You’re invited to publish…” box.

That being said, I’m excited to share my first official post as an “influencer” on LinkedIn! Here’s what it looks like over there:

My first post on LinkedIn's Publisher Program

Then, here’s how it will show up on your LinkedIn Profile page (and now we know why they disabled our posts from appearing in the main feed for awhile!):

LinkedIn 1st post on Sandy's profile

 

Are you going to participate when the time comes? What will your topic(s) be? Please share in the Comments section below. Want my help getting started? Check out this PAGE to learn more!

To receive my posts as they’re published on LinkedIn, just Follow me via the link below and click the yellow Find the yellow Follow button to get my posts on LinkedInbutton when you get there. Thanks and please let me know if you have any questions!

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140306190715-397562-my-10-favorite-quotes-about-networking

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5 Most Popular Posts of 2013: LinkedIn Tips and more

Posted by in Consulting, strategy

Well, 2013 is almost a wrap and, to sum up a pretty great year, I’m sharing my top 5 articles/posts of 2013. You loved (and shared) them the first time, so here they are one more time — I hope you enjoy!

Wishing you a very happy 2014!Happy, Happy New Year!

  1. 10 of My Favorite Quotes About Networking
  2. 7 Savvy Networking Tips
  3. The 10 Things I Do on LinkedIn Each and Every Week
  4. 3 Simple Steps to Get Started With a Company Page on LinkedIn
  5. 3 Things You Should Do On LinkedIn Sooner Rather Than Later

P.S. Last chance to take advantage of $50 off 2013 prices for a 2 hr personalized Boost Your Brand on LinkedIn session. Click here to secure this special pricing!

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