Posts Tagged "tips"

LinkedIn Tip: A Contacts Work-around

Posted by in LinkedIn, networking, strategy

LinkedIn is getting a lot of flak for the recent changes to Contacts, and seeing that there is always some hidden reason for the changes they make, I’m sure the changes are here to stay. Besides, for most of us, it’s still a free tool (since we haven’t upgraded), so you get what you pay for. ;)

And since seeing an alphabetic list of my contacts was still be a must for me, I did some digging and figured out that you can get around not being able to do so by going into Messages and acting as if you’re going to compose a message, but then click on the small “in” logo on the right (for the To: box) and you’ll still be able to see the list alphabetically and even sort by Geography or Industry.

Alphabetic listing of Contacts on LinkedIn


Hope this “hack” proves helpful to you, and if you’d like to learn more of my LinkedIn Hacks, or how to seriously leverage LinkedIn to achieve your goals, just click here.  (Special October ’13 offer for my Leveraging LinkedIn for Business or Career session: $50 off through Oct 31st, sessions through 12/31!)

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Networking Tip Sheet for Making the Most of the 2012 Holiday Season

Posted by in Ask SandyJK, networking

( 2012 Tip Sheet: With the hectic holiday season upon us, and all the opportunities for socializing and networking that go along with it, networking expert, Sandy Jones-Kaminski, shares her top 5 tips.

Sandy Jones-Kaminski’s book, “I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???” was the #1 pick on the 2010 Business Book Wish List and she speaks nationally on the topics of networking, personal branding and social networking tools like LinkedIn. Her focus is on teaching others how to connect and grow their networks all year long and here she shares how you can make the most of your time at the many social events during this unique time of year.

Here are her expert tips on cultivating connections and growing your network this season:

1) Don’t take networking too seriously. It can and should be fun. Connect with the intention of helping others rather than simply expecting to find the elusive perfect job or client. Relax, take the pressure off yourself and focus on what you can bring to the party or offer in the form of contacts, knowledge or resources.

2) Improve your outlook and your fortune will change. If you have a negative outlook on networking, you’re probably sabotaging your chances at connecting with the “right” people. Put all the negative or disappointing encounters behind you and focus on “what’s possible.” As Vince Lombardi said, “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.”

Enjoy the snowflake season!3) Take a proactive approach and get off the couch or out from behind your computer screen and get out there! Remember, as the Roman philosopher Seneca said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” You eventually have to meet people to know if you’ll really connect with them, and the more people you meet, the more likely you are to find the “right” people for you.

4) Keep the alcohol consumption to a minimum if you’re at an event where it’s being served. Being relaxed is good, but having your buzz on and then acting inappropriately is not a good way to be memorable at any event.

5) Be sincere, open and follow through on your commitments. Authenticity leaves a lasting impression, and even if you don’t find a way to assist each other immediately, you never know when someone might introduce you to a key new contact down the road.

Sandy Jones-Kaminski is the principal consultant and CCO of Bella Domain Media. She’s also the author of the #1 pick on the 2010 Business Book Wish List titled, “I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???” A marketing communications and business development professional, keynote speaker and self-described “connector,” she empowers and motivates audiences and her clients to invest in themselves and their networks by teaching them how to make their connections matter. You can learn more at or reach her via Twitter (@sandyjk).

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Successful Women Talk: On Becoming an Entrepreneur and Lots More (video)

Posted by in Consulting, networking

If you’re looking for some inspiration, insights and motivation please check out the video of my meaty (and fun!) interview with Sheila Butler of the WebTV show Successful Women Talk. Sheila is extremely passionate about small business and her goal is to help others get the business, customers and life they deserve.

Watch Sheila's interview on YouTube

Click this image to read Sheila's recap post about our entertaining and informative interview

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4 Obscure LinkedIn Tips and Tricks For LinkedIn Experts

Posted by in Ask SandyJK, Consulting, LinkedIn, resources, strategy

It seems like everybody and their brother is trying to position themselves as LinkedIn experts these days. Well, why not you?

If you’re a career coach, sales trainer, business consultant or professional speaker offering programs on LinkedIn, you should probably know about these 4 obscure tips and tricks. I think they will help prove that your really know your stuff when it comes to leveraging LinkedIn, and if you’re not sure what to do with each of them, feel free to contact me because I can show you how to make the most of them or just sign up for one of my upcoming webinars.

1) You can create a direct link to your Invitation to Connect page on LinkedIn. Here’s what mine looks like:

Find your id= number by looking at your profile URL:

I used to create something I could include in my email signatures, InMails, other profiles, on Facebook:

Connect with me on LinkedIn:

2) You can see what companies, titles or other searches are trending on LinkedIn via an app from LinkedIn Labs called Swarm: Bella Domain Media 5 LinkedIn Tips and Tricks Swarm

3) In order for your profile to be search engine-friendly, your Last name needs to be visible and you have created a Public Profile. Here’s mine as an example:

To get your profile indexed by search engines:

  • Choose “Make my public profile visible to everyone” in your public profile settings.
  • Invite and connect with at least 1 connection.
  • Supplement your profile with additional sections (like Skills) and other optional information.
  • Update your profile regularly to keep it current.

4) Use Signal to find out what the activity is around a phrase or company or a person. You can even share what you find. Start by using the search box in the upper left to search on your string (I used LinkedIn tips for this one): Domain Media 5 Linkedin Tips and Tricks Signal

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Conference Call: Top 5 LinkedIn Profile Tweaks to Boost Your Brand

Posted by in Ask SandyJK, LinkedIn, strategy

Please join me for a FREE conference call on Thu, Aug 16 at 10 am PDT / 1 pm EDT. Here’s the skinny:

The Top 5 LinkedIn Profile Tweaks to Boost Your Brand

LinkedIn savant*, Sandy Jones-Kaminski (moi), and branding expert, Maria Ross of Red Slice are going to share 5 top tweaks for boosting your LinkedIn profile visibility to build your brand, generate leads and increase exposure. Did I mention this 30 min call is FREE?  I hope you can join us and please REGISTER HERE!

And, if you can’t wait until then, check out my handy DIY tool via this post or consider requesting your own 2 hr 1:1 Leveraging LinkedIn session via Skype, or in-person if you’re in the SF Bay Area.

P.S. Tickets are no longer available for the follow-up webinar scheduled to take place on Thu, Aug 23 also at 10 am PDT / 1 pm EDT. Contact us directly if you would like a deeper diver into LinkedIn for Business Development. This will be an true learning session, NOT a thinly veiled plug for consulting services, and you can be anywhere in front of your computer (at the office, your home or a local coffee shop?) to listen in! :-)

*Sandy provided our Columbia Hospitality sales directors with training in LinkedIn. She was extremely helpful in explaining and demonstrating various ways LinkedIn can help our sales team find appropriate business connections. She also provided the training with an uplifting tone that kept everyone engaged and excited about learning.

Shelley Tomberg
VP Sales and Marketing
Columbia Hospitality

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