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The key to Videoing like a LinkedIn Ninja

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How to Video like a LinkedIn Ninja - and did video really kill the LinkedIn star?

When I first started videoing, I was 🤮 dreadful.

Not just a little bit awful; I was truly catastrophic.
So much so that -

  • I'd do 10–20 takes to get one short clip

  • I'd be umming, ahhing and stumbling over words that normally came easily plus

  • I'd often forget my place right at the killer point and have to start again.

“A picture is worth a thousand words........and a video is worth a thousand pictures!”
— Ankala V Subbarao

Most of those initial clips never saw the light of day! And here's hoping they never will 🤣😂🤭

So, how did so many other people look so good, so fast? I couldn’t work it out and this kept me second guessing myself.

When LinkedIn launched video, it seemed like everyone jumped on the band wagon, and with recent technology advancements, video is far easier and quicker to produce than writing a blog.

According to research, on average, users spend around 5–6 hours consuming video content daily (yes, you read that right). Plus this figure is only set to increase, rapidly, as we become more time poor, consuming content between the cracks of our professional and personal lives.

So what happened? What did I learn that made it easier and helped me get better?

Learning #1 - Stop trying to prove myself. I was trying to be too intellectual. This came from that deep seated worry that I'm not really good enough. I'm not unusual. Research and anecdotal evidence says that when women start their self-promotion game, we often try and over prove ourselves. Unfortunately, this came through on camera with me packing too much information in and using language that was far too academic. But once I pulled on my big girl pants, and dosed myself with a shot of confidence, I naturally did better ... and it shows.

Learning #2 - Stop trying to be perfect yet expect progress. I learned to give myself permission to be bad at the start and to respect the journey. Some things fall into place much easier with less of a learning curve but maybe not video. Just like learning to do a headstand, you wouldn’t expect to do one in your first yoga class.

If you want to try using video to self-promote on LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram, but are feeling a bit anxious. Or maybe you want to add video into your mix for addressing remote staff or creating content for the intranet at work, but worry you’ll shoot yourself in the foot, here are five practical tips that might help you tackle your video self-promotion strategy more confidently.

  1. Don't over complicate it. Pick one idea and speak to that. Just one simple idea. It could be answering one common question from your audience or one common problem that you know how to solve from which your audience may benefit. Consider a piece of a project that your audience might be interested in or an idea from a book that changed your life. Whatever the topic, pick one and save the rest for another day.

  2. Have a conversation. Use language as though you were chatting with a professional friend. I call it BBQ language—it’s as though you had friends over for a BBQ and you’re talking about your work. You wouldn’t use jargon or a bunch of annual report rhetoric, unless you want their eyes to glaze over. You’d personalise it; use real language, real context with real stories.

  3. Brief is best. People are time poor. Most people won't even watch more than 1 minute. Attention spans are short (and getting shorter). Make it easy for yourself - and your audience.

  4. Smile. I was so nervous about the video that I was forgetting to smile. Yet when you smile, it comes through in your voice; you connect better and find everyone enjoys the video more.

  5. Look at the lens. Look at the actual camera lens. Hard to find on the phone sometimes. This small thing was an absolute game changer. Put a dot, a piece of blue tack, anything, near the lens and look directly at that.

    So the question remains - did video really kill the LinkedIn star?

    Only if she dies of embarrassment!

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And get in touch if you want help with building your executive brand!

#executiveimpact #LookOutCSuiteHereSheComes #selfpromotionmatters

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Four Resignation Fails to Avoid at all Costs

Okay, we’ve all been there. Fallen out of love with a role for whatever reason, and then simply couldn’t wait to get out of the place.

But you never know what’s around the corner so it’s wise to handle your part in the equation with grace and poise.  

Just this month I heard two stories of women who had resigned to move onto other roles and at the last minute the new role was pulled.  Yes, the opportunity dried up right before it eventuated.

Stressful indeed.  

Fortunately for one, she was able to go back to her old company and they welcomed her back with open arms.

Which begs the questions -

"what if either of them had behaved in a less than gracious way?"  

So here are four resignation fails that you want to avoid at all costs - because you never really truly know what's just around the corner.

Fail #1: The Farewell Speech Roast - where the entire team gathers together to farewell you as you head onto shinier shores and all you do is make fun of or roast your former boss and colleagues in the process.  

The result?  That sacred bond of trust is burned.  Even if nothing bad happens such as the role being pulled, you never know if you may run across them again in a new situation or perhaps need them to act as referee.  Definitely pull your punches. This is not the time and place for frank and fearless honesty.

Fail #2: The Lazy Last Month on the Job - you take long lunches, let deadlines slide, you’re playing least in sight 50% of the time and when you are around it looks like all you do is lounge around corridors and go for coffee.

Do behave professionally and at the very least, give the impression of remaining engaged.  If you’re lucky enough to be walked (and yes you do need to prepare for that) then this simply won't matter. But if you give your notice period, or longer, then you need to act in a professional manner the entire time. Elvis may have left the building but people are still judging your last weeks in the role.  And you simply never know.

Fail #3: The Resignation Letter Lambast -This is not the time to lambast the company in writing about all the things you think they did wrong.

Handle with care.   Keep it short, sweet and to the facts. If there is an issue that needs dealing with, get professional advice from Fair Work Australia or a legal professional.  After all, the person who cares most about your career is you. So look after it.

Fail #4: And finally - The Social Media Spray.   Going out in blaze of glory on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn with messages in your final days such as “Farewell B*tches - can’t wait to get out of here!” may seem funny at the time, but is simply NOT appropriate.  DO NOT EVER be tempted.

I’ve heard of one instance where the perpetrator’s old colleagues were her friends on Facebook and they were really offended with the negative inferences about them in three or four unprofessional posts and shares. Unfortunately for her, the new role was pulled and she then needed the support of her offended colleagues. Worse, a friend thought the "farewell B's" share was funny so reshared the original post, and the post went far further than originally imagined!

Keep a lid on it. While these posts might seem funny at the time, in an industry or profession that’s small, you just never know when you are going to come across your old boss/peers again.

So how do you handle your resignation?

Professionally. With grace, poise and .... even more professionalism. 

Celebrate your (and the team's) achievements while you were in the role.

Give credit where credit is due.

And wish everyone all the best with their future endeavours.

If you must continue the resignation via social media - take a leaf out of the following public resignation notes on LinkedIn - Kylie Goodwin and Raechelle McLean.

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Raechelle's tips?

  • Never bag the company.
  • If you cannot say something nice then say nothing - don't become an unnecessary target.
  • Australia is SMALL...someone always knows someone, so remain professional.
  • And finally be kind....you ALWAYS learn something in a role, even in a role that wasn't your ideal

Kylie Goodwin's  highly professional resignation - I love the way she was able to weave in some wins and achievements with demonstrable measurable outcomes as well.


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Seven New Insights for those Building their Brand on LinkedIn

ALERT - RECENT CHANGES on LINKEDIN

Virality - the art and science of getting a post to go viral or trend via social media.

"I'm not a marketer, so why should I care?" ....... I hear you ask.

What get's seen and engaged with by many is what -

  • influences our decision making,
  • helps us form your opinions, and
  • drives our beliefs and behaviours

And if you're in the business of leading, influencing others or making a difference, you'll want be both seen and heard on platforms where your people are.

Does that always mean it's the best content that's seen? No. But the sharer knew (or accidentally tripped over) some of the rules of engagement, to make sure their content was seen and engaged with by many.

It's all subjective anyway. One person's share that (only gets) gets 10K views, maybe another persons viral or trending share.  So remember, it's not the size that matters, it's what you do with it that counts - how you leverage, take advantage of or re-utilise that same thinking, that really makes a difference.

Take charge of the narrative before it takes charge of you

If you're going to spend any time utilising LinkedIn why not take charge of the narrative before it takes charge of you?

The below seven key tips were in response to several of my clients who have been sharing content for a while to build their brand, but receiving minimal engagement.  

My goal?  To help us ALL get more bang for our buck when building a brand via sharing and creating content (posting, sharing, publishing) on LinkedIn.

1. The first line of your post/share/article (or headline) is CRITICAL for grabbing attention and enticing people in.  While clickbait headlines or first lines is probably not your thing, nor would it necessarily enhance your executive brand, do spend time on that opening line.

One of my more successful viral posts had initially been drafted with the 2nd sentence 1st (see right).  

However after a few days of letting it settle in draft form .... "boom"! All of a sudden I could see that a line in the middle of my post ("my financial situation sucked") was far more attention grabbing.

So I moved that one line up and ....... it made all the difference.  

One successful LinkedIn writers say he spends as much time (if not double) on the headline or opening line alone, as he does on the article itself.  

So my recommendation? Draft your share/post/article/content then let it rest - like dough rising.  Then go back to it the next day and/or test with colleagues via email and see if that helps. Don't hide your light under a bushel. Make sure your great content/insight/perspective gains maximum exposure.

2. Share at a time when there is opportunity for organic read rate

As with all social media platforms, LinkedIn has algorithms designed to assess the quality, safety and engagement quotient of your content.  Therefore the feed only shows your shares to about 10% of your network initially (a focus group of sorts). Imagine if not many of your 1st and 2nd connections are online at the time you share?  Your share will simply sink to the bottom of the feed and go nowhere.

A sneaky Saturday share that did really well. THANKS!  Key ingredients? Humour and surprise.

Plus you'll feel like it was a waste of time.  

My suggestion? Learn the rules re timing, test them, then break them with your 1st and 2nd degree connections in mind. 

  • Do your home work. Assess and understand your network.
  • Remember, you're not (necessarily) a marketer selling a product, you're a busy executive creating a leadership brand for yourself. So what works for you and your unique network may not fit the rules that marketers with products follow.
  • Share when your people are on so that you can harness an organic read rate.  
  • I find lunchtime Monday to Wednesday excellent right now. Others say quite the reverse (see graphic below)
  • Every now and then I'll share on a Friday or Saturday with something humorous or emotive AND it does well - see right.
  • Remember too, it's seasonal - and effected by weather, public holidays, news worthy events etc just like anything.  
  • One of my clients shares regularly on leadership on a Saturday and that works for her, yet not according to the experts
Is there a best time to share on LinkedIn? Learn the rules and break them according to your own network  https://simplymeasured.com/blog/best-time-to-post-on-linkedin/ - courtesy Simply Measured

Is there a best time to share on LinkedIn? Learn the rules and break them according to your own network  https://simplymeasured.com/blog/best-time-to-post-on-linkedin/ - courtesy Simply Measured

3. Don't hide your light under a bushel of cryptic language, or by not explaining the obvious.   Put what you want people to know in the status update box. Summarise the article or post in less than 1300 characters (if a status update), or 750 - 1000 words (if an article), so that people get the key points without having to work too hard for it. Give, give, give before asking them to do something.  

Head on into LinkedIn to read more

Head on into LinkedIn to read more

See the 6 Insights share to the right? A summary of the entire six insights are listed in the post itself, not buried in a link.

Do the work for your audience so they don't have to do the work themselves and this helps build trust.

  • Remember MOST people are skimming while on mobile devices (57% LI traffic is mobile).
  • Remember Gary V - give, give, give, ask? (jab jab jab punch. You want to be generous with your content, insights and information so that people gain maximum impact from your shares.
Your interpretation, contextualisation and summary is what people are looking for and what will set you apart. That’s part of your brand.

 

4. Keep your language punchy and concise.

Short sentences.

Easy to read.

Essential.

Remember - 57% users on mobile devices and this is set going to continue to grow.

5. Put an extra line return in before any instructions. Make them stand out.

Such as -

► Detailed article in the 1st comment

► Comment below with your #1 career advice

I'm not a huge fan of emoticons and symbols but if that is the currency of your target market then use them. If your target market is more corporate then stick with corporate bullet points and symbology. 

6. "Video killed the LinkedIn article star" - if you are good at video, or are learning how to do video, now is the time.

Since the recent demise of Pulse on LinkedIn the long form article has lost much of it's potential to 'go viral'. This doesn't mean not do long form articles. They contribute to SSI rankings plus help you craft well thought out arguments. They are searchable via Google and frequently Google ranks LI articles higher than it will your own web or blog site.

Key suggestion:  If you are fortunate enough to have a service that has video don't be shy. Get on camera and start creating and sharing content.

7. And FINALLY - change is inevitable. The only constant is change. Deal with it.

LinkedIn is going hammer and tongs with updates at the moment. The forums are all awash with the algorithm changes plus technical glitches. Just keep on keeping on, until you learn more. Remember if something isn't working for you, it doesn't mean nothing is going to work or that the end of the world is nigh. Keep investigating, tweaking and adjusting to find what works for you right now. And even this will change in time. 

Key suggestions right now? Mix it up.
Mix up the types of ways you share.

  • some images
  • some long form published articles
  • some video
  • some links
  • some text only

Don't be paranoid about it. But do keep that in mind for the next few months.

Over to you all!!   Looking forward to seeing you create your own brand and following on LinkedIn

#LinkedInlove #LinkedInLessons #LinkedInlife

Vive la révolution! #ambitionrevolution #LookOutCSuiteHereSheComes #feminineambition #success #career #executivebranding #personalbrand #standout #leadership  #executivewomen #careerfutureproofing


I'm committed to helping my clients win the promotions, raises and recognition they truly deserve. And LinkedIn is a perfect executive brand building tool that you can leverage - for free. All it take is time and focus, and you can break free of what ever pigeon hole you may find yourself stuck in.

Using LinkedIn to create a movement, not a ripple

Using LinkedIn to create a movement, not a ripple

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This article is part of my brand building series to help my clients create a movement, not a ripple. If you'd like to learn more, drop me an email below.

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Social Influence & Social Persuasion - New Leadership Expertise

My big word for the year is IMPACT. As such, this blog is part of my 'client branding series' designed to give clients an extra advantage. 

The article in the link below is particularly useful if you want to proactively, strategically and deliberately promote your Executive Brand via LinkedIn. And the Gold Standard of Executive Branded is definitely deliberate, proactive and strategic - along with being future focused. More on that below.

Is bigger better?  

The average CEO has 930 connections on LinkedIn. A well connected, future focused, socially apt C-suite executive has many more. And given that social persuasion, social influencing and personal brand are now defined as new areas of leadership expertise, being perceived as well connected will imply some level of competency. 

However, bigger is not always useful if your engagement level is low (i.e. no-one engages with what you share). But at a cursory glance, it's one of those 'social proof' metrics - 'You have lots of connections ergo you must know what you are talking about'. And you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

THE FUTURE OF WORK

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According to Stephane Kasriel, CEO, Upwork, and co-chair of the World Economic Forum, Council on the Future of Work, Gender and Education, the majority of work in the future will be freelance. Portfolio type careers will be the norm. Almost 50% of millennials are now freelancing anyway and some of the biggest companies are seeing this as a great opportunity to attract talent.

So what does this mean? If you have consultancy, freelance or leadership aspirations then mastery of Social Persuasion tactics and personal branding will be the differentiator that sets you apart, and having a larger audience to engage with will definitely help as you

  • back yourself, sell yourself and articulate your expertise in language that employers/hirers value and understand.
  • learn to stand out in a competitive marketplace, for all the right reasons.
  • let go of hiding your light under a bushel and expecting others to tap you on the shoulder.
  • self promote in a way that beats the bias

And executive branding and LinkedIn can help you do just that. 

CHANGES ARE INEVITABLE

LinkedIn is going hammer and tongs with updates at the moment. The forums are awash with algorithm changes, technical glitches and more.  This is not the first time, nor will it be the last time. Change is inevitable and the pace is likely to become even more rapid.

At time of writing there are issues with invitations, changes to the way posts are assessed and buggy issues with messaging.

Where this is likely to impact you is in creating engagement with your shares.  So if engagement rates do drop don't give up. 

Keep investigating, tweaking and adjusting to work out a repeatable plan that helps you position yourself, engage with others, showcase your thought leadership so you stand out from the crowd more easily.

Here is a link to my latest advice for clients on LinkedIn. The insights came from a small group who attended my January 2018 LinkedIn Mastery Workshop. 

Seven New Insights for those Building their Brand on LinkedIn - Read more

 

CURIOUS ABOUT FUTURE LINKEDIN MASTERY WORKSHOPS?

I ran a LinkedIn Mastery workshop in January 2018 in Melbourne for a group of consultants to help them get more bang for their buck when self promoting and marketing on LinkedIn.  I now have a waiting list for others interested in attending a workshop in each of Sydney and Brisbane. Another workshop in Melbourne is also in the pipeline. 

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Ideal for those who -

  • have leadership aspirations and want to master the art of social engagement before it gets too late
  • are consultants or freelancers who need to create a pull strategy to draw in potential B2B clients
  • feel like they are hitting their head against a brick wall, because "nothing works anymore!" 
  • are curious about the latest tactics and impact of algorithm changes in 2017

If you would like to be added to the list, drop me an email with your contact details and location. 

Let's create a movement, not a ripple!

Have a fabulous February.


Vive la révolution! #ambitionrevolution #LookOutCSuiteHereSheComes #feminineambition #success #career #executivebranding #personalbrand #standout #leadership  #executivewomen #careerfutureproofing #LinkedInLove #LinkedInLife #LinkedInMastery #LinkedIn

 

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This article is part of my brand building series to help my clients create a movement, not a ripple. If you'd like to learn more, drop me an email below.

 

 

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Worthy Women - because you're worth it

I travel for business ... a lot!

And when I started my own consultancy I negotiated a couple of deal breakers into my contract with “my boss”.

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  1. No more early morning flights
  2. No ‘Up and back’ in a day unless it’s for lunch
  3. No more airport bus (although the Sydney train is fabulous)
  4. Business class when it’s at a meal time**

 

And she said yes!

Why?

  1. Because I hate being worn out and exhausted
  2. Because it helps me stay productive and my boss is a hard task master
  3. Because my clients deserve me at 100%
  4. Because I'm worth it 😎

Interestingly, there are so few women up the front of the plane it’s notable. Even the crew comment.

(** It's always a meal time. Who am I kidding?)

#smallthings #lovemyjob #stayhealthy #winningwomen #worthywomen

 

 

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Thank you, thank you, thank you

Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.
— Gertrude Stein
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Thank you!

Thanks for being part of my tribe of ambitious, badass woman of impact. It's been, and continues to be, a wonderful journey.

Thanks also to everyone who is connected to me on LinkedIn for helping me reach my first 10,000 connections on the platform! 

One of my fabulous clients (who incidentally was acknowledged by LinkedIn with a 2017 Power Profile) challenged me to crack the 10K mark a little faster. Congratulations to Jayne Ward, for her strategy and determination to stand out in the crowd. Awesome work. And thanks also to her for issuing the challenge to me to up my own game.

(And yes, I'm so uncool, I was watching as the counter clicked over.)

And while it was a significant milestone in my mind - it felt no-where near as rewarding as hearing from you with one of your wins and/or achievements!

So do drop me a note with one of your own wins! 

 


Remember the Friday Formula?

EVERY Friday, never fail, from now on until the end of eternity ....

  • What did you achieve this week?
  • What is the benefit you delivered (financial or otherwise)?
  • What is the expertise you used to deliver that achievement?
  • Can you quantity this? ($value or % turnaround, CSAT etc)?

Let's get in the habit of quantifying wins and building confidence. 

Let's Connect!

If you have yet to connect with me on LinkedIn then why not do it now? I share great content and have a lot of fun on there. I'd love you to join me there too.

Feminine leadership superpowers + wins & achievements = priceless

 

Feeling like it's time for you to win? Book in a 45 min one on one  phone call with me to learn more.
 

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How to Be a LinkedIn Ninja - 10 levels

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  • Still unsure about how LinkedIn really works?
  • Need help letting go of your training wheels and getting more confident on the platform?
  • Just maybe you need to aim for LinkedIn Ninja status - executing bold, audacious LinkedIn connection, engagement and positioning tactics with grace and effortless ease.

Here are some typical LinkedIn profile types and behaviours to avoid so you gain mastery more easily.

Which profile type are you?

1. The Naysayer – totally in denial about the platform. You refuse to sign up for the platform, and criticise/judge those who do actively engage.

As unbelievable as this sounds, there are people out there who have yet to buy the LinkedIn dream. But as you’re reading this on LinkedIn I’m guessing you aren’t one of them!

What would I say to those who haven’t bought the dream yet? Social selling is a skill that is becoming increasingly more important. With flexible working arrangements, remote teams and globalisation of customer bases and followings, you definitely need to be able to persuade, influence and sell you and your ideas, both face to face AND online. LinkedIn is a great training ground and enables you to do this efficiently, smartly and affordably. Be there or be square. Don’t miss the boat.

2. The Loser - you have less than 100 connections, you’ve never heard of the 500+ connections unwritten ground rule and it’s obvious you’d really rather not be on LinkedIn.

Time to switch up your thinking. Start strategically connecting on a weekly basis – up, sideways and down – and with your future career goals in mind. Also, don’t forget to sync your mobile and/or your email device as a quick hack. Crack that 500+ barrier sooner rather than later.

3. The Near Enough is Good Enough - your profile pic is a selfie, or a glamour shot, or it looks like you cut your significant other out of the photo in a rush, and any of your LinkedIn activity is by happy accident rather than by design.

If you think of LinkedIn as a high end department store window display, that might help. In that window display you want to have next season's fashions on show. Not last season’s stock or end of line run-outs.

So how does that impact your LinkedIn profile? Your profile pic needs to be you on a good (and professional) day at the very least. And if you’re really serious about this, do invest in a photo-shoot done by a professional with your aspirational career goals in mind. Your profile needs to be pitched for the job you want, not the one you have.

4. The Behind the Times - you think of your profile purely as an online CV, and not even a very good one at that, and you’re playing a passive waiting game

A few years back the pundits were predicting that LinkedIn would replace the CV. And we’re seeing that right now, with some organisations providing interview panels with LinkedIn profiles only, not CVs, to help with candidate selection.

However, as the candidate, LinkedIn also enables you to demonstrate so much more than a regular CV, with the three tools of Executive Branding - presence, personal branding and positioning. For those aiming for LinkedIn Ninja status, go beyond the notion that LinkedIn is an online CV and focus more on carving out a powerful Executive Brand instead.

5. The Cheer Squad - you limit your involvement to random 'thumbs up' and 'great article' comments, and you wistfully observe others who are more confident expressing their opinion.

This is particularly relevant to those in the business of creating a movement. Quite possibly The Cheer Squad activities provide a great training ground, but you’ll need to move onto commenting, sharing and publishing sooner rather than later, or your movement may end up being more of a ripple.

6. The Stalker - you passively read articles and view profiles in the background, maybe even with your identify hidden.

Given the importance of trust in building meaningful on and offline relationships, stalkerish behaviour will undermine trust. 

As Lao Tzu said

"He who does not trust enough will not be trusted."

Obviously there are some situations where protecting your identity is paramount. But in most circumstances, being more overt will help build trust more easily.

If you are in the business of leading, then as Jesse Lyn Stoner reminds us

"People follow leaders by choice. Without trust, at best you get compliance." 

7. The Now You See Me, Now You Don’t - where you are super active in fits and starts, but when work gets busy you are least in sight. You try anything once or twice but with no plan, no system and no strategy.

You’ve probably heard of visibility as part of a career strategy. This is where you need to ensure you are seen and heard by decision makers inside and outside the business to ensure your own career progression. Well it works the same online. In a nutshell, if people can’t see you, they’ll forget about you more easily. Remember the rule of thumb ‘consistency trumps frequency’, stick a weekly LinkedIn visibility appointment in your calendar and you’ll be fine.  

8. The Squeaky Wheel – you’re on a mission with a cause with articles you like, share and publish clearly articulating a problem set, but never offering solutions.

Just like the boy who cried wolf, you want to make sure that people stay tuned into what you have on offer. It’s great to critique, but even better if you can then back that up with painting a picture of the future that others will want to inhabit. Unpack your key messages in multiple ways, to ensure you don’t sound like a broken record. Share positive and aspirational messages also, to ensure you don’t get a reputation as as ‘The Department of No’.

9. The Dominator – where you dominate the feed morning, noon or night, leaving others wondering when you fit work in, and you yourself begin to wonder why your post engagement is dropping.

Stop being busy, start being strategic. Think about how someone already super successful in your industry would typically behave on LinkedIn and emulate. If people start believing that all you do is sit on LinkedIn all day, you’re defeating the purpose and appearing desperate rather than successful. Bashing someone over the head with an idea, won’t make them believe in it any faster. In a nutshell, entice people in and leave them wanting more.

10. The LinkedIn Ninja – aka Linked-Ninja - you have fine tuned your social selling abilities and execute them effectively, efficiently and with effortless ease. You understand that LinkedIn is predominantly about building engagement, trust and rapport, so all your efforts are nuanced, coordinated and graceful. By way of metrics you’ve got;

  • A top 1% viewed profile in both your industry AND in your network,
  • A social selling index of 90% (check it out www.linkedin.com/sales/ssi/)
  • 3000+ connections with a repeatable plan for both engaging with those connections and growing new connections in the direction of your goals
  • Your average viewing rate on shares = 3000+
  • Your thumbs up rate on shares averages 50+
  • You have an average of 300+ viewing/eyeball rate on articles published
  • Your activity is all branded or themed and in alignment with your long term goals
  • Most importantly, you have a game behind the game – a long term goal that you hope to achieve with LinkedIn as just one part of the plan. And for the LinkedIn Ninja you are achieving in all those other areas of your life as well.

It’s a wrap!

Don’t mistake the map for the territory. Person to person connection and networking should still make up a significant part of your plan.

And here's wishing for you to achieve LinkedIn Ninja status with ease.

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  • She has accidental LinkedIn Ninja status and helps busy experts and executive women to avoid making the same mistakes that she did!
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8 Signs & Symptoms That You Have the Linkfluenza Virus

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If you're reading this, you already know that LinkedIn is incredibly 'in' right now for those wanting to fast track career progress. The platform not only allows you to put up a shop front window for 'brand you' that should keep you top of the pops 24/7 while you sleep, but it also enables you to make great connections, build relationships and position yourself while you are sitting at your desk pretending to work.

But we reckon that there is something sinister doing the rounds on the platform. Maybe it's the new roll out since Microsoft took over. Or maybe it's simply that the number of people signing up to LinkedIn is still growing exponentially and it's feeding the beast.

However, the signs are all there and the following is a collection of symptoms that we've lumped together that indicate one thing - and that's that you have caught a bad case of the dreaded Linkfluenza virus.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS of LINKFLUENZA

If you tick yes to one or more of the below list then you'd better go see your doctor and get the antidote! ASAP.

  1. You spend more than one hour per day on LinkedIn when it's not your job and you worry when you simply don't have enough time in your day to do more

  2. You refresh your posts over and over again to check how many likes you have on your last share 
  3. You rate yourself and measure your own success by how many connections you have (or don't have)
  4. You get sent to LinkedIn jail every now and then when you are emailing people, and when you log back in LinkedIn asks you if you are a bot
  5. You know all the rules about keeping out (and getting out) of Linkedin jail because you've been there quite a few times!
  6. Your connections on Linkedin mean more to you than your real life business connections - or worse your family!
  7. You feel anxious and have withdrawal symptoms if you can't access LinkedIn for whatever reason
  8. You are always going in to see who has looked at your profile and you've been known to double check your own profile settings if you have no new profile views in a 24 hour period.

Don't mistake the map for the territory. Linkedin is a cool and awesome business and networking tool. It's an even more powerful tool for those who have consultancies. But LinkedIn isn't life. And if you ticked yes to one or more of the above then we suggest that you'd better go out and get one (a real life that is). 

If you liked this article - please share!

And if you've identified any other signs or symptoms or maybe even a cure, please comment below. Let's help our fellow Linkfluenza sufferers sooner rather than later.

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  • This article was jointly written by Amanda Blesing and Russell Boon, both of whom have become accidental LinkedIn ninjas.
  • Hand on heart, we've each suffered from Linkfluenza at various stages.
  • Don't panic - it is treatable.

 

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The Seven Deadly Linked-Sins 

Following up our recent article on the Eight Signs and Symptoms of Linkfluenza, The Seven Deadly Linked-Sins spells out online LinkedIn behaviour that most everyday users loathe.

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For example, are you really an African Prince with USD $22MIL you desperately need to pop into a connection's bank account? Or are you merely tripping up because the platform is simply too tempting to resist and you're not sure of the unwritten ground rules? The devil is always in the detail, so do read on.

Either way, from time to time many of us have found ourselves succumbing to the lure of one of more of these Linked-Sins, whether by accident, design or over enthusiasm. So to help you navigate your way and become a better LinkedIn citizen, here is a list of sins in all their manifestations to keep you on the straight and narrow. 

  1. Lust - LinkedIn is not Tinder - commenting on appearances and profile pictures, sending creepy emails, dating requests, hook-up invites or offers of marriage is a definite no no. Do NOT be tempted. The Remove & Report Connection options are far too easy for recipients to find.
  2. Gluttony – More is never enough. Do you rate yourself by how many connections you have? Let's not forget that LinkedIn is an online platform and not real life. 10K connections does not make anyone a better spouse, parent, sibling or son/daughter or even corporate citizen. Don't mistake the map for the territory. To some extent the number of your connections doesn't matter, it's what you do with those connections that truly counts. So connection, conversation and engagement might be far better measures. Check out your LinkedIn social selling index www.linkedin.com/sales/ssi instead.
  3. Greed - adding your new connections to your email database without permission and sending them unsolicited emails. Not only does this breach privacy laws in most countries, it's plain and simply rude. Another sin that falls into this category might be that you've set up a IfTTT (If This Then That) auto responder and your new connections get a full on sales pitch within a nano second of accepting. Don't forget, on average it takes 9 or 10 pieces of communication before an interested customer might purchase. A sales pitch within a moment of connecting is a turnoff. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Unsubscribe, delete or disconnect are too easy for the recipient, and hard to recover from for the sender.
  4.  Sloth - not changing your employment / job title in a timely manner once you've left an organisation. After all, why put things off today when you could put them off tomorrow? Right? Perhaps you don't know how to change it so you leave it there because you still get added kudos by being linked to the brand. It might be tempting, but resist the lure. Remember your LinkedIn profile is selling you to your contacts and perhaps prospective employers. Letting the world see that you are lazy is not putting your best foot forward. Perhaps just as bad is the fact that your profile picture is still that scan of your high school yearbook but that’s now 20 years ago and those big shoulder pads or the paisley tie aren’t a good look.
  5. Wrath - ranting or snarky comments on LinkedIn, either as posts or in comments, frequently about issues not relevant to the platform such as religion, politics or sex. Life's too short. Remember, LinkedIn is an international forum and sometimes the rest of the planet isn’t interested in your conspiracy theories about your government... There are definitely other platforms more suitable for you to be driving those issues on. We’re sure the CIA, NSA or relevant authorities in your own country will be more than interested in your views. Enough said.
  6. Envy - more to the point we’re speaking p****** envy. In this case we’re talking, Profile Envy (copying other people’s profiles, even using other people's profile pics!). Profile envy can even lead to Premature Publication – ( where you've been super organised with creating content for sharing but get too excited and let loose on LinkedIn every few hours with an update or published article. ) This is wrong on so many levels because A. people switch off from your posts like the boy who cried wolf, B. people assume you have too much time on your hands (and therefore unsuccessful) because you're on LinkedIn all day every day and C. you have missed such a great opportunity to showcase your thought leadership over a longer period of time, and at the time when your highest prospect target audience is on. So, ditch the keeping up with the Jones’ mentality and do your own thing.
  7. Pride - claiming job titles higher/bigger/better than you truly have. Yes it happens. There are some people so addicted to exaggeration that they can't tell the truth without lying. And companies are wising up with policies and processes that now police how staff describe themselves when representing the organisation online.

Don't panic. If you identified with one or more of the above list, all is not lost. Forgiveness is at hand, redemption is nigh, and LinkedIn nirvana is only a few clicks away. Simply eliminate those behaviours sooner rather than later and get on with business of building and maintaining meaningful connections along with creating engaging online content again.

Finally, we know there are many, many more Linked-Sins that we've yet to encounter. So if you've identified any other Linked-Sins please comment below!

Don't forget to help other Linked-Sinners to repent and redeem themselves as well, so they too can live long and prosper on the platform.  Please share ---- 

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  • This article was jointly written by Amanda Blesing and Russell Boon, both of whom have become accidental LinkedIn ninjas.
  • Hand on heart, we've each committed one or two of the Linked-Sins listed above and humbly beg your forgiveness.
  • Repentance and redemption are yours to access too. And LinkedIn nirvana might be just one click or share away.

 

 

 

 

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Effective & Efficient LinkedIn Formula for the Time Poor

One of the biggest issues I'm asked about is how to leverage LinkedIn effectively and with only a small amount of time. You've seen my profile and know that I went from 1k connections (acquired mostly by happy accident) in 2015 to almost 9k connections in 2017, mostly by strategic design, so it's a fair assumption I know quite a bit about LinkedIn. In fact, my livelihood depends on me knowing how to be effective and efficient on LinkedIn - so you'd be right.

But back to you -  with the end of financial year (EOFY) looming, I'm guessing that right now you are head down, bottom up, forgetting to fly the flag for brand you despite knowing you should. 

And while LinkedIn is definitely a far more strategic brand you flag flying option than Facebook, it can still be an absolute black hole when you don't really know what activities count. So to help you avoid the black hole of wasted time, or worse, becoming invisible inside and outside your business during the EOFY busy patch, here is my best advice.


Minimum Effective Dose

Do you remember some years ago when Tim Ferriss published the Four Hour Body? In the book he popularised the idea of the Minimum Effective Dose (the MED). The MED is the minimum amount you can do to achieve the required outcome - not too much, not too little, but just right. A bit like the Pareto Principle where you spend 20% of effort to achieve 80% of the result.

Well I believe you can apply the same on LinkedIn. Yes there will be times when you do more, but if you're about to hit up against the EOFY with major project deadlines along with KPIs for both you and your staff under review - then the MED is exactly what you need right now.

There are two things to do before you start - 

  1. Make a diary appointment with yourself once each week for just 15 minutes at a time when most of your ideal target market is likely to be on LinkedIn to do your LinkedIn MED work
  2. Then in that time, implement the 5:3:1 routine detailed below.


Quick and Easy LinkedIn Visibility Hack - as easy as 5:3:1


The focus of the 5:3:1 hack is tactical and practical with the goal to keep you visible and memorable for all the right reasons.  Remember that - visible and memorable for the right reasons. 

  • 5 - LIKE 5 things that others have shared such as articles/images, job changes or anniversaries that are aligned with your executive brand and/or from people you want to stay visible with
  • 3 - COMMENT on 3 items that people have shared in the main thread AND in groups. Make sure your comments are aligned with your executive brand or in groups where it's important you remain visible with
  • 1 - SHARE 1 article of your own (once again alighned with your executive brand) with a reflective comment about why this is important to your industry or to leadership more broadly.

Finally, it's important to note that the formula is based on the SWAG methodology (thanks Dan Klein)  - you know, the Scientific Wild Ass Guess methodology - balancing effort and impact.  Those activities that require more effort, if done right, can have greater impact so you need to do them less frequently. And those activities that require less effort, and are likely to have less of an impact, are more frequent.

Sound easy? It is! And then when you find yourself with more time you can play a bigger game.


Does 5:3:1 work for a consultant?
 

Absolutely, if you're a consultant and you find yourself overwhelmed with work, you can do the same but I'd recommend making a diary appointment with yourself 3 x per week instead of just once.  Plus I'd recommend that you Publish/Post one article per week in addition to sharing.   

Your goal? To get your LinkedIn profile working for you 24/7 while you sleep until such time as you find yourself with more time to spend, then be sure to go ahead and do more.

Effective&efficient


Effective AND efficient every time


Remember, anything is better than nothing, and an easy system or process that you do, is far better than a perfect system or process that you never do. But a 5:3:1 social media formula for being visible at the right time, right place, with the right audience, and the right key messages is both efficient AND effective.

Have fun with this! And let me know how you go.

Remember - smart and savvy truly is the name of this game! 
Vive la révolution!  #ambitionrevolution #executivebrand

Email me if you have a LinkedIn expert status success story you want to share with me.

Or get in touch if you need a help with unpacking and selling your expert status brand more skilfully.

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LinkedIn Lurv for Executive Women

Today's theme and fun title - "LinkedIn lurv for the ladies" - with 7 great reasons why you need to get on board sooner rather than later.

And no, despite the title, this is not a sleazy post, but once again designed to help you get all your career and consulting tools lined up and pointed in the right direction.

CEO social engagement is a reputational must today. Business leaders are increasingly turning to digital platforms to share their company story, reach broader networks of stakeholders and join online conversations where their company is already being talked about. CEOs who don’t embrace online communications risk being left behind.
— Leslie Gaines-Ross, Chief Reputation Strategist, Weber Shandwick

And the same goes for anyone with C-suite aspirations.

If you¹re like most, you set up a LinkedIn account at some point in the mid-late 2000s, then promptly forgot about it. Maybe you gussied it up a little with your last job change, or you leave it to your Executive Assistant to manage, but most people are totally underestimating things and quite simply, leaving money and opportunity on the table.


Five typical LinkedIn profile brands

Typical profile brands include:

  1. The Near Enough is Good Enough - your profile pic is a selfie, or a glamour shot, or it looks like you cut your significant other out of the photo in a rush
  2. The Loser - you have less than 100 connections and have never heard of the 500+ connections unwritten ground rule
  3. Behind the Times - you think of your profile purely as an online CV and not even a very good one at that
  4. The Cheer Squad - you limit your involvement to random 'thumbs up' and 'great article' comments, or
  5. The Stalker - you passively read articles and view profiles in the background, maybe even with your identify hidden.

If you identified with any of the above categories then you are definitely missing out.

Success stories

Just this month two of my clients created dream role opportunities with decision makers by proactive emailing in LinkedIn.

Last month one of my clients landed a role as CEO of a conglomerate group which started with an introduction via LinkedIn.

And last week I was tallying the overseas speaking opportunities that had come to me via LinkedIn and just supposing I accepted them all, I could buy an around the world ticket with invitations to speak in Japan, India, USA, Canada, UK, Singapore and New Zealand. All via LinkedIn.

Critically for my clients, their profiles set them up for success before they even reached out to ask for meetings - with their future leadership brand front and centre.

Facts you need to know

  • Fact 1: LinkedIn is the world¹s largest and most powerful social network for professionals.
  • Fact 2: It has 500+ million members in 200 countries, and two new members join each second.
  • Fact 3: LinkedIn is also taking the job seeking world by storm enabling companies and candidates to connect directly.
  • Fact 4: For consultants it¹s acknowledged as the best, easiest and most effective place online to find new clients.
  • Fact 5: Microsoft recently bought LinkedIn and are investing heavily so it's only going to become more powerful moving forward.
  • Fact 6: LinkedIn remains the biggest on-ramp for CEOs and C-suite execs to get onboard with social media (2016 Social CEO Report)
  • Fact 7: However, data demonstrates that men are confidently and visibly dominating the platform and women are missing the boat yet again. And we can't blame anyone for this but ourselves for this.

So what can executive women do?

Learn to love LinkedIn. And if you can't love it, learn to leverage it smartly. Take advantage of the significant networking and positioning benefits the platform provides.

Late to the party doesn't mean all is lost. In fact, if you're really only getting going now, you won't be dealing with all the confusion of recent platform changes after the Microsoft takeover.

Yes, gender bias, socialisation and stereotypes have some part to play, but we need to step up into this new medium and regain ground. And because women have a tendency to underestimate and downplay their own strengths and future performance - your own profile should make you feel a bit intimidated (FIGJAMLP).

Quite simply, it's not too late. Learn the rules, get comfortable with the platform and then strategically and skilfully navigate between the flags of bias and perception to sell brand you.

After all, if this is where it's all going to be happening in the future, then you need to get on board before it's too late.

Why? Because business, community and government needs smart 'n savvy women leading.

Feminine Leadership Super Powers + LinkedIn Strategy = Priceless

Plus, you’re worth it.

Vive la révolution!  #ambitionrevolution #feminineambition #executivebrand


Email me if you have a LinkedIn success story you want to share.

Or get in touch if you need a help with unpacking and selling your leadership brand more skilfully.

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Whether you think you can, or you think you can't you are absolutely right

Last year I accepted a couple of seemingly impossible challenges.  My mentor challenged me to grow my LinkedIn connections from 1K to 3K in a few months. Plus a fellow speaker had challenged me to grow my Twitter following from 200 to 1K. All in the same month.

As you can imagine the itty, bitty, shitty committee inside my head did a number for a while - with language like "impossible", "as if!" and "never be able to" featuring frequently in it's vocabulary! However, never one to shirk a challenge, I accepted - and then got on with it - and the results speak for themselves:

  • Twitter: 200 to 1K followers within the month then 14K within the year (because I could)
  • LinkedIn: 1K connections to 3K connections within 4 months and 6K connections within the year
  • Why? Because in a modern hyper connected world where influence and credibility rule - social proof counts. And in order to help more women into leadership roles, I need to continue to build my credibility and influence.

So what did I learn from these seemingly impossible challenges?  

  • "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." - Henry Ford

  • What seems impossible, is only impossible if you allow - there is always another way

  • Focus and attention are like money in the bank

  • Necessity truly is the mother of invention

  • Learn the rules so you can get creative and bend them more easily (and keep out of Twitter or LinkedIn jail)

  • When there is a really big incentive for achieving something, whether that's fear of public humiliation, or reward of some sort, there is great motivation.

The value of impossible challenges

I was recently inspired by an article about an organisation who implemented a 5 hour working day. Go figure. But what they found was that despite the staff working fewer hours, the company results improved along with staff morale and productivity. Seemingly impossible but they did it. Because there was so few hours in the work day, every minute mattered, so time management and productivity became a challenge. And by creating scarcity (fewer hours in the day), the organisation had to innovate in order to deliver results and meet customer needs. What an amazing case study.
 

So my questions to you are:

  • What sort of impossible challenges are you setting for yourself on a regular basis? 
  • What out of the box thinking might give you the kick up the butt you need right now?
  • What could you implement that would shift your focus to credibility and performance - as opposed to hours in the office?
  • What Award nominations are you hiding from?
  • Does your role make you shiver with excitement in the morning?
  • Are you aiming high enough with that next job application? And does it make you scared (the good kind) enough?
  • When you apply for promotions are you aiming for inside your comfort zone or out there where the magic happens?  And where the magic happens is the right answer.

Ditch underestimation

We know that women tend to underestimate their own future performance. So get out of your own way, ditch the underestimation and 'level up' more easily.

Three provisos:

  • Don't hang yourself out to dry. Put mechanisms in place to ensure you are successful - coaches, mentors, champions, sponsors and a cheer squad
  • Eliminate temptation - after all, there's no point trying Dry July and then purchasing the Wine Selectors special of the month! (social media black holes, trashy tele and even trashier novels)
  • Enjoy the ride. Then tell me how you went.

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