My Little LinkedIn Networking Hacks
This past week I reached out to 9 LinkedIn connections.
Every week I reach out to 5-15 people.
Here is how it happened this past week:
(1) I thought of someone I haven't spoken with in a while. I grabbed my phone and I put on my calendar on Monday A.M. “Reach out to John Jones.”
(2) I scrolled through LinkedIn while watching TV on my couch. I looked for two connections I haven't chatted with in a bit of time. I mark my calendar on Monday A.M., “Reach out to Richie Cunningham and Margaret Simpson”
(3) I go through prior client lists and pick two people I want to reconnect with. What do I do next? You guessed it... I make a note to call those two people Monday A.M.
(4) I did a college search and looked for - few people I graduated with and hadn't connected with in a loooong time. And put 4 of those people on my Monday A.M. calendar slot.
... and then this Monday A.M. came.
I ended up having a full calendar on Monday already besides the time I needed to do these reach outs.
I could either put them off until tomorrow until I can call... or I decided to send quick emails instead while in line at one of the appointments I had on Monday.
Yep—during waiting periods, I sent 9 LinkedIn messages or emails to reconnect with 9 people.
Here are the stats...
5 replied back resulting in:
2 phone calls are scheduled.
One in-person meeting
One multiple voicemail exchange happening, but I'm sure we will connect soon.
And one more person I need to reply back to still...
Not bad... eh?
And I did it imperfectly. I didn't wait until I could do it perfectly... because if I am being honest with myself, I may not have done it at all.
How do I know?
Because some weeks I didn't do it at all.
So I prefer to do it when scheduled.
And why not do it at the time of finding the name?
I found that when I find the name and call at the same time, it's two tasks—so I end up calling less people overall.
When I split up the tasks (find people to reach out to first, then reach out to people another time), I end up connecting with more people in the long run.
So that's one of my many little LinkedIn networking hacks.
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