Once in a while I am on the winning side of a search for the skills and keywords that describe me, available to a potential client who used LinkedIn as the search engine it truly is.
I received an INMail (a message through LinkedIn from someone I am not connected to) from a residential real estate professional who needs a teacher for a LinkedIn session for his firm, all a result of his finding me on LinkedIn.
I looked at his profile, and with that under my belt, I called him from the phone number he provided in the INMail–because I believe that the power and intonation of 2 voices conversing with each other clinches the relationship far better than electronic messages.
Next a proposal went out to him by email and I am awaiting the response.
My thinking: just knowing a stranger could find me, read about me, in my own words, and then reach out to me, is a giant gift from LinkedIn, continuously amazing me, when used correctly.
If you want to receive business inquiries from LinkedIn, you need an amazing-er profile, one of my specialties.