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8 things to thank #LinkedIn for (2018 edition)-part 5

c2cturkeyI write this article every year and the LinkedIn changes I deem worthy of comment from one writing to another are really quite amazing. For my non-USA readers, any day is a good day to give thanks but in the USA we choose the third Thursday of November. Today marks 4 business days until Thanksgiving, and I will release one thing to be thankful for each of the next days before the holiday.

Thanks, everyone for continuing to keep the discussion on LinkedIn nontoxic and nonpolitical in an increasingly polarized tribal world. It’s a credit to our professional community that we maintain such high quality and appropriate business conduct in the global LinkedIn conversation. Join me in calling down political noise on LinkedIn, please?

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Today's LinkedIn Nugget

8 things to thank #LinkedIn for (2018 edition)-part 4

c2cturkeyI write this article every year and the LinkedIn changes I deem worthy of comment from one writing to another are really quite amazing. For my non-USA readers, any day is a good day to give thanks but in the USA we choose the third Thursday of November. Today marks 5 business days until Thanksgiving, and I will release one thing to be thankful for each of the next days before the holiday.

Thanks, LinkedIn, for revamping Skills, allowing my connections to attest to my skills as I demonstrate them in my work. But the artificial section titles you created In Skills and the way you sort my skills into those sections is really wonky so perhaps you can give us a say in how this works on our profiles? Hmm?

Thanks to those who have endorsed my skills.

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8 things to thank #LinkedIn for (2018 edition)-part 3

c2cturkeyI write this article every year and the LinkedIn changes I deem worthy of comment from one writing to another are really quite amazing. For my non-USA readers, any day is a good day to give thanks but in the USA we choose the third Thursday of November. Today marks 6 business days until Thanksgiving, and I will release one thing to be thankful for each of the next days before the holiday.

Thanks for allowing me to stuff my ever-changing “self” into 120 characters, including spaces, in my Headline. It’s an exercise in word economy to make my brand compelling. It’s not fun, and still mine is not fully completed to my satisfaction, though I have been very diligent in crafting and recrafting my Headline.

(Pssst…I was tipped off about a way to use up to 200 characters, so ask me–a test of who is reading this–and I’ll tell you how.)

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8 things to thank #LinkedIn for (2018 edition)-part 2

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I write this article every year and the LinkedIn changes I deem worthy of comment from one writing to another are really quite amazing. For my non-USA readers, any day is a good day to give thanks but in the USA we choose the third Thursday of November. Today marks 7 business days until Thanksgiving, and I will release one thing to be thankful for each of the next days before the holiday.

Thanks for letting me tell others WHY I DO WHAT I DO in my profile: a self-expression of why choose me as a potential business partner. I use words, graphics, video, and gestures to show my true self, in my own words, thought, style and once in a while, with so-called “native video” which is immediate and, on the spot, fun to shoot and watch.

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8 things to thank #LinkedIn for (2018 edition)-part 1

c2cturkeyI write this article every year and the LinkedIn changes I deem worthy of comment from one writing to another are really quite amazing. For my non-USA readers, any day is a good day to give thanks but in the USA we choose the third Thursday of November. Today marks 8 business days until Thanksgiving, and I will release one thing to be thankful for each of the next days before the holiday.

Thanks, LinkedIn, for providing a global workspace where over 575 million professionals can share ideas, information, articles and interact better every year. This year I opened myself to include connecting to competitors who wish to cooperate: “coopetition” as I call it.  We have so much to learn from each other and notes to compare as we pay it forward for the common good.

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What’s coming; have good taste

give thanksToo often we roll past the times we should stop and thank someone. Or get wound up and not endorse someone for a skill they exhibited. Or just fail to recommend someone for a job really well done.

Nonetheless, please find the time and the right words to express it. Don’t get distracted from doing so.

It’s the season to feel thankful, so show it in any of the above most appropriate ways.

It feels good inwardly to recognize someone. It reflects well on your character. It makes the recipient feel even more worthy. It’s just a good and tasteful thing to do.

And on each of the next few days leading up to Thanksgiving, I’ll be expressing my thanks, as I do annually this time of year, for LinkedIn things that I appreciated in 2018.

But first and foremost to you: thanks so very much for reading and commenting. I hope you enjoy the next few days’ musings, right up to the holiday.

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Cosmopolites and ruralites

fence and treesI recently returned from an R&R trip to southwestern Vermont. A few days off to absorb the quiet and the beauty of nature, away from the city and the suburbs to the country.

Culture abounds there: art, music, museums, lectures, and humor. We were fortunate to listen to a talk by New Yorker cartoonist Ed Koren (click here and you will instantly recognize the uniqueness of his art and his humor.) His new book “In the Wild” is just out.

A New York City native, he relocated to rural Vermont and contributes cartoons to the New Yorker and gives back to his community as a good citizen firefighter, incorporating his everyday surroundings and observations of the encroaching urban change he senses affecting the countryside into his art.

He used the term “cosmopolites and ruralites” in his talk, about how Vermont is changing, poking fun at those who are visiting or migrating there on weekends (and longer) to decompress, and their societal effect on the area.

No matter your location, attitude, or urban/suburban/rural identity, you can meet your daily life as an amusing and enjoyable venture such as Koren has.

I learned a lot from his talk. How to be honest, unscripted, and genuine.

Be that way on LinkedIn too, if that is you.

Be real. Even if some days you feel you are “in the wild.”

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Sit with me a spell…

chairs paintingThe election is over. The results are mostly in…we know where the country is headed. You may or may not agree with that direction, but we need to come together.

Set forth your own original observation, opinion, or musing on LinkedIn we can all benefit from, in business, economics, whatever, just not political, as I think we have had enough by now, and put it out there for your connections, followers, fellow Group members and other readers to see, think about.

To add to.

To explore beyond.

To help us all benefit from the thought leadership you and your colleagues can offer others on LinkedIn.

Please be kind and insightful.

Not ready to throw your own towel in the ring? Offer someone else’s material that you came across, properly cited with URL, and your brief intro as to why it is beneficial to read.

It’s a good habit to bring an additional chair into the discussion group, if the participants are visible or not.

Painting by Terry Findeisen “Portrait of a Conversation” 47″ x 69″, acrylic on paper, my photo from an exhibit at the Southern Vermont Arts Center.
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A thirst for #LinkedIn knowledge

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Photo by Jean Frenna on Pexels.com

Too often I get a comment, “The last LinkedIn trainer who was here didn’t go to the lengths you went.”

Good. The comment came from someone who wants to learn more. I want to give them more, and in a way they never experienced. My tagline: “we exceed expectations.”

There is a need to teach best LinkedIn best practices in brand marketing to entrepreneurs, professional practitioners, and nonprofit professionals. Not only have I done that, but I continue to serve as a LinkedIn evangelist to “convert {any remaining} non-believers.” And I will aways will be ready to jump in to assist these populations.

Now I am beginning to turn my efforts to baby boomers who sought a graceful retirement, only to find out there’s so much more they can offer in an encore career. But how should they package themselves as a brand?

Unsurprisingly, I have the secret sauce, prepared just for them!

Sugar- and salt-free.

Low-calorie but tasty.

Yes, I can teach an older professional new tricks, and maybe they learn slightly differently than other generations, however they need to know the impression of their worth in the market, especially in a new career thrust, will be branded by the quality of their LinkedIn profile. 

Bring it on, boomers!