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Social media, marketing and community relations specialist aiming to help people build their on-line presence with as many social media tools with which they feel comfortable.

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November is a month when we look at those things for which we are thankful.

Several years ago, I was able to take a long weekend to visit some friends and family out of state.  As busy as my daily life is, I normally don’t have the time to read things for pleasure. So for this trip, I had heard about a book written by Deborah Norville that I thought I could read for pleasure and perhaps gain some benefits as well.  Her book Thank You Power – Making the Science of Gratitude Work for You shares real life stories and the way people overcame challenges and were thankful for the experience to make them grow.

Several of her points included:

  1. Make a point to say thank you to someone today.
  2. Daily, or at least weekly, list three things for which you are grateful, include the why and who if possible.
  3. Write a gratitude letter to someone.  It lets you say thank you to someone overdue to hear it.
  4. Focus on things of beauty and share it.  How often can the mundane enhance your life?
  5. Accentuate the positive.  When you are feeling down, take a few minutes to list the positives in your life.
  6. Envision the life you’d like. Find a blessing in something bad.  Focus on how you can turn a bad situation around.
  7. Do something for someone else – no thanks expected or accepted. (Remember the movie about paying it forward?)
  8. Embrace your enemy.  Look around – what is right with your world?
  9. When you look at the positives in your life, it makes you more resilient against the negatives.

While I enjoyed the stories associated with each of these points, I also thought about the things in my life associated with each of them.  I would like to share a few of the things for which I am most thankful in this season of giving thanks:

  • The skills and talents that I enjoy each day in which I get to express my creativity;
  • The era of technology that allows me to travel to see friends who live hundreds of miles away in the matter of hours or talk to them in seconds wirelessly.
  • The senses I use to see glorious colors of the sun rising or setting in the sky; hear the birds chirping or wind chimes ringing; taste the spicy flavor of my favorite meal; smell the fresh mown hay or a turkey roasting; feel softness of the fur on my pets.
  • And most of all, my husband, family and friends who love me and support me when I am feeling good or bad.
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LinkedIn for Non-Profits

In the past few months, I have been providing presentations on LinkedIn to Not-for-Profits.

Personally, I think LinkedIn is one of the best professional social networking tools and if you aren’t using it to build your professional network, you could very well be left behind.

I wanted to post two links to my presentations so that you could see the power of the network. Unfortunately, I have not recorded the audio for these presentations yet, but if you would like me to bring this presentation to your organization, please contact me.

Powerpoint – to access this file go to my LinkedIn profile – scroll down my profile to find the Box.net files.  Inside of the LinkedIn workshop folder is the file LinkedIn slides 11-14 MS03.pdf.  You can download the pdf version of the slides.

Prezi – to see the presentation in action go to this link.

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Don’t get thrown in LinkedIn Jail

When you send an invitation to a new connection in LinkedIn, do you use the generic invitation?  Please don’t!

OK, raise your left hand and place your right hand on your heart.  Read the following out load:

I promise to never ever, ever, ever, use the generic invitation to connect from LinkedIn.

What I teach in my workshops is this:

When you invite someone to connect, you don’t know when the next time they will be on LinkedIn.  You don’t know who they interact with or how many people they meet in a given day or week.  Help the person out by reminding them of where and when you met, how you might be able to assist them and THEN ask them to connect with you.

If you don’t know the person but want to connect with them, tell them why so they don’t think you are stalking them.

By doing those two things, you cut down your chances of being reported as spam, thus keeping you out of LinkedIn jail.

So will you, or won’t you?

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LinkedIn adds a “Classmates” feature

LinkedIn added a new feature to help you find the classmates from your college or university.  I couldn’t find the feature in LinkedIn.  I had to click on this link www.linkedin.com/classmates from the LinkedIn blog article I read. (http://blog.linkedin.com/2011/10/19/linkedin-classmates/)

I logged out and logged back in and still cannot find where LinkedIn has updated the menu bar to include this feature.

The feature runs by the college(s) in your profile and the years you enter.  Once the scan is complete, you get a listing of where they work, what they do and the towns where they reside.  A list of the contacts shows up and shows you what degree of connection they are.

I can see this being useful if you went to a school where you might remember some of your classmates, or graduated in the near recent past so that you might still be in touch with some of them.  For me, I went to a university that served a large commuter population so many years ago that it doesn’t appear to be a significant benefit to me.  I might change my mind as I investigate the connections further.

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Social Media and the Job Search

Since social media is the big thing, are you using it for your job search? If not, why not?

LinkedIn has in excess of 120 million users, 750 million Facebook users and 175 million Twitter users. Even if only 80% of those users are active, it is still a BIG number.

Mashable recently published this article – http://mashable.com/2011/10/09/recruiters-prefer-facebook/ about recruiters preferring Facebook to find employees even though LinkedIn is the “professional” network.

Use LinkedIn to follow companies, find jobs, and build your level of expertise. Facebook boasts their answer to LinkedIn called Branchout. You can ask your Facebook friends to join you in your professional network and receive recommendations. Twitter has post after post of jobs that you can find even if you don’t tweet yourself. Just go to search.twitter.com. Or find out the latest posts from both LinkedIn and Twitter by using LinkedIn’s Signal.

Remember, you can’t just create a profile and let it hang there on the web, you must work at it, as you must with any job search process. If you need to learn more about using social media, let me know. A couple of options that might help are one-on-one or small group LinkedIn workshops.

What are you doing with social media and your job search?

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