Good Day:

I hope you are coming off a great week of building relationships using LinkedIn.  I will tell you that I think we have gone over the “tipping point” as MOST people I am now meeting have accounts on LinkedIn, which makes it much easier for you to find them and be of help to them now that you are one of the local experts, having executed 25 weeks of tips---of course, you have!  So, I know you are ready for Week 26 Tips.  Here goes.

Profile Tips

Remember  - your profile is to be “beefy” for the reasons of adding to your credibility and being able to be found with one more area to be searched by.  One of the areas you will want to make sure is complete for these two reasons is your Education Section.  Most people include their college education, but many fail to include high school or any specialized non-formal education they have taken.  In both cases, they usually think they cannot add this since their school is not on the drag-down list on LinkedIn.  All you have to do is go all the way to the bottom at hit “Other” and type in the dialogue box where it was and what type of education you received. 

This is a way to show that you have been classroom educated on technical things, like software, computer programs, special industry specific certification classes and personal development programs.  All of these add to your credibility and your searchability.  It just might be the difference.  You never know.

Connection Tips

I am still seeing way too many connection requests with the standard default LinkedIn request to connect.  Do you realize how really weak this is?  Come on.  If you want someone to have the privilege to be part of your network, don’t you think you should tell the person why you would be worthy of being connected and how you might be able to help them with the goals they are trying to establish?  Also, you should remind them just how you met them and know them, which will probably trigger their remembering what a neat person you are and why they should connect.

This will help you avoid getting one of the dreaded “I Don’t Know Them’s” (IDKT) that Linkedin is not so fond of, to the point that you will receive some restrictions on your account (haven’t heard just what this is yet?) if you get five IDKT’s in your lifetime on LinkedIn. 

Wildcard Tip or Question

I found a good podcast that has good episodes not just on LinkedIn but on other networking topics like Plaxo, email marketing.  Just go to iTunes store and search “The Connections Show” or Stan Relihan.  Enjoy.

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Included below is an e-mail that I received from one of my subscribers.  He received this from a spammer who is using some very realistic words and graphics to send a Trojan virus into your computer.  When he received this email and clicked the link, it attempted to download the virus, but his antivirus software caught it in time. 



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Miscellaneous News and Notes

Here is my upcoming schedule for teaching/speaking so you can share with friends, relatives and business associates.  Follow link for additional details and registration information.

Fri Mar 12, 2010            Caffeine & Connections (Free coffee and LinkedIn help)

                                    Gravity Connect, 702 S. 2nd Street, Milwaukee; 6:00am-8:30am


Mon Mar 15, 2010          Wayne's LinkedIn Power Formula Training for Beginners
                                    Gravity Connect, 702 S. 2nd Street, Milwaukee; 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Thurs Mar 18, 2010        Wayne's Intermediate LinkedIn Power Formula Training
                                                M&M Office Interiors; 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Enjoy your 26th week using Linkedin in a productive and effective way…Get Connecting!


Wayne C. Breitbarth


M&M Office Interiors, Inc.

W233 N2833 Roundy Circle West Suite 100

Pewaukee, WI  53072

office 262-781-2600

cell 414-313-7785