Even though I am a frequent user of LinkedIn, I have yet to commit to the practice of scanning the long list of People You May Know in an effort to increase the number of my connections. While I admire individuals who have 500+ connections and those, like my partner who have close to 2,000 connections, I have made a conscious decision to be selective and thoughtful when choosing my connections. I view my 104 connections not only as people who I know but also people who I would like others to know either personally or professionally. Consequently, I have fewer connections than most yet I consider myself a generous and thoughtful connector both on LinkedIn and in the world of phone and in person connecting.
As I review my list of connections and the individuals who continually become their connections, it makes me want LinkedIn to add a feature called Reason/Cause of Connection. I am sure that I am not alone when I say that I am curious to know how, why and where these individuals have made a connection. Did they meet at a networking event or are they reconnecting after 30 years? The second feature that I want LinkedIn to add is called Update on Connection which would let me know what one individual has done for the other besides giving them a recommendation. Have they helped them find a job or referred them to a client/customer?
Whether you have 5 or 500 connections, your LinkedIn connections are extremely valuable and important resources. When was the last time that you really looked at your list of connections? If you are interested in changing your personal life by getting healthy or becoming wealthy or your professional life by changing jobs or growing your business, one or more of your LinkedIn connections may be able to work with you to achieve your goal or make your dream a reality.
These connections can create considerably consistent change chances whether it’s choosing a new city to live, a new industry to explore, a new organization to work, a new business to build, a new lifestyle to pursue, a new activity or interest to discover, a new body of knowledge to learn. Mine your connections for their abundance of contacts, knowledge, experience and opportunities. They can lead you to find the love of your life, the job of your dreams, the client/customer that will take your business to the next level of growth and prosperity or maybe, if you’re very fortunate, all of the above. Make sure that when one of your connections is mining you for your abundance of contacts, knowledge, experience and opportunities that you offer them without hesitation. This demonstrates your gratitude and understanding of the value, importance and meaning of great connections whether they are on LinkedIn or in your personal and professional lives.