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10 Things to Thank LinkedIn For; 2015 edition

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  1.  Thanks, LinkedIn, for the opportunity to place a large banner at the top behind my profile, to set a tone for my showing others what I do at a glance. Graphics are powerful and memorable so I uploaded a mosaic of photos showing me at work in my various roles as a multipreneur.
  2. Thanks for letting me tell others WHY I DO WHAT I DO in my profile headline: a self-expression of why choose me as a potential business partner.  I have stuffed my ever-changing “self” into 120 characters, including spaces.  I have been very economical but still could have used a few more characters, so LinkedIn, perhaps you could loosen this up someday…but thanks anyway. 
  3. Thanks, LinkedIn, for allowing selected connections to tell HOW I do what I do (I have already self-expressed WHY I do what I do). They can recommend me and give anecdotal evidence of the characteristics I want them to reinforce in my profile. I also actively manage and sort out those who endorsed me for a particular skill they do not know I possess. Thanks for giving me control over everything that appears on my profile.
  4. Thanks for simplifying edits to my profile page, using the blue pencil icon to re-write or tweak a section that needs clarification or an update. Life is a journey and who better to tell my story than me, in the best way I know how?  These enhancements appear as my career progresses.
  5. Thanks everyone for keeping the discussion on LinkedIn nontoxic and nonpolitical, but let’s cease spreading word games and number puzzles, which belong better on Facebook. It’s a credit to my professional community that we are able to keep the political trash talk and cartoon silliness out of the LinkedIn conversations.
  6. Thanks for providing unlimited access to an up-to-date body of knowledge and FAQs found in the Help Center, access to which is found at the top right of every LinkedIn page as a dropdown box under your tiny picture. The answers are easy to follow and always accurate, keeping up with the changes to LinkedIn.
  7. Thanks, LinkedIn, for providing fast responses to specific questions that are not covered in the Help Center, answered by real humans in natural language and best of all, they really try to help.  That in itself is pretty impressive, given there are 396+ million users who must be sending a lot of questions to LinkedIn.
  8. Thanks for LinkedIn Posts where over 1 million people are submitting original material. I have expressed opinions and provide what I hope is thought leadership to a global audience, shared over many months from its original publication. Comments back to me are especially gratifying, letting me know I am influential.
  9. Thanks for making it easy to reorder the section headings on my profile and dragging the entire section to its new position.  I can also reorder my Publications section, placing the newest article I write on top (although I am not sure why the default is to place it all the way at the bottom). Again, I am in control of my profile.
  10. Finally and most deservedly of all, thank all of you 3100+ times (as many as my LinkedIn connections plus followers) for being there to help, for reading my postings, commenting and sharing them, and for offering advice and answers when I ask.  As I always say, “my network is my net worth” and you make my network so rich and rewarding in all my business pursuits. Thanks should be a normal part of our lives, not just expressed on one day a year. I try to do that and I hope you will too!

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Marc W. Halpert (CLAS ’77) is a “multi-preneur,” having started 3 companies, all of which he continues to operate. His third company “Connect2Collaborate” spreads his LinkedIn and networking evangelism worldwide to train and coach others to better explain their brand and positioning on their LinkedIn profile pages.

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