Let’s get it out of the way from the get go. I’m all about business. Breakfast at a hotel? I’m working the room spreading my proverbial business seed to anyone and everyone who will listen. Friday night at the bar? I’m picking the manager’s brain to learn the ins and outs, trying to get an in for some free drinks for later visits. I’ll network anywhere and everywhere with anyone and everyone. This, of course, includes the big networking platform that is LinkedIn.
It all started a few years ago while on a business trip to Cincinnati when my friend and fellow colleague pulled up his LinkedIn profile and revealed he had hit the magical 500+ connections. That type of connection list is reserved only for the power players who crush deals day in and day out. So when my bud was essentially sitting here running his networking prowess in my face, I knew there was one thing I had to do: I had to add everyone.
I started with the usual suspects you’d come to expect. That is, I went through every high school connection I knew, every college connection I knew, every fraternity brother I knew, and every co-worker I knew. I pressed that add button with the vigor of a hometown ace pounding the strike zone. Did I hate that goober in high school? Yeah, but could I use him in my network? You’re goddamn right I could. Networking shows no boundaries. It’s a numbers game and if you’re not coming out roses, then you’re fine with settling for second best.
Once the dust settled, I was still a few people short of the big 500+ so I did what any rationale gentleman like myself would do – I added every hot girl I saw that was a second level connection. Was it cheating since I didn’t actually know them? No, but I wanted to get to know them and help them grow their career. In fact, this tactic worked when a young lady reached out to me about getting into the sports broadcasting industry. After a quick coffee get-together at Starbucks, she was on her way to being a star. She’s now a host/reporter for the Dallas Cowboys. Gotta believe I helped jumpstart that career. All thanks to my affinity for adding anyone on LinkedIn.
Help me help you. I’m in the people helping people business and business is a boomin’. Go ahead, find me on LinkedIn, and send me a request, it’ll be the best add of your life as you’ll be exposed to me and my vast network. Only can mean great things for you and your business. .
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