Mind Your Manners On Linked In

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As a Linked In member you are networking which is the reason why LI was set up. However you need to mind your manners when connecting. I got hassled with the Linked In connection requests and put this presentation together to get some people to understand the basics / essentials of good behavior (as I like it!)

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Mind Your Manners On Linked In

  1. 1. OPEN SECURITY ALLIANCE What I Dislike About People on Linked In – Mind Your Manners! • I get these ‘connect’ requests • Since my profile is public, I don’t mind the requests because I am online to network too! • What gets to me is the request message and the way people send out these invites indiscriminately – sort of spam, that’s how I term it • People just do not have any amount of sensitivity on how to say hello! Are they dumb…. And I got enough charge to start writing!
  2. 2. OPEN SECURITY ALLIANCE What I Dislike About People on Linked In – Mind Your Manners!
  3. 3. OPEN SECURITY ALLIANCE What I Dislike About People on Linked In – Mind Your Manners! • A human being can handle no more than 150 ‘friends’ so what are people doing with thousands of connections and looking for more!! • At any time how many business associates can you network with? More than ten! Goddam it you are superXYZ. • If you are at a conference and get a business card from every attendee what do you do with them? Hahaha – think hard and recollect the trash. • At every event you rush to shake hands and hand over your business card to the guest of honor – do you believe your card will not be in the garbage the next day? Liar !
  4. 4. OPEN SECURITY ALLIANCE What I Dislike About People on Linked In – Mind Your Manners! TRUST? !! does this thing exist! How about me trusting you?? • OK so you want to connect with me, but why should I … • How about a better reason than this one line spam! • How do you know me? “I’d like to connect you to my professional network” “Since you are a person I trust I wanted to invite you to join my network on Linked In” “Please add me to your Linked In network”
  5. 5. OPEN SECURITY ALLIANCE What I Dislike About People on Linked In – Mind Your Manners! • How do you expect me to respect your invite if you do not have the time to tell me about yourself • Do you expect me to go check your profile? • Come on – be a bit polite – show you care and put in some effort
  6. 6. OPEN SECURITY ALLIANCE What I Dislike About People on Linked In – Mind Your Manners! Image Source http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/171/0/1/stay_away_from_me__by_secretsister16-d547omt.jpg ©2014deviantART.Allrightsreserved
  7. 7. OPEN SECURITY ALLIANCE What I Dislike About People on Linked In – Mind Your Manners! • You shared some information about who you are, where you’re from, what you do! • Your motive(s) ? • If you want something from me.. ? • Don’t just drop out of nowhere with a (canned) one liner written by someone else ! • Did you sent me the invite because you liked my gender (m/f) or my picture or what !
  8. 8. OPEN SECURITY ALLIANCE What I Dislike About People on Linked In – Mind Your Manners! • I may not be interested to increase the number of connections on my profile • Having x,000 connections may get someone brownie points with Linked In but how will one person (humanely) manage the expectations of thousands of connections is anyone’s guess! • IAC – this is not an FAQ – it is about me!
  9. 9. OPEN SECURITY ALLIANCE What I Dislike About People on Linked In – Mind Your Manners! How do we take this relationship forward. BTW I sent a message asking why you are reaching out to me … did you reply !
  10. 10. OPEN SECURITY ALLIANCE What I Dislike About People on Linked In – Mind Your Manners! • You are connected to me but you do not respond to my mail when I ask for an introduction • Linked In is about professional networking and if you do not respond to a business proposal – why did you connect to me in the first place • You may be having new opportunities but you do not communicate with your ‘connections’ – so why did you connect with them? • Many a times you don’t even know if you are connected to me !
  11. 11. OPEN SECURITY ALLIANCE What I Dislike About People on Linked In – Mind Your Manners! • With your connection request write a few lines • Why did you want to connect • How did you come across my profile or name • How will ‘being connected’ benefit us • What are you bringing to the relationship • If nothing like above, and you just want to connect…. Then • Just say that you want to be a friend • Tell me why you want to be a friend and how you found me
  12. 12. OPEN SECURITY ALLIANCE What I Dislike About People on Linked In – Mind Your Manners! Some of my experiences with connections which make me wary about intentions or objectives. It will be so nice if people just communicated.
  13. 13. OPEN SECURITY ALLIANCE What I Dislike About People on Linked In – Mind Your Manners! • I accepted a connection and suggested we meet – and, this guy wants to know why ! • Hey WTF, you sent the invite to connect • I accepted your request and am asking to meet you… - taking your interest to the next level! • Why did you want to connect if you did not want to meet up to discuss opportunities of areas of common interest. • Creep full of attitude – I disconnected.
  14. 14. OPEN SECURITY ALLIANCE What I Dislike About People on Linked In – Mind Your Manners! • This guy sends a connection request and I see his profile is nowhere near my business or lines of interest so I write and ask him what brings him to my doorstep. • He says he is a recruiter so I write back and say ‘that’s great’ and how can I help him? Is he looking at me as a potential candidate? • Now there is no reply from this guy – so much for being polite when you come knocking my door.
  15. 15. OPEN SECURITY ALLIANCE What I Dislike About People on Linked In – Mind Your Manners! • I am traveling to this new city and decide to lookup some of my ‘connections’ • I write to them in advance … 50% do not get back, 30% are busy and 20% ask me to ‘drop them a line’ • Now these are all people in senior positions … the supposedly ‘big’ guys. • Had I written to freshers or juniors the story would have been different (that’s what I would like to believe)
  16. 16. OPEN SECURITY ALLIANCE What I Dislike About People on Linked In – Mind Your Manners! • I got connected with this real enthusiastic person who helps me a few times and I help him a few times and we are now real pals – and he moves to my city! • I call him to say I am in the neighborhood and but he is too busy to take a five minute break. • Or even drop me a message on LI
  17. 17. OPEN SECURITY ALLIANCE What I Dislike About People on Linked In – Mind Your Manners!
  18. 18. OPEN SECURITY ALLIANCE What I Dislike About People on Linked In – Mind Your Manners! • This is another painful one… the connection is from a company and not a person • No picture of anyone! • And this company has only one or two connections • And the message says that I am a person to be trusted! • Oh God – help me please
  19. 19. OPEN SECURITY ALLIANCE What I Dislike About People on Linked In – Mind Your Manners!
  20. 20. OPEN SECURITY ALLIANCE What I Dislike About People on Linked In – Mind Your Manners! • The same 10 / 20 odd people are the only ones who are posting or responding to discussions in the groups. Millions of lurkers and freeloaders  • I believe that a lot of recruitment happens on Linked In and I have seen hundreds of interesting ads too – no one has ever approached me  No friend of mine has been recruited through LI or FB or TW • I have heard the same about business too … but have to see evidence. Yes I have made a number of acquaintances and have instances of mutual benefit.
  21. 21. OPEN SECURITY ALLIANCE What I Dislike About People on Linked In – Mind Your Manners! • Oh yes then there are those who connect with me and are working in a competitor company (“them”) • Either “they” do not monitor their employees or “they” do not care ! • Anyway my the new connected friend sends me a request saying that I am ‘someone he/she trusts’ or ‘wants to grow his/her’ network • After I have accepted the connection there is nothing … no noise, no thanks, no communication • Until… this person leaves his / her job or is kicked out, when I get a hi how are you doing mail • Asking for references for a job or career advice • Everyone is not in the same boat because some do take time to reach out in emails or at conferences (Check the email about the gracious ones)
  22. 22. OPEN SECURITY ALLIANCE What I Dislike About People on Linked In – Mind Your Manners!
  23. 23. OPEN SECURITY ALLIANCE What I Dislike About People on Linked In – Mind Your Manners! ABOUT ME Contact Info, License, Copyright, Disclaimer
  24. 24. OPEN SECURITY ALLIANCE What I Dislike About People on Linked In – Mind Your Manners! CONTACT INFORMATION E dinesh@opensecurityalliance.org @bizsprite L: http://in.linkedin.com/in/dineshbareja +91.9769890505 dineshobareja dineshobareja
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