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Why and How local LDS units should use LinkedIn

Why and How local LDS units should use LinkedIn

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    • We are our brothers' keeper
      Why and how LinkedIn Local Units can help us and our non-member neighbors
    • This is your phone call
      "In October 1856, during a general conference, President Young learned that two handcart companies... would face harsh winter weather on the plains of the western United States. He stood at the pulpit as a prophet of God and declared:
      “Many of our brethren and sisters (both members and non-members*)are on the plains with hand-carts, … we must send assistance to them. 
      “That is my religion; that is the dictation of the Holy Ghost that I possess, it is to save the people. …
      “I will tell you all that your faith, religion, and profession of religion, will never save one soul of you in the celestial kingdom of our God, unless you carry out just such principles as I am now teaching you. Go and bring in those people now on the plains.”
      As a result of President Young’s call to action, wagons with teams of mules, men to drive them, and flour and other supplies were immediately sent to rescue the people stranded on the plains.
      Brethren, this is your phone call... May the Lordbless us all with the same sense of urgency to answer the call today to bring in our people from these economic challenges as He did in the case of the handcart companies..."Richard C. Edgley, “This Is Your Phone Call,” Ensign, May 2009, 53–55
      * Added by Joe Spencer
    • No Organization Better
      "Brethren, there is no organization better able to respond to the challenges of humanity than the priesthood of the Most High God. We have the organization. Stake presidents, bishops, elders quorum presidents, and high priests group leaders—we now call upon you to mobilize our priesthood quorums in response to the employment and financial challenges facing our members (… and non-member neighbors*)."
      Richard C. Edgley, “This Is Your Phone Call,” Ensign, May 2009, 53–55 * added by Joe Spencer
    • What tools are available?
      LDS Employment Resource Centers
      • Personal branding tools
      • Power Statements
      • Me in 30 Seconds 
      • Job listings via LDSJobs.org
      • Access to great training
      LinkedIn
      • Personal branding
      • Profiles
      • Groups (networking)
      • Job listings
    • Why do people use LinkedIn?
      Quick overview:
      Currently LinkedIn has over 100 million professional users. A great majority of those use the powerful free account.
      Guy Kowasaki gives some great advice on using LinkedIn.
      LinkedIn is the most important Social Media.
      Read theLDS Church’s thoughts on LinkedIn.
    • Why would a ward want to use LinkedIn?
      Ward community awareness
      Community becomes aware of ward
      Builds positive image in the community as a whole
      Community can network with ward members on professional level
      Builds significant influence among local professionals for ward and local ward members
      Ward reaches out to community
      Meet more non-members
      Grow personal professional network
      Ward members build personal professional network
      Ward members meet and build relationships with local business leaders
      Ward members focus on building personal career, help others to build their careers
      Ward members are aware of job openings via outreach to local businesses
      Ward may attract professionals as investigators
      As ward members meet and build relationships with local business leaders, they may become interested in learning about the religion that would selflessly offer help to non-members in this way, adding to missionary teaching pool and ward leadership pool
    • How could a ward use LinkedIn?
      Prepare
      Call a ward employment specialist
      Study LinkedIn: building profiles, managing groups
      Create and sponsor a local “open” LinkedIn networking group
      Named after locality (ie Port Huron Area Network)
      Rules: no religious, political, or MLM discussions or SPAM allowed
      Encourage all group members to “connect”, actively invite other locals to join group
      Create a ward career advancement committee
      Six – ten people: active members, less active, and perhaps non-member business leaders
      All committee members create full personal profiles on LinkedIn, welcome new members to group
      Prepare monthly LinkedIn/personal branding training
      Create invitation flyer for LinkedIn group and monthly network meeting
    • How could a ward use LinkedIn?
      Execute
      Have home teachers personally invite every ward member to attend a special 5th Sunday presentation via flyer
      Hold 5th Sunday joint RS/Priesthood meeting to explain program
      Invite every member to attend (including less active)
      Describe benefits to ward, ward members, non-members
      Ask all attending to join LinkedIn, create profile, join ward sponsored group, support discussions
      As additional community service, full-time missionaries deliver LI group/networking meeting invitation flyer to every home in the ward
      Step-by-step instructions on how to join LI and join group
      Hold monthly Networking/LinkedIn meeting
      Invite non-members via flyer handed out by full-time missionaries, Public Service Announcements
      Ward career advancement committee
      Visit local businesses, inviting their employees to join the group, post job openings
      Post job openings and career discussion items a couple times a week
      Support discussions, offer LI tips, personal branding hints
      Publicly and privately welcome every new member of the group
      Encourage all group members to connect with all other group members
    • Potential missionary delivered invite
      Hello Neighbor!
      You may be aware that LinkedIn is a professional networking tool with more than 100 million professionals mingling online. It can be a great tool to find jobs and grow careers. Let me introduce myself. I am Bishop Jack Thompson. I have asked our local congregation to sponsor semi-monthly LinkedIn training meetings and a locally based group within LinkedIn.We all know our area has career challenges. That is why we are sponsoring LinkedIn instructional meetings and business networking. I have asked our missionaries to extent an invitation to you to join us at one of our LinkedIn training meetings and join our local professional networking group called Port Huron Michigan Networking Group. One of our local members, Tom Smith can give you more information. (Give Tom's email and maybe cell phone number?)If you'd like to stop by the LinkedIn training, it is held... (give time and location info). If you'd like to join the group directly, you can go to (give URL of group –shortened via bit.ly). Just a quick note about the group: no SPAM, MLM, politics, or religion discussions are allowed. This group is strictly local business and personal career-growth oriented.Even if you are comfortable in your profession, there are people that need your help. Your connections will help others that need to grow their careers. Together we all can grow the Port Huron area into a economic powerhouse.Thanks for your time. Feel free to email Tom or myself if you have any questions.Bishop Jack Thompson(email address)
    • Feel free to edit or amend this presentation in any way you want.
      If you amend this presentation, please let me know anything that might help me help others.
      http://www.linkedin.com/in/josephspencer
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