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LinkedIn local units

  1. 1. Why and how LinkedIn Local Units can help us and our non-member neighbors
  2. 2. "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 Lord bless 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
  3. 3. "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
  4. 4. LDS Employment Resource Centers  Personal branding tools  Power Statements  Me in 30 Seconds  Job listings via  Access to great training LinkedIn  Personal branding  Profiles  Groups (networking)  Job listings
  5. 5. 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 the LDS Church’s thoughts on LinkedIn.
  6. 6. Ward community awareness A) 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 B) Ward reaches out to community Meet more non-members Grow personal professional network C) 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 D) 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
  7. 7. Prepare A) Call a ward employment specialist Study LinkedIn: building profiles, managing groups B) 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 C) 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 D) Create invitation flyer for LinkedIn group and monthly network meeting
  8. 8. Execute A) Have home teachers personally invite every ward member to attend a special 5th Sunday presentation via flyer B) 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 C) 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 D) Hold monthly Networking/LinkedIn meeting Invite non-members via flyer handed out by full-time missionaries, Public Service Announcements E) 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
  9. 9. 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 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)
  10. 10.  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.