… annoy your connections on LinkedIn

April 9, 2013 at 12:23 pm 2 comments

Usually I do 5 positive ideas, but this post is 5 ideas of things not to do.


  1. Connect your twitter account to your LinkedIn updates – your serious professional connections do not want to hear about your daily life and even if you minimise the chatter, the twitter abbreviations will begin to irritate.
  2. Send too many bulk sales messages to all your connections – there is a balance to be struck between letting people know what you offer and being spammy. Professionals are sensitive to being spammed.
  3. Be lazy when sending invitations to connect – don’t use the standard invitation, tell people how you know them and why they should connect with you.
  4. Lie about anything – be truthful about your education and past employment on your profile and don’t lie about how you know potential connections when sending invitations.
  5. Add a connection’s e-mail address to your business’s mailing list – they have not consented to that by linking with you.  Ask them if they want to join.

For more ideas about how to improve your leverage of LinkedIn, have a look at details for my training day in beautiful Bristol in June.

For personal advice and help, visit TheKnowledgeBusiness, or if you prefer to DIY, get your own copy of “Knowledge Management Handbook” from Law Society Publishing here.


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