How to Conquer LinkedIn On The Go

How to Conquer LinkedIn On The Go

I am lying in a deckchair under an umbrella on a Thai beach writing this post. I am not a workaholic. On the contrary. Using LinkedIn in a strategic manner, means I spend no more than 30 minutes a day on it. I do not actively approach prospective clients. They find and approach me. This resulted in enough disposable income in the first half of 2016 to take mini-me on a month long trip through Thailand. As a virtual assistant, you are probably also on the go quite a bit. I want to share some tips with you on how to conquer LinkedIn with limited time.

During this trip I've kept my social media use to a bare minimum. Just checking what's happening every two to three days. Just as well. Whilst I am being a lady of leisure, new bookings magically appeared in my inbox.

Let me share with you my three main tips for LinkedIn use whilst traveling. Two of them can also be found as live recorded videos on my Facebook Group "LinkedIn Tips". Wifi was a bit wonky at times, so not the best quality, but some  nice scenery though.

Tip #1 - Bookmark updates for later reference.

The feed on your LinkedIn homepage is non-stop. There's no way you want to scroll through all of that after a trip away. At the same time, you don't want to spend too much time on it whilst you are away. Here's what I do.

Every once in a while I quickly scan my homepage. If I see an update with an article I want to read or a post I want to engage with, I click the like icon and move on. By liking an update, it becomes part of my recent activity. This is found in the drop down menu next to the big blue button in the top part of your profile. Now all I have to do is visit my recent activity at a convenient time and there is a list of the updates that interest me.

Connecting with people you meet: do it like this.

Like I said at the start of this post, I am not a workaholic. When I meet people when traveling (unless it is a business trip) I do not connect with them that same night. I don't want to give the impression that I am some kind of nerd who is stalking them.

I do write down their name (first and last) plus where they are from. This is the information I need to find them on LinkedIn at a later stage. I also write something down they told me in our conversation.

When I get back from my trip, I will invite the people I met to my LinkedIn network. In my invite, I refer to what they told me. People love that you remember what they said. LinkedIn is a network and no better way to network than to show a genuine interest in the people you connect with. Feel free to connect with me, as long as you impress me with the personal touch in your invite.

Getting the most out of LinkedIn without your lap(desk)top.

It takes a little work to get used to the LinkedIn app on your phone or iPad. The good news is... LinkedIn does show the first part of invites again. So you can tell if a person included a personalised note. Sending one is a little less intuitive.

On an android device go to their profile. Click the three dots in the top right corner and choose "personalize invite". On an Apple device go to their profile, look right at the top, next to the search bar and spot the three dots.

You can always decide not to bother with the app and use the LinkedIn website in the browser on your device. Not happy with the mobile version? In Chrome click the three dots top right and  choose "request desktop site". In Safari click the icon top right that looks like a square with an up arrow sticking out. Scroll through the options until you see the "request desktop version" option.

Want more practical, hands-on, LinkedIn tips?
On my site there is a blog full of usefulness if I say so myself and you can also click the button to request my free LinkedIn Profile Workbook. Time for me to hit some more waves.

Petra Fisher

Petra Fisher is a LinkedIn consultant who doesn’t quite fit in the box (don’t worry, she is losing weight). Straight forward, no-nonsense feedback, fun, creative and driven to keep going till the result is what she set out to achieve with you. To learn more about Petra, check out her site or visit Petra on LinkedIn.

Petra lives with her teenage daughter and big-fat-red-cat. She loves to travel to Thailand, and to offset her nerdyness (books and computers are never far) she takes long walks and gets stuck into some crochet.

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