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Saturday, 16 April 2016

LinkedIn Tip #27 - What is a L.I.O.N.?

The first time I saw this on a LinkedIn profile, it looked odd!

What on earth was a LION?

I tried to figure out what kind of a university degree had those letters! No luck. Then I read something in one of the groups that I joined.

L.I.O.N. stands for LinkedIn Open Networker!

Great! But I still did not understand what that was all about.

The article suggested that I join some LION groups on LinkedIn, so I did. I discovered that there were ... a lot! I chose a few and joined.

Voila! I had more people wanting to connect with me than I could accept in one day! It was a little overwhelming, to say the least.

Then came the big question. Do I really want to connect with everyone? There were people from all over the world wanting to connect with me. I wondered why someone in India wanted to connect with me. What business could we help each other with?

When you are a LION, you are supposed to accept connections from everyone without IDK-ing them. IDK means I Don't Know you.

Well, I knew that I had coached people in many different countries with LinkedIn strategies, so I figured it was ok to connect with everyone.

This strategy does not work for everyone, though. If your market is local, then you do not need to have connections in Australia.

However, you can still be a LION in your local area. You can accept connection requests from everyone in your city or province.

Just one caveat in my humble not accept connections with people who do not have a profile picture. It makes me wonder if they are hiding something from me, or if they are a real person.

Remember, it is not about the people you are immediately connected to, it is about who they are connected to.

Think about it.

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Christine Till
The Marketing Mentress