LinkedIn Networking: 3 Ways to Find Great People to Connect With & Meet on LinkedIn

After networking with several great people over the last several days, which have in essence been conversations that seem more like a veritable cross-breeding of ideas, I believe that more and more people are starting to see the potential value of meeting new people on LinkedIn. Now, just because you are open to doing this does not mean that you necessarily need to become a LinkedIn Open Networker, or LinkedIn LION.

There are many methods to the madness of connecting with new people.  My method for connecting with new people is using the vehicle of the LION brand.  You can find out more about my thought process concerning this in my recent blog post of why I am a LinkedIn Lion.

OK.  As I mention to almost everyone I meet, if you are on LinkedIn and not meeting new people, stay off it and delete your account.  If you just want to find old friends, find them, put their contact details in your personal address book, and you’re done!  No need to login anymore.

LinkedIn is a Social Networking siteit is there for you to be Social and Network!

If you feel a little bit intimidated by connecting with new people on LI, here’s some networking advice: My three favorite ways to help you find that perfect person to connect with, regardless of your objective.

  1. Join a Group and Participate. Come on, there are more than 300,000 LinkedIn Groups out there.  You put a keyword in the Search box for Groups and voila! you shall find a Group that interests you.  Join it.  You can join up to 50 LinkedIn Groups.  And after joining, check out the Discussions boards.  Yes, there is a lot of spam out there.  People selling their wares.  Job posts.  Skip over those and look for interesting discussions.  Participate.  And when you run across someone you respect or a “virtual” soulmate, ask them if they would be cool if you sent them an invite.  Can’t find an interesting discussion?  Start one!  Participate.  And if what you are discussing is on target for the Group mission but no one responds, try a different Group.  You are bound to find one that “fits” you.
  2. Ask a Question.  Answer a Question. LinkedIn Answers is awesome.  Have you ever browsed around the different categories of questions they have there?  You can do this by selecting Answers from the top of your Home Page and checking them out.  I am sure there is a category that corresponds with your interests and/or objectives.  Something that you’re curious about that you couldn’t find in the Answers database?  Ask it!  You will be pleasantly surprised by the quality and quantity of people that will answer it, and there will be more virtual “soulmates” that you will find to connect with.  Better yet, Pay It Forward and Answer a Question.
  3. Search for and Attend a Networking Event.  Have you checked out the Events database recently?  Do a search for actual networking events or “meetups” nearby you.  I live in L.A.  I did a search and found a great networking event.  There are almost 200 people attending this event.  Plus, you can actually see the people (including myself) who have RSVPed for this event.  I am sure that there is bound to be someone out of 200 people that you would like to connect to.  Attend the event and physically meet them. If you mutually agree, connect with each other on LinkedIn.

There are many other ways to connect with people on this website, but hopefully this will get you out there connecting with and ideally meeting new people.

LinkedIn is the means, not the end.

Your objective with LinkedIn, like with any other Social Networking site, should be in connecting with and meeting new people.

Any other networking advice to share? Please comment!

About the Author:

Neal Schaffer, Founder and Editor-In-Chief

The Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Maximize Social Business, Neal Schaffer is a leader in helping businesses and professional strategically maximize their use of social media. Neal is the author of three social media books, including the recently published definitive social media strategy book Maximize Your Social. Forbes lists him as a Top 35 Social Media Power Influencer and AdAge lists his blog, Maximize Social Business (formerly known as Windmill Networking), as a top 100 global marketing blog. Neal provides social media strategy consulting and coaching, having worked with Fortune 500 companies and a Grammy-award winning musician. He has presented worldwide on social media at more than 150 events and also teaches social media marketing at Rutgers University. +Neal Schaffer

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Comments

  1. Neal Schaffer says

    I am glad that you liked the Spin Strategy blog. Tim is a great guy and his site is highly recommended!

  2. cush dehkordy says

    Great post. Very useful information that takes a while to find out unless someone tell a new Linkedin user ahead of time.

  3. cush dehkordy says

    Great post. Very useful information that takes a while to find out unless someone tell a new Linkedin user ahead of time.

  4. Neal Schaffer says

    Hi Cush,

    Thanks for your comment. Yes, I felt the same way, and that is why I put together this blog. Glad you find it useful!

    Cheers,
    Neal

  5. says

    One of many concise, thoughtful and pragmatic articles Neal has published on his blog on using LinkedIn. I never noticed the Event section on LinkedIn until reading this.
    Looking forward to the book Neal's preparing on LinkedIn.
    As a result of reading this, I reached out to Neal “for real” and found him extremely knowledgeable and generous with his suggestions.

  6. says

    Thank you for your comment and compliment. There really is a lot on LinkedIn that a lot of people haven't realized yet, which is why I want my upcoming book on LinkedIn to be the most comprehensive one out there. Hope you enjoy it!

  7. says

    Thank you for your comment and compliment. There really is a lot on LinkedIn that a lot of people haven't realized yet, which is why I want my upcoming book on LinkedIn to be the most comprehensive one out there. Hope you enjoy it!

  8. Mark Wagstaff says

    Tanks for the roadmap for LinkedIn. I'm in it but didn't know how to go about really increasing my connections. This gives me a plan to work on

  9. Mark Wagstaff says

    Tanks for the roadmap for LinkedIn. I'm in it but didn't know how to go about really increasing my connections. This gives me a plan to work on

  10. says

    Hello! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay. I’m absolutely enjoying your
    blog and look forward to new posts.

  11. Neal Schaffer says

    I am glad that you liked the Spin Strategy blog. Tim is a great guy and his site is highly recommended!

  12. Neal Schaffer says

    Hi Cush,

    Thanks for your comment. Yes, I felt the same way, and that is why I put together this blog. Glad you find it useful!

    Cheers,
    Neal

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