You know they're out there, but where do you find them? Them = people you want to connect with. Connections = network. Network = opportunity.
[Here's an invitation to be on my A-list.]
On LinkedIn, you can start by importing your email address book and sending invitations only to people you know. If enough people click on “I don’t this person,” your ability to add connections may be limited.
To shape your network’s regional and industry access, you can check your network statistics in the contacts section. Then, search for new people to connect within the areas where you’d like to grow, and invite them to join your professional network.
To send an invitation from a profile, click on add this "person to my network." LinkedIn will ask you how you know this person. You can send a standard greeting, but adding a personal touch only takes an extra minute or two and improves chances of your invitation being accepted.
21 Ways to Get Connected on LinkedIn by Sending Invitations to
1. Contacts in your email address book
2. Colleagues – former and current
3. Classmates – former and current
4. Group members
5. Business contacts
6. Twitter followers
7. Facebook friends
8. Email recipients, include LinkedIn in the signature
9. Friends and family
10. People you may know as suggested by LinkedIn
11. Networking contacts
12. Conference speakers and attendees
13. New prospects
14. People found using LinkedIn’s search toolbar
15. Key people on company sites
16. Professional or trade association colleagues
17. Bloggers you like
18. Real life contacts
19. Chamber of Commerce associates
20. LIONs [LinkedIn Open Networkers] who agree to accept invitations
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Excerpt from “Success Secrets of the Social Media Marketing Superstars” published by Entrepreneur Press with Contributions from World-Class Social Media thought leaders: Keith Ferrazi & Tahl Raz: Relationship Strategy; Brian Clark: Psychology of Social Media; Mitch Meyerson: Online Marketing; Ann Handley: Creating Content; Gary Vaynerchuk: Building Mega-Followings; Andy Wibbles: Personality; Chris Brogan: Building Communities; Joel Comm: Success Qualities; Craig Valentine: Communicate with Impact; Starr Hall: Building Profits; Dan Janal: PR Strategies; Michael Stelzner: Go Viral; Denise Wakeman: Business Blogs; Julie Perry: YouTube; Paul Colligan: Podcasting; Mari Smith: Facebook; Deborah Cole Micek: Twitter; Dave Evans: One Hour a Day; Chris Garrett: Social Bookmarking; Kim Dushinski: Mobile Marketing; Shama Kabani: Online Video and Barbara Rozgonyi: LinkedIn.
How about YOU? Where do you find people to connect with?