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How to Write a Meaningful LinkedIn Introduction at LinkedIn Networking Parties

New LinkedIn Party Make New Meaningful Connections

How to Write a LinkedIn Introduction at a LinkedIn Networking Party, by Anne Pryor

How many really meaningful networking meetings do you have in a month? Do you know how you can help others by sharing your connections? Do you get stumped on what to say in the connection email?

As a Executive Career Coach and LinkedIn Sales Trainer, I have coached more than 55,000 people to be found for great jobs and profitable business opportunities leveraging LinkedIn. I find that all people appreciate being around people and they genuinely want to help others but sometimes don’t know how.

As a former job seeker and sales person, I liked to be with others, brainstorm, share ideas and connections. I have noticed that job seekers are often isolated, especially my introverted clients. In addition, my sales rep clients sometimes get stumped on who to contact next.

Because I have am a connector and my 1st degree connections know me, like me and trust me they are willing to help me and my friends (or 2nd degree connections). In order to help each other more meaningful, quickly and honestly in more fun way, I have created LinkedIn Parties.

Here’s how a Meaningful Connections LinkedIn Party works:

  • Invite: 3 to 5 people who have different but complimentary networks to a ‘LinkedIn Party’.
  • Meet up: at a location with internet access for instance a coffee shop community room, local community center, library room, virtual office location, the outplacement companies meeting room. In Minneapolis / St. some of our grocery stores have free community rooms .
  • Bring: computers, cords, business cards, calendars, and an open mind
  • Check settings: everyone has their connections open (check the Settings to open connections to Everyone).
  • Prepare: a list of 10 people that they’d like to meet: titles, industries, companies, specialties, location, size of company, (their target audience).
  • Take turns: each person gets 10 minutes to ask the other members to search for his / her targeted people.
  • Search: friends all go to the “Advanced” area located next to the white Search box at the top of the profile page and type in the targeted keywords, titles, industries, companies, locations, etc. and click search.
  • Make meaningful connections: when the member finds a good connection they send a message, inside of LinkedIn, they include the friend and create a message such as:

“Hi Nate,

I would like to introduce you to my friend Max. He’s on my softball team and he is a seasoned product manager who is interested in your advice and expertise around medical device manufacturing as he is seeking to transition from Company X. I am including him on this message and will invite him to reach out to you.

Please let me know what I can be on the look-out for you. I know that when good people meet good things happen.

Be well, my thoughtful friend,

Anne

Nate Nelson: nate.nelson@abc.com

Max Smith: maxsmith2@abc.com”

TIP: I always include the email addresses for each person in the introduction email, I get an 80% response rate with this template.

  • Goals: each person is targeting 10 introductions. After the initial message is sent the person connected follows up and sets up a networking meeting or call.
  • Thank, celebrate + measure: finally, each person reports back to the group at the end of the week and share their successes.

LinkedIn Party Successes:

  • Financial planner client scheduled a LinkedIn Party with a CPA and an attorney friend and he secured 14 coffee meetings with good prospective clients. Two turned into clients. They are now scheduling monthly meetings and inviting additional members.
  • Executive job seeker client is scheduling Friday LinkedIn Parties at the outplacement center with different executives from industries he is targeting. This client set up 11 networking meetings in 2 hours.

Do you think that you can host a LinkedIn Party? Try it and let me know how it works.

We’re all connected!

Anne

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Anne Pryor is a LinkedIn Trainer, Certified Online Brand Specialist, Future Mapper and Co-founder of Meaningful Connections, a national leader in personal branding, online visibility using LinkedIn, and career and new world of work strategies. She is the creator of LinkedIn Parties.

New Future Mapping: Attain Your Goals + Make Others 120 Percent Happy

Anne Pryor Future Mapper, Meaningful Connections, Future Map process to manifest your goals

Anne Pryor Future Mapper, Meaningful Connections, Future Map process to manifest your goals

Are you interested in making a change and don’t know the first step to take? Have you heard of Future Mapping or Whole Mind Mapping?

I call it Happy Soul Mapping because this is the only model that I’ve ever experienced that can help to manifest my desire by wanting someone else to be 120% happy.

As a Certified Future Mapper, I am one of the first practitioners, outside of Japan, to be trained on this new technique co-created by Masanori Kanda and Dr. Paul Scheele. I have been using and practicing this technique for the past two years and I have found that it helps me and my clients to clarity, create an action plan and manifest goals more quickly and with ease and enjoyment.

WHAT IS FUTURE MAPPING?

Future Mapping is a proven process used with hundreds of individuals, businesses, associations and government organizations over the past four years in Japan.
This process is a brand new, altruistic way to create and uncover the desired future manifest goals by tapping into the subconscious mind and create an action plan that makes both the client and others happy.

HOW IT WORKS:

1) PREPARE:

Create desired goal: State what is wished for – what is the goal?
– I wish for a new job
– I wish for a new product
– I wish for a new process
– I wish for a new career
– I wish for a different point of view on any problem
– I wish to grow my business
– I wish for……. you fill in the blank

State desired timeline – 3 days, 3 weeks, 3 years, etc.

2) FUTURE:

Make someone 120% Happy: client thinks of someone or something that they desire to make 120% happy. This is a very unique feature of this Future Mapping / Whole Mind Mapping model. It is an altruistic approach to manifesting what is desired. Through positive quantum energy it raises the level of energy for the person / thing that you desire to make happy. Next, the client thinks of the gift that want to receive when the person / thing is 120% happy.

3) PRESENT:

The client shares the current state of the person / thing that they want to make happy.

4) STORY:

Subconscious takes over: client then draws a wavy line on the six quadrant graph, with their non-dominant hand starting from top right to bottom left (see the blue line in the image above).

Next, the client makes up a story. The client creates a made-up story about the person / thing that they want to make happy. The story should be as imaginary and wild as possible using many colorful and descriptive details. I use the abbreviated Pixar story model to coach my clients with their stories:

  • Once upon a time…
  • Every day…
  • One day…
  • Because of that…
  • Because of that…
  • Finally…

This story actually represents the subconscious mind, thoughts and desires.

5) ACTION:

Next, the client circles trigger words that catch their attention; focusing on the words that are most interesting to them. The words are then moved above the wavy line. I interpret the story and connect it to reality by association. This process is the hardest part to teach. The process includes tapping into intuition and asking probing questions through reality and association. An action plan is created. It’s really amazing to see what is uncovered through the subconscious by moving the words to the conscious and unearthing and understanding the meaning.

6) TITLE:

The client then titles the Future Map – thinking in terms of a movie – what would the film be called if it was a mega hit or a three word bumper sticker.

7) BABY STEP:

The client then commits to one small step that they will take.

To create a three-set action plan, I use the Lifting Up™ Leadership Model which I co-created with my dear friends and business partners, Kathleen Crandall and Risё Kasmirski. This seven step process includes Mindfulness, Awareness, Vulnerability, Intention, Lovitude®, Transformation and Transcendence. In addition, I overlay the my adapted Law of Attraction process to create the clear plan to manifest the client’s desired outcome: Ask, Claim, Allow, Accept, Believe, Feel, Visualize, Act, and Thank.

I use Future Mapping with my online branding, LinkedIn coaching clients, and when teaching and training Career Counselors, Life and Executive Coaches, Facilitators, and Learning and Development professionals to help them help their clients create their desired future.

WHO DO YOU WANT TO MAKE 120% HAPPY?

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Anne Pryor, MA., is a Certified Future Mapper, Online Visibility Strategist, Career Coach and LinkedIn Strategist. She is recognized as a Universal Connector, and she has trained more that 55,000 how to Look Good and Be Found Online and Make Meaningful Business Connections. Co-founder of Meaningful Connections she has studied quantum energy with Dr. Masaru Emoto, worked with Charles Schultz on the opening of Mall of America’s Knott’s Camp Snoopy and studied the work of Deepak Chopra and worked with Dr. Don Miguel Ruiz. She is the creator of Lovitude® a quantum energy jewelry line meaningful Love and Gratitude. Contact Anne Pryor at Anne@MeaningfulConnections.net.

How LinkedIn Helped My Client Find the Perfect New Job and Change Industries! Case Study by Anne Pryor

Skills at Work

How do you know if you have the right skills for that new position? LinkedIn Skills and Groups helped my client change career paths and get a perfect job! 

The big idea is that LinkedIn is creating an ‘economic grid’; gathering data to make it easy to help connect people with the right skills with the right job openings.

Let me share a quick story how my client used my strategic approach: Look Good, Be Found, Make Meaningful Connections, to change careers, secure new skills and get her idea job.

PROBLEM: My client wanted to transition from a pharmaceutical sales representative position to a project management position in healthcare.

APPROACH: Create a strategy to reach hiring managers, find out the issues that were having, find and be retrained on the right skills, showcase my client’s ability to solve the problem ; show the hiring manager that she could do it now, and the way the hiring manager wanted.

ACTION STEPS:

1)      Search Project Managers in Healthcare.  Check out their Skills.  Make a list of those skills.  Hold ‘advice sharing / informational interviews with those people.

2)      Research Alumni (Network, Find Alumni)

Skills Find Alumni LinkedIn

3)      Click on the Program and Project Management skill; see the companies where most of the Alumni with that job work. Put those companies on target list. Set up informational meetings.

Program Manager Skills, LinkedIn Alumni

4)      Click the arrow on the top right and see what skills those employees hold.

LinkedIn Skills

Once my client saw the skills she needed, she asked her Dislocated Worker Counselor if there was funding to allow her to secure those skills and complete her PMP certification.  Funding was approved. After completing her certification we launched our Group Marketing Communication strategy for her to Look Good.

5)      She joined Groups where the hiring managers and recruiters were participating. She found connections to connect with and keywords to add to her profile, Summary, Interests, Projects and Current ‘placeholder’ position.

GROUP MARCOMM STRATEGY:  We developed a series of targeted questions to uncover problems that these hiring managers were facing.  One question she posted in a Group Discussion:  “What 3 initiatives do you have to implement to comply with the new Affordable Healthcare Act by January 2014?”

6)      Hiring managers began sharing their issues, problems and concerns.  My client asked additional follow up questions. She then Replied Privately to some of the responders and held deeper dialog.

7)      From the learnings, she edited her Summary and included Projects that she could assist with; based on the projects she learned needed help from the Discussions.

GREAT RESULT: My client is now working in a medical manufacturing company where the hiring manager found her in a Group.  She is thrilled.

NEW: Recently, LinkedIn added a new feature to the Jobs area called Insights.  For paid Job Seeker Members, when applying for a position on LinkedIn, the candidate can see how many people have applied for that job, where you would stack up, what skills are most important and what skills you have along with additional insights.

New LinkedIn Skills Insights

What do you desire?  Anything is possible.  Begin using LinkedIn strategically to get to that perfect job and make meaningful connections.

If you would like to learn more about how Anne Pryor, Kathleen Crandall or Rise Kasmirski please visit our website at www.meaningfulconnections.net.

Wishing you great success, my friends, Anne Pryor

 

Do Not Read Unless You Want to Embrace The Masterpiece That You Are in 2014

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by Anne Pryor:

I had the privilege of spending time with Don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements and his son Jose at the Omega Institute at Blue Spirit in Nosara Costa Rica.

My intention on this eight day retreat was to get in touch with my soul; to find what makes me happy and to activate that place inside of me.  Do you know what I mean?  I’d lost touch with who I am, what I am doing ‘here’ and what makes me happy.  My work is to help others to awaken to do their greatest good and I wanted to reawaken that in me.

For the first four days I was on my self-imposed silent retreat.  The other 19 group members, none of whom I knew, I’m sure thought that I was a bit strange.  I ate by myself, spent time on the peaceful ocean painting alone and spent time in contemplative meditation by the koi pond overlooking the ocean.

I also practiced a daily ritual of gratitude.  I had read The Magic by Rhonda Byrne (author of The Secret) on the airplane, and I was practicing the daily gratitude rituals.

The agenda each day was consistent, starting at 6:00 am with yoga, 7:30 breakfast, 9-11:00 lecture and experiences with Don Miguel and Jose, 12 pm lunch, 1-4 quiet time, 4-6 lecture, 6 pm dinner, evening free.

After two days I slowed down almost to a stop.  I began to notice.  To really notice the beauty around me.  I saw the big spiders spinning beautiful webs in 3D.  I realized that the spiders were not concerned about getting enough food, or losing their homes.  They built high and low.  Their webs were masterpieces.

Each day the howler monkeys would wake me at 4:00 am. They would climb through the trees with their infants and family in tow.  I would go to the ocean and watch the sun rise.  What a magnificent masterpiece.

On the beach when the tide would go out the crabs would have to rebuild their homes.  With the flick of their ‘feet’ they would create amazing masterpieces in the sand.

One day sitting by the koi pond I was saying thank you to the butterflies, hummingbirds and dragon flies for their beauty and freedom and a morpho / blue butterfly flew around and around me and asked me to play and to dance.  What a beautiful masterpiece she was.

Then suddenly something in me changed. In my silence, my observations, my gratitude, my connection with nature, from the lessons of the teachers and by being nourished by the wonderful and healthy food, I JUST STOPPED.

I stopped worrying, stopped thinking, stopped ruminating  and stopped defending.  I begin to smile, laugh, play, dream,  and feel an awe-filled oneness.  I felt this amazing unconditional love from everything around me and for everything around me.  I felt one with all of these masterpieces.  I realized that I AM a masterpiece.

Once you have an experience like this there is no going back.  Have you ever had an experience like I described?

Here are some of the profound questions that Miguel and Jose asked us to contemplate.  I will ask them for you to get quiet with:

  • What are you afraid of?
  • What is uninspiring you?
  • What lies are you telling yourself?
  • What is the truth?
  • What tantrums are you still throwing?
  • Have you forgiven yourself?
  • Who do you need to forgive?
  • Where is pride getting in your way?
  • When have you received unconditional love?
  • When do you give unconditional love?
  • What kind of messages do you give yourself?
  • What kind of messages do you give others?
  • What legacy do you want to keep alive?
  • Are you ready to love yourself?
  • Can you be comfortable in discomfort?
  • What ripples do you want to share? Are they positive or negative?
  • Are you talking from your heart?
  • Are you disrespecting yourself?
  • Are you letting others disrespect you?
  • What is your intention?
  • What is your intent?
  • Have any of your dreams come to an end?
  • Have you shed a skin that you are still carrying around? (a snake does not carry shed skin)
  • What imagination are you ready to make real?
  • Are you doing what makes you happy?
  • Are you grateful and living it?

Below are the Four Agreements (and The Fifth Agreement)

  1. Be Impeccable with your Word.  Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.
  2. Don’t Take Anything Personally.  Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
  3. Don’t Make Assumptions.  Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
  4. Always Do Your Best.  Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.
  5. Be Skeptical, But Learn to Listen.  Become aware of the kind of message that we are delivering in this world. Don Miguel Ruiz asks this question: What kind of messenger are you? This is not a judgment. It’s just a little doubt for your mind, but it’s a big step into awareness. If you understand the question, then just this little doubt can change your whole life.

As we begin 2014, may I invite you to embrace one of these Agreements and do your best to practice it.  If you would like a Guide to coach you to see the Masterpiece that you are, perhaps Kathleen, Risё or I can help you to make that meaningful connection – with yourself, then with others, then the with Universe.

In Lovitude,

Anne Pryor

5 Tips for a Great LinkedIn Portrait

by Anne Pryor

As a former Director of Marketing with Lifetouch, the world’s premier photographers of portrait memories, I have some expertise in eyeing a professional looking, attractive portrait. Here are some tips that I recommend:

Be Happy – Your state of mind matters. Feel good about yourself. TIP: Practice smiling, yep, you may not have done it in a while, so check out your smile in the mirror. Do you look better with or without teeth showing? I look better showing teeth showing, so I’ve been told. I actually laughed for one minute while sitting in my car in the parking lot before my portrait appointment. It put me in a great state of mind.

Be Comfortable, Current and Polished – What you wear matters. Does it portray the brand image that represents what you want to be known for, as my business partner, Kathleen Crandall would say? TIPS: It’s best to stay away from stripes, checks, plaids and busy prints in photos. Get a make-over if needed. Update your glasses, hairstyle and make up before the session. Check magazines for the latest styles. (I just visited ReVamp Salon Spa, Christopher Hopkin’s salon, in Minneapolis for tips on how to use make-up the right way for my face shape and age. Yep, I’d been doing it wrong from some 50 years! Christopher is my high school classmate and a make-over expert.)

Be Approachable – Close up head shots are great for the small space on LinkedIn. I suggest having the photographer also take a head and shoulder photo so that you have room to crop. (In case you have a large nose like I do and want to pull the shot back a bit.) TIP: Also, the background should complement your coloring and not be distracting.

Be Engaging – You look most engaged if you’re looking at the viewer; eyes toward the camera, and if you’re turned towards the copy on the page. Since LinkedIn changes the placement of the photo on the profile from time to time, I suggest posing left facing, right facing and straight on. (Most people like one side of their face better than the other, I do as well. (It’s the nose thing again.)

Be You – Some are opting for more “personality photos” and not the traditional head shot. This is fine depending on the brand image that you are trying to project. You may want to stand and try more freestyle posing. The photographers will work with you to get the most authentic pose.

The Technical Stuff – LinkedIn requires that you upload a JPG, GIF or PNG file (File size limit is 4 MB).

Special Photo Offer – I still appreciate the good work that Lifetouch does, so I had a photo taken at the JCPenney Portrait Studio.  In case you didn’t know, Lifetouch owns and operates studios in JCPenney and Target stores nationwide.  I’ve set up a partnership with Lifetouch to provide my friends with a special offer to get your LinkedIn photo offer from Meaningful Connections.

Just click here: Lifetouch Portrait Certificate LinkedIn Photo Offer.

The Unveiling

After (Photo by Cory, JCPenney Portraits, Eden Prairie, MN)