For many professionals, LinkedIn has grown to be one of the most widely used social media networks for making new connections and building professional networks. One of the most popular strategies for creating an extensive professional network is becoming a LinkedIn Open Networker (LION).
Side Note: From reading last week’s article, you should already know The Pros and Cons of Becoming a LinkedIn LION.
How can I become a LinkedIn LION?
Becoming a LinkedIn LION is not as hard as you might think. By making a few tweaks to your LinkedIn profile, you will be well on your way to a large professional network.
Branding your LinkedIn profile with the appropriate keywords and phrases is the first step. Including the phrases “LinkedIn Open Networker” and “LION” throughout your profile will ensure you are found in LinkedIn searches by people looking for other open networkers. Also, displaying your email openly for all viewers to see will also tell other users you are willing to connect with them.
Popular areas to include keyword phrases include:
– Your profile name
– You profile headline
– Your profile summary
– Your profile contact preferences
Joining LION Groups
Joining LinkedIn groups that are dedicated to open networking will also let users know you are willing to connect. Search for these groups by using the same two keywords listed above. Personal emails can be posted or retrieved from these groups which allow you to expand your network by inviting them to connect with you.
The top 3 LinkedIn opening networking groups include:
- TopLinked.com (Open Networkers)
- LION500.com (Open Networkers)
Using LinkedIn Directories
LinkedIn directories are the quickest way to expand your professional network. Directories provide lists of other open networkers who are looking to expand their professional network and offer downloadable.CSV lists for importing additional contacts. However, to be added to the list, there is a monthly free. The above URLs can be visited to find these directories.
So – now that you know how to become a Linkedin LION you are well on your way to building a vast network of business professionals. If you found this article helpful or interesting, please feel free to comment below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.