LinkedIn is such a wide pool that you have to develop a connecting/networking strategy to connect with people. With over 175 million professionals, it is very difficult to choose with whom to connect. There are four networking strategies that can be used to connect people in LinkedIn. Depending on your comfortability on connection spectrum, you need to choose the most appropriate LinkedIn networking strategy.
Open networkers also called as open connectors. This is the most common LinkedIn networking strategy. As the name implies, they connect with anyone on LinkedIn, irrespective of any points. They look for increasing their connection by sending active invitations and accepting others’ proposals. This majority believes that large networks lead to more business opportunities. You can find many open networkers in LinkedIn.
Closed Networkers connect with those to whom they know well. Very carefully, they select people to whom they would send invitation. They see a value in having a tight and a lean network of trust worthy members. These networkers tend to be highly selective. They believe in generating a single line of trustful members is more worthful than an army of doubtful loyalists.
Smart Networkers uses LinkedIn to connect to those they know, to connect to those they would like to know, and accepts invitations from those that would be beneficial to be connected to. Smart, intelligent but still a lean and a tight network. They always look out for people who can provide opportunities and send them invitations. Such kinds of networkers make connections only for their benefits. They don’t add any human value to their relationships.
Helpful Networkers send out invitations to everyone and try to help out others giving in their feeds. Such kind of networkers believe in the notion of “Give more to get more”. Therefore, they always provide help to anyone who comes in their way. They consider the process of familiarity as their platform to get business opportunities. These networkers aim at building relationships rather than selling their product.
You will have to choose your own LinkedIn networking strategy depending on how you want to use it. Every strategy is good, I would say excellent provided it satisfies all your pre-determined goals.
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