Blog Ramblings

The Power of Having Your Shit Together

Posted by Matt Starnes | May 9, 2017


Like many small business owners and employees of small businesses, I attend networking functions. Last year I went to an event that had a small roundtable introduction followed by a brief mixer. You had 60 seconds to promote whatever you wanted and sell yourself. I was starting Leading Results’ podcast, Marketing Monster Mashup, so I closed our commercial with an invitation for guests.

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Topics: Networking

Why You Should Not Use LinkedIn Mobile Apps to Make Connections

Posted by leadingresults | November 8, 2012


If you have read my earlier blog on The Do’s and Don’ts on LinkedIn Invites, this is the follow up.  If you don’t have time to read the original post, the premise was that using the default "I’d like to connect with you on LinkedIn" is dreadful and downright deplorable behavior. I know plenty of people that will immediately discard a LinkedIn invitation if it is not personalized.

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Topics: Linked-In, Networking, Social media

The Do's and Don'ts on LinkedIn Invites

Posted by leadingresults | October 17, 2012


This post was going to be a rant on the phrase "I'd like to add you to my professional network." (but I decided that at least most people are trying...and I decided to be nice). So, instead, I’ll take a more constructive approach and share my thoughts on how to properly invite someone to join you on LinkedIn.

If you were at a networking event, would you walk over to someone, hand them a business card, ask them to connect and walk away? I certainly hope not. I would expect you to introduce yourself and give them some sort of reason to keep talking. LinkedIn is no different.

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Topics: Linked-In, Networking, Social media

That Awkward Moment in a Networking Conversation

Posted by leadingresults | May 17, 2010


You know the situation.  You get introduced to another business person by a mutual acquaintance who thinks you two can work together and find some “synergy” between your businesses.  So you arrange an introductory call (referrals can come from the most unlikely places).

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Topics: Marketing, Networking