Top 5 reasons to join LinkedIn

Do you use LinkedIn, the social networking site for business? If you don’t, you may be missing a valuable opportunity to make connections and increase your visibility.

5 reasons I use LinkedIn:

  1. I’ve made a lot of connections — ranging from new clients to people with whom I wanted to do business.
  2. The site’s features make it easy for me to get introduced to high-profile people, with whom I previously wouldn’t have known how to get into contact.
  3. The privacy settings allow me to manage what information is available to the public — and I can make sure I’m not connected to just anyone.
  4. LinkedIn can help you gather background information for sales calls and proposals. You can even check your network to see if you know anyone working at a particular company — or if any of your contacts know someone who can give you the inside scoop.
  5. By helping other people connect with my own contacts, I build stronger relationships with my existing contacts. (It never hurts to be a nice guy!

Here’s my LinkedIn profile.