I wanted to ask you, looking at your accomplishments, how can I become a LinkedIn Expert? With my HR and Consulting Background I would like to add LinkedIn Expert to my expertise. By asking you, I know I will receive the best advice.
My Answer to How to be a LinkedIn Expert
Buy a house and drop every cent into it. Get fired. Get hired as a sales executive to develop a new territory. Find out that your competitor (who sells your exact software package) is entrenched and that you have to do everything possible to survive and pay your mortgage.
Make 75 cold calls before noon every day. Start using LinkedIn to try to find ways to connect with more prospects and get past the gatekeeper. Close $1.5 million in business in a single month. Have your company raise your quota. Know that if you don’t close more business they will lay off not just you but your technical team, one of which just had a baby. Find yourself getting sick from the stress.
Continue to use LinkedIn to find and close business and create strong relationships. Keep challenging yourself and aiming high. Get fired because boss figures he can cover Philly since it’s already developed… besides, Philly is closer to NYC than the DC territory. Lose commissions for month of December in which you closed 1/2 million in business, oh and it’s only December 8th. Your company’s CRM database is gone, thank goodness you still have your LinkedIn network.
Decide to start own business because the thought of working for someone else is repellent. Use your sales experience and grasp of technology to start a consulting business. Blog about LinkedIn for 2 years before actually making any real money from it.
Spend every day on LinkedIn. Live it. Breath it. Use it to connect with people, add value, and find business. Spend every spare second you have writing a book about LinkedIn.
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