In the last few months, I decided to participate a bit more on LinkedIn as part of my journey on building the 12 startups. I started to follow people that interests me and also actually comment on posts that I find relevant instead of just hitting the “Like” button. Just doing this I started to receive either reactions or responses on my comments, but I did not see many invites to connect or follow from there. So this got me thinking, can I make someone curious about my profile and if so, how do I do that?
So, I started sending messages to people outside of my network, when either of the following occurs:
Now, what was the message I sent? I adjusted the message depending on their own profile, or what they did. But the gist is basically to ask the following:
Obviously not everyone responds to these questions, but surprisingly most do. Because of this, I’ve had some interesting talks with different people and also received some great suggestions on how to make my profile better. Here are some of the things that I’ve learned:
My LinkedIn profile is nowhere near perfect and someone that’s more of an expert might have more ideas on how to improve it. But it’s been an interesting experiment for me and I learned a bit more about how LinkedIn works as a social platform. I encourage you to do something similar, especially since LinkedIn gives you a free month of premium that you can use to message people not in your network.