thanks5 Thanksgiving Gifts for Your LinkedIn Connections

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. It is celebrated by all American’s and is really about telling our family and friends how grateful we are to have them in our lives in a way that no other holiday does. It is about appreciating life and being thankful for all the goodness around us. I am grateful everyday for my family and friends and the many exciting journeys life brings me. I believe this is a time to show thanks to our professional network as well. For many of us, our careers have grown through the people that support us everyday and LinkedIn is a great way to express gratitude and thanksgiving!

1.  Endorse your connections on LinkedIn – Be sure to choose skills and expertise that you know your connection has and that you have experienced. Below is how to do this:

To endorse a skill already listed on someone’s profile:

1.   Scroll down to the Skills & Expertise section of a connection’s profile.

2.  Click the name of the skill, or the + symbol next to the skill.

2. Make a warm introductions to connections that can benefit from a knowing each other.  It can be in a LinkedIn message or in an email. Just copy them both with a small description of each ( you can pull information right from their LinkedIn summary) and explain why you think it would be a positive connection for the both of them.

3. Engage in comments on your networks’ posts, like or comment on their discussions and vote on their polls and share your thoughts in comments. Your network has spent a lot of time and energy in putting their content out, the fact that you spent the time to read it and participate is very much appreciated. 

4. Recommend your connections on LinkedIn – there is not much more appreciated then a testimonial on LinkedIn, but again, make sure it sincere. This is a fantastic way to thank your vendors this season!

5. Share your networks content by tweeting and re-tweeting their posts and share it with your network on LinkedIn and Facebook.  As a blogger and business professional, I am always grateful when someone shares my information with their network. You can often find their twitter, Facebook and blog right on their LinkedIn profile or website.

Thank You My Valued Professional Network! Happy Thanksgiving!