No offense, but by the looks of you, I can see that you’ve been on Earth for some time now.
As a result, you probably know quite a few people, many of whom possess valuable information, particularly regarding trusted professionals and companies they’ve come to rely on.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could easily query these people whenever you needed a recommendation to one of these resources?
Indeed it would be, which is why some smart person invented LinkedIn Answers, a free feature built into LinkedIn that helps you ask questions of up to 200 people in your network, all at once.
Think about that. Instead of just Googling “Political Campaign Strategist in Massachusetts” or “Giant Python Attic Removal” (not that I’m suggesting that those two searches are in any way related) and then having to sort through all the responses, why not ask the people you already know who they might recommend?
I’ve used LinkedIn Answers in this way on several occasions for recommendations on, among other things, finding a tech support company, a travel agent familiar with Panama and a graphic artist.
Intrigued? I don’t blame you. For a step by step guide to using LinkedIn Answers, watch my two-minute, 39-second video.
Thanks Michael. Loved your video! Now I have officially learned something new today! I don’t know what you’re talking about, though…..you don’t need a hairpiece! (And I don’t need to buy a diet program!) 🙂
That’s why you and I have such winning personalities – developed out of desperation! I plan to be incredibly popular when I’m extremely old and nobody looks good! Happy holidays to you as well, Nancy.
Wow- it’s like a friend just popped in to show me something cool— and you did! Really appreciate it-
My pleasure, Sandy!
I have often wondered about the best way to ask questions on Linkedin. I have had success with doing so within groups – but didn’t realize I could so easily ask of those connections I actually know! Love it. Thank you! and Happy Holidays!
Yes a terrific tool! Happy holidays to you too Diana.
Nancy, Sandy and Diana, check this tip out too since I know for sure you’ll find it useful!
That is AWESOME Michael. I’ve had great success with groups, but was clueless on this one. I’m impressed with how you blended a screenshot with a video … really impressed. How did you do that?
I use this free little service called screencast-o-matic. Easy to use and then upload to youtube. It’s listed on my page of resources, along with a bunch of other services I rely on! Here’s the link:
Great video! I shared your video on my blog. (Giving you full credit, of course!) I took the idea one step further and discussed using Answers to poll clients for marketing info. Yes, there are other survey tools out there if I need a multiple question survey. But Answers is an easy way to gather info.
Thank you, Michael, for sharing good, practical information!
Great idea Computer Lady! I’ll have to try that as well. And thanks very much for the hit on your blog too.
Love this one as well Michael. I never really took the time to attempt to figure out how you could narrow it down to just a few people. Seeing you in the video makes me can’t wait to do it.
Once again you hit the ball out of the park!