12 Ways How LinkedIn Helps to Find Experts Outside And Inside Your Own Organization

by Jan & Bert

If you are working on a project and you need information, knowledge or any other form of expertise outside or inside your own organization, these are the benefits LinkedIn can bring you:

1. Receiving answers to your questions (via Answers or Discussions in Groups)

2. Identifying the experts (finding their profile via a search or via the Expert rating of Answers)

3. Receiving introductions or referrals to experts (via the introductions tool or outside LinkedIn via a Magic Mail)

4. Discovering the relationships between experts and other contacts (see the connections in their profiles)

5. Discovering the relationships between your colleagues from the same and other departments and experts (see the connections in their profiles)

6. Discovering information about experts which makes the conversations online and offline easier (reading their profile)

7. Maintaining relationship with experts (Personal contacts, Discussions in Groups and answering questions in Answers)

8. Visibility for you and your organization – which might attract the experts – and Personal and Company Branding (your profile not only on LinkedIn, but also in the Search Engines like Google, contributions in Answers and in Discussions in Groups)

9. Make yourself be perceived as an expert as well (contributions and Expert Points in Answers, via Discussions in Groups and Status Updates)

10. Finding the right groups and organizations where the experts gather to be member of yourself, both online and offline (via the profiles of people from your network, via the 5 different ways to find Groups and via Events)

11. Picking up trends in the marketplace (Discussions in the groups of the experts)

12. Getting notifications when someone changes jobs, this is a trigger to contact them to see if they became an expert and if they leave the organization to get introduced to the one who will replace them (network updates and "Follow Companies")

To your success !

Jan and Bert

PS: more LinkedIn tips can be found in the book "How to REALLY use LinkedIn". You can download it for FREE!

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