When it comes to LinkedIn, many introverts are unsure of how to get involved. We are often shy about asking people to join our network. We wonder if we’re being too forward. What if they say no?
I talked about this with Mike O’Neill, who offers some great LinkedIn workshops, and he suggests that we take advantage of the Classmates, Colleagues, and Contacts features to build our network. Once you have a profile and you’ve logged in, go to Home. At the bottom of the Home page, under the Network heading, you’ll find links for Colleagues, Contacts, and Classmates. Click those links, and LinkedIn will find other LinkedIn users who have worked for the same companies as you, attended the same schools, or who are in your address book. Since you already have some connection with these people, it’s much easier to ask them to join your LinkedIn network.