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Has "people also searched for" in right hand sidebar, gone? A friend asked as he could not see it on his profile. I just looked at my profile and can't see it there? I still have the old profile view.
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Hi +Des Walsh - it disappeared for me on Wednesday last week (with Settings on or off) during a sales session I was running. However, it is now back again so may have been a temporary glitch. [old UI version] 
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Why would someone go to the expense of having a premium LinkedIn account but not provide any other contact details than an email account (and a hotmail one at that)?

Although this might seem like a rhetorical question, I'm genuinely interested to see if there is a sensible answer that just now escapes me.
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+Renee Zung "I am not sure most LinkedIn users understand how to use it." Spot on!
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Discrepancy in group member numbers. I'm helping a client with a group that is just starting out, so has only small numbers. I noticed a discrepancy between the numbers I could see and the number LinkedIn was posting as the total membership. 21% or so more than I could see and count. Fortunately for the exercise the number was low enough for me to do a manual count. Checked an cross-checked, the discrepancy stayed.

Not a big deal. Just curious. Is that par for the LInkedIn course?
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I never have the right number of people looking to connect with me either. they fix it but it gets warped a while later. 
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New Linkedin feature, Open Candidate. (Apologies if this has already been listed but I could not find it in the discussions). Now job seekers in current employment can make their availability known to recruiters in "stealth mode", i.e. without current employers or affiliated companies being aware. I'm involved more now with LinkedIn for B2B rather than recruitment but this looks like a constructive step to me. Any other views?
It's a bit easier than blinking 'Help Me Find A New Job' in morse code while you walk to work.
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Agree - It's a good feature but I suspect many job seekers will not be aware of it

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We all know innovation is a Good Thing, don't we? Why is it that some leaders are reluctant to fully commit to the whole process including execution.
Is there a false dilemma for business leaders, executives and board directors, in balancing the need for innovation with a responsibility for continuity?
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Do messages to multiple addressees still have the option to hide everyone's name apart of course from that of each individual receiving the message?

I just started a message, put some names in, started the text, but no box appeared at the bottom for me to uncheck.
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Thanks +Teddy Burriss I thought that might be the case.
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I enjoyed thoroughly this stimulating conversation with business adviser and career guide +Larry Cornett #podcast #leadership
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I enjoyed it too :)
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Do you find sending messages via LinkedIn more or less effective than using regular email?

I've been working on what I thought was the accepted wisdom that messages via LinkedIn would be more trusted.

Now I'm finding that people are not always responding when I use LinkedIn, or responding only after some lapse of time and sometimes then saying "I don't check LinkedIn messages much" which I assume means they are not getting an email alert about the LinkedIn message.
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I think there are many who are on LinkedIn, but don't really maximize the platform. So, only recently have I started emailing some folks vs. sending them a LI message and I have found they respond to the emails sooner.
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What's the appropriate, reasonably polite response when I have accepted an invitation to connect and send a message expressing my thanks for the invitation and saying I've accepted, then get a response that asks me what I do?

I never accept an invitation without reading the person's profile and I suppose there is a naive expectation on my part that they will have read mine before inviting me to connect. 
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Now you're talking, +Mark Stonham​
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How choosy - or not - are you in accepting invitations to connect on LinkedIn. I checked yesterday an invitation from a fake profile (the photo alerted to fakeness, Google Images search confirmed, and the profile details were further confirmation. I also noticed about 14 respected connections of mine had obviously accepted. In a subsequent exchange on another platform a self-declared expert made it clear that this was in his opinion a waste of time and people should just accept that their network will have a share of these fakes.

My preference is to stick with the choosy/check/Ignore option, but I'm curious about how others see this.
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I"m pretty fussy about who I connect with. If I don't recognize the person and I have a minute or two, I'll write a message back of the "have we met?" variety (I like +Teddy Burriss's idea about asking if anybody referred them to me, though). Some of the best conversations I've had on LinkedIn have been with potential and new connections, though.

As I've written, I think accepting invitations from fake accounts puts your account and all your connections' accounts at risk. Many people on LinkedIn don't seem to be bothered by the risk, however.

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Looking through some old blog posts I discovered that my first podcast was in 2005. Some stops and starts along the way. Only took me till last year - 10 years! - to get serious. Moral of the story: Don't give up!

I find it interesting on iTunes to see how many shows seem to have just fizzled out.

Does anyone know how many episodes people on average get to and then settle in or saddle up properly to keep going? Or, is there a number where production just starts to drop off?
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I'm glad you posted this +Des Walsh​. I started my podcast the beginning of the year and started out strong. I had so many issues since then, personal and technical, that it's been extremely hard to get back into the swing of things. I need to hear this. Thsnks👍
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When you are going back 13 1/2-14 years, a single blog post can easily turn into a series, as this one has done. Who else remembers why they started blogging?
As part of a blogging challenge this post is about Des Walsh's blogging story, from 2003 to now. Part 1 Why I Started Blogging
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Executive Business Coach + LinkedIn Demystifier + Social Media Strategist |


I'm Des Walsh. My mission is to help business leaders create a magical combination of peace of mind, happy employees and customers, and awesome business success.  

I'm an executive business coach, social media strategist and LinkedIn demystifier.  

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Executive Business Coaching, Leadership coaching, social media strategy, social networking, blogging, LinkedIn, public speaking.

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