LinkedIn Answers is a tool that has been in place for a
short while and it has dawned on my why I like it so much. It’s like “cocktail hour” with
business professionals – posing a question and getting answers ranging from
small talk to brilliance. Recently I decided to take my frustration about PDAs
and Smartphone differences to others for their opinions. This, I figured, would
help me decide which device I should ultimately get.
I’ve gone crazy in my local AT&T store talking with
young sales guys who only can rattle off features, and are always busy juggling
another customer or two. They could
never help me decide what product would best fit my lifestyle. Enter LinkedIn
My initial impression with this feature of Linkedin was that
people could get their name out there as an expert, and that it wasn’t a
direction I was interested in going. First of all, it is time consuming to
reply to people’s questions. People can rate the answers so that you could ultimately
become a real “guru” of whatever topic you choose.
If you are a member, however – simply post a question about
some business topic you are seeking an answer for. I’ve done it twice so far –
posting the question to my contacts the first time, and posting a question to
anyone in LinkedIn the second time. Both were great.
Be sure to be specific. Think before you post. People will
otherwise ask you a lot of questions, and while you can amend your question
with more detail, it’s better to start off very clear.
Here is a good way to start. Find a category within LinkedIn
Answers that you are interested in, and read some of the responses. You can
offer your .02 cents as well. Once you have a pressing question, you can post
it and see the many and varied replies.
You’ll find experts who surface, and just those passionate
about a topic. It can open your mind to new ideas, and you can build
relationships with those within and outside of your network.
What PDA did I finally choose? I think I have narrowed it
down to a TREO Centro device. One of my former colleagues replied, and I trust
his judgment, plus I read all of the other answers and this seems to make the
Give LinkedIn Answers a try. At the same time, create (or
update) your profile – I’ll write more later about how LinkedIn has helped me
grow my business.