I am going to embarrass myself and admit to making a HUGE LinkedIn mistake early in my online business.
I look back to 2007 when I first opened my virtual doors. My website was live and I was waiting anxiously for the first paying client to grace my doors. LinkedIn was new and exciting. Social media was gaining in popularity and I was enthusiastically prepared to present myself to the world. Ah, the good ole days of anticipation, joy and even…
I started my LinkedIn profile back in dark ages. Wow, I was so excited to get started and was thrilled to have an audience. Discovering groups was awesome and I started a Virtual Assistant’s Tips & Tricks group that grew to over 1,000 VAs. It was definitely a learning curve and remember so many faux pas back in those days. The poor people I imposed those LinkedIn mistakes on. One specific memory stands out and I was reminded of it today.
LinkedIn Mistake Confession
Now, for my duh moment, my pride bender and reality check. I was so full of myself that I thought since I had engaged with this audience and they knew me so well that surely someone would want to add a recommendation on my LinkedIn profile. I didn’t have any paying clients at that time, so I naively sent out requests to poor unsuspecting acquaintances, unashamedly asking them to recommend my services.
Most politely ignored my LinkedIn mistake (thank you so much for that), but I had one person who took me to task over the matter. They left no doubt in my mind that I had committed a social media crime and I was to be held accountable for my actions.
That left an indelible mark on me
Now when I receive requests for endorsements or recommendations on LinkedIn I have to chuckle. If I don’t personally know the person or have worked with them, I politely and discreetly click the delete button. Take the hint please, don’t be ME.
Don’t leave me blushing here alone
What has been your most memorable social media blunder?