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LinkedIn Management, Suggestion Solicitations

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My Vizify profile outlines the varied interests that have captivated my attention over the last fifteen years.

LinkedIn strictly instructs: do not accept new connections unless you know them. OK – I can buy into that, in this confused day and age of social media. But, LinkedIn is such an amazing connection tool. What happens when really interesting people want to connect with you? What are you supposed to do?

I want to meet everyone for coffee first. I want to hear stories. I want to exchange passions. I want to learn how we can both be beneficial to each other. I cannot network you with another if I don’t know about you. I’ve been encouraged to connect with others as a way to piqué interest, which I’ve done. And, I can get that. But, I don’t really want to connect with that person until I know them. So, for those who’ve contacted me, I am paralyzed and unsure of what to do.

The unfair strategy I now use is ignoring the request. They hangout in my LinkedIn notification bar, reminding me of my delinquency as I pursue other things. I’m busy. The pie of time is split very strictly between sleep, family, work, and volunteer activities. My ability to mingle and meet new people is relegated to conferences or the occasional coffee during work hours or the take-away-from-family time weekend mornings. I wish I had at least 8 hours a week making new connections. It’s amazing how quickly that pie-time-chart fills up with things that must happen that precludes meeting new people to further a promise of a career.

So, what is a gal supposed to do? Email exchanges? I have a hard time catching up with the emails that are now marked as unread in the variety of in boxes I manage. Phone calls? I find that no one uses the phone anymore, and I often have to remind people who it’s more than a texting device.

Recruiter friends – please share – what are your best practice connection tips with LinkedIn? How do you suggest busy people manage the pie-time-chart to make effective, useful connections for both parties?

Please! Discuss! Engage! Share ideas.

Thank you.

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Getting Lucky at the Lab

Levi, my lovely child, is walking through the Pumpkin Patch last October. Our children deserve safe, stable, healthy, affordable homes. Come celebrate with me so we can make sure all children have access to great housing!
Levi, my lovely child, is walking through the Pumpkin Patch last October. Our children deserve safe, stable, healthy, affordable homes. Come celebrate with me so we can make sure all children have access to great housing!

It’s my birthday, and I’m throwing a party! Okay, clarification, it was my birthday, but I’m still throwing a party. Come join me at the Lucky Lab Tap Room on Friday, September 13th. Join me and raise money for CAT!

Why do I want to raise money for CAT? What is CAT? CAT is The Community Alliance of Tenants, Oregon’s only renters’ rights organization. I’ve spent a lot of time there, over the last five years, because I firmly believe that societal change begins at home. And, that’s what CAT does – we empower renters to make sure they have safe, stable, and affordable homes.

It is our job to make sure we leave this world in a better place. I believe this world would be a better place if we could all realize our potential. I believe in Maslow’s Hierarchy of achieving self-actualization – our potential – but it starts with taking care of basic needs. And basic needs start with having enough to eat, enough to wear, and a safe home to call home.

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Mommy and Levi posing at the coffee shop, our community space where we spend time together over cocoa and mochas.

I am celebrating my 35th year by raising $3,500 for this organization I love. And, I am celebrating at the Lucky Lab Tap Room. Don’t worry, if you don’t live in the area, there are plenty of ways to give! Donate to the organization I love, and help make my dream of raising $3,500 come true. Change starts at home. At CAT, we make good renters. Good renters make good communities, and good communities support one another to make our entire society better, more understanding, and more loving. At CAT, we make positive change a reality.

You’re invited. Please join me on Friday, September 13th as I toast my 35th year by raising $3,500 for the Community Alliance of Tenants. You can RSVP today or just give if you can’t come. I would love to see you all there. YOU are a part of my community, and I would love for you to help me celebrate a better society for us, for our children, and our children’s children.