There is a super new feature in LinkedIn that I think I am in love with! When you log into LinkedIn and pull up the profile of someone you are connected to, you will notice a new tab located right next to the contact tab under their profile picture entitled Relationship. I’ll use my awesome Boss as the example for this blog.
When you select the Relationship tab you now have the ability to add information that is visible only to you that will help you to not only improve your networking skills but you will be able to strengthen relationships by making important notes that help you to stay on top of your game. You can now:
- Make notes about your relationship with this person or perhaps notes about their location, work shift, things that are important to them that are worth remembering
- You can set reminders like you do in Outlook or a CRM database about important events or calls or meetings that you don’t want to forget. The capabilities here are a little limited as you can only set reminders for a day, a week, a month. You can set a recurring reminder which also has limitations by the month but you can use the custom feature to set reminders by the day.
- You can now note how you met that person and who it was that introduced you. This is a great feature considering all the meetings, conference calls, trainings, jobs and even vacations that have helped us to make the many connections that we have. Sometimes it can get challenging when someone you know you have met but cannot put your finger on where or why reaches out to you.
- You can associate a Tag to your contacts to link them to groups or companies or make up a special tag that may be relevant only to you.
- Finally and one of the best things I like is that it keeps track of how long you have been connected and on what date that connection was made.
This new feature may be especially helpful if you are going to get creative and say keep track of birthdays, anniversaries, events that your prospects are going to or hosting so you can set reminders to follow up with them and inquire how it went or maybe to attend yourself.
The time it will take to fill in some details for your key contacts will be well worth it when your opportunity presents itself to you and you kill it. Good Luck!