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How to name drop professionally on LinkedIn

Now I am not talking about saying which celebrity you follow or who you bumped into in the lift, but the people that you enjoy seeing or meeting on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn makes it easy for you to name drop a level one connection or a company you follow but you would never normally use a full name in conversation with someone.

I’ve never been to a meeting and had someone I know say “Lovely to meet you Mr James Potter” that’s just not right or indeed real in the business world – which LinkedIn is.

But if you know what you’re doing (or you just keep reading this blog!) you can name drop people inside of LinkedIn in status updates by first name only – you might have spotted I do it all the time as I would use first names in real life with people I know or that I am connected to at level one.

I hesitated to write this blog post as most of the LinkedIn / social experts don’t do this and I don’t want them to know how as it provides a constant source of amusement and addition to my cheery personality that they look bad, but I want you all to know how to do it and enjoy that you know more than the “experts” do 🙂

Here are some instructions on how to do it:

1. When you type a name LinkedIn will automatically pull it in from your level one contacts or followed companies. For example, if you were looking for me you could type in James Potter. If you are connected to more than one James Potter you would need to select the correct one from the list that you want to include in your status update.

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2. To shorten this to first name only simply left click before Potter and then press delete key and LinkedIn will remove surname or should you wish first name (or in some cases 100 different accreditations or letters after their name) so you are left with just the first name

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So it looks like …

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Heh presto you’re more expert than most LinkedIn “experts” 🙂

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