This week we interviewed Steven Burda, he has 50,000 people in his LinkedIn network!
How did you get so many people in your network?
I started early, and by no means I wanted to get to be the #1 Most Connected Person on LinkedIn. It just happened. I take the time to get to know people, to give back and help them, as much as I can and in my free time, and I guess with such gesture and my reputation, people are coming to me, people are asking for help and assistance, and I am helping those that I can. I am well published online and in print, and people I guess are curious to find out who is Steven Burda and perhaps looking forward to the future where no one knows where our paths may just cross again. Oh, and also being an Open Networker helps. It’s a concept where I am willing to be connected to people I haven’t met yet in real life… see here for more:
http://www.cio.com/article/print/470122 and www.economist.com/node/13129427;
How long did it take?
It’s an ongoing process to be and stay the most connected. But probably about 3 or 4 years. I worked hard, and it showed. But it’s really not about the numbers, as quality is much better than quantity. I know I may sound like a hypocrite here while being the most connected with over 50,000 direct 1st level connections as of today, but I truly think that getting to know your contacts as much as possible is the key to any healthy professional relationship. I try to do just that!
What kinds of opportunities have developed for you because of LinkedIn?
Various ones. From job opportunities, to partnership/volunteering opportunities to publishing and speaking engagements. Many people want to know “my story” and I had a friend start a website for me at sburda.com You can read more there, as it’s always updating! Oh, and of course there will be other money making opportunities, you just have to uncover those gems as you go along. And remember, “Dig your well before you’re thirsty” — meaning, start networking and building relationships before you need anything.
What is a simple strategy you would suggest to a newbie for being effective in LinkedIn?
Just get out there, be active, participate and invite the people you already know and trust. Always think “them” and not “me” to be the most effective. Those who think “I need a job now” should focus more on “How can my skills help a company or an organization” and instead of “What’s in it for me?” mentally, a really good one is “How can I help him/her/them?”
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