How do you respond to this without being rude? Well I struggle to control myself, so I end up looking like I’ve just been slapped across the face and then proceed to say nothing for a second or two, as I let this piece of widsom sink in for a while.
I’m changing jobs in a couple of months so naturally I’m keen to find a way of keeping in contact with people I respect and like. But I don’t want to exhange pieces of cardboard because I have the unenviable talent of losing business cards before a conversation has even come to an end. What I want is their latest contact details, for ever. Plus I would appreciate being able to keep in touch with their work projects as it could spark an idea or future collaboration, so for me LinkedIn (or Plaxo) is the best way to do it effectively.
But I am truly amazed at the amount of business people who don’t wish to participate in these types of professional sites for fear of something terrible happening or are simply unaware they exist at all.
One guy said he was a ‘one company man’ and didn’t want to give the impression that he was looking for another job. Another said it was too intrusive, a third didn’t have time for such things, a forth (self-employed) said LinkWhat? It just goes on.
The question that keeps coming back is, am I the stupid one who’s exposing herself to an unknown danger via these types of sites? I know exactly who can see what about me, not only because I put the content there in the first place but because I manage the security settings.
In summary, LinkedIn, Plaxo, FaceBook, etc have been a godsend to me. I have been able to be far more visible, available and engaged with my personal and professional networks thanks to these sites, because in reality being a working mum seriously limits my available time to connect offline.
Would be interested to hear other views on this, particularly if I’m really missing the point on the dangers.
And here’s some facts and figures about LinkedIn