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Increasing your Network Connection base is very beneficial in so many ways so for those who are wondering what the purpose is or benefit, I would like to give you a brief of how I personally found it useful:
1- Mentoring / Assistance: In many cases, I connect with people and they send me a thank you message for connecting with them and say that they are new here and were wondering how they can start on this platform so I help them out get started here. Some people feel shy or not comfortable taking a first step.
2- Enhancing the Community Engagement: Item 1, leads to enhanced member engagement with this community as soon as they get their head around it and understand how much of an amazing platform and community it is. I feel that everyone of us should have a sense of ownership towards this community to try as much as he/she can to work towards enhancing it.
3- Connecting on other Platforms: In many occasions when I connect with people here, they send me a thank you message and tell me that they are not very active here and ask to connect on LinkedIn and share expertise. I did learn a lot from so many people.
4- Connecting in Person: In many occasions, I connected with people on person via connecting through this platform and some of them (To be specific 2), we became friends although they are not very active here.
In summary, Network connections have so many advantages. You just need to look at the positive side of things and look whats beyond that number. I am not saying I am connecting with all my connections but I certainly connected with a decent no. of people. (If you connect closely with 500 people out of the 100 K connections, this is a great achievement - This maybe a small percentage but a big number).
For me, it is not about adding connections to show off the number. It is about the whole package of me being a member of this community, leading by example, contributing, helping, connecting, learning and the goes on.
To conclude: Networking is not about collecting contacts, it’s about planting relationships.
I am here to learn from people comments and debates. The number of connections do not mean nothing for me. What is valuable for me are the things they put on the table in each debate.
This is an important question, Jaleel - thanks for asking it!
I've taken a different approach with this community than I have with LinkedIn. With LinkedIn, I follow a pretty strict approach to accepting contacts - either I have to know the person beforehand or they need to have sent me a meaningful reason for connecting in their connection request. If they don't meet either of these conditions, I ignore the request. This is for a few reasons:
1. I don't want my feed cluttered up by posts from folks whom I don't feel a valuable connection to
2. LinkedIn is my primary "brand" platform, and I don't want to judged by association with those whom I don't know
3. I've been pestered in the past by folks on LinkedIn who connected with me for the sole purpose of getting something...
I tend to go into my LinkedIn connections every year and purge ones I haven't had contact with in a few months.
With projectmanagement.com, the stakes are a lot lower. By itself, a connection creates no default behavior as far as I can tell, and I haven't been pestered by any connections to date. Also, Kimberly, Laura and the other community moderators are folks whom I have met and am comfortable that I can contact if a connection does start to become a nuisance whereas with LinkedIn I don't have any such personal contacts who could help address issues.
This is why my projectmanagement.com connections number is much higher than that on LinkedIn.
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