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How selective are you when someone requests to be included in your network? too often I see people without a profile nor much activity on there but they have very large networks. I tend to ignore these requests fearing they'll figure out a way to send me SPAM. What are your standards for accepting a request? How do you decide to whom you will submit a request?
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I accept all connection requests that come my way. I agree that some of them don't have much activity, however since they are all members of this community I accept the requests. I submit connection requests to members I have previously interacted with or sometimes after reading a post or watching a webinar and I want to connect with the contributor.
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Bruce, I tend to agree with Ranmali's point of view. It rarely happens that someone could send you a SPAM but in case they do, you can report them and they will take immediate action.

One thing worth mentioning, that some of these members might be very new to this community and that's why they do not have much activity so by accepting their network request, you encourage them to engage more ... This is my humble opinion.
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1 reply by Bruce A. Hayes
Mar 31, 2016 3:35 PM
Bruce A. Hayes
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I certainly agree with your point here. The more experienced you are, the more important it is to share your experience with others.

Recently I received a request from someone who has over 1000 people in his network and had not bothered to post any bio info. Don't get me wrong. I have been wanting to update, and complete my info for quite some time. It's sparse. But I'm not sure collecting lots of network members is the goal.
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Bruce, first I agree with both Ranhali and Rami comments. I would add that my understanding to get in you have to paid either by being PMI member or ProjectManagement.com
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Mar 31, 2016 2:09 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Bruce, I tend to agree with Ranmali's point of view. It rarely happens that someone could send you a SPAM but in case they do, you can report them and they will take immediate action.

One thing worth mentioning, that some of these members might be very new to this community and that's why they do not have much activity so by accepting their network request, you encourage them to engage more ... This is my humble opinion.
I certainly agree with your point here. The more experienced you are, the more important it is to share your experience with others.

Recently I received a request from someone who has over 1000 people in his network and had not bothered to post any bio info. Don't get me wrong. I have been wanting to update, and complete my info for quite some time. It's sparse. But I'm not sure collecting lots of network members is the goal.
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Mar 31, 2016 8:01 PM
Rami Kaibni
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It depends on what you're looking for.

For me, some of these gentlemen which did not have Bio, after connecting with them, they sent me private texts asking me how to indulge with this community and how to display their profile and upon advising them, they did it. Every person has his own reasons. Personally, being part of this community, I am always willing to help.
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Mar 31, 2016 3:35 PM
Replying to Bruce A. Hayes
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I certainly agree with your point here. The more experienced you are, the more important it is to share your experience with others.

Recently I received a request from someone who has over 1000 people in his network and had not bothered to post any bio info. Don't get me wrong. I have been wanting to update, and complete my info for quite some time. It's sparse. But I'm not sure collecting lots of network members is the goal.
It depends on what you're looking for.

For me, some of these gentlemen which did not have Bio, after connecting with them, they sent me private texts asking me how to indulge with this community and how to display their profile and upon advising them, they did it. Every person has his own reasons. Personally, being part of this community, I am always willing to help.
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1 reply by Bruce A. Hayes
Apr 01, 2016 11:06 AM
Bruce A. Hayes
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I had not considered this. Yes, perhaps not having a bio is something someone would be asking for an assist!
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I like that the bigger my network the more that shows up in my network news, and it's often dialogue that I want to get involved in. I was a bit selective at first, but I believe there's something I can learn from everyone, and I hope I have something to share as well. I would default everyone in my network if there was a simple 'add everyone' button :)
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3 replies by Bruce A. Hayes, JUAN PABLO PAZ GRAU, and Laura Polin
Apr 01, 2016 11:07 AM
Bruce A. Hayes
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Thank you. It's helpful to understand your change in mindset as you may have just helped me move mine forward.
Apr 12, 2018 7:02 PM
JUAN PABLO PAZ GRAU
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Hi Michelle,

Actually, there is an 'Add everyone in your chapter' button! -- once you enable it, your network increases dramatically.

I was very picky at the beginning, but no so much right now, even though I always read the bio and resume of the person sending a request before accepting the invite.

The first requests I received were very formal, the request was personalized and the person sent a private message afterwards to thank the invitation acceptance. I was really impressed and usually when I request a connection I do the same; would be nice to see that kind of formalism more often.

We had a recent chapter board election, and I checked the bios and resumes of the candidates here in projectmanagement.com, and voted upon what I evidenced on their profile. It was sad to see that some candidates didn't have anything in their profile.

Best regards,
Sep 04, 2019 3:40 AM
Laura Polin
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Hi Michelle, i am quite new to the community here and liked your comment about networking which reflects my approach.. you have to start from somewhere :)
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Mar 31, 2016 8:01 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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It depends on what you're looking for.

For me, some of these gentlemen which did not have Bio, after connecting with them, they sent me private texts asking me how to indulge with this community and how to display their profile and upon advising them, they did it. Every person has his own reasons. Personally, being part of this community, I am always willing to help.
I had not considered this. Yes, perhaps not having a bio is something someone would be asking for an assist!
Network:536



Mar 31, 2016 9:06 PM
Replying to Michelle Daigle
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I like that the bigger my network the more that shows up in my network news, and it's often dialogue that I want to get involved in. I was a bit selective at first, but I believe there's something I can learn from everyone, and I hope I have something to share as well. I would default everyone in my network if there was a simple 'add everyone' button :)
Thank you. It's helpful to understand your change in mindset as you may have just helped me move mine forward.
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You know, at first, I wasn't too picky. I'm new to these groups and could use the networking. But, after a couple of days of random requests based on my limited profile, I'm questioning their motives. Frankly, yours was the only request that made sense. We're from the same town, we know some of the same people. We can definitely be assets to one another. I'm questioning whether to ask some of these people why they asked to be in my network. Maybe I'm overlooking something intriguing about my work experience. If so, I'd like to know what that thing is so I can remember to highlight that in my resume.
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1 reply by Bruce A. Hayes
Apr 05, 2016 2:28 PM
Bruce A. Hayes
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I think you understand where I'm coming from.

Yes, a network for support is very important but we have this website for that. A personal network -- just seems like there should be something more than being a PM. Location, Industry, Chapter affiliation are all things that make sense to me in building the network.

The number of connections itself, isn't really a badge of honor is it?
Network:536



Apr 02, 2016 9:40 PM
Replying to Laura Fretz
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You know, at first, I wasn't too picky. I'm new to these groups and could use the networking. But, after a couple of days of random requests based on my limited profile, I'm questioning their motives. Frankly, yours was the only request that made sense. We're from the same town, we know some of the same people. We can definitely be assets to one another. I'm questioning whether to ask some of these people why they asked to be in my network. Maybe I'm overlooking something intriguing about my work experience. If so, I'd like to know what that thing is so I can remember to highlight that in my resume.
I think you understand where I'm coming from.

Yes, a network for support is very important but we have this website for that. A personal network -- just seems like there should be something more than being a PM. Location, Industry, Chapter affiliation are all things that make sense to me in building the network.

The number of connections itself, isn't really a badge of honor is it?
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