Dave Taylor has been involved with the online world since 1980 and
is recognized globally as an expert on both technical and business
issues. He has been published over a thousand times, launched four Internet-related
startup companies, has written twenty business and technical books and holds both an MBA and MS Ed.
He's a columnist for the Boulder Daily Camera and
Linux Journal and frequently appears
in other publications both online and in print.
Additionally, Dave maintains four weblogs:
The Business Blog at Intuitive.com,
Ask Dave Taylor,
Dave On Film,
Based in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, Dave is an award-winning speaker, sought after conference and workshop participant and
frequent guest on radio and podcast programs, as well as active member of
his community and busy single father to three children.
How I keep track of conference meetups: LinkedIn
I go to a lot of conferences, often to speak, but sometimes just to hang out, soak up the ambience, and mostly meet new people and learn about their interests, goals and ideas. It's heady stuff, and I've long since shared that it's the "10pm at the bar" meetings, the "bumped into each other in the hallway" serendipity that really can make a conference a career-changing event.
Lots of times the people I meet are interesting but don't immediately rock my world (and probably just as well!) so I end up coming home with yet another stack of business cards and the constant dilemma of people who are professionally active: what the heck do you do with those business cards once you get 'em?
My solution: Invite everyone to join me on LinkedIn.
On the other hand, a million business cards cascading across my desk is marginally interesting but really not very helpful, and when I want to find that delightful woman I met from Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO) or sharp manager from Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), I hate digging through the stacks. I first thought "ah, I'll buy a business card scanner", but the ones I tried universally stunk big time.
So I have resorted to the simple and expedient solution of sending a nice "glad we met up" note to everyone I meet at a conference through LinkedIn. I hope that they'll link to me so we can memorialize our connection, but even if not, at least I have what sales gurus call "a touch", a chance to communicate with them and say that, quite genuinely, I enjoyed meeting them and hope we can work together in the future.
If you've met me and given me a card, you've probably received one too.
My invites to LinkedIn aren't the stock - dull, ineffective - messages, however. Here's what I just sent out to the people I met at the recent Blog Business Summit:
Dear $name$, Wanted to send you a quick note saying that I enjoyed meeting you at the Blog Business Summit a week or so ago in Seattle!
I am hoping we can stay in touch, and to simplify that, I am hoping we can connect on LinkedIn. Yeah, I know, yet another social network... but LinkedIn is different because it's focused on professionals and there are no bands, no people with strange facial markings, no chat rooms. Just professionals, largely at Fortune 1000 firms, networking and communicating.
If you'd like to connect, please go ahead and click the link below. If you want help - surprise! - I have a lot of tutorials on my AskDaveTaylor site which you can find here:
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