“I don’t want them as one of my contacts” he said “why should I?”
I was in the middle of a social media training session with the team from one of our clients and it looks like we stumbled upon an awkward moment!
During these sessions I carefully work with the full team and we determine carefully what the objectives are for their social media activity.
The team had agreed that “raising awareness” for what the organisation does was a big issue and they were going to use social media pro-actively as a vehicle to spread the word.
We were in the middle of a practical session on LinkedIn and we discovered that the person whose account we were using for demonstration purposes had a large number of ignored connection requests.
“But I don’t know them” he said
“Here you have people wanting to connect with you and you are ignoring them” I explained ..”not only are you losing an opportunity to connect and spread the word but you are giving the organisation a bad reputation by ignoring people“
Hmm … The room was silent, he wasn’t budging!
“How about, accept the requests, thank them for connecting and ask them how their business is going ?” ….. “after all, it’s not a marriage proposal” – I was trying my best!
Nope … nothing doing.
I had done enough talking and cajoling for one session so I left it – at the end of the day it is up to each organisation to set a policy for their use of LinkedIn.
The thing with LinkedIn is that people don’t connect with Greg Canty , they connect with Greg Canty, Partner with Fuzion. You and your role in the organisation are locked together as part of your identity.
The team may argue that their LinkedIn presence is their personal space – while this is true they are also wearing the team shirt and should turn up and play for the team.
What do you think ?
Fuzion with offices in Cork and Dublin offer social media training and consultancy in Ireland