Wow – you have 37 talents – how awesome for you! The problem is that only the 10 with the most votes are shown, and all those other wonderful things you claim to be good at? Well, they languish at the bottom, getting only one or two votes.
That actually has the opposite effect of what you're hoping for. The lack of votes on those 27 extra talents below the top 10 makes you look like you aren’t an expert at those things. Stick to just 10, and you’ll get a higher concentration of votes on your true top skills.
Wow, I have a LOT of free time, because I’m scrolling all the way down to the bottom, hoping for something else – something to give me insight into who you are, what commonalities we share. I do look at where you went to school, in case that might be a conversation starter.
I glance at your groups, again searching for some relevance. It's a good idea to join groups based on personal interest as well as business interest. Who knows - we both might be Hawkeye fans, or support the same charity group, or have the same interest in robotics. I'll never know if your groups don't reflect that about you.
Unfortunately, I didn’t see any video uploads – those would have really set you apart, because salespeople hardly ever include them in their profile.
I would have loved to see a fun, self-deprecating video you filmed yourself – nothing highly polished, that’s too inauthentic. Something where you said,
Hey mystery person looking at my profile, I’m a real person. I hope we can connect and see how we can help each other someday. I’m a 20-year industry veteran, a father of three, a volunteer at my local food shelf, and avid reader, and an Iowa Hawkeye fan – but don’t hold that against me. Let’s connect and cross paths someday.”To be continued...
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Shawna Suckow is a professional speaker who loves to close the gap between sales professionals and today's evolving customers. www.shawnasuckow.com.