Posted by Z. Kelly Queijo at 6:22 AM on September 13, 2013:
"How can anyone know 500 people?" asked my husband upon receiving a LinkedIn request from an old friend with over 500 connections. At that moment I realized he had never looked at my profile. Why should he? He already knows me. What he doesn't know is that I really do, at some level, know the 900+ people in my network.
And while that may seem like I'm well-connected, I learned during LinkedIn Live in Blacksburg, Virginia that others in my region have even more connections.
The three top connectors from the Roanoke-Blacksburg region mentioned were:
- John Boyer, professor of geography at Virginia Tech (6,265 )
- Caroline Pugh, co-founder of VirtualU (2,250)
- Alec Siegel, founder of Siegel Link (1,424)
Not surprisingly, they are in my network, too! It made sense to me that John and Alec would have a lot of connections. John teaches 3,000 students regularly in World Regions, the largest class Virginia Tech offers and has made news around the globe for reaching out to connect with world leaders through all means of social media.
As a headhunter, meeting people is the life-blood of Alec's business. He's social, out-going and knows how to work a room when it comes to making contacts.
But Caroline, who is in her early twenties and a budding entrepreneur, does not have the benefit of speaking to thousands of students daily or longevity in a career. Instead, she attributes her LI success to routinely and purposefully connecting:
LinkedIn has been a tool that has become a part of my every day life in communicating, networking, learning and sharing what I do as an entrepreneur.
-- Caroline Pugh
To learn more about how these and other connectors are shaping the Roanoke and Blacksburg, Virginia region and beyond, take a look at the LinkedIn Live SlideShare presentation below. You'll be amazed by how connected we are and the potential that awaits.
Risa Pesapane also attended LinkedIn Live! and wrote about it for Handshake 2.0 in LinkedIn: In the Know.
LinkedIn chose Blacksburg, Virginia to launch LinkedIn Live! The event was held at the Inn at Virginia Tech on June 27, 2013.
Smart College Visit is a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.