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Have you ever gotten into a bad deal, or been taken advantage of?

Sure – we all have.  It happens some times.

How about this – how often have you driven down that road when a good friend has recommended you meet someone?

Probably not so often, right?

So think for a moment about your connections on LinkedIn…

Friend

That’s a pretty good pedigree isn’t it?  Someone you’ve worked with, trust, and think very highly of.

Friend of a friend

And that’s about as trustworthy an introduction as you can get, right?

The person you think highly of also thinks highly of this other individual.

And your friend isn’t likely to throw you in with someone that is just out to take advantage of you, are they?

What happens when you connect indiscriminately?

So let’s say you decide that you’re going to connect with everyone you don’t have a reason to distrust.

On the surface, that may sound like good networking.

Except when it comes to getting into great opportunities because people you trust connect you to people they trust.

Because when you connect to people you don’t yet have a good reason to trust, they may not in fact be trustworthy…

No filtering…

When you connect indiscriminately, you lose the protection of your people.

Others can get directly to you – without having to be vetted by your circle.

And that can lead to both good and bad deals.

And you don’t have the time

You didn’t start using LinkedIn to take up time with bad deals, even if that means it takes a little longer to find the good deals.

So take the time to get to know people before you connect…

Just another reason why your connection policy makes a difference.

To your continued success,
steve

Steven Tylock
http://www.linkedinpersonaltrainer.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/stevetylock