Tips to Share Your Insights and Experiences on LinkedIn
March 25, 2020
In this new world of social distancing, it's easy to feel alone. That’s why it’s more important than ever to keep connected with one another and identify ways you can help by offering your experiences. We’ve seen sharing on LinkedIn increase, with members discussing topics like remote working, online learning and collaboration, indicating there’s a desire and need to understand how people are adjusting to new routines.
No matter what industry you’re in or where you are in your career, it’s a good time to share your stories and perspectives. Here are four tips to share on LinkedIn:
1. Post about your experiences
Offering your personal stories can inspire and help others, and there are many ways you can do this. A great idea starter for your next post is the question, “what really helped me?” Talk about something you care about and approach it like a conversation you would have with a colleague or friend. Share a post on your feed about what your new work day looks like. Just got done with a video interview? Share a couple of learnings and tips in an article in case it helps others who might be going through the same thing. Simply posting a question, like -- “how do I boost team morale?” -- is also a great way to get the insights you need, surface other points of view you hadn’t considered, help others and forge new connections.
2. Discover and comment on conversations that are most relevant to you
In addition to posting your own content, a great way to share your insights is by finding information and conversations on topics that are interesting to you and commenting on them. Searching hashtags is a fast way to do this. If you recently discovered a video conferencing hack that helped your team have more efficient meetings, search #videoconference and comment on posts with your advice. Found an effective way to keep your kids occupied while you take a work call? Share your story and tag co-workers or close connections who may need similar advice. You can follow and join conversations for topics on LinkedIn by simply searching for a hashtag and hitting “follow.”
3. Be yourself and offer your unique perspective
What you share on LinkedIn doesn’t always have to be about work. Some of the most successful posts come from professionals who discuss lessons they have learned from their personal lives, show appreciation for their team, or share words of encouragement like this positivity thread and post about ways to spread kindness. If you want to acknowledge your manager or coworker about the great work they’re doing, share your story and kudos. If you’re having a hard time adapting to your new routine, ask your network for their tips. When posting on LinkedIn, don’t overthink it. The key is to be genuine, which makes you more approachable and better reflects who you really are. Don’t forget to use hashtags which will help increase visibility of your posts.
4. Stay informed with trusted news and share your thoughts
News about coronavirus is moving rapidly, and we’re all looking for accurate information as we adjust to this temporary new normal. LinkedIn's team of editors are bringing members trusted news featuring reliable updates from experts including the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Following the latest news and simply sharing articles to your feed is another great way to take part in the conversation, and engage and inform your LinkedIn community.
Now more than ever, posting and sharing your stories is important as we navigate through this uncertain time. And if there’s a challenge you’re facing, you can rest assured that others are probably facing it as well. Better yet, there are also people out there who have overcome it, so don’t hesitate to ask your community for help if you need it. Doing so can spark conversations around important topics, provide critical information to people who need it or just reinforce support that, at the end of the day, we’re all in this together.