So I was asked to speak at Ignite this year, about my ideas on nerd culture. Ignite is a short format speaking event held in different cities. I said yes, thinking it would be fun, and it was. The only tough thing is that your slides change automatically every 15 seconds, you don’t control them, which means you can’t really adjust well for things like laughter. Fortuantly, when I walked out on stage, they played the WRONG SLIDE DECK! It was the deck that I had put together for a format practice run (to make sure they looked OK on the screen.) My actual deck turned out to be completely different, so I got a bit of a surprise when I walked out on stage to a deck that I hadn’t practiced on… ever.
We all love to hate on the business social network site. Here are current top five annoyances with how the system is used.
The Uber Humble Brag
This is where LinkedIn can out-shine even the worst of what Facebook has to offer. These professional humble brags often cite the team or company as the disguise.
Totally exhausted from working on fixing the last of the software bugs in my Fortune 50’s super important project. Look at the shape of my 5 star hotel on a Swiss mountain top, it’s a mess because I’ve been working so hard.
The Mr. Masters
If you have an MBA it does not give you a title. Do not use it after your name. If you have a PhD, and or some degree that might have something to do with the professional certifications you are required to have for your job, then I can kind of see how it is acceptable. But never, ever, use your MBA.
Typically this networker or sales person sends one of two messages:
We don’t know each other, but I we have a lot in common and I’d love to have you in my network.
Or the other equally common:
LinkedIn recommended that we should know each other, so I’m reaching out because we both have legs in common.
Look, I get it. You are using LinkedIn to prospect and sell. I do the exact same myself. But if you are not even bothered to try and squeeze one personal or business related item into your greeting, I’m not buying.
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The Things I Hate Poster
Writing about things you hate is often easier than writing about what you are passionate about. Yes, that’s absolutely what I am doing here. Rather than complain, why don’t you go out there and make a difference? Why don’t you go build something better? Because it’s the end of the day on Friday, OK? And I just had the last one of these “I think we should be in the same network” messages, and I cracked.