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177 Connections Link You To 1,945,584+ Professionals... What Do You Do With That?

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

177 Connections Link You To 1,945,584+ Professionals... What Do You Do With That?

Get More Business On Blog Talk Radio

I'm sitting in Flushing Meadows Park thinking LinkedIn may be a goldmine for scheduling future radio interviews... If you click the above Blog Talk Radio link you will discover a couple of Rainers have a really cool show that I shall be joining next week. I've cleared my Wednesday mornings to go live on air as a co-host and I plan on having a lot of fun with it.

If you can't have fun at work what's the point? I frequently mix pleasure with business so this will be a very interesting project for me. I will actually have to write something business related once a week so I am working on my Wednesday post now (LOL). Will it improve my quirky blogging habits? I have no idea...

Hmm... I guess we will find out shortly, eh? ;-)

Regarding my BTR habits, I am usually lurking in the chat rooms enjoying someone else's show. My friends and I talked about doing a show once or twice but didn't bother after a few other friends lunched really cool ones I didn't want to compete with. Now I'm keen on co-hosting this one because the idea of Wordy C getting wordy live fascinates me and a couple of my gal pals who see a lot of potential in doing a business chat with talented friends. Some of my girlfriends have been teasing me to no end because they have been talking to me since kindergarten and know all about my quirky interpersonal communication skills (LOL). Ideas can flow in all directions so live shows mean spontaneous conversations (LOL).

There is a lot of work to be done so I'm looking for some content help from business owners who wouldn't mind talking about their work live. I might even get my geek on with my techie peeps (LOL). To do that means I need to schedule professionals who can really add value to our topics and conversations and not treat the venture like an ad campaign or commercial soundbite. Being a wee bit quirky, who knows where my latest social media venture via interviews will take us because my friends are into all kinds of stuff and are bringing their friends with them for a social media plug. Don't be fooled into thinking there will be no business promotion going on. That's why people agree to be interviewed so they, their projects and their businesses can be discovered by the masses.

According to LinkedIn, my 177 Connections links me to 1,945,584+ Professionals...


What do you do with that?

I haven't done much with my LinkedIn account lately... just checked the messages and peeked at my friends (LOL). Seems to me there are a lot of beautiful people with beautiful minds just waiting to be harnessed over at LinkedIn. So... do you let the info sit there like a useless social media stat or do you channel the power of third party introductions to create something new and unusual that benefits other people besides yourself? Win win situations sometimes mean you have to create something that another person wants which also benefits you.

I think that Blog Talk Radio is an interesting platform that can be combined with my other social media accounts to grow my business interests. That is something that I want. That is something others have expressed to me they could use as well. Millions of people are using it. The platform allows people to broadcast and podcast themselves regarding an unlimited category of subjects all over the Internet. According to Wikipedia: "BlogTalkRadio is a web-based platform that allows callers to host a live call-in Internet broadcast using a computer and a phone. BlogTalkRadio is entirely web-based and requires no client download."

Wikipedia also reports: "Shows stream directly from the host page during live broadcasts and are archived as podcasts. Previous shows can be streamed, downloaded directly or subscribed to as podcasts via RSS through any podcatcher like Juice or iTunes. Blog Talk Radio provides promotional badges and flash player code for placement on blogs, MySpace, Facebook and other Social networking sites. There is no cost for the service because it's advertising-supported. Blog Talk Radio has been called "a populist force in cyberspace." Condé Nast Portfolio referred to Blog Talk Radio as a site that "has become the dominant player in the latest media trend, one that allows anyone with a Web connection to host a talk show on any topic at any time of day. It is the newest form of new media; the audio version of the Internet blog.""

Being a Google Whore how can I not do this (LOL). I am pretty excited about lining up interesting people to interview (tease?), advertise and showcase. How could I not blog about them after it's done? I blog about everything (LOL). I guess it's just one more thing for me to share and chat about while I run amok during the day. ;-)

The best thing about co-hosting an established show is the fact that I don't have to start building a new platform from scratch. I just have to bring something interesting and of value to the table to build upon the foundation that was laid before my arrival...

My gal pals think this is very cool but want to know one thing: Will Wordy C behave on air?

Hmm... Don't want to embed a spoiler here (LOL). I am known for playfully misbehaving in real life so I guess it depends upon the LinkedIn victims who agree to let me interview them and what level of intimacy we share in the real versus digital world (LMAO). My professional friends are fun. Some even let me take them hostage for writing projects (LOL). Let's see if their professional friends are just as funny in real life when we all get together to talk about a wide range of topics on and off air. Business with a smile are my current thoughts upon the subject when I think about where some of the behind the scene conversations have gone. I am actually cracking up because I kinda know who I want to start of with but they're a wee bit chicken (LOL).

Maybe I will promise to behave somewhat if that will get them on air. I am capable of being very nice after I have had my tea and donut (LOL).

BTW, if you don't have a LinkedIn account you may want to open up a profile. If you are not linked to me and my business associates how on earth am I going to find you to potentially showcase your enterprise? I am chatting to prospects through DMs at LinkedIn because I can see their business and web profiles all in one spot.

Did I mention third party introductions can be priceless? LinkedIn is a great forum to pass messages to people you want to meet through people you already know. My LinkedIn friends frequently open doors for other friends and have done wonders for my personal and private life. Now I can return the favor in spades... I have received more than I have given on that platform so now I plan on making better use of its structure.

Think about it... You never know what people like me are gonna do that can benefit people like you... After all, we all know how easily amused I am. I go everywhere in virtual and real life so this show will travel a wide spectrum of ideas (LOL). Each host has their own following so being the new kid on the block I shall be bringing my readers on board. How can I not? I always write about what interests me and this definitely interests me.

Now I am on the hunt for interesting businesses run by dedicated people who have something useful to share with the rest of us regarding what they do, how and why they do it.

Be careful with LinkedIn. Unlike Facebook people don't just let you in for the sake of letting you in. Accepting a request gives one access to your people. If you really don't know someone ask someone you know who does know the person to introduce you. It's a small world so you don't want to squander or abuse your social media relationships. Technology can bring anyone together with everyone else all over the globe if you are careful and use it correctly. It can also get you blackballed and locked out if you're an idiot...




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Comment balloon 11 commentsC Tann-Starr • April 17 2010 11:28AM


C, well, first of all, a big congratulations on Blog Talk Radio! Of course you are perfect for this, you have "stuff" to say, this will only compliment your blog. I am very impressed!

Now about Linkedin. Yes, I am there, do I use it as I should? After reading this the answer is no. I have no idea what do to with Linkedin. I am there, languishing. I suppose I should pull my face out of FB and spend some time checking it out.

Thanks for the good suggestion, and best of luck to you on the show.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 10 years ago

It's true, LinkedIn has a very different personality from Facebook.  I suppose I should check it out more often.

I hope Ill be able to listen to the radio show!

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) over 10 years ago

What a great read.  I recently blogged about LinkedIn being the next Bebo.  But you have actually managed to bring out its potential.  I have had a really tough time integrating it, but you have made some sense of it

Posted by Daniel J. Hunter (REALTOR®) over 10 years ago

I clicked the Blog Talk Radio and it brought me back to your post. ?

Posted by Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text (Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker) over 10 years ago


I need to get more active with LinkedIn and BTR.

Featured in the Group "Whacked!!!"

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 10 years ago

Okay, never mind. Not sure what happened, but the second time I did it it worked. :)

Posted by Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text (Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker) over 10 years ago

Carolyn, We haven't worked as much with LinkedIn - it's on the list to develop so I guess we'll get there eventually.  Have a great time co-hosting!

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) over 10 years ago

Carolyn, i think you'd be great on the radio, if you talk as you write and I assume you do.

I don't use linkedin as much as my other networks, but I do use it. I go check out leads or people who call me, to confirm who they are.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 10 years ago

Thank you, Missy. A couple of buyers told me they used LinkedIn to check me out as well. Never know which social media account will seal the business deal for you. :-)

Thank you, Susan. I am looking forward to it. -)

Candyland, I owe you a phone call. Will play phone tag later. :-)

Richard, thank you for the group feature. :-)

Thank you, Daniel. I'm trying to do more with less so leveraging social media accounts makes sense to me.

Ann, definitely is worth another see and yes, anyone can listen in on the shows.

Thank you, Andrea. I have lots and lots of stuff to say (LOL). ;-)


Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

C. Tann-Starr,

Very interesting .  I just have not gotten into LinkedIn very much, but you have provided some food for thought here.  About a year ago I was listening to BTR but I got tired of it. I'll definitely checkout your program.

Posted by C. Lloyd McKenzie, Living Albuquerque over 10 years ago

Thank you, C Lloyd. I have been speaking to a lot of my LinkedIn peeps and realize I've been using the site all wrong.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

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