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How I became one of LinkedIn UK’s Top 10 Power Women

Top 10 LinkedIn Uk Power Women

The UK’s Most engaged Women on LinkedIn

I was delighted to be contacted by LinkedIn UK last week, and be advised that I was one of their Top 10 Power Women !

As you can imagine, I was surprised, LinkedIn has over 10 million members in the UK, so this really is an accolade.

I am not sure if there is a magic pill to getting on to this list, but I’d like to share with you what I think enabled me to be chosen:

1. A full profile.

That includes as much detail as you want to share, what you do, qualifications, presentations, videos and it must include a photo of you.  Let your personality shine through

Health Warning: People do not trust profiles without images.  It also helps you to be memorable. Get that photo uploaded today

2. Group Creation.

I have set up three groups, which I manage.

What I love about groups is that you bring your tribe together.  You attract people who are interested in the same things that you are.  Groups are a great source of ideas, feedback, challenge and support.  Here are my groups, feel free to join one of them if it’s of interest to you:

Health Warning: Groups do take quite a lot of work to get off the ground, you will need to stimulate conversation, you may even be talking to yourself for a while until your group members decide they want to interact.  You will also need to respond to an ever growing number of comments, but its worth it.

3. Consistency

People will need to see you regularly to get to know you, you should really be posting daily.  Secondly your message should be consistent.

Health Warning: If one of your posts appears conservative and another outrageous, the audience wont trust this schizophrenic behaviour. Use your authentic voice.

4.  Quality posting

Join groups that are of interest to you, comment on others posts and start discussions.

Health warning:  Don’t just post your blogs or relevant articles without comment, add your opinion or a question to demonstrate why you are posting and your perspective.

What does success look like?

Well I attended an event recently and a chap came up to me who I’d never met before and said,

‘I know you, you are Jenny Garrett who post interesting articles on … LinkedIn group, you have a book Rocking Your Role’

I had never met him, but he knew me, all through the power of my LinkedIn profile!

Secrets of a LinkedIn Uk Top 10 Power Woman

To celebrate my Top 10 Power Woman status, I am running a one off online session in which I will share with you my LinkedIn success secrets.

You will learn:

*How to create a memorable profile

*How buzzing and thriving groups are crafted

*How to be consistently present on Linked, while only taking a few minutes your day

*How to make LinkedIn work for you

The price is only £49 and the session will take place on 1st May at 12pm GMT

Pre work and Post Session tips will be provided, as a well as a copy of the presentation.

Book here

The session will be recorded, so you can book and watch it later if you cant make the date and time.

**Please note that this is a one off sharing of my expertise, I will not be repeating this session**

Any questions get in touch +44 (0) 844 776 4744 or email


My 7 Steps to developing a thriving LinkedIn group

About two months ago, I decided to create a LinkedIn group especially for women called Rocking Your Role, the same title as this blog and my forthcoming book.

It is a group for sharing successes, experience and development opportunities of being: Female Breadwinners, Women Main Earners, Primary Earners in their home, Breadwinner Wives, Career Mums and Working women.

I like to take the trial and error approach, so I dived right in.

I thought I’d share my approach with you, there may be better ways of growing your group,  but I am pleased with the growing community that my group has become.

  1. Invite your existing LinkedIn connections who you think might be interested –  this is a quick win as those who you have built a relationship with you are more likely to join if they are in the target group.
  2. Start discussions – I began to post material to the group on a daily basis.  I quickly became concerned that I wouldn’t be able to come up with new and interesting discussions, so I set up google alerts which would send me information on the subjects I was looking for if anything was posted on the web.
  3. Keep it personal – rather than an automated message, I have opted to send a personal email each time someone joins, I offer a chat and or/meeting and suggest how they can become involved.
  4. Integrate new members and communicate – I let the group know every time someone joins and encourage the new person to introduce themselves.
  5. Manage sales messages – if group members are self promoting or promoting events, I quickly move these to the promotions tab to ensure that the ethos of the group is preserved.
  6. Promote the group – I use other forms of social media to share the message that your group exists, in an appropriate and helpful way. Where I think individuals will really benefit from it.
  7. Lastly persevere – about a month in to posting every day, I had very little interaction in the group and began to think that no one was interested.  Then slowly others started to contribute to give the group a life of it’s own rather than one that was being led by me.

I hope this is helpful to anyone setting up a LinkedIn group.   If you want to chat, gain support and read the latest from other female breadwinners, join my Rocking Your Role LinkedIn Group

My book Rocking Your Role – the ‘how to’ guide to success for Female Breadwinners, will be out in June 2012

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