My Video 95% Of People On LinkedIn Say WHATEVER To This!

Social media is supposed to be social isn’t it? I’m finding more and more each day that it’s becoming just “media”.


Spreading your message with little or no interaction. LinkedIn should be an amazing place to correspond with people, and it certainly can be. But often I find people connect and disappear in to the “internet abyss”.

What’s the deal with that?

This video is a follow up to a blog post I did on June 22, 2016 titled, “95% Of People On LinkedIn Say WHATEVER To This” to this.

Click here if you missed it.

I had several people chime in with comments, and it inspired this short three-minute video.

  • Do you agree?
  • Disagree?
  • Kind of agree?
  • Have a different theory altogether regarding unresponsiveness?

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95% Of People On LinkedIn Say “Whatever” To This!

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I love LinkedIn! I really enjoy connecting with old classmates, work colleagues, friends and even long-lost family. Oh yeah, did I mention all the great people I have met working towards an online business the past few years too?

But I am quite fascinated by something.

It’s the lack of responsiveness on a personalized email that I send after initially connecting with somebody.

Please do not misconstrue my message as being bitter, or that I think the world owes me something. It doesn’t.

But I always find it very interesting that….

95% of people do not reply on LinkedIn when I send them a “welcome” email after I connect.

I send if after somebody invites me to connect, and when I invite somebody to connect with me.

Simply, I send a couple quick lines thanking them for connecting, and make sure to include a personal touch. I might bring up something I saw on their profile, or if I already know them it’s even easier to get personal! Then I list (with links) all of the other social media channels that they can connect with me on if interested. Finally, I include a quick summary sentence or two thanking them again for connecting.

Paul Castain from Sales Playbook taught me this years ago, and it makes a whole lotta sense.

The startling results, after several years of doing this, are 95% of people don’t reply.

One Hello On A Mountain Run – Really?

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Way way back in 2011, in a galaxy far away, I was at a conference in the incredible Rocky Mountains of Jasper, Alberta, Canada. I was there for two days and had the distinct pleasure of staying at the Jasper Park Lodge; the best accommodations in the area!

Before an evening function, I decided to go for a late afternoon run. Behind the resort was a lake, golf course, and what looked like a running path through the woods. I figured, there were worse places in the world to run, so I would check it out!

Part way through my run, as I was avoiding bears and other wildlife (just kidding), I noticed another man doing the same thing. We crossed paths at some point and I said, “hello”. One thing lead to another and I found out he was from Atlanta, Georgia. I told him I grew up in Winnipeg, Canada. I also found out that he was a hockey fan, a referee and all round sports guy. As fate would have it, Atlanta was about to lose their NHL hockey team (the Thrashers), to Winnipeg (the Jets) and I was getting hockey back in my hometown after a 16 year absence!

You know that awkward moment when you sometimes say hello to somebody, they reply, and an uncomfortable pause insues from there?

Yeah that did not happen this time!

We were totally engaged, and that common love of professional hockey, and the strange occurrence of one team leaving the league, and one joining really bonded us. We have stayed in touch periodically over the last five years, and FINALLY Skyped yesterday. Where would we be without social media to keep us connected?

We’ve promised to speak again in July, stay in touch more frequently, and explore a business collaborations together.

Why did this all happen?


Because I said hello on a run.

And he replied hello.

Then I found out where he lived and what he did for work.

Then I probed some more and found out that he was a hockey fan.

Then we connected the dots to that strange situation where his hometown hockey team was moving to my hometown.

Then we agreed to exchange contact information.

Then we connected on some key social media channels like LinkedIn.

Then life got in the way and we did not correspond for long stretches of time. But we were still connected.

Then I sent him a note to say that my new website was live, and he should pop by and check it out some time.

Then he said great, and suggested that we set up a Skype call to finally speak in person.

And that lead to yesterday.




This does not have to be complicated. You just have to put yourself out there. Always remember this takes practice. I have all the respect in the world for people who are shy and more introverted. That’s ok. I totally get it. I’ve stuttered all of my life. I’m sure that I stumbled on some words when I was speaking with Jim, but I did not care. I’m well past that now.

All I said was hello.

“It’s me. I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet”.


Sorry for some reason I started to write Adele lyrics!

I actually just said hello to him!

Now I have a fantastic connection for life, and a great story to share at speaking events, training sessions and via social media for years to come.

I’m a big proponent that everything happens for a reason, but I’m also a believer that good things happen to those that put themselves out there and are laser focused towards achieving their goals.

I’m always in “networking” mode, and I learned that from my parents who were teachers. They are still well-known in our community, and are always locked and loaded with a friendly smile and a warm “hello” waiting for a stranger or friend.

Say hi to people.



You never know where it might lead.



Here is the link to another of my blog post that hopefully inspires you to start more conversations.

Engaging People Is Not Only A “Work Thing”.  


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Your Personal Brand Can Rock!

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What is personal branding?


Wikipedia defines it as,


“Personal Branding is the practice of people marketing themselves and their careers as brands. While previous self-help management techniques were about self-improvement, the personal-branding concept suggests instead that success comes from self-packaging.


It’s interesting to explore the different explanations of personal branding on the internet.

One of my favourites is,


“Simply, personal branding is what makes you different.” – Chalene Johnson


Did I mention that some people don’t even believe that personal branding is “a thing”?

In an incredibly noisy online space, how do you stand out?

Today more than ever, personal branding is incredibly important. The tools are there to stand out and be a game changer by helping those who really need it.

Many people undervalue their worth online in one, or multiple niches that they are working in.

Always remember that people love to work with like-minded people, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and build a kick-a** community of raving fans.


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I had a long chat recently with a great online connection. It was nice finally corresponding by speaking one-on-one rather than just typing. He had some fantastic insight in to the concept of people really thinking through why they are doing something.

The definition of why is,

“For what reason or purpose.”



  • Why Can’t This Be Love? – Van Halen
  • Why Go? – Pearl Jam
  • Why Try? – Ariana Grande
  • Why Don’t You Get A Job? – Offspring
  • Why Don’t You Try? – Kelly Clarkson

No… not those why’s :-)

“For what reason or purpose are you attempting to build your social networks

and personal brand”?

It seems like an easy question on the surface, but you might need a minute to really think about this.

(Pause – This is you thinking now)

I was not the smartest, nor the most naturally gifted student in school. But I did pretty well overall. High school was better for me than university, but I will elaborate on that during a different post :-)

The one thing that has always given me a competitive advantage over my peers is my dedication to hard work, and never give up attitude. Call it heart, call it ……. well grit like Angela Duckworth does in this awesome video.

Just ask the kids that played hockey against me when I was growing up. Rarely was it a fun experience for them. I would never back down and always played my heart out until the final whistle.

One Brand, One Word, One NameTag!



Yep one word.

I see that one word and I think of a very specific brand that I follow.

Scott Ginsberg aka Nametag Scott!

5,696 consecutive days wearing a nametag.

Pretty amazing eh? (yep I’m Canadian sorry!)

Scott is a world recorder holder, and recognized by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.

His content is fun, engaging and there’s a whole lot of it.

He has giveaways as long as you take the time to email him. Easy right?

It’s not often that I can connect the dots to a brand with one word, but Scott’s different.

He made a “name” for himself and is recognized by just one word.

Did I mention Scott makes everything he does fun?

I love his content, and wish there were more “Scott’s” online.

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Short, sweet and memorable.

A brand is the set of expectations, memories, stories and relationships that, taken together, account for a consumer’s decision to choose one product or service over another. – Seth Godin

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