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5 Tips for Elevating Your LinkedIn Brand

By ProVisors Blog

Whether you are rebranding yourself on LinkedIn or wanting to increase your chances of showing up in more searches, here are our top five tips for helping you elevate your LinkedIn brand.

  1. Have a good profile picture and make sure your profile is public. Your profile picture should be recent and show you smiling and dressed professionally for work. To help further brand your profile, you could add a background image that’s relevant to your industry or says something important about you. Please note, image sizes may change over time, but current image sizes can be found online.
  2. Update your skills & endorsements section. This section contributes to how you can be found on LinkedIn. First, look at this section and delete unimportant skills. Add skills that are relevant to your position in your industry, and move your most crucial skills to the top. Since only your first level connections can endorse you, also add as many connections as you can. For starters, add your fellow ProVisors members!
  3. Complete your LinkedIn profile. Make sure to update your about section, experience, education, and customize your headline. Think of your profile as a sales pitch. Once you’ve optimized your LinkedIn page to show the real professional you, LinkedIn even has its built-in All-Star rating that tells you your profile’s strength. Once you reach an All-Star rating, your profile is much more likely to appear in search results.
  4. Join groups and be involved in the discussion. Make LinkedIn the place you share relevant resources, and comment and like posts that others generate. Comments, with LinkedIn’s current algorithm, have a greater chance than likes at helping content show up in LinkedIn searches. Join ProVisors Regional Group pages and participate there to expand your online network, create more visibility within ProVisors, and make more valuable LinkedIn connections.
  5. Post status updates regularly. The more active you are on LinkedIn, the more likely you are to show up in LinkedIn search results. Outside of private LinkedIn groups, try to post a couple of times per week with information related to your business and also use proper hashtags to help your posts show up on LinkedIn. When it comes to hashtags, try to use no more than three to four and keep them related to the particular post. Finally, double check that your profile is public and that users can see your Articles & Activity so your work as a Thought Leader can be recognized to the fullest extent.

– ProVisors

What It Means to Be a Go-Giver

By ProVisors Blog

At ProVisors, we believe in the boomerang effect—what you give comes back to you. There’s power in reciprocity that motivates members to help each other and embrace the role of being go-givers. Here are some things to remember about what it means to be a true go-giver and why we value “Know. Like. Trust. Refer.”

Be a good listener. Troikas give a perfect opportunity to practice listening and asking questions. The most important question in these meetups is “how can I help you?”

Cultivate relationships. The value of sowing seeds is priceless. We build connections with our clients and fellow ProVisors members because we’ve learned the benefits a good relationship can grow. Take time to remember names, businesses, and what’s going on in others’ lives.

Be yourself. People respond best to authenticity. Don’t pretend to be someone else—that fake someone is not the valued professional here, you are. The best you can offer clients and ProVisors members is you.

Appreciate testimonial opportunities. At ProVisors meetings, the chance to give testimonials offers us practice in not selling ourselves but in thanking and lifting up others.

Don’t expect anything in return. When you give a referral, don’t play the game of remembering “who owes me what.” Hold the desire to help others succeed without an ulterior motive, because that reinforces a connection that holds more value than a business opportunity.

Redefine your worth. Focus more on serving people to the best of your abilities, regardless of the monetary gain. That should lead to the greatest impact on both your personal worth and wealth. The more you help others succeed, the more you will too.

Look out for fellow ProVisors. If everyone is looking out for each other, then you can spend less time looking out for yourself and more time investing in your relationships. Referrals naturally follow after trust and friendship are first established.

 

–ProVisors

ProVisors Affinity Groups

The Power of Affinity Groups

By ProVisors Blog

ProVisors is all about the power of relationships, and in addition to your Home Group, our Affinity Groups offer you a unique opportunity to network with other members working in similar fields or specific markets.

Explore over 80 Affinity Groups. Search and register for these groups on the ProVisors Hub. From our Lawyers and Women’s Groups to Real Estate and Mergers & Acquisitions Groups, ProVisors members can join like-minded members who benefit from a common interest.

Gain valuable insight on a monthly basis. Affinity Group members and guests attend monthly meetings (currently via ZoomTM) that contain an educational component. Each of these meetings have a topic or presenter with a focused message providing industry-specific information or tools. Now, with all meetings being virtual, this is a great time to attend Affinity Groups in all regions!

Earn continuing education credits. Some Affinity Groups provide these credits, such as many of the Lawyers, Real Estate, and Estate Planning groups. Search the Hub to find out if any group that pertains to you offers this opportunity.

Connect deeper with Troikas. Just like a Home Group meeting, Troikas are created after each Affinity Group meeting. Having the chance to form strong relationships with professionals who share the same special interest can benefit you greatly in the short and long term.

Affinity Groups are the gems of ProVisors and are part of membership at no additional cost. Take advantage of this opportunity to Know, Like, Trust, and Refer people who want to see you succeed.

  

–ProVisors

ProVisors - Learn to Master and Promote Your Webinar

How to Master and Promote Webinars on ProVisors

By ProVisors Blog

Webinars have become 2020’s solution to in-person events and conferences. With many professionals across industries developing online content, it’s important to stand out as a thought leader and have your presence and expertise known, especially to your ProVisors network.

Mastering Webinars

Create webinars that deliver informative, relevant information to your clients and ProVisors community. Here are tips to remember when building your webinar.
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ProVisors Virtual Networking Tips

10 Powerful Virtual Networking Tips

By ProVisors Blog

Whether you’re trying to build up your client base or are searching for ways to stay connected to the ones you have, here are our top 10 tips to help you virtually network.

  1. Attend your Home Group Meeting. The first place to practice your virtual networking and explore opportunities should be with ProVisors members you Know, Like & Trust.
ProVisors Virtual Troika

Top 3 Benefits of Virtual Troikas During COVID-19

By ProVisors Blog

We wanted to take a moment to applaud our ProVisors members for embracing virtual Troikas during this COVID-19 outbreak that has forced us all into a new kind of normal.

Troikas are an invaluable ProVisors tool used to foster friendships and connections outside of meetings. During social distancing, Troikas have gone virtual and have been extremely successful. Here are the top three benefits of virtual Troikas that our members are experiencing. Read More

Provisors Internet Connectivity for PV Zoom

Tips for Better Internet Connection During PV ZoomTM Meetings

By ProVisors Blog

As we are all continuing to adjust to at-home work life, you hopefully have had a chance by now to set up your workspace. If you have been experiencing Internet troubles before or during your virtual meetings, you are not alone. To help, here are a couple things to note about your Wi-Fi connection.

  • Test your Internet speed. Simply type in “speed test” on Google and you can click their “run speed test” button to test your Internet speed through Google. Depending on the results, you may consider an Internet upgrade through your service provider. 

Note: For ZoomTM, there is a minimum bandwidth connection requirement. ZoomTM requires your device to be able to handle at least 800kbps/1.0Mbps (up/down) for high quality group video calling.

  • Be close to your Wi-Fi router. To have the best possible connection, be close to your router and/or consider plugging your computer or laptop into your router with the ethernet/network cable. An ethernet cable most likely came with your router.

To learn more about internet connections, routers, and the Wi-Fi speed you have at home, click here.

If you’re still having trouble after testing your speed and meeting the bandwidth requirements, these tips should be considered before attending your virtual meeting:

  • Tell everyone in your home to take a break during your meeting. This might be the #1 culprit. If several people in your home are streaming on Netflix, playing video games, or perhaps your significant other is also on a ZoomTM call, it will cause the Internet to run slower.
  • Click a link to join the call instead of dialing in by phone if you aren’t already practicing this. If you’re using a service like ZoomTM, you have the option to use your computer’s audio which may be more reliable at peak times than the dial-in phone option. This also helps ZoomTM meeting participants know who’s speaking on the call.
  • Jump on the call ahead of time. Get on the call sooner to make sure your connection is stable before the meeting starts.
  • As a last resort, cut the video. Audio conferencing uses far less bandwidth than video conferencing, so your chances of having a call that won’t drop for someone in the meeting is higher. Of course, use this as a last resort, since video communication is important.

We hope these tips help you when you go to set up your next virtual meeting. Connection with others is more important than ever before, so keep trying new solutions!

We are ALL in this together.

–ProVisors

ProVisors Coronavirus Business Resource Center

By ProVisors Blog

The Coronavirus pandemic is posing unprecedented challenges to all businesses, like those impacted by disruptions to their supply chains, withering demand for their products and worker unavailability resulting from sustained social distancing. 

The ProVisors Coronavirus Business Resource Center provides up-to-date information to help our members stay informed during these challenging times.

We hope you have found these resources helpful and we will continue to update our members on new resources as they become available.

We’re ALL in this together,
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