Discover groups you'd like to join and determine how frequently you can contribute.
LinkedIn groups are rich and active communities where likeminded professionals can come together to have meaningful conversations. They may be interested in a certain topic, holding a specific credential, or perhaps working in the same company or industry. I currently belong to about 20 different groups, which means that these conversations are going to show up here in my newsfeed, and it's going to be an easy way for me to keep track of what's going on within these groups. It's another way for LinkedIn to customize my feed and make my account more relevant to me. Let's take a look at how to access groups.
From my home page here, at the top, I'm going to click on the dial pad icon that says work. And from here, I'll select the groups icon. And this will bring me to the groups home page. So the first thing I can see is today's highlights, which is going to be a curated list of different posts from the groups that I'm in. And, a lot of times, it says today's highlights, it might be older posts that have a recent reply to them. So, as you can see, not only can I see the posts, but I can also see replies that people have.
And if I scroll down, I can check out these different posts. Within any of these posts, I have the ability to click down here and reply to them, I can like them, and more. So I'm going to scroll back up to the top, and on the right hand side, you'll see your most active groups. In other words, these are the ones that have the most recent conversations. Here in the Principals, School Directors, Deans and EDU, I see 23 new conversations today. The second one here has 20 new conversations today. So it's letting me know the ones that have new conversations that I need to check out.
Now, at the top, I'm going to click on My Groups. And this'll bring me to a page that lets me know all of the groups that I'm in. On the left hand side, I can see my pending groups. So if I've put in a request to join a group, and I'm waiting to hear back, that will appear here. I also can create a group, so if there is a topic that you wish there was a group on, or if you just want to start another group with specific members, you do have the ability to create your own groups. Now, at the top I'm going to click on Discover.
And here, LinkedIn recommends groups that you may be interested in, and they are really good at predicting groups that they think you would like based on your interests, your job, your position, et cetera. So here they're asking if I want to join the Be A Speaker group, Blogging for Coaches, Public Speaking, Learning and Development, so you can see a theme here of speaking, learning, education and that type of stuff. If I want, I can ask to join. There will be some groups that you'll have the ability to just join, and others that you'll have to click on and request to join, and then group administrator will decide whether or not they want you in.
And this is for the fact that if there is a certain group that is of people with certain qualifications and you really don't have that but you're trying to join the group, they may deny your access, so you do have to request to be in many of these groups. I recommend using groups as a way to connect with likeminded individuals and to be part of a larger conversation around specific topics. Be an active participant in these groups. Don't use them to simply spam the people in the groups, or to promote yourself, but try to make them a win-win relationship, in which you contribute to the discussion and share resources.
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