LinkedIn allows you to communicate with your connections. In this video, learn about how to locate and use your LinkedIn inbox and the real-time messaging feature.
- [Instructor] LinkedIn can also be used as a powerful communication platform. Almost in the same way that you'd use email or instant messenger. You can access your messages by navigating to the top of your LinkedIn page, and clicking on the messaging icon. I'm going to go ahead and do that. And this'll bring you to your LinkedIn inbox, where you can send and receive messages from your connections. Right now, I'm inside of Maria's account, and you can see that she has received a message. Originally, she had sent a message out trying to connect with Shad Cayden, and he did accept that invitation and also sent a message back. It says it was nice to meet you as well. Thanks for connecting. Reach out if you need anything. Now, if I wanted to, I could go down here and reply to that message. I could also go down and add in an image, a file, and more. And then, once I have it entered in, I'll just type in a little bit here, you'll see that this send button does become blue and I can send that message. One thing I really like is it will keep that conversation in here, so you can always go back and look at the conversations you've had with your connections. Now, on the left here, where it says Shad Cayden, once you start to build up your LinkedIn profile, you will see a ton of messages in here. And you'll even be able to filter them by clicking here on this filter icon. We can view all messages, archived, ones from your connections, unread, InMail and spam. Now, up at the top, here, I can click on the pencil and paper icon to begin creating a new message. When I do that, the first thing I need to do is to type in the name of one of my contacts. Here, I'll type in Shad. And you can see that it brings his name up. If I click on this, it just allows me to start typing out a message to Shad. Now, I'll close that, and between videos, I connected with another person. And that is Kathy. If I start typing that in here, I can select Kathy, and then begin sending a message to her by typing in here and then clicking on send. A new feature in LinkedIn is the chat-like messaging feature. You'll notice at the bottom of my screen on the right-hand side, that I have over here this messaging box. And if I click on it, it opens up. And here, it will show me any conversations that I've been having. So, here is that conversation with Shad. Now, I could send this message on the original page, and this reminds me a lot of email, over here. Or, I could send it inside of this chat feature. And this reminds me a lot of text messaging or instant messaging. So you could have an ongoing realtime conversation with a person, right inside of here. And just like before, you can click on that pencil icon to start a new message. So, in here, if I wanted to start one to Kathy, click on that. Say hello, how are you doing today? I'll click send. And it will send that message. As you can see, it updates over on the left, and we can now see both of those messages that we've sent out. It's important to note that you'll only be able to send messages to your direct connections. This is a good thing because it prevents you from being bombarded with spam messages from anyone and everyone on LinkedIn. Before you communicate with someone on LinkedIn, however, you will have to be connected with them. There are a couple of exceptions to this rule. One is if a premium member turns on a feature called Open Profile. If they do, you'll be able to send messages to them, even if they're not your connection. Also, if you have a premium account on LinkedIn, you'll have the ability to send messages using InMail. You'll receive a special number of InMail credits each month based on your subscription, and you can use them to send messages to people that you're not connected with. When sending messages on LinkedIn, there are a few things that I suggest. If you're messaging someone that you don't know very well, include details of how you might know each other and why you're interested in connecting with them so that it doesn't feel like so much of a random connection. Also, remember that LinkedIn is a professional network, so you should keep messages short and to the point. Be thoughtful of other people's time. And then finally, I really encourage you to approach each connection with the mentality of adding value, not just extracting gain for yourself. LinkedIn is about win-win relationships. And most people are not going to remain as connections if you spam them or don't provide value to them in return.
- Creating a LinkedIn profile
- Growing a professional network
- Following companies and influencers
- Sharing updates and content
- Sending and receiving messages
- Searching for jobs
- Upgrading to LinkedIn Premium
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/18/2018. What changed?
A: The following topic was updated: LinkedIn Groups.