Linkedin Mafia 12 Tips for Increasing Your Business Connections

April 22, 2013 |  by  |  Linkedin Blog, Security

Just a light-hearted reference for increasing your Linkedin business network connections.

In the Godfather movie Don Corleone ran a successful business empire founded on having lots of useful global business contacts. These days many legitimate business owners follow the same business model and use LinkedIn to establish their global network of business contacts.

Can you use any of the following 12 movie phrases to help you grow your business & LinkedIn network?

Linkedin MafiaQuotations Taken From The Godfather Movie – Don Corleone Family

  1. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. The Godfather Don Corleone. 

    In professional business networking, your friends are your business connections and your enemies are your competitors. LinkedIn (LI) allows you the opportunity to keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

  2. Just when I thought I was out, they keep dragging me back in again. The Godfather Michael Corleone. 

    Every time I think I have completed my multi business sector global business network on LinkedIn and I step out of the sheer intensity of Power Networking, a client from a new business sector pulls me back in again.

  3. The promise is, the deal will be so good we can’t refuse. Sonny Corleone. 

    As a proactive LinkedIn networker you will be inundated with e-mails offering you all kinds of fantastic business deals which the author suggests are so good you can’t refuse them. Guess what? Most scams are based on the premise of greed and sold on the basis that you shouldn’t refuse the deal.

  4. Without your father’s political contacts and personal influence, the Corleone business loses half its strength.  Tom Hagan Consigliere to The Godfather. 

    If you are not seriously connected to major contacts and/or people of influence on LinkedIn then you should connect with as many POWER networkers as possible. You will find a couple of thousand in the LinkedIn Black Belt POWER Networkers group.

  5. My business methods are as safe as these things can be, about five per cent loss.  The risk is nothing, the profits enormous. Sollozzo Turkish Gangster arch enemy of the Godfather. 

    As you build your LinkedIn contact base you will be contacted by many unscrupulous spammers offering you unlimited earnings from joining their outrageous business schemes. Guess what? If it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, then there’s a very high probability it’s a duck.

  6. I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse. The Godfather Don Corleone. 

    If you are going to stick your neck out and offer you business contacts an offer they can’t refuse, then make sure it’s a genuine offer, otherwise your business contacts will desert you in their droves.

  7. The Godfather never asks a second favour when he has been refused the first – Understood? Tom Hagan Consigliere to the Godfather. 

    It’s a sad, but true fact that most inexperienced business networkers take far more than they give, and it is this single factor that prevents high volumes of people connecting with them on LinkedIn. Occasionally I’ll ask a business favour of someone on LinkedIn. If they refuse I’ll flag them as a ‘negative’ contact and never ask them for another favour.

  8. I need a friend who has people in high places. Sollozzo Turkish Gangster arch enemy of the Godfather. 

    See point 4 above.

  9. Never let anyone outside the family know what you are thinking.  The Godfather Don Corleone. 

    Every professional Power Networker I know works to their own carefully crafted business networking growth plan. These plans contain ideas, tactics, goals and key performance indicators. Many Power Networkers belong to elite niche groups or families. I’ve never known any Power Networker share their growth plans with anyone outside their family.

  10. It will cost. Tom Hagan Consigliore to the Godfather. 

    All forms of professional business networking costs you something. LinkedIn has cost me time, effort, energy as well as finance. If you want to create and leverage a professional business network, then these are the foundation blocks of your Investment.

  11. Blood is a big expense. Sollozzo Turkish Gangster arch enemy of the Godfather. 

    Ever heard the phrase, ‘sweating blood?’ If you have aspirations of building your professional LinkedIn network to between 25,000 to the LI maximum of 30,000, then be prepared to sweat buckets of blood on a daily basis.

  12. We’ve known each other for years, but this is the first time you come to me for help.  The Godfather Don Corleone. 

    Most professional business networkers fail to fully leverage their business contacts. The real reason a Power Networker operates is to help others 90% of the time with a 10% expectation of a return. Never be afraid to ask your contacts for help. You will often be pleasantly surprised.

I utilised elements of these phrases to help me grow my LinkedIn network to the Linkedin maximum allowance of 30,000 first level connections in over 190 countries. Why? Because more business connections = more business opportunities and the greatest secret known only to the top 30,000 Linkedin connected power networkers is that these opportunities multiple when seized on Linkedin.

And this allows me to leverage lots of business opportunities for me & my business clients.

Why the Mafia reference in this short article? Type Mafia into the LinkedIn Advanced Search option and see who LinkedIn’s number 1 returned Mafia search result is.

Dr. Mark D. Yates

Dr. Mark D. Yates is a global #1 LinkedIn consultancy business growth specialist, LinkedIn speaker, LinkedIn Sign & LinkedIn training instructor & CEO of Link Business Marketing Ltd. If you need to hire a LinkedIn expert to help you gain profitable business growth, contact him. Tel: UK 0203 390 2013 Email: drmarkdyates@aol.com, connect with him on LinkedIn & Twitter You can view & download his dynamic independent LinkedIn training program at: linkedinswat.co.uk.

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