LinkedIn buttonThis morning I updated my free downloadable guide, 5 Simple Steps for Getting Started on LinkedIn.

The biggest challenge of the updating process was restricting myself to the basics of getting started.

There is so much more to LinkedIn than is in this brief guide but I am convinced that those of us who have been using LinkedIn for a long time can easily underestimate how complex the platform can appear to people who have not had that experience.

Apart from anything else, LinkedIn does not have the most intuitive of user interfaces.

So the guide provides just five basic steps for getting up and running.

For those who want to explore further, the guide also has links to blog posts I’ve written about different aspects of operating on LinkedIn, such as how to use LinkedIn Groups.

Here is the link again to download a copy of the guide. I hope some people will find it helpful.

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Des Walsh is an executive coach. He helps business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide deal effectively with the feeling of being left behind or overwhelmed, or both, about social media – especially LinkedIn - and how to engage safely and effectively with social media to help grow their business. Connect with Des on LinkedIn, Google+ and Twitter. And to stay in the loop, get Des’s weekly Social Business Bites (select snippets of his "best of the week" online finds).