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Financial Services Professionals LinkedIn Mobile App Update

I thought one of the greatest acquisitions by LinkedIn was in 2014 when they brought Connected into their suite of products. Since then, I’ve been reminding every financial services professional I encounter to download the separate Connected app to their iPhone/Android as a quick and easy way to stay in touch with their LinkedIn connections. Why would I do this when there was already a main LinkedIn mobile app? Well, to be honest, it kind of sucked…and this separate app was great for us in the relationship business.

Then they heard our cries…

Well, LinkedIn heard our battle cries and redesigned their mobile app. When you have million of users wanting something, you listen! So effective March 21, 2016, they will be retiring the standalone LinkedIn Connected app. Everything you need will be found in the newly redesigned LinkedIn app. Go ahead and delete it today because the new and improved LinkedIn mobile app is pretty freaking awesome!

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So, Sheryl, where are my contacts now?

With the new LinkedIn mobile app, you’ll find all of your contacts under “My Network”. Here, you’ll see work anniversaries, new positions, birthdays, etc. With a tap of your finger, you’ll be able to reach out quickly and congratulate your connections on any changes going on in their professional lives. And yes, you can customize those messages, which you couldn’t do previously on the old app.

While in there, you’ll also be able to add people and search for current connections; all within one application versus several standalone products. The LinkedIn Help Center is a click away for any specific questions too. Simply go to and look for anything which might be eating at you!

Change is good for everyone even if it’s a little uncomfortable at first. The social media networks do listen to our needs and build/rebuild products to more closely answer the challenges we face. This application change is an example of crowd-sourcing requests at its finest.

If you have any questions about this or any other social media-related needs, feel free to reach out and ask. We are all in this together!

Be bigger, better and more BIONIC today!

Sheryl Brown | @BIONICsocialite


C’mon and gimme a K.I.S.S. (H/T to @jchaltiwanger with @EliteDaily)

kiss faceDo you suffer from Decision Fatigue?  Forget it – I don’t want you to make a decision about it or not.  Just let me explain.

When I read John Haltiwanger’s article on Elite Daily about The Science of Simplicity: Why Successful People Wear The Same Thing Every Day – I swear someone hit me with a big ol’ hammer engraved with Keep It Simple, Stupid (K.I.S.S). It was then that I finally figured out why I’m not sleeping well at night and fretting over the dumbest crap ever.

Although the article specifically spoke about clothing choices of people like:

Steve Jobs: Always in a black shirt

Steve Jobs always wears a black shirt.


Mark Zuckerberg always wears a gray shirt and black hoodie.


President Obama always wears a gray or navy suit.

The whole thing really hit home that I’m spending too much time making decisions about things that absolutely do not matter…and I bet you’re doing the same thing too:

  • How many emails do you delete from companies that you don’t want their stuff?  Unsubscribe from them!  There is an awesome service called Unroll.Me that will help you get this done quickly.
  • How many magazines and mailed advertisements do you throw out from companies that you don’t want their stuff?  Ask them to stop!  You can go to the Federal Trade Commission’s page here and stop the unsolicited mail, phone calls and other emails.
  • How many outfits do you pass over in the closet because you think, “One day I’ll fit into this”? Donate them!  Unique places like Dress for Success and Blue Jacket are looking for your business clothing items.  Put them to good use!
  • How many notifications are you getting on your phone from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn?  Turn them off!  Facebook has instructions for all mobile devices found here.  Twitter has instructions for managing their alerts found here.  LinkedIn can be found here.  Before you think I’ve lost my marbles in telling you how to turn off your social media notifications, I want you to free your mind from mindless notifications – and most of the emails and push notifications you are getting are likely not helping but hindering your social media performance.  Keep the emails that show you received messages (interaction!) from your friends | followers | connections.  Those are important.  But do you really need to get the email from Twitter showing a cool tweet sent out that day by someone you don’t know?  Absolutely not!  I’ve applied this same advice to myself and it’s been a fabulous reprieve and I’m coming out of Decision Fatigue very quickly!

Try one or all of these suggestions.  You’re gonna want to gimme a big K.I.S.S. after you’ve recovered from decision fatigue yourself!

Make your day bigger, better and more BIONIC!

Sheryl Brown / @BIONICsocialite