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Helping consultants who have writing anxiety create writing standards so they can stop stressing and start producing consistently professional-looking proposals | Technical and Business Writer
Lisa Barry helps women connect with their mission to attract inbound leads on social media. She's warm, genuine, and engaging. I did her free 5-day challenge last year and learned so much.

I highly recommend signing up for her 5-day challenge and following or connecting with her on LinkedIn. In her daily free content and her 5-day challenge, she teaches effective methods for getting inbound leads without sounding spammy. 

I had no idea. But apparently I reached that limit today. August 5. I can't imagine how I did it! 
Good on you for pushing it to the limit – I'm not super surprised, I'm sure that's when they upsell Premium?
Erica Holthausen replied
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Helping consultants who have writing anxiety create writing standards so they can stop stressing and start producing consistently professional-looking proposals | Technical and Business Writer
Ugh! I remember those caps. Before I committed to premium, my workaround was to use Google to search prospects on LI. My searches looked like this: urban planning consultant site:linkedin.com

If you're eligible for a free trial of premium, check it out. If you cancel before the trial is up, they'll likely offer you a discounted premium subscription for X months. I think my discounted premium lasted for 6 months.
Do I really need 5,000 connections on LinkedIn?

Lately, I've seen several posts on LinkedIn that tout the idea that your network is your net worth and encourage everyone to like the post, make a comment, and then connect with or follow all the other folks who commented on the post.

Is it just me, or is this madness?

I've been trying to review my LinkedIn connections so I can focus my time and energy on those who I really like and want to support, those who might become clients, and those who are partners and friends. I've been thinking about severing some connections (I went through a phase where I accepted every connection), muting those who just are a bit too much (including a dear friend who seems to comment on every post he sees, which means it shows up in my feed), and trying to truly connect with the rest. I'd rather have a strong network than a broad network.

Am I missing something?

I'd love to hear your thoughts.

I certainly understand where you're coming from and I feel the same way about my personal Facebook account. However, on LI you never know when you write or share an article and a second-degree connection will pick up on that article as relevant to them or useful to them. Before you know it, you have a client that was previously completely unknown to you.  The more fish in your pond, the greater the likelihood of this occurring. 

I generally just try to avoid spammers, scammers, and people that just want to leech my connections. I have a Sales Navigator tag for them called "weirdos."
Thank you both for your insights. I was definitely being too conservative. 
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Ah, I used to love Twitter. I met one of my dearest friends on Twitter about 10 years ago, but I haven't been spending much time there for a while now. And I left FB a couple of years ago and am happy to never go back! I'm a bit of a curmudgeon that way. I'm on Instagram, but don't use it for business. LinkedIn is a great fit for me. That's where my people are, so I'm investing my time there. I tend to get overwhelmed by digital clutter, but I also know that going through all of those contacts to clean it up is a big waste of time. So, I'm going to review the list quickly and add real prospects to my CRM and go from there!
Who has experience and strong opinions about Facebook Groups?

I intentionally wanted this community to NOT be a Facebook Group, but I'm starting one for my podcast listener community. Would love to hear what you guys like as a FB Group member, or as an admin if you are one.
I left Facebook completely a couple of years ago and LOVE having nothing to do with it! #nothelpfulerica
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I just had a conversation related to both Facebook Groups and Pinterest on Creative Elements that I can't wait to share with y'all. 

Both are avenues that I haven't explored at all.