Networking is what we're all about! So, the question is, how do you get connected? There's many ways! The first thing is to make a profile. As we'vesaid before, making a profile allows you to participate in various community features and also acts as your proxy to connect with other professionals. Once you'vemade your profile, there are a number of ways to start networking. One way is to use the search function. This tool allows you to search for individuals if you aren't sure that they are members of DrivingSales.com or not.
Your search results will yield all individuals who meet the search criteria. Their names will show up in blue and if you want to view their profile page click their name. There are two ways to invite the individuals you want in your network. Under their name and information, there is an icon with a green person. Click that button to invite them into your network. An invitation page will display that indicates who you are inviting, along with a default message stating you want them in your network. Feel free to modify the message if you wish and click "Send" to officially invite that individual. The next time they log in, they will be notified of your invitation. As soon as they accept the invite, their contact information will be added to your Phone book and your network will have just grown!
Another way to invite them after you have searched them out is on their profile page. Click their name in blue, bringing you to their profile where you can click the "Invite" button located underneath the contact information. This will bring you to the invitation you can send to them.
One way to invite multiple individuals into your network at once is through the Bulk Invite option. Please see the "How To" on Bulk Invitations for more information on this efficient and resourceful tool.
So, now you'veconnected with a number of people, but what do all these One and Two Step Connections mean? Let's explain: Direct connections are the people that you'veinvited into your network or who have invited you into theirs and the invitations have been accepted either way. So what's all this other stuff?
One Step connections are people who are directly connected to the people you are directly connected with. However, these people are not directly connected to you (yet). Those are your One Step Connections. Two Step Connections are people who are directly connected to your One Step Connections, but are not connected to the people you are directly connected to. So basically, your direct connections are your friends, your One Step connections are friends of your friends, and Two Step connections are friends of the friends of your friends. Get it? Got it? Good!
To see who are connections are, click on the "My Network" link on the left hand side of the page. This will show you all your connections. Clicking the "Direction Connections" tab will show you all of your direct connections and gives you the ability to access their profile but clicking their names. The number in parentheses next to Direction Connections is the number of people you are directly connected to. The same applies for the One Step and Two Step Connections, but contains information specific to the respective categories.
It may sound confusing, but there is a way for you to make it less so: Simply invite all your One Step and Two Step connections into your network! Now you won't have to deal with these multiple connections, and even better, you'll grow your network exponentially! This is the exact reason why we included this feature, so make use of it!