Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Flipboard 0 I listened closely the other day to a presentation on proximity. While it was related to a different topic, I saw the immediate connection to the value of proximity on LinkedIn and social networks. Proximity is defined as nearness in space, time, or relationship. We talk about 1st, 2nd, and 3rd level connections on LinkedIn all the time. This refers to our proximity to others on LinkedIn. Proximity is everything. Everyone gets proximity, right? Proximity directly relates to how close you are to your customers, prospects, influencers, connectors, and talent. If you haven’t considered the importance of proximity, consider this: If you are known by others, you avail yourself of new opportunities. People don’t know you, they don’t even know they may be missing out on something important. You and your business fall behind, it’s harder and harder to catch up. If others gain and surpass you in recruiting and selling, it will become increasingly more difficult to hire the best talent or do business with the best companies. Proximity is critical. When people tell me they aren’t interested in or don’t need to use LinkedIn what they really mean is that they don’t think there is value in building business connections and networks, they aren’t as concerned as they profess to be about recruiting, and they are willing to give up their position as an industry leader. Proximity reveals your influence. How To Get More Connections on LinkedIn There are a number of ways to increase your proximity to the people and opportunities that can create a positive impact for you and your company: Know who you are connecting with and connect with purpose. Connect with your customers at multiple levels of the organization. Be the first to initiate the connection request and personalize your invitation. Stay in touch with your Centers of Influence, potential talent, customers and prospects. Identify 10 1st degree connections (closest proximity) and send them a message through LinkedIn. Just say hello, ask them how they’re doing, send them an article you think they’ll be interested in, invite them to an event. Say or share something they will find valuable; be helpful. Maximize Your LinkedIn Connections ACTION: Try one or more of these consistently over the next 30 days and see if you increase your activity and more importantly your responses. Proximity enables you to create opportunities especially if you have a referral business. How would you rate yourself on proximity to the people that make a difference in whether you generate the outcomes you need? Twitter Tweet Facebook Share Email This article originally appeared on Intero and has been republished with permission.Find out how to syndicate your content with B2C Author: Colleen McKenna Follow @Colleen_Intero Colleen McKenna launched Intero Advisory for businesses focused on increasing their sales and talent initiatives. Since 2011 Intero Advisory, a LinkedIn consulting, coaching and training firm has been engaged by more than 240 companies. Intero shakes up the status quo with a 'personal' approach to business by maximizing an individual's… View full profile ›More by this author:Focus Your LinkedIn Strategy With 10 Specific StepsAccount Mapping on LinkedIn Sales Navigator: A Practical Q1 UpdateAre You Obsessed with Social Influence?