Time to read: 3 minutes. Here is a quick guide to creating your LinkedIn summary. I’ll include tips you probably haven’t heard before … and give you 3 summary examples for sales professionals.
Take these tips and structure your profile summary to provoke more response from prospects.
This will help nudge your prospect on LinkedIn.
The job of your professional headline and Summary section is to:
Sometimes you need to give prospects a nudge … a little push. This creates inertia you can work with.
Avoid using the Summary section like most people do: As a summary of your experience. Instead, strike a balance between your personal experience and these 5 elements:
Here’s how to make your profile’s Summary section more provocative … able to nudge prospects … in 3 simple steps. Or you can join me in this free, live online training coming up soon!
Start at the top of your profile. The job of your professional headline is to create curiosity about your Summary section. Your summary section creates curiosity about you. It’s a constant stream of curiosity.
It all starts with a small nudge. Your professional headline.
Use the headline to:
WARNING: Avoid listing your professional title in this space. This won’t help you get found, nor bond with your potential buyer … nor create curiosity in what you’re all about.
Here’s what to do instead—an effective template to follow.
Use words or phrases that your target buyer would use.
For example, if you sell copywriting services to natural health marketers make sure you do not emphasize your service. Instead, focus on what your service does and for whom.
Look at how David Tomen of Swift Current Marketing does this on his professional headline.
Appeal to the deepest desire of your buyer—what the end result is. Help buyers become curious about your ability to put out a fire, scratch a bothersome itch, solve a problem or help them fast-track a goal. As David Tomen says, “I help people who sell natural health products get more customers.”
It’s no wonder a natural health marketer would want to read more about David’s qualifications! He sparks curiosity with this approach. You can learn more about how David improved his profile here in this LinkedIn profile tutorial.
Nothing sells you better than simplicity and brevity.
This creates distinction. It also allows prospects to scan.
In a world filled with people positioning themselves you’ll stand out. Rip out ALL adverbs and adjectives. Don’t position. Don’t prop yourself up. Use less words. Less is more in copywriting. Also, create easily-scanned “chunks” or sections for your prospect to scan.
Make it easy for buyers to scan your Summary section.
Write these sections with as few words as possible. These are your sub-headlines. Make each sub-headline appeal to what your prospect really wants to know in most cases. Keep it simple. And remember, no selling, no positioning. Speak only about your prospects’ pain, goals, desires or fears.
Help them start to want … want to ask you questions about what you just said in the Summary section.
Check out how Jeffrey Strum helps commercial property owners increase cash flow. He allows customers to quickly scan his profile’s Summary section.
See his “chunked” sections? They’re simple … and aimed at creating points of distinction for himself … and helping buyers find their way OFF of his LinkedIn profile (onto his phone, into his email inbox).
His “chunks” speak to:
You cannot get lost in Jeffrey’s Summary. His copywriting is simply structured.
It’s easy to scan with the eyes and speaks to what clients want to hear about most. It’s built for speed.
Interested in actually seeing me make these changes on a profile? Or volunteering to have your profile improved? I host free LinkedIn Profile Clinics every few weeks. Join me in this live (free) online training course.
I can show you many LinkedIn summary examples for sales pros. If you’d like more, just ask and I’ll send them. Bottom line: Your success depends on getting good at one thing.
Borrow from the classic, time-tested, proven techniques of B2B copywriters. Speak in simple terms. Be pithy. Leave out all the descriptors.
For example, avoid writing that you have “exceptional skills.” Just have skills.
Stop trying to position, sell or convince. Just say it. Plain talk is refreshing, creates distinction and helps people want to learn more about you.
Being brief, blunt and basic sparks interest in humans. It’s a fact.
Remember, make sure your summary is not a recital of your experience. This is not optimal for sellers. Yes, you may wish to have an “Experience” section but don’t make your experience the focal-point.
Here is how to take action on this idea:
Make sure the Summary section of your LinkedIn profile communicates:
I recommend using a similar (provocative, less-is-more) approach when sending email and InMail messages to targets.
One of the best LinkedIn profile summary examples I’ve seen is Kelly Watt of 3D Technology Sales. Kelly created a chunk section called “How I can help.” His career is based on selling 3-D scanning solutions to law enforcement agencies and teams… what is called “forensic reconstruction.” It’s an amazing field of work.
When he worked previously for FARO Technologies, here’s what his action-oriented chunk looked like. You can see how it looks today now that he started his own business.
HOW I CAN HELP
♦ CONNECT with myself or team to see if 3D Scanning is right for you
♦ ASK our experienced team to assist with funding options, grant writing or government financing
♦ TALK to our customers to see why they chose FARO
♦ SCHEDULE an on-site demonstration — see how the technology works first hand
Action, action, action. Notice how Kelly applies verbs here. He’s guiding the eyes and the minds of his prospect.
Use Kelly, David and Jeffrey’s profile summaries as guides. Borrow from them. When you’re done drafting, go back and try to remove the “I’s” and adjectives/adverbs. This focuses your writing on what the prospect wants to hear.
Once you’ve executed the first 3 steps above, it’s time to get your prospect off your profile—and on the phone or in your email inbox. Make clear calls-to-action and, yes, include shortened Web links. While not click-able buyers will cut-and-paste or right-click (in Chrome) to visit your landing page.
Be sure to land prospects at places where the call-to-action promise is fulfilled in exchange for a bit of information about the prospect (a lead).
Interested in actually SEEING me make these changes on a profile? Or volunteering to have your profile improved? I host free LinkedIn Profile Clinics every few weeks. Join me in this live (free) online training course.
Remember: Give your prospects what they want. They don’t want to know about you—they want to know what you can do for them. Good luck!
Photo credit: Markus Spiske
Jeff Molander is the authority on starting conversations with busy people. As founder of Communications Edge Inc. he teaches a proven, effective communications technique to spark buyers curiosity in sales outreach & marketing messages. He's a sought-after sales communications trainer to individual reps, teams of sellers and small businesses owners across the globe. He's an accomplished entrepreneur, having co-founded the Google Affiliate Network and what is today the Performics division of Publicis Groupe.Jeff served as adjunct digital marketing faculty at Loyola University’s school of business. His book, Off The Hook Marketing: How to Make Social Media Sell for You, is first to offer businesses a clear, practical way to create leads and sales with technology platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and blogs.