LinkedIn seems to be combining and deleteing profiles…

January 6, 2009

I have heard now from two clients who say that LinkedIn has taken it upon themselves to combine profiles.  One client – admittedly – had two profiles up – one directed as a personal profile and one for her business.  LinkedIn doesn’t like that much.  It appears that they have deleted her personal profile and have only her business’s profile active.

My other client’s story is worse:  apparently LinkedIn deleted her profile, but gave her access to another person’s profile.  Same name – different person.  They changed the other person’s password so my client could access that profile.

It has been several weeks and they are both still exchanging emails with customer service.

So – IF you have two profiles up – or have a common name, may I make these suggestions:

Make a word doc copy of your entire profile.  To do this simply “view profile”,  select all, than copy to a word doc.  You should always have a copy of your profile anyway, as if mkaes it much easier to create profiles in other social media platforms.

The other thing you will want to do on a weekly basis is download your contacts list.  That way if LinkedIn should ever “lose” your profile (or shut you down which they might do to me after I write this blog) you can simply create your new profile using your word doc and upload your contact list and re-invite everyone.  (of course – this works only if you have less than 3000 first contacts).  Make sure you personalize your invitation explaining that “you used to be contected on LinekdIn, but due to a LinekdIn glitch,I must re-invite all my contacts.  Please re-accept my invitation (and archive this message if you no longer want to be connected). ”

So – this might be a pain in  the ass, and a couple hours more of work,  but trust me, it’s better than several weeks of dealing with customer service and/or being out of touch with your LinkedIn connections.

Once you have your new profile up and running, make sure to add all your email addresses under accounts/setting!



Kevin Houchin teaches TEC friends and members how to utilize WordPress.

November 9, 2008

You gotta love Synchronicity!!!

So I was emailing my LinkedIn buddy, uberpreneur Braun Minchner, and we were both talking about how we like these blogsites that look and act like websites.  And as incredibly talented and adept as we both are, neither of us really knows how to create them.

Later that day I hooked up, via twitter, with the Facebook Doyen, Mari Smith –  who has a fantabulous blogsite (  And I once again got blogsite envy.

And then I found an email in my spam filter from another uberpreneur, Kevin Houchin (Esq.)  Just so happens he is a WordPress expert.  What is WordPress you might ask?  (Well, I did)  It’s a blogging application that allows you to create – you guessed it – website like blogsites.

Ah, but it doesn’t end there.  Several hours later I receive an email from another friend asking me if I knew about this new trend, and more importantly, did I think I could create a site for her.

It usually only takes three messages from the universe to spur me into action – with four – it’s a MUST DO!



Kevin Houchin

Kevin E. Houchin is an attorney, artist, teacher, author, and principal of Houchin & Associates, P.C. , a copyright, trademark, arts & entertainment, business development, and branding firm located in Fort Collins, Colorado

WordPress Workshop

The Executive Center

DATE: Wed. Nov. 19th

TIME: 12:00 – 2:00

LOCATION: The Executive Center

MORE: 123 N. College ave, Suite 200

(Located in the Historic Opera Galleria)

COST:  $50

RSVP: Call me at (970) 212-4701 or email me here(Space is limited to 10 and we already have 3 signed up before this even went out!!!!!)

Bring your laptop if you have one.  This will be a hands-on adventure!

Have a WordPress account ready by the time you get here.  (Go to and sign up.  It’s free! )

What is WordPress?

WordPress is the most-used blog tool in its category. Originally, a traditional blogging application, WordPress wanted to experience to a larger audience. So they created, a hosted version of the open source package where you can start a blog in seconds without any technical knowledge.  The cool thing about WordPress – customizable templates!!!!

Almost everything on is free, and things that are currently free will remain free in the future, but they do offer paid a la carte upgrades for things like CSS editing and custom domains.

Go to today and open your account – then let the games begin!

Hope to see you there!  If not, we will also be having a class on December 4th and possible the 18th too!



The Executive Center

123 North College Ave

Fort Collins, Colorado 80524


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A-Train Marketing has good Advice for the Networker

November 7, 2008

The Hook-Up –
Taking the work out of networking

Don’t be That Guy
How to avoid over-compensating for your small network

The guy who walks into the room, makes a b-line to the bar, chugs his first beer, and has seven more drinks in the next hour. Or the guy who gushes about his recent yacht purchase, his booming stock portfolio and his ever-growing relationship with the mayor. Or what about the lady who seems to think that airing her dirty laundry is a good icebreaker.

Let’s face it: no one wants to be that guy. Networking shouldn’t be about trash-talking your co-workers, it’s not a beer chugging contest and it’s not a place to brag about your financial status. It’s a place to meet like- minded professionals, make valuable business connections and create a lasting, positive reputation-and have fun while you’re doing it.

There may not be a purple pill for networking, but these tips are sure to arouse your success at your next business event.

The User
Remember, quality over quantity
A woman introduces herself to you as the owner of a local house-painting company and promptly asks if you need a new hue on your home. You tell her that you actually rent an apartment, and just like that she ends the conversation. With a quick “It was nice to meet you,” she wanders off. You’re left wondering what you said to offend her. The fact is, you didn’t say anything wrong-you just had your first encounter with The User.

The User doesn’t know how to make small talk about business, doesn’t know how to listen and simply skims the surface for potential clients, brushing off those that don’t fit the bill. Avoid being The User and create connections with those people that you network with. Even if you only talk to two or three people the entire night and make connections with all of them, you’ve succeeded. A genuine interest in those few people and their companies will ensure that they remember you and your business card.

The Braggart
Check your ego at the door
It’s true, networking functions tend to focus on matters of business, but that doesn’t mean you need to boast about your finances. Keep topics casual and don’t take the conversation to the bank. If you find the conversation migrating to matters of money rather than business, gently steer the topic in a different direction.

Also, avoid useless namedropping. If you’re talking with someone who you think might know a potential business contact for you and can strengthen your connection with that person, by all means, name drop. But for heaven’s sake, don’t brag about your 8 a.m. meeting with Sonny Lubick.

The Rookie
Because some topics of conversation are only meant for Facebook
Keep the pillow talk for the bedroom. Don’t drag your late-night escapades onto the networking breakfast table. Basically, don’t ever start a conversation with, “Dude, I downed way too many shots of (insert liquor here) the other night .”

Other common rookie mistakes: cursing and getting visibly drunk.

The Trash-Talker
Tell it to your Mom: No bad-mouthing at networking events
If you’re having boss or coworker troubles, keep it to yourself. Dishing your office drama only makes you look untrustworthy, unhappy and unprofessional. Remember, the person you’re networking with today could be your boss tomorrow (though it’s highly unlikely you’d ever get hired if you’re trash-talking your current boss or colleagues).

And even if your competition is nowhere to be seen at an after hours social event, there’s no need talk them down to other professionals. Focus your energy on talking yourself up.

The Anti-Networker
If you don’t want to network, don’t come
We all have those days when the last thing you want to do is schmooze. Sometimes it may be best to just call in anti-social to a networking event- because you don’t want to be confused for The Anti-Networker, the person who parks themselves in a corner and makes no attempt to speak to anyone. This person can also be found hiding amid groups of people, silently smiling and nodding as everyone else socializes. They often utilize props to distract others from their mute demeanor: munching on plates of meatballs, reading, and re-reading brochures or business cards, fiddling with their Blackberry or looking at artwork or nature photos like it was a fieldtrip.

The best way to be the anti-anti-networker is to just jump in head first. Be brave, listen attentively and promote the crap out of yourself.

You should probably check out A Train.  They are great!