I’ve been contacting people in my LinkedIn Group. Even though I’m the owner of the Group, and I’ve seen the group member’s name at one point, LinkedIn won’t show me the full name if they are not in my first or second degree network.
There are tricks to get around this. Here are two I’ve used today:
- Copy and paste the Professional Headline (most people let LinkedIn decide what this is, the title and company) and do a Google search. Every time I’ve done that I’ve found the person, and their email and phone number
- Go to the website of their company (not hard to find) and search around there – about us, our staff, etc. Easy as pie.
It’s frustrating that there are so many dead-ends on LinkedIn, but there are usually good ways around them… between Google, Facebook and Twitter you can dig deeper and get what you are looking for