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Making The Most Of Your LinkedIn Away Message

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Making The Most of Away Message

They say half the joy of vacation is anticipating it. Something about knowing you’ll be catching up with family or enjoying a sunny beach somewhere soon makes all the to-dos that come with closing up shop to take time off a bit more enjoyable. From finishing up projects to changing your voicemail and setting your email out of office message, we all have a routine to ensure everything on the business side is all wrapped up before we enjoy a little rest and relaxation.

Until now, our social platforms were never really part of that time off prep process. LinkedIn has added new functionality that I just love. I’ve been waiting years for this feature, and I’m so glad it’s finally here. I love that I can finally let people know I’m away, so they understand when I can’t get to their message right away. 

The away message feature is available on any paid LinkedIn subscription and done correctly, it’s a simple, low-effort way to maintain a personal connection with your audience. Follow these steps to set up your own LinkedIn away message:

1. Click the messaging icon on your top navigation bar. 

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 2. On the far left, click the three dots next to “Messaging.” 

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 3. Select, “Set away message” 

4. Turn the away message to “On” using the switch on the right. Then, input the dates of your vacation and add an away message.

Just because you’re out of the office doesn’t mean your business needs to pause completely. Let your away message do a little work for you while you’re gone. It’s the perfect place to include helpful free content, a link to your calendar, or a page from your website. 

Note: Your away message will not be sent to individuals who send you InMail, nor to those who send you a message request.

While we’re on the topic of vacation, why not schedule something else to look forward to—perhaps an engaging training session full of helpful tips and tricks to empower your team to transform their presence and usage of LinkedIn. Covering everything from sales and recruiting to prospecting and brand exposure on LinkedIn, my talks are high-energy, practical, and tailored to your needs. My content is always balanced between motivational and actionable.

If you’re interested in booking me for an upcoming conference or training, you can read what others have said about working with me and learn more about my approach in my speaker kit



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