Back in February 2004, I was introduced to LinkedIn by my boss David Burden. Since then I’ve grown my network of trusted business contacts to over 120 (edit: in October 2021 my network stands at 16,383).

With LinkedIn, you can wash your own Outlook contacts with those using Linkedin. When I joined I did this and found over 35 people I already knew were using the tool – the sort of people that are active networkers and I expected would be using it.

It works on the basis of trusted relationships or ‘degrees of separation. Those joining my network are able to search my contacts, and if they wish to make contact – ask permission from me and vice versa.

Why not give it a try! Create an account at then invite me to join by sending an email from my contact page.

edit: in 2021 – why not connect with me via