For those who shy away from using advanced search syntax AND for those who may be "overusing" it:
Let's explore "Plain English" search and some cases when it produces even better results than advanced Boolean search.
If you have a job description or a long email from someone defining what they want to find - you cannot paste the long description into Google and get the right profiles. (Google is not there yet!) However, if you can describe the information you are looking for in a short sentence, chances are, you can find just what you need using keyword-only searching - without X-Raying or any such techniques.
Case 1. Finding definitions and facts
By now, Google has become smart enough to interpret and answer many short questions. If you have one, you can try searching like this (the question mark is optional):
You can find the majority of professional sites such, as sites for associations and conferences, just as quickly. Then, collect their member and attendee directoriesif they provide those to outsiders - which is sometimes the case. Here are example searches: