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I’ve been thinking of what to write about today, and for once, it didn’t come easy. A few minutes ago, I opened the LinkedIn app, which I dislike, to see what absurd things would show at the top of my feed and got hit with the typical LinkedIn notifications: 7 people viewed your profile, X person would like to connect.
Now, if there’s one thing I appreciate about the internet, it’s that with clean, intentional, and polite writing, you can get the attention of anyone. I also appreciate it because it makes us efficient and ruthless with our time. If you have something to say, you should aim to say it concisely.
So, for me, on the good and few days I spend on LinkedIn, I try to make the most of it. If I’m going to send a connection request to anyone, there’s always a personal note attached because if not, how do they know who I am? Why would they accept a stranger into their circle? Why am I asking to connect with them in the first place?
These are logical and immediate questions that come to the mind of any focused professional when they receive LinkedIn invitations. I know this because I’ve talked about it with friends and mentors who are high up the professional ladder.
If you send a connection request to anyone, whether subordinate or superior, you should always add a personal note introducing yourself, appreciating something about their work, or stating plainly why you want to connect.
Anything short of this not only sends your invitation straight into the Decline pile; it also shows you have no real objective of connecting with the recipient.
It may take a second, but it is so essential. A personal note should accompany every LinkedIn connection request: It presents you in a good light, makes you memorable, and increases the chances that you connect.
If you have nothing to say in your note accompanying the Linkedin connection request, you can follow their profile for a while and make a move when you know what you want.
This post I wrote in 2016 has a clean, useful template for connecting with professionals on LinkedIn. Take a look, and copy and paste.
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