I’ll also discuss how you can make the most of connection requests you receive.
Inviting people the right way
Hands up if you’re fed up of apparent “friends” wanting to connect on LinkedIn who use the standard “I’d like to add you to my professional network” garbage but for the life of you you don’t know who they are?
It’s my single biggest gripe on LinkedIn – if you’re going to connect with someone, whoever it is, make a blinking effort eh! So rather than using the pre-populated “I’d like to add you to my professional network”, try “Hi Bob, I was reading your profile with interest and I see we both escaped the big smoke a few years back, would be great to connect on here.” or “Hi Sam, long time no speak, you’ve sure done loads with your career since we worked together! How are you? Would be great to connect on here.”
The difference is if you ask a question or at least make some effort as to why you want to connect, there is more chance they will accept and engage with you - this social media malarky is all about developing relationships isn’t it?
And if you have to choose ‘friend’ as the reason why you know someone but you don’t know them, make light of it when you send them the connection request so they know you’re not trying to assume you’re friends.
And the one trick most people miss when accepting a connection request?
Do you accept a request, if it’s from someone you want to connect/looks interesting and do nothing with it? OOPS – you should (pretty much) always send a message to them, from a simple “thanks, great to connect” to a “thanks so much for the connection request, I see from your profile that…”. Don’t sell, just ENGAGE and if you can, ask a question to get the conversation going! You’ll be amazed where those conversations can take you.
Overal, just remember, zero effort = zero return.
Do you have any stories where you’ve developed a lead from making a good connection request (or any disaster stories)?