While LinkedIn has built in text for requesting connections, that is the worst text you can use. Why you ask? It’s general. It’s impersonal. It’s lazy.
Imagine you are at a party and someone walks up and asks for your phone number without saying hello first. No introduction, no name, no reason. Just “may I have your phone number”? You would not respond in a positive way. My guess is that you would just walk away. That is exactly what professionals do on LinkedIn when receiving these blanket requests.
Anytime you request a connection with someone on LinkedIn, always personalize the request message. Include how you found this person, why you want to connect. Give the person a good reason to respond to you.
The foundation of networking is building relationships. Start strong by personalizing your “hello”message.