Requesting LinkedIn Connections Rule #1

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.

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