Friday, October 5, 2012
Don’t Be Lazy – Customize Each LinkedIn Connection Request
If you want to connect with someone on LinkedIn, take one moment to say how you met them or heard about them.
A LinkedIn expert in the Atlanta area tells his audience that although he is a LION (LinkedIn Open Networker) he only accepts invitations that have been customized. As a LION too I had been accepting invitations that were not customized; no longer.
When you send a LinkedIn request, you have the option to use the standard message: “I use LinkedIn to keep track of my professional network, and would like to add you. “
Instead, add a very brief personalized statement on every request, even to people you know well. For example: If you have read one of their articles and want to connect, simply add the words “I read your article on…” and the topic in front of the standard message.
The differences between a successful person and one who is not successful are the little things.