November 28, 2017 / in LinkedIn / by Mic Johnson
Post written by Mic Johnson, talking about how to respond to LinkedIn invitations from people you don’t know
We’ve all received countless numbers of these generic LinkedIn connection requests:
“I’d like to join your LinkedIn network.”
It’s an annoying daily ritual that every LinkedIn user experiences. Even worse, the default invitation verbiage wastes time and discourages engagement, which is the exact opposite thing a social network is supposed to do.
A big reason why this happens is because LinkedIn hasn’t made it a requirement to personalize connection requests, but they have made a little progress.
When you’re on your computer or laptop, go to a person’s LinkedIn Profile Page and click the blue CONNECT button. From there, click the “Add a Note” button and type a personal message, letting the person know why you want to connect, etc.
When you’re on the LinkedIn app on your mobile device, click on the three little dots to the right of the Connect and InMail buttons and you’ll see an option to personalize the invite.
Now if you’re like most people, when you get a connection request with the default “invitation” message and you don’t know the person, you hit the IGNORE button.
Take the following steps when you’re on your computer or laptop. Inexplicably, as of the writing of this post, this isn’t currently an option on the mobile app.
If you just ignore connection requests from people you don’t know and don’t take the time to engage with people, you’re potentially missing out on real business opportunities, career opportunities, new subscribers/audience for your blog, new LinkedIn followers, the chance to add quality relationships to your network, and who knows what else!
The good news? Now that I’ve shown you exactly what to do, you don’t have an excuse anymore to not engage people who are interested in connecting with you!
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Excellent info and much appreciated!
Thank you John. I appreciate you taking the time to read and leave a comment.
Have a great rest of your day!
Thanks for taking the time to help us work better with your pet application.
Enjoy hearing constructive information from you, and Terry.
I have moved south to Alabama, and will be missing your constructive sessions with Enterprise University.
That being said, I guess I will be spending more time looking for your Blogs.
I have been using this approach for months now after reading this blog post. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! I have weeded out folks that have no business purpose for wanting to connect, and I’m also making quality connections by having conversations with them, and all people I get a new request from, stranger or not.
Great post, Mic!
Thanks Kristen! Glad you’ve been putting the approach to good use and that it’s working for you. Thanks for sharing!
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