LinkedIn site helps you build and expand your professional relationships, but that means you’ve got to communicate in an effective way. It sounds simple but actually doing it may not be all that easy.
Whereas it may make perfect sense to you that you should linkup with a specific person, that person may need a little help to arrive at the same point of view. CareerWise explains in a recent article, “No matter what your relationship is with the person you are contacting, even if you have never spoken with him, it is critically important to personalize your invitation! When you only utilize the default message, ‘I’d like to add you to my LinkedIn network,’ you don’t motivate your new connection to assist you.”
It’s kind of a paradox trying to keep business encounters straight and familiar. So, when you invite your encounter with the default message and he doesn’t recognize you, he is apt to ignore your invite. He could hit the “spam” button, which is even worse. All it takes is three different people hitting the “spam” button on your invites to suspend your account privileges.
CareerWise suggests that you write merely a couple sentences and personalize each invite by adding:
1. How you became acquainted with the person you are inviting. Relay a unique quality about the personal encounter.
2. The reason for wanting to linkup and why you two should stay in touch.
3. Offer your reciprocity by agreeing to linkup with him
Adding these 3 important points to your LinkedIn invites will help remind the person why they need to linkup. As you continue to expand and build your professional relationships, you will develop a sense of how to remind or rekindle a dormant professional relationship. It’s kind of fun once you start and have some successes.