One of my readers made a comment about a LinkedIn connection request on my blog yesterday that I loved.
He outlined how he invites his second-level LinkedIn connections to become first-level connections. His method is so simple and professional that I wanted to share it here.
The Second-Level LinkedIn Connection Request
First, I show his format. Then I give you an example of how it might read in real life.
I’m a [Job Title] at [Company Name]. We have a few connections in common, [Name One, Name Two, and Name Three]. I’d like to add you to my LinkedIn network as well.
How it would read:
I’m the Chief Marketing Officer at First Bank. We have a few connections in common (Doug McPhee, Stephanie Carroll, and Colleen Bixby). I’d like to add you to my LinkedIn network as well.
The Logic of the Invitation
He says, “I add common connections’ names and my mobile number to add relevance and validity to the request. I get about a 90% acceptance rate and no IDKs.”
A 90% success rate is amazing!
BTW, IDK stands for “I Don’t Know.” If you rack up too many of them from people you invite, you can end up in LinkedIn Jail.
If You’re Job Hunting
If you’re not working, you might substitute this for Larry’s first sentence:
I’m a [Job Title] in the [Blank] industry, which would read, I’m a Chief Marketing Officer in the financial services industry.
Let’s Connect on LinkedIn
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Updated April 2019
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