Author: Cat Byers Breet
Do you know what to say when you reach out to people on LinkedIn? Are your requests getting ignored? Are you too nervous to even reach out?
LinkedIn has 675 million members worldwide and 310 million of those members are regularly active. LinkedIn has made reaching out to other members very simple, but it is also very impersonal and unlikely to get the response you are looking for.
When you take the time to craft a personalized message it shows. Think about those automated emails you get. Most of them probably go directly to your spam folder because they are not personalized and don’t necessarily apply to you anyway. Connecting on LinkedIn is much the same.
A personalized message shows that you took the time to get to know that person at least a little bit. When you follow the steps below you will show them you are already familiar with them and have chosen them specifically to connect with. So how do you craft a message that will get responses and more importantly, connections?
You may want to use phrases like:
Here is a sample message:
I hope that you and your family are safe right now. I see that we are both runners. I read your article on tips for running your first marathon and loved #3. I would like to connect. It looks like you have recently started your own freelance writing business. I have a lot of connections in that industry. Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with.
This is just one example. Every connection will be different.
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