One of the little “golden nuggets” I love to give during my training is the proper way to respond to a generic, template invitation request.
You know, the one that simply says:
“I’d like to add you to my professional network”
“Since you are a person I trust, I wanted to invite you to join my network on LinkedIn.”
or worse yet,
“Eu gostaria de adicioná-lo à minha rede profissional no LinkedIn” (note: I don’t speak
Often, these invites come from strangers who either want to connect with you to sell their stuff, or to have a HUGE database of contacts (which, in my opinion is not a smart strategy. Read this blog for my stance on quality over quantity)
So the question is: How do you respond?
Step 1: Click on the “envelope icon” and then the white link that says “Invitations”
Step 2: Click on the white Invitations link
Step 3: Click on on the down arrow beside the “Accept” button to bring up the link that says “Reply (don’t accept yet)
Then when the Send Message box appears, simply respond with
“Thank you very much for your invitation to connect. Can you refresh my memory as to how we know each other”?
OR, it’s much easier to simply use the app on your iPhone. Click on the white arrow and reply without accepting the invitation.
This way, you can begin a dialogue, find out who they are and why they want to connect with you.
If they DON’T respond, this means they are simply not participating fully on LinkedIn anyway, and you won’t want to add them to your online Rolodex.
You can decide whether or not to accept them if they do take the time to respond back.
Remember, quality over quantity.
We never exchange business cards without a conversation – so why would you accept someone into your online business Rolodex without getting to know them better?
Now it’s YOUR turn. What do YOU think?
Do you accept anyone and everyone because you just never know where a lead is going to come from?
Are you selective with who you have connections because you’re mindful of the “company that you keep”?