Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Connecting on Linkedin
Though Iím usually sympathetic to students wanting to build their Linkedin connections, what commonly shuts down that open-heartedness is a generic invitation from someone I either donít know or canít remember meeting. The totally bland ďIíd like to add you to my professional networkĒ from Tom C. Now maybe Iíve met with Tom C in the past. Or then again, maybe I havenít. Not to be rude but Iím not going to connect with someone whose face I canít at least vaguely envision.
Instead, as a courtesy to your potential contact, refresh their memory as to the date or setting in which you last met. Or perhaps a shared conversational tidbit. Or mutual connection. Something to build a bridge for the reader in answer to their vague suspicion that they might be giving a virtual stranger access to their own connections.