Wednesday, January 29, 2014

How to Get LinkedIn Invites Accepted

How to Get LinkedIn Invites Accepted

This morning, there are two new LinkedIn connection invites in my Inbox that read like this.

John Brown
 73 shared connections

Susan Brown
 27 shared connections

I changed the names but the rest of what you see is what I see in my Inbox. 

Sure, LinkedIn is large and global.  Despite the fact that LinkedIn is large, you can definitely still build relationships with your LinkedIn connections in a variety of ways if you want to.

In this case, John and Susan might be the most interesting man and woman in the world.  How would I know that?

Where they have a golden opportunity to insert some kind of title to catch others’ attention, they've inserted nothing. 

As much as I’d like to connect with anyone and everyone, I like to know a little bit about who I’m connecting with.  These two invitations will be ignored and not accepted.

If you want to grow your LinkedIn network, even though you can buy a list of OpenNetworkers and you can push a few buttons to send thousands of invitations in an automated fashion, you’ll have much better results if you invest just a few minutes to think about the first impression you’re making.

Serious networkers and serious business people who are willing to network on LinkedIn will think much more highly of your initial approach if you’ve first thought about who might be reviewing your connection invitation.'s Security Recruiter Blog