As a career coach, my inbox is often flooded with messages from people I'm connected with on LinkedIn who are reaching out about something or another. Now, I don't mean to be judgmental, but I often find myself sighing with annoyance when I open them up — so much so that I was motivated to write this article.
You see, the thing is, I'm open to making new connections and willing to talk to anyone, so the fact that I often put off responding to messages means people are missing the mark. And that stinks because it takes effort to both find people to connect with in the first place and then cultivate a networking relationship from there.
I want to be excited when I read your message and I know you want that, too (or at least I hope you do!). Often times, it only takes a few tweaks to your words or tone to make that possible.
Below are messages inspired by real ones I've received along with my thoughts on why they're not the best approach.
Quick note though: Unless you have LinkedIn Premium, you'll need to connect before you send a message. But that doesn't mean you can just send the generic invite. Instead, send a customized one with with these short templates so they'll accept your request and you'll be able to actually send over a note.