Steer clear of sending the standard invitation to connect on LinkedIn that says:

I’d like to add you to my professional network.  Or, Anne Teak has indicated you are a fellow group member of LinkedMN.

First, it’s impersonal.  Second, it could leave the recipient wondering: who are you and how do we know each other?

Not a good first impression, is it?  Or a good start to building a potentially valuable connection.

A couple of things to keep in mind when writing your invitation:

Build rapport.  Say where you met or reason for connecting, such as

  • We have a mutual friend Jo King……..
  • I’m a big fan of your newsletter and always get one valuable tip I can implement immediately.  I was hoping we could connect on LinkedIn and learn even more.
  • I’m an avid reader of your blogs and feel as if I know you.  Enjoyed your latest post on networking and shared it with my LinkedIn groups.  Would you mind connecting?

Last week I was a lucky recipient of a standard invitation, so for kicks, replied back with a kindly nudge asking if we’ve met before (doubtful since my memory’s pretty good)   Still waiting for a reply.

Be social and social on!