I get requests to connect on LinkedIn. I look at their profile. I accept a few.
Then, even from the few, I get slammed. With a pitch.
These days it seems everyone (on LinkedIn) cannot…stop…themselves…from pitching. It is so annoying.
I accept their request. And, it is 10-9-8-7…
“Hi Mark, thanks you for connecting. It is unprecedented times today! (Really? Wow, thanks for letting me know…I hadn’t noticed). Aside from what I see on your profile, I’d like to chat and find out how I and xxxxx can best help your organization; perhaps with a quick phone call (Normally I’d suggest a coffee, but we are living in a different world at the moment). Thoughts? Stay Healthy, xxxx”.
Except the italics, that message is word-for-word one I got the other day.
Please do not do that. Ever.
You send a request to connect to someone on LinkedIn. They accept.
You message this: “thanks, John, for accepting my request. Kind regards, Mark”
That’s it. No more.
Future messages can be to offer help. To see where they need help. To connect rather than engage for a sale.
This is a great way to offer to be of service at any time. There is a cliché saying: “people don’t like to be sold, but they love to buy”.
Connecting builds relationships. Selling repels.
Here is a great blog referencing Mark Cuban on the same message:
Thanks for reading…