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Don’t comment on their photo

Don’t comment on their photo

One of the most common and unfortunate mistakes with a new contact is commenting on their photo or physical appearance. LinkedIn is not the platform for this, even if the compliment was made with pure intention.

There are other better aspects of a profile to comment upon to lead off with, such as their summary or work experience, and it’s best to stay focused on the business side of things. It’s natural to want to start things off on a positive note with a compliment, but it’s best to aim for a different angle with new contacts.

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Be personal with your approach

There’s nothing worse than receiving a connection request from what seems like an automated robot.

When connecting with someone you’ve never met, it’s helpful to personalize your initial message towards the recipient. This doesn’t mean you need to write them an entire letter, but you should read their profile and spend enough time crafting your message so they know you are a human. If you can do this while also letting some of your personality shine, your outreach is far more likely to succeed.

Also, be mindful not to send too many requests in a day.

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Be specific (and honest) about your intent

  • Time is valuable for the business-minded users of LinkedIn, and cutting to chase will be appreciated by your busy audience.
  • Let the contact know who you are and what you are looking for right out the gate, whether it be a demo of your services or advice in your field.
  • Being direct saves both sides time. This show of respect and transparency will pay dividends down the line for both your immediate connection success rate and long-term reputation in the industry.

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Make contacting you easy and accessible

Providing multiple avenues of contact on your LinkedIn profile does a world of good for your page.

Listing your email, phone number, etc., on your profile increases the chance your requests are accepted. In addition, it adds legitimacy that you are a real person who is open to business opportunities.

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Remember your visibility

Before reaching out to any new contact, remember that the prospective connection will almost certainly scan your post history and profile.

Even if someone hasn’t actively commented on your post or looked at your profile, they still can see some of your past activity. So, it never hurts to fine-tune your profile and post history to ensure everything listed is accurate and relevant to your current goals.

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It’s best to give before taking

It can be a bit off-putting to ask for something of value before providing anything of worth to a connection.

Getting around this is difficult but not impossible. It can be as little as an insight into a recent post or an idea for collaboration. This moves you from the needy categorization into a more contributive tone, which is far more attractive to new connections.

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