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How to connect with prospects on LinkedIn?

I send invites to prospects on LinkedIn to connect. Most of the time, I write a note. But I never try to sell. Do you know how will it be at the receiving end?

  1. Let’s say I received an invite from a person I don’t know. Just because I don’t know him/her, it doesn’t mean I won’t accept the invite.
  2. I do business with complete strangers but I make them my friends first.
  3. Whether I buy product/service or sell product/service, I need to build rapport first.
  4. I need to trust or become trustworthy as the case maybe.
  5. If you are not interested in investing your time and effort in building up this relationship, this will get nowhere.
  6. Do not forget to personalize the invite. Address the person by name. Understand what they are doing and talk about it. If they were in news recently, connect with it.
  7. GOLDEN RULE: Never sell anything without building rapport & trust or without getting to know the person offline.

Take a look at one of the invites I received recently. It teaches you what you shouldn’t do.

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LinkedIn Tips – while making connection requests

I am not a Guru on LinkedIn. I am a learner. So, you should take my tips like you would consider tips from a friend.

  1. Write a Personal Note when making a Request. Always.
  2. Be Human.
  3. Use Humour, if you can handle it subtly.
  4. Pay Respect.
  5. Appreciate genuinely.
  6. Handle each request specially – with care and attention.
  7. Devote time to understand the member.
  8. Follow house rules of the community.
  9. Say why you would like to connect.
  10. Be cheerful. Smile. It shows up in your messages. Really. 🙂 Everyone likes to connect with you if you are exuberant.

Stay tuned.

I will post more as I learn more.

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Happy Connecting!!

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