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LinkedIn invite template

If your LinkedIn invites are not getting accepted:

Try this.

You can thank me later.

Hi first name last name,

I saw your recent post on “xyz”. It’s inspiring. I strongly feel that it points me in the right direction.

Please accept my invite. I promise, I will not “sell” you anything ever. Instead, I will get sold. I am already. 🙂

Stay Safe & Rock always,

your name

Char limit: 300

Sometimes, it may be better to send out the invite without a note. It may be accepted. You are the best judge on whether to send an invite or simply follow someone & in case you choose to send an invite, whether to send the invite with a note or not.

Happy Selling!!

#linkedin #invite #network #b2b #sales

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Networking in Sales!

That was Year 1996.

I had just then started selling to Corporate. Until then, I was selling to entrepreneurs and small businesses. Selling to corporate called for lot more skills than selling to entrepreneurs & small businesses.

Networking skill is one of them.

We didn’t have #LinkedIn then.

I was hanging out where my clients met.

Road shows, seminars, conferences, product launches, workshops and any event where the corporate was in full attendance.

In most cases, the event would be conducted by our Principals – Microsoft, Oracle, IBM etc. We used to get a stall outside the hall to showcase our solutions.

Do you know how and when I met my clients?

During tea breaks and lunch time.

I sacrificed my lunch to go around and meet people. When they were having their lunch.

It used to pay off.

I would introduce myself. Exchange business cards. Would ask them if they are looking for some help.

I then promise to visit them soon and talk further. They’ll agree.

If there were 2000 people in attendance, I would have met at least 40 customers. That was just 2%.

But I have 40 contacts now.

I would start my outreach immediately after the event.

I provided value to my prospects before they bought anything. And I provided more value after the sale.

Coming back to networking, I networked not just with prospects and customers but also with competitors, partners and principals. Literally, anyone in the Eco-system.

I would know about the purchase of Air Conditioners by my prospect through the AC vendors, even though I was selling only Software.

All those strategies apply these days as well. On LinkedIn as well as otherwise also.

Stay tuned for more stories.

Happy Selling!!

#sales #customers #prospects #networking #skills