Nearly every day when I log into LinkedIn, I have connection requests waiting for me. Some are from readers but most of them are from total strangers. They all say the exact same thing:
“I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.”
It baffles me that everyone is not customizing their invitations. However, maybe your problem is not finding motivation—it is finding what to say.
Here are some templates for LinkedIn Invitations, so you will have the right words. Of course, you will need to adapt them to your own situation.
In my business I meet a lot of people in person and even more online. I am often amazed and sometimes amused by the email addresses some people use to when attempting to portray themselves as professionals. It is hard to find someone trying convince me that they are a credible business professional with an email address: FinancialGuru@aol.com. Really?
@AOL.com equals Amateur OnLine
An AOL address might be just as serviceable as any other address when it comes to sending and receiving mail. However to most people who are in business it says “Hi. I’m from 1996. What is this internet you speak of?”
NO! It’s a simple word but can be incredibly powerful for business owners.
When working with my clients to help them figure out why they spend all their time working with their clients but are failing to be profitable. I often learn that the owner is spending time and resources on clients whose demands are outside of the businesses capabilities. Even more discouraging they are failing to grow their business. In the owners desire to get the sale they do not recognize that their business is actually losing money by trying to meet a client demands. These very clients are usually “Time Vampires” and need to be fired.
How many times have you either told someone or someone told you, “I really just need to find myself.” We all have questioned if we’re on the right path or wondered if there’s something more out there for us at some point.
We are multi-layered.
However, in attempting to find ourselves or discover our passions, we sometimes forget about or lose an important piece of who we are.There’s a layer our parents help shape over the years, a layer our friends shape, our bosses, our significant others and so on. When people go out there to “find themselves,” they strip away those layers, desperate to find something, anything, in hopes of discovering who they are. However, once they peel back all those layers, they are left with…NOTHING.