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.
Everyone loves feeling like their contributions have been noticed, so when connecting with co-workers, mention their projects, interests, or strengths. This is an ideal way to give your colleagues a boost and strengthen your professional relationships.
Although I have yet to work with you directly, I have heard rave reviews about your sales techniques and ability to work with tough clients. Hopefully one of these days I can see you in action! Until then, see you in the break room.
Have a great day.
A Former Co-worker
You might assume everyone you ever worked with would remember you, but if you worked at a big company or if it was a long time ago, you might find your connection requests being denied. There is an easy fix: Describe exactly when, where, and how you worked with someone.
It was such a pleasure working with you at XMT from 1999 to 2001. Your computer troubleshooting skills were the best in the office—can you imagine if we had to go back to working on those huge computers? If you have the chance, I would love to catch up and learn more about what you are doing in your new role at Domo.
Have a wonderful day.
Someone You Met at a Networking Event
When you are trying to connect with people you only talked to for a couple minutes, it is important you remind them right away who you are. Give a reason for connecting as well. You can suggest meeting for coffee, trading tips, providing each other with new contacts, helping each other with projects—the possibilities are endless.
It was great speaking to you at the Social Media World Conference in San Diego last month. I enjoyed learning about how you use content to build your business. I’d definitely like to stay up-to-date on your career.
Thank you and have a fabulous day.
Someone in the Same LinkedIn Group
Maybe you are in the Leadership Think Tank group and you notice one frequent poster always posts unique insights and relevant articles. Luckily, the fact you are in the same group gives them an automatic reason to accept.
I am also in the Leadership Think Tank group and I have really enjoyed reading your posts. The piece you shared last week about dealing with client expectations was pretty thought-provoking. I would love to keep in touch and learn more about your work.
Thank you and I appreciate you accepting my invitation in advance.
With these templates, you’ll never have to wonder what to write in that invitation box again.