Do I Know You?

Over the course of the past year I’ve noticed a significant pick up of ‘friend’ requests on LinkedIn from people I have never even met or engaged with. While I appreciate the interest, and am all about networking and connecting, it seems I find myself asking “Who is this and why do they want to connect”? As I type I have 74 requests in waiting.

Now, I’m not saying don’t reach out and connect…but there’s a rhythm to the rhyme…an etiquette if you will — in my opinion. And that’s simply to customize your connection request with a brief introduction of who you are, your interest in connecting, and even better if in the same city our surrounding area — setting up coffee or lunch to meet in person.

Granted LinkedIn provides a courtesy pre-written connection message, it really doesn’t say much and certainly doesn’t merit why a person wants to connect. And their “People You May Know” feature may be good for just that — those you may know directly, not for those who may be a second or third connection. Admittedly, I’ve used this feature but typically with people I know and interact with either in person or on another platform.

Otherwise getting a request from someone I know nothing about feels, dare I say, ‘spammy’ or ‘pitchy’ for the lack of better terms! Jason Myers recently wrote a post that touches upon the similar which is unsolicited emails from people he’s connected with only to get a sales pitch. You can read it here.

There’s something to be said about taking the time to garner a real connection, and further nurture that relationship with engagement. It’s worth the extra effort. In the end, it’s about helping one another when we can in this fast-paced world. So — drop me a note if you’d like to connect and tell me why. I promise I will do the same.

Would love to hear your thoughts, experiences, and any additional advice on the subject. Don’t be shy…share here!

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