Don’t just ask for an introduction — draft it.
I caught myself being lazy last week when I asked for an introduction.
I quickly followed up with a pre-written intro. Remember, make it easy for someone to help you.
This great tip comes from Elliot Rosenberg:
Draft intro emails for other people to use on your behalf.
When Elliot graduated college, he purchased a one way ticket to Rio de Janeiro to build a business called Favela Experience that helps travelers book accommodations with Favela residents. One World Cup later, Favela Experience has helped favela residents significantly raise their income in a community where wages average $10/day. Elliot has the kind of grit you don’t bet against. So when he shares tips from the trenches, you listen.
“I usually write mine in third person, so the sender can just copy and paste it into their email. If they don’t like your self-introduction, then they can just write their own.” — Elliot
The two-fold advantage of crafting your own intro:
- You make it easy for someone to help you.
- You get to control the message.
Controlling the message is your chance to give your personal pitch — you have one right?