"I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn."
Hmmmm. LinkedIn connection requests don’t get more *yawn* than this.
Generic LinkedIn requests get ignored. You’ll see much better results of acceptance by taking a few minutes to personalize the message. Make your first contact targeted, personal, and relevant!
How did you find them?
Did they write an article, share interesting content, present a workshop, or do you have a peer in common? Let them know.
Establish common ground
Share something you have in common - perhaps a point in the article they wrote or a professional interest. This adds authenticity.
Why are you connecting?
Just ‘to connect’ doesn’t cut it. Be specific - do you want to ask professional advice, learn more about their work, or know about a product?
Get straight to the point
You’ve got a few seconds to grab their interest. A LinkedIn connection request should be more ‘instant messenger’ than email style. Stick to a few concise sentences with the points above and a closing phrase (eg: I’d love to keep in touch) and your name.
A few minutes of extra effort will pay off for your LinkedIn connection requests. You’ll see! Below are a few templates you can use.