1. Diana
    August 3, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

    Funny i came across this post now. I just got one more default connection invite on LI today and i had enough – i sat down and actually write a post about writing customized LinkedIn connection messages. Scheduled for publishing on Thursday 😀

    Anyways, i wanted to congratulate you on a post well written. It really gives in a nutshell the 101 on how to reach out to people on LI. The personal meetings and inviting them out for coffee is too much for my taste – i live and breathe online these, days… especially since i freelance and work with people all over the world, it would be literally impossible to meet personally even half of my connections.

    Great post – sharing it on social media, too!

  2. Debra Yearwood
    August 3, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

    Great posts. I’m always charmed when someone takes the time to talk to me in their link request. LinkedIn itself creates the pitfalls by taking you to a set up where you don’t have a choice in what will be said in the link request and most people (I plead guilty) won’t take the time to correct it with a follow up.

  3. Elizabeth Scott
    August 3, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

    As with any networking, you grow from people you know. Accepting invitations just for the heck of it is not helping build your network. I do agree that viewing a profile prior to accepting an invitation is vital. I want to know who I am connecting with. If I connect with the wrong people it may reflect on my poorly.

  4. Emily Carpenter
    August 3, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

    I’ve had that experience too when you think you’re going to be taken to a screen where you can send a personal note, but then it auto-sends an invite with no option to personalize. It’s so important to follow up, although I do wish that LinkedIn would always allow you to tailor your invites.

  5. Emily Carpenter
    August 3, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

    I seem to be getting more of them too, four more since I published this post. I have trouble meeting people out for coffee too, so try to make myself available via phone and email as much as possible.

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