We all get LinkedIn connection requests.
And in most cases, we have no idea why people want to connect.
But there is a very simple way to screen all of your LinkedIn connection requests to find out if there is value in the connection.
Here's how to do it in six simple steps.
1: Click on 'My Network'
It's on the top menu.
2: Click on 'See all x'
3: Send a message to each and every individual
This is what you'll see when you click on 'See all X': You can reply to personalised requests or message generic connection requests with a click. Tip: It's best to do open each reply in a new browser tab so you can always get back to this screen.
I send people this simple message:
“Hello [NAME], thanks for the request to connect. I am just checking for a pulse, and am curious to know why you want to join my LinkedIn network? — David”
4: Wait. If they don't respond, click on 'Ignore'.
I usually give people a week or two to respond. If they can't make the effort to respond, I don't see any value in the connection, so I will then click on 'Message' to check if there has been a communication from them, but if not, will simply click on 'Ignore'. Goodbye.
5: If they do respond with an immediate sales pitch, click on 'Ignore'.
Nobody likes to be sold to the first time they meet someone. So if I get a generic sales pitch, then I just click 'Ignore'. Life's too short. Sometimes I will send them a pre-scripted educational message, depending on how badly they got it wrong, and if I have time for this.
6: If they respond with a genuine response, click on 'Accept'
I like to meet new people and learn new things. It's what makes the world go round on LinkedIn.
But I only want to connect with people when they seem genuine, interested, and have a real reason for wanting to connect with me.
This technique means I only connect where there's some potential value.
- What's your LinkedIn connection strategy or 'Why do you want to connect' question?