60 Seconds With The LinkedIn Expert’s Expert – The Best Way to Ask Someone to Connect With You

January 14, 2014 |  by  |  60 Seconds, Linkedin Blog

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The Best Way to Ask Someone to Connect With You

What kind of LinkedIn invitation has the best chance of being accepted?


A personalised request.

Do tell them:

• Who you are – your name, your business title and your business’ name.

• How you know them – did you meet at a business fair, do you have a mutual business associate, etc.? This should dictate the tone of the message; don’t be overly familiar with someone you have never met.

• Why you are connecting with them – here is where you must catch their attention; give them a reason to accept your invitation. Try to capture your relevance and value as a connection, as clearly and concisely as possible. This is especially important if you don’t know them personally.


• Send the generic invite that LinkedIn provides for you; it is impersonal and provides no incentive to connect.

• Give them a sales pitch; there is a subtle difference between capturing your relevance to your potential connection’s business and pitching a certain product or service to them. Always try to see it from the point of view of the recipient; if you would not be enticed by receiving your invite then rewrite it.

Tough Talk

It is ok to be informal in your LinkedIn invitations and InMails as long as you remember to be courteous and respectful.

Take time to proof your messages for grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. Remember to see things from the point of view of the recipient; if you can’t be bothered to proof your messages, why should they be bothered to respond?

Tool Tip

Joining groups provides an extra way to connect with people on LinkedIn. When you invite someone to connect, you must specify how you know them from one of the following options:

• Colleague

• Classmate

• We’ve done business together

• Friend

• Other – your invite will not be sent unless you have their email address.

• I don’t know them – your invite will not be sent.

But, if you are in the same group as your potential connection, there is another categorisation option:

• Groups

Selecting this option will allow you to send your invitation unimpeded.

Best LinkedIn Group To Join:

Power Belt

Black Belt Power Networkers

Business Page Of The Week:

Link Business Marketing

Link Business Marketing Ltd

Best Three Networkers To Connect With:

Dr Mark D. Yates

David Pratt

Steve Mason


When The Going Gets Tough – The Tough Get Going.

See you next time.

You can join the Linkedin SWAT Corporate Programme at www.linkedinswat.co.uk

Connect with me Dr. Mark D. Yates at LinkedIn

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Dr. Mark D. Yates

Dr. Mark D. Yates is a global #1 LinkedIn consultancy business growth specialist, LinkedIn speaker, LinkedIn Sign & LinkedIn training instructor & CEO of Link Business Marketing Ltd. If you need to hire a LinkedIn expert to help you gain profitable business growth, contact him. Tel: UK 0203 390 2013 Email: drmarkdyates@aol.com, connect with him on LinkedIn & Twitter You can view & download his dynamic independent LinkedIn training program at: linkedinswat.co.uk.

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