Two colleagues recently asked me about this so I figure more of you want to know as well:

When you see that someone has asked to connect to you vettinginvites_LI_a
in the top right corner of your LinkedIn page and/or you are not sure if the connection is worthwhile or you cannot place the name, here’s a little game plan to get more info from him or her to make a decision:

  1. click the person’s name. Next you see this:


2. click the cartoon speech bubble with the quotation marks in it (see above) and a text box opens:


3. click the curved arrow at the top right corner in the illustration above to reply to the person.


4. type in a message; press the keyboard enter key to send via LinkedIn:

►I happen to like the message I am showing in the illustration as it keeps the door open (but usually they just never bother to reply, telling me it’s not a real sincere connection request.)

Moral of the story: save me the work (and you too!) having to repeat connection requests to identify yourself after the fact.  Just tell me upfront how we can help each other and give me the context of where we met.

Please act professionally in all impressions.

Marc W. Halpert

LinkedIn personal coach, group trainer, marketing strategist and overall evangelist, having a great time pursuing my passion of connecting professionals so they can collaborate better!

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