Marc W. Halpert: Have we met?
How can I help you?
Jackie: I reached out to you on the basis of us both being connected to John X and Sally Y and we’re both in coaching. LinkedIn is usually a 2 way street, isn’t it?
Marc: Jackie, I teach this all the time and it’s really important: networking is like someone coming to your front door: you’re not going to invite anyone inside unless there is a good reason, hence my second question.
I suggest you adhere to what LinkedIn suggests as well: get to know your intended connection invitees first.
In this case, our mutual connections with John and Sally are not a determining factor.
My policy is to connect to people I have done business with and get to know well. As a result, I will respectfully decline your invitation.