I met a very interesting guy in a zoom networking session and wanted to pursue what he does, how I can use his services, and refer him to others, but first I wanted to get to know him, and then connect if warranted.

So it should be no surprise that I looked him up on LinkedIn. And I was given the choice to connect to him (not ready for that yet), or message him. I had a couple of ideas to put forth to entice his attention and foment conversation, so I chose the message option, and then the surprise–I was given the option to send him an InMail! For a definition of an InMail, see its definition in the Help Center (of course).

That was curious and so was I. I am not a premium subscriber but he is.

The fact that I could InMail him shows me he has opted to receive InMails from those he does not know, premium or proletariat member.

How did this prole discover “why” I could InMail him? As you might expect, I looked it up in the Help Center! See https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/139. Now I know. And you do too.

This is what it looks like on my screen as I compose the InMail, with a few hints on my part of words to say to e-introduce yourself.

I will await the contact and look forward to the collaboration.

I am an optimist and as proven above, socially forward in my connectivity, when it seems meant to be. Are you?