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The Secret Way to Get LinkedIn Connection Requests Accepted

Dave Delaney

Have you ever sent a connection request on LinkedIn and not had it accepted? Not being accepted can happen for a few reasons, like the person doesn't remember you or you're missing a profile photo. 

I am certain you frequently receive connection requests from strangers like I do. Your parents taught you not to talk to strangers, so it makes sense that you ignore the requests. I recently wrote a post about how I handle requests from people I don’t know. In this post, I will teach you how to send requests that get accepted.

If you want to have your connection request accepted, you need to consider a few things. The person may not use LinkedIn frequently, so sending the request through LinkedIn is often not the best first move.

I always email the contact before I send them the connection request. In the email, I remind him who I am and how we met. Perhaps we met at a networking mixer or a conference. I use his email from his business card, or I go to his site to find his contact information.

I write a follow-up email within 24 hours of the conference, so I am still fresh in people's minds. It doesn’t take long for people to forget who you are, unless you left an impressive impression.

In closing the message, I add that I am going to send him a connection request on LinkedIn. I explain that I am happy to provide him with an introduction to someone in my network should he need it. How’s that for value? Isn’t this better than just blindly sending a request to connect?

After I send the email, I send the connection request via LinkedIn. I always avoid sending the default connection request. I send a personal message and refer back to the email. I will write something like, “Hi John. It was a pleasure meeting you at XYZ Conference. Let’s connect on LinkedIn please. If I can provide you with an intro to one of my connections, let me know. Cheers, Dave.

I always include my business URL in the signature on LinkedIn, so he can visit to learn more about my services.

LinkedIn: Now boasting more than 360 million users.

If John does not accept my request after a couple of weeks, I will reassess. I will ask myself why I wanted to connect in the first place. Obviously, networking is key with LinkedIn. John could provide me with an introduction to help my business or career. Perhaps John isn’t that active on LinkedIn. It’s OK, because I still have his email address and can follow up that way.

One of the best ways to grow and nurture your professional network is by using LinkedIn. Now boasting more than 360 million users and a new user every two seconds, it’s clear that LinkedIn really is the professional social network. It makes sense to do everything you can to get connection requests accepted, so you can grow your network.

Happy networking.

Photo from Flickr by Alessandro Valli liquene

How To Handle LinkedIn Connection Requests From Strangers

Dave Delaney

To accept or not to accept, that is the question. Like all social networks, LinkedIn has it's fair share of scammers, spammers and spambots. It's easy to never accept connection requests from strangers, but you may be missing out on opportunities to connect with good people. When someone doesn't have a profile photo or they send the generic, default connection request, it's hard to know if they are worth connecting with right away. It takes too much time to click each profile and snoop around to decide if you should accept their request.

Here is how I handle LinkedIn connection requests from strangers

Step 1.

I send a standard reply to anyone I don't immediately recognize. This only gets a little embarrassing if I just met the person recently, this is seldom the case.

Sorry for not accepting your LinkedIn request yet. Please remind me where we met. My head is foggy today, not enough coffee yet.

Cheers, Dave

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That's right, I plug my blog right there in my message. Why not?

Step 2.

LinkedIn Connection Requests from Strangers
LinkedIn Connection Requests from Strangers

I do this to the page of pending connection requests. Once I have done this I select to ignore all of the messages (tick box on the top right side). I skip the option to indicate why I'm ignoring them and move on to the next page of requests.

Step 3.

I eagerly connect with the people who write back. This is a little bit of a pain, because you have to return to their original connection request message. Search for their name in the LinkedIn Inbox and accept their original request.

You will find many won't reply, which means they were probably a spammer or spambot. Some will virtually slap you upside the head to remind you that you met them recently. Others will admit they don't know you personally, but wanted to connect for networking purposes or to pitch you their wares.

At the end of the day it's up to you how you handle connection requests.  I have found this method works well, because it starts a conversation that may otherwise not occur. Of course, you won't have this problem if you send a personal connection request in the first place. ;)

Whether online or offline, networking is about quality over quantity.

How do you handle requests from people you don't know on LinkedIn?

Custom LinkedIn Mobile Connection Requests, At Last!

Dave Delaney

How to send a custom LinkedIn connection request message on mobile.
How to send a custom LinkedIn connection request message on mobile.

LinkedIn drove me crazy for a long time. I hated the way you could not send a personalized connection request on their mobile apps. I have written here before about the importance of sending a personal message and being human on LinkedIn.

How to send a custom LinkedIn connection request message on mobile

I am happy to report that issue has been solved in the current version of the LinkedIn Connected application.

To send the message click the three dots on the top right corner of the person's profile. You'll be given an option to send a customized invite. You can also forward their profile if you choose.

This is your chance to send them a friendly reminder of where you met and what you talked about. Be specific, so they will remember who you are. Don't forget to include a call to action in the message. Schedule a coffee, lunch or a phone call.

LinkedIn Star List

In the latest update of the iOS app (Version 2.4), you can now add a star to contacts that matter most to you. LinkedIn will give you more opportunities to keep in touch. The app note mentions this feature may not be available straight away, but should be rolled out fully soon.

Be Human on LinkedIn

Dave Delaney

How to send an invitation on LinkedIn When you send a LinkedIn invitation, a generic message appears. Don't just send this, tell me why you would like to join me on LinkedIn. A personal approach is always the better way. Be human.

Hi Joe,

It was a pleasure meeting you at XYZ event. I can't believe we have so much in common. Let's keep connected on LinkedIn. Please let me know if I can ever be of assistance.

Cheers, Dave

Remember that you don't have to accept every invitation. LinkedIn reminds us to only connect with people we know, because:

  • They’ll have access to people you know.
  • Others may ask you about them and vice versa.
  • You’ll get updates on their activity.

The Mobile Caveat

Unfortunately, connection requests sent via LinkedIn (or third-party) mobile apps automatically default to the generic message. In this case, it's wise to follow up by email to let the person know you sent them a connection request.

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