Having a coffee this afternoon the the deck with the iPad on my lap (a quick catch-up with social media activities) I had a moment! You know, one of those moments where you wished the undo button worked in real life.
In checking my LinkedIn profile views I saw a connection from another platform whose opinion I value and quickly pressed connect. Argh – undo! On iPads, tablets and smart phones LinkedIn does not give you the option to tailor an invite.
This then brings me to the etiquette that is LinkedIn Invites
…send the generic invite, ever.
On receiving an invite the same etiquette applies. Don’t just hit the accept link, use the opportunity to create an impression and to connect on a personal level. Again, tailor your reply to make it relevant to the connection’s content, products or service. Be positive, friendly and professional (that’s a lot!). Create the best first impression you possibly can.
LinkedIn is definitely not a numbers game. You are allowed 3,000 invites in a life time so use them wisely.