Have you jumped on the LinkedIn train yet? If not, you may want to pack up and hop aboard the networking and business development tool of all media. Whether you’re new to LinkedIn or a seasoned user, there is always room to expand your network. When connecting or networking with someone, keep in mind that introductions are crucial.
Here are a few tips on how to connect and close while striking conversation on LinkedIn:
Add a personal message
When you connect with your friends or co-workers on LinkedIn, they will recognize your name and accept your invitation. This may not be the case with a colleague you met two weeks ago or a former classmate. Send a personal message or lnMail when attempting to connect with someone, informing them of how you know each other and want to add them to your network.
Message your new connections
Whether someone accepts your connection request or vice versa, take the opportunity to introduce yourself and try to set up a quick conversation to get to know each other. You never know where a phone call may lead, so seize the opportunity when it arises.
Write a summary on your LinkedIn profile
This point may seem secondary when you think your years of work experience and multiple degrees account for your qualifications, but take the opportunity to write a brief but personalized summary. Your LinkedIn summary acts as a first impression to potential and new connections, expressing who you are and what you do when you physically cannot.