I bet you hate receiving LinkedIn connections that haven’t been personalised. I do. Common questions that run through my mind when this happens:
- 🤔 Why does the other person want to connect?
- 🤔 Are they just playing a numbers game?
- 🤔 Are they genuinely interested in me?
- 🤔 Am I going to be hit with a sales pitch as soon as I accept?
Unless you want to put those same questions into the minds of others, make sure to add a personal message to all of your LinkedIn invitations.
That way, you can show that you’re interested in making a real connection and that you might actually add some value to the other person’s network.
Personalising invitations is straightforward on the web browser version of LinkedIn, because the site automatically prompts you to add a note.
But the LinkedIn mobile app does not prompt you to add a note. Argh! 😫
So, here’s how to personalise your connection requests on the LinkedIn mobile app.
How to send personalised invitations in the LinkedIn mobile app
1️⃣ Find the profile of the person you want to connect with, and then tap the ellipsis (three dots) in the top-right corner.
2️⃣ Tap Personalize Invite.
3️⃣ Enter your personalised message.
4️⃣ Tap Send Invitation.
If your connection request is accepted, you’ll see a notification in the Messaging section of the LinkedIn mobile app.
Recipients of your invite are going to be far more likely to be interested in you if you’ve shown some interest in them first.
Remember that you’ll be more memorable if you shake hands, make eye contact and introduce yourself.
That’s much better than slipping a business card into someone’s pocket and then running away – which is what you’re doing if you don’t personalise your invitations.
What about accepting LinkedIn invitations? There’s more about how I handle that here: Should I accept invitations to connect on LinkedIn?
Let’s wrap up
Sending a personalised invitation is a great way to start your LinkedIn relationship. So, what are you waiting for? Get connecting!
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Who wrote this?
John Espirian – the relentlessly helpful technical copywriter
I write B2B web content, blogs, user guides and case studies – all aimed at explaining how your products, services and processes work. I also offer LinkedIn profile critiquing and rewriting.
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