A few days ago someone must have given a seminar on inviting people to connect on LinkedIn, and included the following two points:
- Always, always, always put in a sentence that says “If you would not like to connect, please archive my request.”
- Invite Jason Alba to connect on LinkedIn.
Why, oh why, did I get over 30 of these in one day? Perhaps these invitations were from people who have read my book, seen a presentation, or read about me somewhere. That’s fine, and I’ll connect with them… but why are they telling me what to do with the invitation?
I don’t like being told what to do (I’m stubborn that way, and probably not alone). I know the three buttons on the LinkedIn invitation acceptance page are lacking, and that sucks. But man I hate getting invitations from people who don’t tell me why they want to connect, or how they came across me, what to do if I don’t want to connect with them.
It almost makes me want to IDK them. Maybe I’m just grumpy…
Please send me an appropriate, informational invitation, and don’t tell me what to do and not do with it.
I should mention, the second edition of I’m on LinkedIn — Now What??? includes more information on what to include in a LinkedIn invitation. If you want to see a lame invitation, click here.
What are other LAME things you are seeing people do on LinkedIn?