LinkedIn Activities – Is It Time Sensitive?

November 5th, 2009 | by Jason Alba |

I have been on the road for 5 of the last 7 work days.  My trip last week was from Wednesday through Friday, and then I was on the plane this week on Monday, returning late Tuesday evening.

I have hundreds (well, thousands) of emails in my inbox – I imagine you are somewhat like me in that you address the most important ones first.  Unfortunately, because of volume, this means thousands of emails don’t get answered until I get through the important ones.

Since important emails come every day, I am usually in the wrong Covey Quadrant… that’s my problem… but if you send me something you think is URGENT/IMPORTANT that I don’t deem urgent or important, you probably lose.

My fault, but your problem.  Sorry.

Today I got the email from LinkedIn reminding me of invitations I’ve received, and introductions I haven’t passed through yet.  I’m usually really, really good about introductions, but with my schedule recently I haven’t passed anything on.

So I go in today to pass one on and guess what I see:

“Jason, please send this intro this week because I’m going to meet the person in person next week at a conference… “

Oops.  I really messed that one up, didn’t I?

It was indeed my mistake to not catch that earlier… but I’ve said in my book and in my presentations that if you have something that is time sensitive, DO NOT USE LINKEDIN INTRODUCTIONS.

If you do, make sure you follow up with a phone call or email or something like that.

Here’s the quasi-logic:

IF timeSensitive=true THEN useIntroductions=false

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