Still receiving the standard message to most of your LinkedIn invites? The new way to reply without initially accepting.
“I’d like to connect with you on LinkedIn.”
Annoying isn’t it? There is so much value in personalising the message, for both parties, but so few people do it.
So when you do receive a request, but are not sure about the value or authenticity of the request, did you know you can ask the sender for more information?
Having given this advice and method to many thousands of people during LinkedIn training sessions, the method of doing this changed last week. I thought I’d better update you with how to find it now!
Just to recap – in the past you could go to the message centre icon and click on Invitations and see a list of people who had invited you to connect. From there, there were three options – Accept, Decline, and Respond without accepting (although you did have to hover over the downwards arrow in the process!) And away you went….
So here is a step by step approach – until LinkedIn changes it again!
The new message center doesn’t contain received invitations anymore.
You have to click on “See All” under the Add Connections icon. (The head & shoulders graphic):
Click on the backward arrow and a new box appears that conforms to the new messaging feature:
…and away you go.
(Note – if the sender HAS sent you a message you will see it here)
And just in case you find it useful, here is a template for the kind of reply you might like to send before being assured that the connection is legitimate.
Thank you for your invitation to connect.
I don’t think we have met in person (please forgive me if we have!).
I am open and willing to connect with people I have not yet met and who are willing to begin building a relationship, but I would like to know what it is about my profile that motivated you to invite me to your network?
I believe in having a network not built on numbers, but on trust and the ability to refer other connections where appropriate, which requires some sort of conversation in order to maintain credibility (on both our parts).
Could you please share a little bit about why you would like to connect with me and how we might both benefit from the mutual connection?
So there you have it – no excuse to simply delete, or accept a connection request!
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